What Makes the Best San Fernando Valley DUI Attorney?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingMay 19, 20220 Comments

When you talk about the best in an area like DUIs, you want an attorney with a lot of experience in DUI defense and someone who has experience in the court where your case is pending. I’ve been doing this for 30 years.  I worked for the district attorney’s office, and I worked for a superior court judge...

What Happens If You're Arrested for Gun Crimes?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingMay 13, 20220 Comments

Right now, politically, gun crimes are one of the most heavily prosecuted crimes in Los Angeles County.  The bottom line is that those individuals who control the police departments and the other political entities – the Mayor’s office, City Attorney’s office, and DA’s office, are anti-guns. So, any...

Should You Negotiate or Go to Trial in a Criminal Case?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingApr 29, 20220 Comments

This is a big question for many people because they don’t want to get a conviction.  They don’t want to go to jail or prison.  They don’t want to suffer the consequences of a criminal conviction in California. So, they start to try to decide exactly what they should do.  Obviously, in my opinion, that’s...

Can Bail Be Raised After the Preliminary Hearing?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingApr 28, 20220 Comments

We are often asked if a defendant’s bail can be raised after a preliminary hearing in a criminal case in Los Angeles County? Many people are concerned about going into custody, and they don’t realize that someone’s bail can be raised after a preliminary hearing in a California criminal case...

How Does a Humphrey Hearing Apply to Bail?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingApr 27, 20220 Comments

I have a lot of clients asking me to file Humphrey’s motion and argue to the judge because they’ve heard about it, especially clients who are in custody and are trying to figure out how to get out.  I will give you the best explanation I can here, having argued these motions and read the case and giving...

How Do Your Miranda Rights Apply to a DUI?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingApr 21, 20220 Comments

Many people get arrested for DUIs, and when they meet with potential attorneys trying to decide who to hire to represent them, they’re telling the attorney they were not read their Miranda rights.  They somehow think that can be used to help them avoid getting a conviction for a DUI. I will tell...

Anatomy of an Arraignment in a DUI Case

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingApr 20, 20220 Comments

An arraignment is essential in a California DUI case because that’s the initial appearance in court related to your case.  If you’ve been arrested, you’re going to be given a ticket, or you’re going to post bail, and you’ll be given something from the bail agency telling you to appear in court, the date, the...

What Allows Police to Pull Someone Over for a DUI?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingApr 15, 20220 Comments

This is a good question because many people feel like they were pulled over for no reason and feel that is wrong.  In other words, can the police pull people over for no reason, or do they have to have some legitimate reason to pull people over? The answer to that question is, of course, no, they...

How Can You Get a Not Guilty Verdict in a Murder Case?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingMar 18, 20220 Comments

Over the last 30 years as a criminal defense attorney, I’ve tried many California Penal Code 187 PC murder cases at the jury level.  I’ve negotiated many cases, as well, so I think I have a pretty good feel for getting that not guilty verdict. I’ll give you some examples, but I think the simplest way to get a not guilty...

How Can You Get a Not Guilty Verdict in a Kidnapping Case?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingMar 17, 20220 Comments

I’ve tried many cases over the years, and I’ve had several California Penal Code 207 PC kidnapping cases go to a jury trial.  So, I think I have a pretty good idea of getting that not-guilty verdict. I’ll talk a bit about how I got a not-guilty verdict on a kidnapping case in Los Angeles, specifically in the court of...

Can a Pitchess Motion Help You in a Criminal Case?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingMar 15, 20220 Comments

A Pitchess motion involves getting information regarding police officers’ records related to bad behavior, which could occur in many different forms. It can be filing a false police report.  It can be roughing up a defendant in a criminal case.  It can be lying.  It can be an internal investigation related to...

What is the Brady List for Police Officers?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingMar 10, 20220 Comments

Can Los Angeles police officers get themselves on what is known as the “Brady list?” These lists contain information about law enforcement members who are not strictly credible. It was initially created due to the Brady v. Maryland Supreme Court case results. This list has to do with those officers who...

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