Best Sex Crime Defense Attorney in Los Angeles
I’ve been practicing sex crime defense now since the early 1990s. I really wouldn’t hold much weight in somebody who’s claiming that they were a prosecutor.
I have worked for the District Attorney’s office in 1992 and I also worked for a Superior Court judge in 1993, but in 1994, I decided that I wanted to be a criminal defense attorney.
So, that’s exclusively what I’ve been doing and I’ve handled hundreds of sex crime related offenses since that time. So, I definitely put myself up there in the top category of the best sex crime defense attorneys in Los Angeles.
Plea Bargain vs. Trial
I think the first thing that you have to assess is making the decision whether or not to go to trial. Once you decide you’re going to go to trial, things stack up fairly easily.
There’s really no negotiating with the prosecutors. You file whatever motions in limine you’re going to file so that you can block certain evidence that the prosecutor is sure going to try to get in.
For example, they’re going to try to get in 1108 evidence if any exists. 1108 evidence has to do with the Evidence Code, whether there are any acts of prior sexual conduct, whether there’s a conviction or not.
So, if you or a loved one is charged with a sex crime in Los Angeles and the prosecutors are trying to get in prior acts where they’ve got an alleged victim saying you did something inappropriate sexually, that’s the 1108 evidence.
Really, what they’re trying to do is say, the guy did it before, he must be doing it again in this case because a lot of times these sex crime cases are weak.
So, they have to try to bolster the case with other acts the person might have been involved with and they get that spill-over effect and try to get the conviction.
Pre-Text Phone Call
Another thing you will see the prosecutors try to do is what’s called a pre-text phone call, where the victim or someone in the victim’s family or even law enforcement, all the defendant, challenge him with what he’s being accused of and try to get him to admit or say something that incriminates himself.
Another obvious strategy is that law enforcement will come and try to talk to you and get you to say something incriminating.
Experience in All Los Angeles Courts
That’s why it’s so important to get a criminal defense attorney right away, even if its pre-filing, and that’s what the best do. The best know how these cases are prosecuted, and therefore, they can figure out what it takes to defend a sex crime case.
So, when you’re looking for the best, you want somebody, obviously:
- who has a lot of experience;
- you also want somebody who knows the prosecutors and the judges, and
- knows how to handle sex crime cases.
I’ve been doing this for almost 27 years and I have a lot of experience in all of the courts in Los Angeles and I think that’s important.
You also want to get an attorney that you feel comfortable with. That’s why I would encourage you to meet with whatever attorney you’re considering hiring. I meet with people all the time.
Now with the pandemic, sometimes we’ll have to meet over the phone, but most of the time, I’m still meeting people in person. We just both wear masks and social distance.
But I think you’ve got to get a feel for your attorney because they’re going to be the one representing you in front of a jury if you go to trial. That person will be representing you with the DA’s office or a judge.
Criminal Defense for California Sex Charges
So, if you feel comfortable with them, the judge, the prosecutor and a jury would also feel comfortable with them.
So, I think that’s why it’s so important to really have a good feel about your attorney when it comes to sex crime defense.
I’m here to help you. If you want help and are looking for the best sex crime defense attorney in Los Angeles, you’ve come to the right place.
Pick up the phone. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I stand at the ready to help you.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436.
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