I’ve been defending people charged with drug crimes in the San Fernando Valley courthouses now for the past 27 years.
I have a lot of experience in how vice and the various narcotic detectives deal with these narcotic cases.
Some of these narcotic cases are simple sales cases, while others are more sophisticated involving large amounts of drugs, weapons, all sorts of different issues related to drugs.
Courts are Tough on Drug Crimes
For many years, they’ve been very tough on crime in the San Fernando Valley, and specifically, drug-related offenses. San Fernando court, for example, is very well-known for putting people in prison, especially people who are involved in:
- more than one drug-related offense,
- whether it be sales or possession for sales.
What they will do, on the first offense, you would probably get probation as long as it wasn’t a large amount of drugs.
But on the second offense, they would use the first offense as a three-year prior, plus they’d be talking about another two or three years for the new offense, so you would be looking at five or six years. And that was for most of my career.
Policies of New Los Angeles District Attorney
They definitely have slid off that path over the course of the last five to ten years, and they’ve been much more reasonable, even though you’re still looking at prison for a second offense.
In recent times, the new head prosecutor of Los Angeles county has indicated that he will not be seeking any enhancements.
This includes the a three-year prior enhancement for drugs, against those individuals charged with drug-related offenses in the San Fernando Valley and across Los Angeles county.
Not only that, there’s been a number of propositions passed.
A lot of these crimes where people were looking at years in prison, have no shrunk down to probation, and even in some cases, no jail at all if it’s handled the right way.
Avoid Jail Time and Seeking Reduced Drug Charges
So, if you or a loved one is charged with a drug offense in the San Fernando Valley, you’ve definitely comes to the right place. I’ve seen the evolution from many years ago to the present. You really have a chance:
- not only to stay out of prison and jail, but
- to reduce some of these offenses down to a misdemeanor,
- avoid probation,
- avoid tarnishing your record with a criminal conviction.
The new head DA really sees the benefit in trying to educate people and trying to help people who are charged with some of these serious drug offenses.
Instead of warehousing them in a prison or a jail, trying to help them, work with them and treat them. A lot of these people not only are selling drugs but are also using drugs themselves.
Experienced Drug Defense Lawyer
So, the tables have now turned. The stage is now set where you can really do a lot of things with these drug cases.
My opinion, though, you need someone who know drug defense in the San Fernando Valley, someone who knows the prosecutors, the judges, the police.
A lot of these cases can also be trimmed down with a powerful motion that knocks out some of the prosecutor’s fire power.
Because a lot of times, especially in these big drug cases in the San Fernando Valley, the police are cutting corners, doing things the wrong way, and therefore, we’re able to get motions granted — whether it be an illegal search.
Sometimes they’ll get a search warrant, but the search warrant will not be obtained properly. Now, they can’t search anybody’s cell phone unless they actually get a warrant to search a cell phone.
They can’t just grab it off of somebody and start searching through it unless the person is stupid enough to give their consent.
So, there’s all sorts of things that can be done if you or a loved one is charged with a drug-related offense, possession for sales, or sales, in the San Fernando Valley, pick up the phone.
Make the call now. There’s a lot of things that can be done to help you if you know how to defend these cases the right way.
Ask for Ron Hedding. Take the first step towards helping you with your problem, getting you out of the criminal court as fast as possible.