A lot of people get on the phone and start looking for attorneys, or go on the internet and do their research and they’re trying to figure out, is this person even going to be able to help my loved one, or would my loved one just be better off with the public defender?
What is the real reason that you hire a private criminal defense attorney to defend somebody in a sex crime?
I think, number one, that person is going to take personal care of your loved one. In other words, you’re going to give them all the information you have. They’re going to go out and talk to your loved one and get all the information.
They’re then going to review everything in the case and they’re going to put together the right plan in conjunction with your loved one to resolve the matter.
Sometimes these sex crime cases, I feel, like some of the public defenders, number one, are overworked and just have too many cases and don’t have the time to put in that personal attention that is necessary when it comes to the defense of a sex crime.
Also, sometimes they’re not going to put in the work necessary if the person has a defense. What if your loved one has a defense and the public defender is not putting in the time in the investigation and listening to your loved one so that they can be properly defended.
Because sometimes you go to trial because the person refuses to take a deal and the person loses and they get some horrible sentence and now I get a phone call from the family saying they really need me to undo what happened. It’s usually too late.
I don’t do appeals, and appeals are very difficult to win. They’re very time-consuming, meanwhile your loved one is sitting with a long prison sentence.
So, you’ve got to get a private attorney who has experience, who knows how to deal with these sex crime cases — who knows what cases to take to trial; who knows what cases not to take to trial and also, so your loved one feels that this attorney is actually trying to help me.
Sometimes I have to break the bad news to family members and clients. Based on the evidence they have, they have a very good chance to win this case, so you’re best served trying to resolve the case. But I always leave it in the defendant’s hands.
If the defendant wants to take the risk and go to trial, I’ve got to respect that as a defense attorney. If somebody tells me they’re innocent and they’re giving me information about why they’re innocent, then I have to listen to that and heed that because ultimately, they’re the ones that suffer any bad consequences.
So, I have to make sure that if they’re innocent and they didn’t commit the crime, or they’re saying they didn’t commit the crime, that we give them the best defense possible, but part of that is through education. I’m going to look through all the evidence.
I’m going to try to show the person exactly how the prosecutors prove these cases. I think that will put the person at ease because now they’re going to see how the prosecutors are going to go after them.
Then, a lot of times, once clients see that, if they did commit the crime, they realize they’d better work things out because I see what Mr. Hedding is saying. These guys are going to come at me and I understand where the issue lies related to me trying to defend this case.
Other times I listen to the person and I agree with them. You know what, you’re not taking any deal in this case. We’re going to fight the case. How I always break the tie in sex crime cases and sex crime defense — and this is where I think lawyers come in handy, just to give you one little taste — is I say listen, if you committed this crime, here’s the evidence they have against you.
We should work out a deal because you have a good chance of losing. If you didn’t commit this crime and you’re innocent, I don’t care what they have. We’re going to fight this case tooth and nail. We’re going to get our defense together and you’re probably going to have to testify and tell the jury what actually happened in this case.
That’s how I break the tie when it comes in situations where we can’t decide whether to go to trial or not. I never want a client to plead guilty if they’re telling me that they’re innocent and they did not commit the crime.
That really just doesn’t make sense to me, to have somebody plead guilty if they’re innocent. So, what I like to do is get all the information, talk to the family, talk to the client, talk to the prosecutor and then we double-back and go to the client again.
Then we decide how we’re going to handle it, and with your loved one’s permission, I can then explain everything to you so you know what’s going on and then we move forward with whatever plan we decided.
So, if you need help, you’ve come to the right place. Pick up the phone; make the call; ask to meet with Ron Hedding.
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