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San Fernando Valley Sex Crime Defense Lawyer


I have been handling sex crime cases in the San Fernando Valley for the past 25 years and have a solid idea of the positive and negative factors that the prosecutors and judges in these courthouses evaluate in deciding how they will deal with a person charged with a sex crime.

They will look at the alleged behavior and if it affected another person and to what degree it affected the other person. They will look at the age of the alleged victim and exactly what the defendant is alleged to have done. Of course they will also look at the defendants prior criminal record and see if it includes prior sex offenses that involve similar circumstances as the current case.

In general, when I defend these cases, I always remember that the prosecutors and judges are worried that if they give a particular defendant a light sentence then it could come back to haunt them because the defendant will then go out and do something worse than they are being accused of in this case.

If you keep this in mind, then you will understand why we get character letters from people who know the person who is in trouble. If the people who write the support letter are in the same community as the defendant and can speak highly of them, then the judge and prosecutor are much more likely to give them a break.

Many of the judges and prosecutors in the San Fernando Valley courts live close to the courthouse, so they are going to be particularly careful that they make the right moves to protect their own community.

In many of the cases that I handle, I have my client evaluated by a trained psychologist who is on the Los Angeles County court approved panel so they can generate a report that addresses some of the concerns that the prosecutors will have in deciding how to handle any sex crime defendant.

They will evaluate whether the person is likely to become involved in this type of behavior again and if there are some things that the court can order the defendant to do that will make it less likely there will be another person impacted by this particular defendant. The more we can convince the prosecutor and judge that the defendant is a person worth taking a chance on, the more likely we will be to achieve a successful result.


Your first move is to hire a criminal defense attorney that is local to the courthouse your case is pending. Meaning, that they appear in that courthouse on a frequent basis. If they are in the particular courthouse your case is pending all the time, then they will know the persons that will be involved in the prosecution of your case.

This is a huge advantage in a sex crime case in any of the Los Angeles courthouses. As an insider, the attorney will know who to talk to and who not to talk to. In these type of cases, there are many prosecutors and judges that are particularly harsh on persons charged with sex crimes.

They will go out of there way to make sure the punishment is swift and devastating. Obviously, these individuals must be avoided and your attorney must have the savvy and know how to obtain fair treatment for you and make sure that your rights, reputation and freedom are protected at all costs.

Sex crimes are given the most attention in both the San Fernando and Van Nuys Courthouses. The District Attorney's Office has special units of prosecutors that deal with these cases. These prosecutors are given marching orders by the higher up prosecutors in downtown Los Angeles.

The best sex crime attorneys know what these marching order are and are prepared to defend their clients the right way. While there is a rise of violence and sex crimes in today's society, many sex crimes are falsely reported or exaggerated, which results in often severe punishment for innocent civilians. The best sex crime attorneys must be ready to use everything at their disposal to fight for those people falsely accused of a sex crime.

Our experienced team of attorneys have daily appearances in San Fernando and Van Nuys Courthouses, and we can inform you on how the San Fernando Courthouse has dealt with similar cases from our local office in Encino.

We put our clients first, and will aggressively pursue any sex crime case in San Fernando and Van Nuys Courthouse. Sex crimes are defined as sexual acts forced upon another by violence and force, including spousal rape, child molestation, battery, or statutory rape.

Sex crimes and offenses require a heavy burden of proof and evidence, and often boils down to the victim's word against the offender's word, allowing the jury to side with the victim. That is why legal representation of the best sex crime defense attorney is vital for the survival of the accused offender. Our attorneys have the experience in San Fernando and Van Nuys Court Houses that just might save your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sex crime?

A sex crime is defined forcing or threatening another to engage in sexual behavior against their will, or if they are a minor.

How long does a sex offense stay on your record?

In general, a sex offense is permanently on your record, unless you are a minor at which it would be erased after you are 18 years old. In the state of California, and most other states, a sex offender must register for the public's knowledge. However there are certain section times and I see you're going to story from the minors record. This is why it is so important to have an attorney knows how to see your your record as a minor. Is this week we important in the adult court.

One big advantage of having your own attorney that knows everything about you is that they can come up with a plan to find a charge that will eventually permit you to get rid of your sex crime record. It is crucial that we discuss every aspect of your case and life so that we can get you the results you must have.

Representing Clients in All Los Angeles Courthouses

Los Angeles Airport Court House- 11701 S. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Pasadena Courthouse- 300 East Walnut Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse – 16350 Filbert Street, Sylmar, CA 91342

Torrance Courthouse- 825 Maple Ave., Torrance, CA 90503

Van Nuys Courthouse- 6230 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401

West Los Angeles Courthouse- 1633 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

San Fernando Court – 900 3rd St, San Fernando, CA 91340

Burbank Court – 300 E Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91502

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Hedding Law Firm is committed to answering your questions about state or federal sex crime issues in California and throughout the United States.

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