For those people with a criminal case pending in the San Fernando Courthouse, you want to find an attorney to represent you who gets good results, and that's where we come in.
I've been doing this now for over 30 years. I remember appearing in the San Fernando Courthouse after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The courthouse had been closed, and they were appearing across the street while they did the repairs on the courthouse.
So, I have a rich background in that courthouse dating back to the early 1990s and have gotten many good results. Partially through skill and because I do a lot of cases there, I know the prosecutors, the judges, and what it takes to marshal up a case so that we can fight for you if you're not guilty. If you're guilty, work out a resolution that makes sense based on your life circumstances.
That's what you must do as a criminal defense attorney. You've got to look at your client – their life, who they are, what's going on with them – so you can craft a resolution that makes sense.
Some clients tell me I didn't do what the prosecutor said. I haven't done anything criminal, and I'm not taking any deals. I want to fight the case. That makes it easy because I don't have to go back and forth with the prosecutors. I can prepare the case for trial and do everything possible to win.
Other clients with pending cases in the San Fernando courthouse say I realize they've got evidence against me. I want to get the best resolution possible, and they will often give me specific concerns. Maybe they're afraid to go to jail. Perhaps they don't want to register as a sex offender if it's a sex offense. Maybe they don't want to lose their gun rights. The list goes on and on and on.
Seeking the Best Possible Outcome
The bottom line is I will talk to them about what they are concerned about, and then, if I'm negotiating to try to resolve their case, I will try to craft a resolution that makes sense for them. That, to me, is what the best criminal defense attorneys do. They figure out what happened in the case.
They figure out whether or not they can get a not-guilty verdict, get the case dismissed by way of some law that was broken, some motion that can be filed, and if they can't get it dismissed, then they figure out a way to resolve it, and they talk to their clients about it.
I've worked not only in the San Fernando courthouse for over 30 years, but I've also worked for the district attorney early in my career, and I've worked for a superior court judge as his research attorney early in my career.
So, I've got a good background on how the system works. Also, and I think about 2002, I worked for the JNE Commission, a commission sanctioned by the State Bar of California.
What we did was investigate those people who were potential judges. Even some judges that the Governor of California was considering elevating to be a judge, or for those who were already judges, the Governor was deciding whether or not they would get the Court of Appeals.
That was an exciting job. It gave me some good background on how things worked. That's important when going through all these different cases with peoples' lives on the line.
So, if you need the best – if you need somebody who's well-rounded and has a lot of experience in the San Fernando courthouse, pick up the phone. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I stand at the ready to help you.