In My Experience the First Thing That Is Most Effective for Me in Winning a Criminal Case Is to Have a Winning Attitude. When I Walk Into the Courtroom to Represent My Client, I Know the Case Inside and Out, Know Exactly What I Want to Achieve for My Client and Believe Deep in Bones That I Am Going to Get It"
Client charged with burglary. Client facing prison time and loss of current and future employment. The Hedding Law Firm brought to light the client’s impeccable record and all the facts and we were able to negotiate a simple trespass preserving the client’s future record. The case was also set up to be expunged and wiped off client’s record after 24 months.
Client was charged with petty theft. Looking at loss of current job and loss of future employment because of theft related offense. After investigation and revealing clients impeccable record, the Hedding Law Firm was able to obtain a resolution of a diversion program where client was able to avoid any conviction or any bad future ramifications.
Client charged with a DUI causing accident. Client had high blood alcohol level and was facing jail time. After showing the client’s version of what happened and pointing out mitigating factors, the Hedding Law Firm was able to achieve a no jail resolution.
Client is facing third strike case (25 to life). Client had 2 old strikes at least 10 or more years old. Client charged with cultivation of marijuana. The Hedding Law Firm was able to negotiate a probationary deal and get both strikes stricken.
Client was charged with a DUI causing accident. The Hedding Law Firm got on the case. Client was offered 90 days in jail due to the blood alcohol level and accident. The Hedding Law Firm gave the defense version of what happened. Client avoided jail time.
Client was charged with a DUI after losing control of car flying through intersection and hitting a house causing $100,000 worth of damages to house. Client was facing jail time and serious punishment. After investigation, it was determined that client’s blood alcohol level was not that high and the defense showed that something else interfered with client’s ability to drive. The Hedding Law Firm got the matter reduced to a speed contest. No jail.
First, it is going to take you finding a local criminal defense attorney that appears on a frequent basis in the courthouse your case is pending. That is simply common sense. If you do something all the time, know the people, the system and are well respected…you are going to be able to get the job done for your client. The criminal defense community is a very small community and everyone that is on the “inside” knows all the key players and how to get the result that you are looking for!
I can not tell you how many times I have been sitting in court and see an attorney from the city approaching the prosecutors in either Van Nuys or San Fernando Court and run smack into a buzz saw! First, many criminal defense law firms now a days are using inexperienced attorneys to do the dirty work of actually going to court and fighting it out for the client. These youngsters are going to be eaten alive by an experienced prosecutor. Next, if their firm is in the city, then they are probably more known in the Airport Court or the downtown Los Angeles Courthouses and therefore they do not know the temperment of the prosecutors and judges in the Valley. They do not know who to talk to and what to say to end up with a successful result.
On the other hand, if the client is looking to fight their case in a jury trial, then the attorneys locality to the courthouse is not as important. However, they still must know the tendencies of the jury pool, the prosecutors and the judges, if they want give their client the best possible result. Like anything in life, it is not always what you know, it is who you know. And, in criminal defense, your attorney better know the landcape of the courthouse your case is pending or you will suffer the consequences of their short comings.
I personally have been to countless bar dinners, made literally thousands of court appearances and tried hundreds of jury trials over the past 20 plus years of practicing criminal defense and there is no question that if one of my loved ones was in trouble I would choose a local attorney over an outsider any day of the week. It just makes sense to go with someone that has been down the road you are about to travel and had success!
This is a question that has to be on most people’s minds when they begin the difficult task of figuring out what to do after they have been arrested. Some may say that you should not be thinking about winning your case, but instead surviving it! However, if you define “win” in a realistic wau as it relates to what you did or did not do to get arrested, then I think you have a chance to get a win.
The vast majority of criminal cases that are filed in Los Angeles County are resolved by way of a negotiated resolution between the criminal defense attorney and the prosecutor. What this means is that you should be looking for an attorney that is actually telling you the truth about what is going on in the criminal defense world. That is not to say that cases are not being fought and won in front of a juries. It is saying that it is not right for sales people or attorneys to be telling potential clients, when they call to inquire about their services, that they can get their case dismissed or be advertising that! This is irresponsible and does not make sense based on the statistics and the fact that the person making such bold predictions has not seen any of the facts of the case from the police / prosecutors standpoint. So the key is to define what a win truly means based on your circumstances. Should your case be fought all the way because you are innocent? Or, should your case be negotiated to a fair resolution because you did something wrong, but do not deserve to have the book thrown at you?
In order to help define what a win is to you, first sit down with a seasoned criminal defense attorney and tell them your story in the most fair and honest manner you can. This way they will get a feel for what they can do to help you. You almost have to tell the story from the prosecutor’s standpoint, in order for the defense attorney to get a read on what they will be up against. Once they have what the other side will say, then they will begin to ask what your position is and start to delve into possible solutions that will resolve the matter. However, if you put a twist or spin on what happened, you are only hurting yourself in the long run. Eventually your champion will be faced with the most difficult parts or your case, and if he or she was not told the truth from the beginning then there is no way they will be in a position to help you.