Let's review why authorities treat human or sex trafficking defendants so severely. I'm seeing people charged with sex trafficking and human trafficking at a record number.
They are trying to put those people away for many years in prison. All sorts of different enhancements are being used to jack up the sentence.
Not only that, their bails are astronomical. Sometimes as high as $2 million dollars, a million dollars, or $250,000.00.
They can also stack the bail on those people, which they can't do for other sex crimes, especially those involving sex trafficking. So it can result in a horrible result for somebody.
Arguing for Bail and Mitigation
So, you need to get an attorney with experience on the case immediately because moves need to start being made. Often, your loved one is in custody and can't get out.
You need somebody to argue their bail for them and start making some moves towards defending the case, whether it be mitigating the case or actually putting together a defense to show the person is innocent. So that's one of the first steps that I get involved with.
Once hired on the case, I meet with the family to review everything. I'll then go out and see their loved one.
Review of the Evidence
Once I get my hands on all of the paperwork, I talk to the prosecutor and see precisely what they're claiming the person did because, many times, the investigation is one-sided.
The authorities didn't get all of the information out there to assess the case and make sense of what happened.
Where I see the sex trafficking charges being filed is when you're talking about underaged victims. That's when the authorities get involved at the state and federal levels.
They're coming after people at a record number. And people lose their rights when it comes to these cases. They're immediately arrested, huge bails are set against them, and nobody has any sympathy for them because of the nature of the charges.
Retain a Criminal Defense Lawyer
They don't care if they're innocent or guilty, and that's why you've got to get a criminal defense attorney:
- Who has experience dealing with sex trafficking offenses;
- Who is a fighter;
- Who knows how to deal with the particular jurisdiction where your case is pending, and
- Somebody that you feel comfortable with, who will fight for you and your loved one and get the best possible result.
I've been doing this now for 30 years. I know how to handle these cases. I know how to get the best result. So if you need the best, pick up the phone now. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. We offer a free case evaluation by phone or using the contact form. Hedding Law Firm is located in Los Angeles, CA.