Attempted Murder Defense in Los Angeles

April 8, 2021 2:25 pm Published by
I’ve been defending attempted murder cases now for almost 30 years in the Los Angeles County courthouses, such as Van Nuys court, San Fernando court and the other courthouses in the greater Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley. The best defense is someone who not only understands the law as it relates to attempted murder, but also is a power advocate for their client and can research and… Continure reading

The Secret Sauce Behind the Hedding Law Firm

December 31, 2020 2:23 pm Published by
As many of you may not know, the Hedding Law Firm has been around since the 1970s when my father first started practicing. I later came along and I’ve been practicing now for the past 27 years.  I think the secret sauce is not only experience, but a well-rounded complete package-type experience. In other words, I started first with the District Attorney’s office in the early 1990s.  At that time,… Continure reading

New Policies in the Van Nuys District Attorney’s Office

December 30, 2020 2:16 pm Published by
How Will the Van Nuys District Attorney’s Office Implement the New Los Angeles District Attorney’s Policies? Right now, across Los Angeles county as the new year approaches, the new head Deputy District Attorney George Gascon has imposed a number of new crucial policies and there are prosecutors who are angry about it. LA county has one of the biggest prosecution agencies in the world.  There are over 1,200 prosecutors and… Continure reading

Bail for Criminal Cases in the San Fernando Valley

October 24, 2020 1:14 pm Published by
Right now, because of the Coronavirus, the Supreme Court Justice of the California Supreme Court has ruled that all bail in Los Angeles county is zero.  There are some exceptions to this rule related to more serious cases like murder, sex crime cases, people who have strikes on their record. But for the most part, you’re in a pretty good position as far as bail goes in the San Fernando Valley… Continure reading

Not Guilty Verdict for Murder but for Voluntary Manslaughter

August 9, 2020 1:05 pm Published by
I had a case a number of years ago in downtown Los Angeles where my client was charged with murder.  He had been involved in a bar fight with another person and that other person actually waited outside for him and my client ended up stabbing him with a knife.  It was captured on video and there were obviously witnesses. So, he really couldn’t say that he didn’t do anything… Continure reading

Manslaughter Charge Dismissed After Defense Investigation

August 7, 2020 12:34 pm Published by
I had a client once who was trying to drive to work and ended up getting in an accident with a motorcycle and the motorcycle driver died.  After a year-long investigation, prosecutors charged him with involuntary manslaughter under California Penal Code 192(b). He was looking at a criminal record.  He was looking at responsibility for this accident.  It was unbelievable to me just reading the police report, it just did… Continure reading

Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed After Hung Jury

August 5, 2020 1:24 pm Published by
This was one of the more interesting cases I’ve done in my career and I’ve been doing this a long time — 26 years.  I’ve worked for the DA’s office, a Superior Court judge, and then since 1994 I’ve been a criminal defense attorney, only defending people who are charged with crimes. In this particular attempted murder case under California Penal Code 664/187, my client was basically looking at 30… Continure reading

Not Guilty Verdict in Domestic Violence Case

August 3, 2020 12:22 pm Published by
I tried a case where my client was accused of domestic violence against his wife.  She had called the police.  They came out and whatever they saw and heard, they ended up looking for my client and arresting him.  He wasn’t home at the time. He had gone out with his son and when he came back the police were there waiting for him. A real scary situation and he had… Continure reading

Attempted Rape Not Guilty Verdict

August 2, 2020 1:24 pm Published by
 A number of years ago, downtown Los Angeles was pretty much overloaded with cases.  I don’t know whether it was just because there was a rash of crime or whether they just did not have an efficient system. I’m talking now about the main downtown courthouse — 210 West Temple.  I had a rape case down there under California Penal Code 261.  My client had indicated adamantly that he… Continure reading

Drug Sales Charges End in Hung Jury and Ultimate Dismissal

July 30, 2020 1:38 pm Published by
I had a client who was charged with selling drugs.  She was involved with another co-defendant allegedly in selling the drugs.  She was arrested and she pretty much was adamant that she did not sell drugs to anybody.  She was not involved in selling drugs. She did possess drugs; but she wasn’t selling them.  So, the prosecutors would not move off of trying to send her into custody and try… Continure reading