Firm Overview – Hedding Law Firm
I began my legal mission to become the best criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles over 25 years ago. Immediately upon passing the California bar exam, I opened up my own private criminal defense practice.
I had the background of working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (which gave me an idea from the prosecutor's side of how they investigated and prosecuted cases).
In the early 1990s, Ira Reiner lost the District Attorney of Los Angeles County to Gil Garcetti, whose son is now the Mayor of Los Angeles. It was interesting to see the political upheaval that followed when Mr. Garcetti took office and the lead up to Ira Reiner's defeat.
I also worked for a Los Angeles Superior Court judge as his research attorney in 1992 (which gave me a great prospective on how a judge decides a case and what will matter to them in making their decisions. I strategized with the judge before he made his legal rulings.
This behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the DA's Office and the process of how a judge decides cases has served me well from the first time that I appeared in court to the present day.
I entered the criminal defense practice with an eye towards how I could become the best. I took every case I could get my hands on and did not care how much the client paid me; I just wanted the experience and the opportunity to test my skills truly.
If the client wanted to go to trial, I reveled in the chance to destroy the prosecutor's case and win for my clients. Over the years, I have litigated many serious murder cases, complex federal crimes, and just about every case you can imagine.
I have represented people from every walk of life, doctors, lawyers, police officers, actors, athletes, the list goes on and on. Because I was a top-level debater in college and law school, I have had a massive advantage over the prosecutors and racked up many impressive wins.
Today, I still love what I do and enjoy the battle of a great trial. If you want to read more of my story, please pick up a copy of my book….”The Art of the Perfect Defense.” It is my effort to help someone in trouble and looking for answers to their questions.
The practice of criminal defense, specifically sex crime defense, has many different elements. Some cases must be litigated to the fullest extent to give your client the justice they deserve. In contrast, others must be negotiated in a political landscape that can be quite treacherous for the faint of heart attorneys that do not have the battle-tested experience to properly defend their clients for a sex crime case in California.
Often, the prosecutor you are dealing with does not have the authority to settle a case, and the defense attorney must know who to talk to achieve a fair resolution for their client.
There are so many different facets of a sex crime case that you are best served by meeting face to face with the attorney you are considering hiring and coming with a list of questions that get down to what you are going to need to know to choose someone that will protect your rights, freedom, and reputation.
What main goals should you have in a sex crime case?
First and foremost, if you are innocent of the crime, then your main goal should be to get the case dismissed. There are many ways to do this, but it always comes down to you hiring an attorney who has the skills to either convince the prosecutor that they should dismiss the case or tell your story to a jury and persuade them to find you not guilty.
The strategy behind what must be done takes command of the circumstances, battle-tested experience, and the talent to achieve the result your client must have. A face-to-face conversation with the attorney you believe is the right person for the job is a must.
And, you better ask them the tough questions and be satisfied with their answers. Make sure they give you a realistic response that makes sense about what you did and what the prosecutors will be able to prove.
If, on the other hand, you are guilty of the crime you are charged with, then the strategy becomes different. You should still find the best local seasoned attorney you can, but now it is a matter of damage control.
In my opinion, the three key things to concentrate on are not registering as a sex offender for the rest of your life, staying out of jail, and protecting your criminal record. One of the first things I discuss with clients is which of the above are most important to them? Everyone wants to avoid all three of the above.
However, depending on the circumstances of the case, sometimes that wish is not practical. Sometimes tough decisions have to be made under a lot of pressure. This is where the skills and experience of the best criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles are put to the test.
In the first consultation with the client, I always bring these issues up and have a frank, straightforward conversation about them, so we can begin from the earliest stage to set up the step-by-step process of making the right decisions that will lead to the best outcome.
We offer clients excellent legal advice, guidance, and resources at the Hedding Law Firm. If you are hesitant to hire a lawyer, please come in and let our Los Angeles sex crime defense attorneys at our firm go over your case and all your options.
See for yourself that we have the drive, persistence, knowledge, skill, and strategy that qualify us to defend your sex crime charges effectively.
We place every effort to get you the best results possible and do everything to protect your legal rights. Our sex crime lawyers have a combined 75 years of experience, and we have handled thousands of sex crime cases throughout Los Angeles County.
Our Los Angeles Sex Crime attorneys represent cases in any California courthouse, including Los Angeles Metro Court, LAX Court, Van Nuys Court, San Fernando Court, Sylmar Court, Alhambra Court, Central Arraignment Court, Burbank Court, Glendale Court, Hollywood Court, Pasadena Court, Pomona Court, Torrance Court, and Santa Clarita Court.
In Ventura County, California, in Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura, Moorpark, Santa Paula, Port Hueneme, and Fillmore.
In Orange County, California, in the cities of Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Orange, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo, Westminster, Newport Beach, Buena Park, Tustin, Yorba Linda, San Clemente, Laguna Niguel, La Habra, Anaheim Hills, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills, Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, and Los Alamitos.
In Riverside County, California, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Corona, Temecula, Murrieta, Indio, Hemet, Palm Desert, Lake Elsinore, Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella, San Jacinto, Banning, Desert Hot Springs, and Rancho Mirage.
In San Bernardino County, California, San Bernardino's cities, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Victorville, Rialto, Chino Hills, Apple Valley, Redlands, Montclair, Loma Linda, Barstow, Yucca Valley, and Big Bear Lake.