New DA Office Policy and Gun Violence Cases

September 9, 2021 1:55 pm Published by
Will District Attorney’s New Policies Protect You if You’re Involved with a Gun Violence Case in Los Angeles? This is a good question because gun violence is on the rise.  It’s all over the news that people are using weapons on the road with road rage, gang members are shooting people. People are using guns in all sorts of situations in LA county, which is a huge metropolis. So, the… Continure reading

How Do You Maintain Faith if Charged with a Criminal Case?

August 27, 2021 2:03 pm Published by
One of the biggest problems for people is keeping their spirits up, keeping their faith up because they’ve lost control of their future once they’re charged with a California criminal case. They could be facing jail or prison time, facing a criminal record, facing the loss of important rights and their future becomes dim because they’re really not sure what’s going to happen. They basically lose control, and once you… Continure reading

Status of the Coronavirus in the Criminal Courts

August 10, 2021 2:22 pm Published by
I’ve been moving around moving around in all of the Los Angeles criminal courts since the Coronavirus. The courthouses have only closed for one day. Otherwise, they’ve been open for a lot of different business.  As it currently stands, and on making this post in August 2021, we have a situation where all public is allowed in the courthouse. That only changed recently. They were only letting in the defendants… Continure reading

Is Dislike for Police Affecting Criminal Defense in Los Angeles?

June 17, 2021 1:48 pm Published by
I definitely see an effect.  To a large degree, prosecutors have turned on the police now as well. Almost every day, I’m getting notices in the mail of police officers who have been convicted of California crimes and the prosecutors are turning that over. Further, there are also situations where police officers who have been accused of a misdemeanor or felony crime or there’s been allegations that have been substantiated… Continure reading

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