I’ve been practicing criminal defense, and specifically defending people for domestic violence or spousal abuse cases now for almost 30 years. I’ve handled thousands of cases in the San Fernando Valley and the various courts within the Valley.
So, I definitely have a lot of experience and if you want the best domestic violence attorney, I think experience is one of the boxes that needs to be checked.
Experience Defending All Types of Domestic Violence Cases
That experience has to come in the form of:
- (1) handling a lot of domestic violence cases in the San Fernando Valley courthouses; and
- (2) having experience with the prosecutors and judges that are going to be the ones on the other side of the case; and
- (3) sometimes we have to have experience with the police.
This is because the police investigate these cases, and unfortunately, a lot of times they do a one-sided investigation. They are all slanted towards trying to get a conviction against somebody instead of capturing information for the defense as well.
There’s always information out there. They could take the statement of the person who’s being accused. They could talk to other witnesses. They could listen to the 9-1-1 tape to see what’s being said and then compare that to whatever is said at the time of the arrest.
A lot of times they don’t do these things, so, having an attorney who has experience in dealing with the police and knows how to attack them and strategize against them and get your defense out there, is crucial.
Knowing How Prosecutors Handle Criminal Cases
You’ve definitely come to the right place in that regard. I have tried many domestic violence cases over a long career. I know how to handle these cases in the San Fernando Valley.
I have a real good idea how the judges deal with the cases and how the prosecutors deal with the cases, and also how a jury might look at the case. That’s one of the things we really break down from the beginning.
Even if the case isn’t going to go to jury trial, we still talk about how a jury would look at it because that’s how the prosecutors assess a lot of these cases.
If they think there’s a chance they’re going to lose because a jury won’t like some of the evidence and/or won’t like their alleged victim.
Then a lot of times they’re going to give that person a better offer than they would on a case where they feel they have a dead lock and it’s easy for them to prove the case, because they’ve got everything on bodycam.
For example, they’ve got the injuries on bodycam. They’ve got the defendant admitting everything. They have their victim admitting everything. So, now they’re not as likely to want to be flexible when it comes to negotiations.
Attorney You Feel Comfortable With
So, when you talk about the best defense attorney, get somebody with experience with all of those entities I talked about. I think the next thing is, you have to get somebody who you feel good about and who you feel comfortable with:
- I have you come in;
- We sit down and talk about everything;
- Everything is protected by the attorney/client privilege so nobody can say anything;
- I can’t give any information even if you decide not to hire me, it’s all kept confidential.
I think you want someone who you feel good about because if you feel good about the person, if you like the person, if you think the person seems sincere and genuine, then the judge and the prosecutor will likely view that person the same way.
This is critical if you’re going to try to negotiate the case.
Defended Thousands of Domestic Violence Cases
I’ve literally handled thousands of domestic violence cases. That’s one of the crimes that’s charged the most because a lot of people have issues. You don’t have to be a criminal to get a domestic violence case.
You just have to have gotten physical with a significant other and end up on the wrong side of it. Sometimes both parties get physical.
Now the police come out and they have to figure our who the aggressor was, whatever that means, but that’s their play book. They get called out. There’s been injuries.
There’s been an argument. It’s been physical. Then they figure out who the aggressor is, then that’s the person who they arrest. That’s LAPD policy. I can tell you that right now.
That’s Van Nuys police department, San Fernando police departments. These police departments who are arresting people for domestic violence cases in the San Fernando Valley, they’ve been given the marching orders.
When they come upon a domestic violence scene and someone’s been hurt and they can determine someone as an aggressor, then they arrest the aggressor. If they can’t tell who the aggressor is and somebody’s been hurt, they arrest both people.
Track Record of Success
So, you’ve got to look at it from that perspective. Get an attorney you feel comfortable with. Get somebody who has experience. I’ve been doing this for over 30 years.
I worked for the LA county DA’s office, I’ve worked for a Superior Court Judge in LA county and I’ve been the guiding force behind the Hedding Law Firm now since 1994.
If you’ve got a domestic violence case, you definitely want the best because you’re only going to get a chance to do this once.
You want to make sure it’s done right. You want to make sure all the stops are pulled out for you and you want to champion on your side that will do everything to get you the best result.
Pick up the phone. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I stand at the ready to help you.
Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0940.