This is a good question because once people get arrested and they've got a court date, they want to know how long their misery is going to be.
In other words, how quick can they get done with the case? Of course, it depends on what you decide to do. Are you going to fight the case and take it to a jury trial?
Right now, as I make this post, all jury trials are suspended in Los Angeles county until at least the beginning of April.
They're eventually going to come back though, and if you read this post after that timeframe, you can usually get to a trial jury, realistically, about four to six months.
Set Case for Preliminary Hearing
You enter a not-guilty plea, you set the case for a preliminary hearing, assuming it's a felony. Once you do the preliminary hearing:
- what you can usually get done within 30 to 60 days;
- then you're going to get sent into trial court, and
- then they've got 60 days to get you to trial once you get I the trial court.
Usually, if you want to speed it up, you can get a sex crime case in Los Angeles county dealt with in four to six months.
If you're going to try to resolve it, that may take a little bit longer.
This is because the courts and the prosecutors, especially right now, have got a lot of cases that are overflowing because of all of the issues based around the COVID-19 pandemic.
But usually, you should be able to even resolve a case within four to six months, assuming you're able to get everything that you need and that's something that the client wants to do.
Usually, what I'll do in a sex crime case in Los Angeles, is put together what we call a mitigation package if we're going to try to resolve it. This is where I give the prosecutor:
- all the information about you that's positive;
- character letters,
- anything from any type of religious organize.
We're going to try to really paint a good picture of you so we can get you the best possible outcome.
Obviously, another thing that could impact how they deal with you is whether or not the alleged victim thinks that you should go to prison for example and what their position is related to the case.
Best Criminal Defense for California Sex Crime Charges
There's a whole bunch of moving parts in a sex crime case, that's why it's so crucial that you get someone who has handled sex crime cases now for almost 30 years.
You've come to the right place. My name is Ronald Hedding. I've worked for the District Attorney's office, I've worked for a Superior Court judge early in my career in the
Then in 1994, I opened my own criminal defense practice and I've been defending people charged with sex crimes now for almost 30 years, with a great deal of success.
What I typically have you do is come in, in the privacy of my office.
We go over everything and we start to make a decision on exactly how we're going to handle the case.
Whether we're going to investigate it and fight it, or whether it's something which we're going to be doing damage control — getting together that mitigation package that I talked about.
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 Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436.