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Federal Search Warrants for Child Pornography

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jul 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you are found possessing, producing, selling, distributing, or transporting any obscene material depicting a child under 18 years old in sexual explicit manner, you could be charged with federal child pornography under 18 U.S.C. § 2252. This statute also makes it a federal crime to download child porn...

How is Bail Decided in Los Angeles Sex Crime Cases?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Feb 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

This is a good question because if you're about to be arrested or you're the loved one of somebody who's been arrested and you're trying to get them out, bail is an important topic, especially in Los Angeles today. Because of the Coronavirus, there's been an edict sent down that all bail shou...

How Much Does a Sex Crime Defense Attorney Cost?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jan 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

When people get arrested and they're facing the government and they're going to have to go into court and deal with the prosecutor, they're obviously concerned about hiring a private lawyer and how much will that actually cost. Of course, the answer is it varies depending on: how good the ...

What If I’m Under Investigation for a Sex Crime?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jan 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

What Can You Do if You Feel Like You're Being Investigated for a Sex Crime in California? Sex crimes are investigated all the time across the United States.  I've handled thousands of cases in Los Angeles over the last 27 years and a lot of times, believe it or not, people get wind that they'...

Use of Prior Bad Acts in Sex Crime Prosecutions

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Dec 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Can Prosecutors Use Prior Bad Acts Against a Defendant in a Sex Crime Prosecution? This is a big issue that's been around since I've been practicing criminal defense now for about 27 years and more and more the pendulum has swung in the direction of helping the prosecutors prove these sex cri...

Likelihood of Doing Jail Time for a Sex Crime

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Dec 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Obviously, sex crimes are some of the more seriously prosecuted cases and the LA District Attorney's office takes a lot of interest in them. As far as jail and prison go, usually they're among the top crimes in Los Angeles if you're charged with some sort of a sex offense, that you have the l...

Kidnapping to Commit Rape Charges in California

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Dec 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is Required for Kidnapping for Purposes of Rape Under California Penal Code 209(b) PC? This is a very serious crime.  If somebody is convicted of Penal Code 209(b) PC aggravated kidnapping for purposes of rape, they are going to be facing a life sentence in Los Angeles county. Aggravated...

Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Nov 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Review of the California Crime of Assault With Intent to Commit a Felony Under Penal Code 220 PC. California Penal Code 220 defines the crime of assault with intent to commit a felony. An individual violates this section by assaulting another person with the intent to commit a serious sex crim...

Lewd Acts by a Caretaker Upon Dependant Adult

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Oct 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

We see this once in a while with people in the hospital or a nursing home.  Someone who's older; someone who's incapacitated in some way and another person is allegedly taking advantage of them. Lewd acts by a caretaker upon a dependent adult is defined under California Penal Code 288(b)(2). It c...

What is the Definition of Human Trafficking?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Oct 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you or a loved one is charged with human trafficking under California Penal Code 236.1 PC , it usually has something to do with women being used for sex or some sort of sexual act for money. The trafficking part, obviously, is the women are coming in from either different states or differe...

Defenses to Assault with Intent to Commit Rape

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Aug 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

What are Defenses to Assault with Intent to Commit Rape Under Penal Code 220? This is a very common crime that I see a lot prosecuted in Los Angeles county — whether it be in downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley or any of the 38 courts in LA county. People get charged with this assault w...

Potential Punishment for Forced Oral Copulation

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Aug 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

The California sex crime of “oral copulation by force or fear” is defined in California Penal Code 288a. This crime is charged more than people might think in Los Angeles County. People forcing other people to orally copulate them and then the prosecutors come in and charge this particular crime ...

Defenses to Rape of an Unconscious Person

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Aug 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

This is a common crime nowadays that people are being either raped because they get too intoxicated and someone takes advantage of them or, what I've see a lot of times is, alleged victims are claiming that a person rape them when they don't even know whether they were raped because they were so ...

Lewd Acts with a Minor

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Aug 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

Lewd Acts with a Minor – California Penal Code 288. What is Considered a Lewd Acts Upon a Child For Purposes of Penal Code Section 288? I've handled many of these cases over my 26-year career.  Typically, the issues are twofold:  (1) the defendant is touching the child in a private part; and (2) t...

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