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...

Why Hire an Attorney Before a Case is Filed Against You?

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingMar 08, 20220 Comments

This concept of prefiling has to do with you getting information that the police are investigating you.  Do you sit there and hope for the best?  Do you wait to see if the police come to talk to you?  Do you wait until they file a criminal case against you before you hire a criminal defense attorney? Having done...

New DA Office Policy and Gun Violence Cases

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingSep 09, 20210 Comments

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...

Status of the Coronavirus in the Criminal Courts

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingAug 10, 20210 Comments

I've been 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 businesses.  As it currently stands, and on making this post in August 2021, we have a situation where the...

Attempted Murder Defense in Los Angeles

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingApr 08, 20210 Comments

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 Secret Sauce Behind the Hedding Law Firm

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingDec 31, 20200 Comments

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 experienced but a well-rounded complete package-type experience...

Bail for Criminal Cases in Los Angeles

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingOct 24, 20200 Comments

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 ...

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