Van Nuys Criminal Defense Lawyer


The answer to this question is simple, your attorney must be a local insider that appears in the Van Nuys Courthouse on a daily basis. There is a lot of truth to the old saying, “it is not what you know, it is who you know.”

By appearing in a courthouse frequently, an attorney gets to know and understand the tendencies of the key players in the court system. The judges and prosecutors have a lot of power when it comes to the resolution of a particular case. A savvy defense attorney, that has negotiated and litigated cases against the very people that will decide your fate, is in the best position to properly advise and defend you. Always go with a local respected defense attorney above all else!

Van Nuys Courthouse
14400 Erwin Street Mall
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 989-6900
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I have been appearing in the Van Nuys Superior court for the past twenty five years and have done jury trials in every courtroom in the building. Many of the judges that sit in Van Nuys were prosecutors or defense attorneys when I first met them.

In my opinion, the years I have spent fighting for my clients have shaped me into an attorney that knows how to make the right moves at the right time for my clients. Knowing what to do and when to do it is crucial in the criminal defense arena.

I make a point to take control of a criminal case the first day that I meet the client. Our job is to set up the map for a successful resolution for your case. I must know everything about you and your case in order to put the pieces together. Once we have the plan, we will execute it and make sure that all of your concerns are addressed and we can get your life moving in the right direction.


If you have been arrested, you will be brought to the Van Nuys police station in the jurisdiction where the case is pending. You are required to appear in court within 72 hours, otherwise, they have to let you go.

If you bail out, you will be given a court date about 30 days away. There are disadvantages to posting bail. If you bail out, you give the police an extra 30 days to put together the case against you.

During those 30 days, the prosecuting attorney could change the charges that the police booked you for, add more charges, or take away charges. They can also ask for a higher bail than what you posted. Then, your attorney has to argue to try to keep the bail the same. If the bail gets raised, you will have to post the difference to stay out of jail.

Once you appear in Van Nuys court, you will be informed of the charges against you and given your next court date. You will have a chance to meet with your attorney. You can stay in the early disposition court and try to see if you can resolve the case or you can move your case into one of the preliminary hearing courts.

Certain types of charges, such as sex crimes and domestic violence, require a special prosecutor in Van Nuys. If you are arrested for one of these crimes, your attorney has to wait for the district attorney’s office to appoint that prosecutor. There are all kinds of different moving parts of a case in the Van Nuys court. Your best move is to get an criminal attorney who regularly practices there.


We know how to represent a person charged with a crime in Van Nuys Courthouse. We handle hundreds of cases in Van Nuys every year and know what to do and how to deal with the prosecutors, judges and key participants related to your case.

Van Nuys Courthouse is one of the largest in San Fernando Valley. Of the approximately 47 courthouses in Los Angeles County, this court is one of the top five as far as volume of cases going through its doors each month.

If a crime occurs in the San Fernando Valley, it will end up being prosecuted in the Van Nuys Courthouse. One of the most common types of crimes is domestic violence related charges.

If you or a loved one is being prosecuted, logic dictates you will choose local well know law firm to protect your interests, that appears in the Van Nuys Courthouse on a daily basis and has established the connections and reputation necessary to get the job done! That’s where we come in to make sure that you are treated fairly and end up with a result that you deserve.

I have created a law firm specifically focused on being the most effective when it comes to local courthouse politics and knowing the system and players within that system. We know what it takes and who to talk to, in order to get the job done.

I encourage you to call us and set up a free face to face consultation. You will be educated on how the system works and we will talk about how we can resolve your specific problem. It won’t cost you a dime to begin to formulate a plan to get your specific problem behind you.

Once we have the plan, if you believe that we are the firm to execute the plan, then you will retain us and get yourself on the road to getting your life back! No one can match our credentials or ability to figure out a plan to get you out of the system and back to your life.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense such as a theft crime, sex crime, drug crime, white collar crime, or a serious felony, you should speak with the dedicated Van Nuys criminal defense attorneys at the Hedding Law Firm.

We have handled countless cases involving misdemeanors and serious felonies and we are committed to helping our clients fight their criminal charges both in and out of court.


When someone is arrested and brought to Van Nuys Jail, the police must bring that person to court within 2 business days. If the person is booked for a misdemeanor crime, it usually takes only one business day for the Van Nuys Jail to move them into the Van Nuys Criminal Courthouse.

However, if the person is booked for a felony in Van Nuys, then a Van Nuys detective will typically review the case before it is filed with the Van Nuys District Attorney’s Office. In a felony bookings, it usually takes two business days to get the person to court. If the arrest occurs on a weekend or holiday, it can extend the time a person is held in custody in Van Nuys.

Of course, once a person is booked in Van Nuys Jail, they have the option of posting bail and will be released quicker than the two days. Once a bail is posted, the court date in Van Nuys is usually set approximately thirty days away.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and is being held in the Van Nuys Jail, I encourage you to contact us…we can quickly find out what the charges are, when the person will be going to Van Nuys Court and, once hired, start the process of protecting your loved one’s rights, reputation and freedom!


Twenty five years ago I made my first court appearance in the Van Nuys court and have made thousands of appearances there since that time. It is on of my favorite courthouses in Los Angeles County and I am proud to have had some unbelievable success for my clients in Van Nuys. In my opinion the judges in this courthouse are fair and so is the both prosecutors offices.

In this courthouse the City Attorney’s Office prosecutes all misdemeanor cases that fall in the Van Nuys jurisdiction and the District Attorney’s Office prosecutes all felony matters that are filed in this courthouse. All first time arraignments are heard in Van Nuys Department 100 if the case is filed as a felony and in Van Nuys Division 101 if the case is filed as a misdemeanor.

Also of note is that the courthouse has a 90 day rule in misdemeanor cases whereby the judges are putting pressure on all of the attorneys to finish a criminal case one way or another within ninety days of the date of the filing of the case. Sometimes this works to the defense’s advantage, while other times it does not.

When it comes to negotiating cases, the District Attorney’s Office, like any huge entity, has a hierarchy of command and it is important as as successful criminal defense attorney to know how to maneuver a case through their office to a successful resolution and of course avoid the pitfalls along the way.

I invite you to come and tell me which court your case is in, who you judge is, who your prosecutor is and the facts and circumstances of your case. I will give you and insiders perspective of what I think of your case and an idea of what the strategy should be moving forward.



Once your case is filed in the Van Nuys Courthouse you will be brought into one of the two arraignment courtrooms. If your case is filed as a felony, it will start out in Department 100 on the third floor of the courthouse.

If the case is filed as a misdemeanor, it will be arraigned in Department 101, which is on the third floor as well, right next to Department 100. The judge will ask you whether you will enter a guilty, not guilty or no contest plea and then the case will proceed from there.

If the plea is not guilty, then the case will be sent to a preliminary hearing courtroom (if it is a felony) and to one of the trial courts if it is a misdemeanor. If, on the other hand, you plead guilty, then you will likely be sentenced on the spot, or the sentencing will be set for a future date.

Another option is to continue the arraignment and set it for a future date to resolve while you and your attorney gather necessary information on your behalf to convince the judge and the prosecutor to give you a resolution of your choice.

Another important thing that will happen at the arraignment is that your custody status will be dealt with. The judge can either release you on your promise to appear for future court dates or he or she can make you post a bail in order to be released.

Your attorney is entitled to argue for you to be released on the spot or to argue for a bail that they think you can post. As you can see from the above, having a seasoned criminal defense attorney who knows the courthouse you are being prosecuted in, makes all the difference in the world and can impact whether you get out of custody or not.

When I represent my clients in the Van Nuys Courthouse, I am able to give them a perspective that most other attorneys can not, based on my knowledge of the judges and prosecutors tendencies in certain cases and having successfully handled thousands of cases in this particular courthouse.