Practice Areas – San Fernando Valley Criminal Attorneys


Like most things in life, it is not what you know, it is who you know. The criminal defense community is very small and close knit. Therefore hiring an attorney that frequently appears in the court where your case is pending is essential if you want to obtain the best result!

A local attorney will know the tendencies of the prosecutors and judges and will know what it takes to successfully fight or negotiate your case. Even if your matter is going to be tried in front of a jury, a local attorney will know which segment of the population makes up the jury pool in a particular court location.

It is this type of incite and insider information that will be necessary to successfully navigate through a judicial system that can be harsh, when it comes to punishment for a criminal case.

Having worked in the San Fernando Valley Courthouses since 1992, I know exactly how to maneuver a criminal case in each of the courts. Further, I know which judges and prosecutors to deal with and which ones to avoid. Sometimes, pretrial motions can be very effective weapons in a criminal case.

This is information that very few attorneys possess…unless they have been in the trenches for years. Also, some of the courthouses tend to be more harsh on certain crimes, while others are more forgiving. Since the District Attorney and City Attorney move their prosecutors around from court to court, it is crucial that your attorney is a constant presence in each of the Valley courts and understands the political landscape.

The Heddings have had a law firm in the San Fernando Valley since the 1970’s. We are well known and respected in the San Fernando Valley. We have handled thousands of cases over the years.

One thing is for sure, having a local, well respected and seasoned law firm behind you in the criminal defense arena is a must. There is no substitute for the battle tested knowledge that is attained when you fight for your clients for many years. We can get you on the right path with one phone call!


First and foremost, we give you battle tested strategy and experience. I have worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge and therefore have seen how the other side deals with cases. In 1994 I stopped work as a research attorney for a senior judge and opened up my criminal defense practice in the San Fernando Valley.

We are now one of the longest running law firms. With experience comes results. Our firm is set up you produce results that give out client’s a chance to lead a normal productive life moving forward. The Hedding Law Firm is truly a top notch criminal defense firm. Our credentials speak for themselves.

We have been around for over 25 years and we have a combined 75 years experience. Our attorneys genuinely care about your constitutional rights and do everything we can to protect those rights. We represent clients in both state and federal court and we take the role of a true advocate.

We represent our clients with the highest professional standards. We are not afraid of a challenge and we do not back down when prosecutors come with their scare tactics. We fight for our clients’ freedom, legal rights, and reputation.

If you are being charged with a crime, do not plead guilty, do not plead no contest, do not make any rash decisions and let us intervene on your behalf.

Some of the criminal areas we practice are:

Domestic Violence

There is a common misconception that if your significant other says they do not want you prosecuted after you have been arrested you will not be prosecuted. That is not true. It’s not your significant other against you; it’s the people and special prosecuting agencies that deal with these cases.

We have dealt with these cases for over 75 combined years and we know who to talk to and what to do to set the matter up and tell your story.

Some of the key evidence that I bring to bear in a domestic violence case in Los Angeles is what a particular person has to lose if they’re convicted of a crime, how that person’s family will be affected if they are convicted of a crime, and how their job will be impacted if they are convicted of a domestic violence crime.

When you come and hire us to represent you we will have you get character letters from friends family and the community to show that you are a respected member of your community. We will paint a very clear picture of you as a solid community member and make a powerful presentation to the prosecutor and judge.

We realize that this is your life and the stakes are real. We will do everything we possibly can to protect you, your family and your criminal record.

Drug Crimes

The bottom line is if you possess or sell narcotics you will be prosecuted. We are able in many cases to keep your criminal record clean. Call us and come sit with us. We will talk about your case. We know how to handle narcotics cases. We also handle cases of drug possession for sale.


This is the most commonly charged crime in America and you do not have to be a criminal to get one, but a DUI is in fact a crime and not just a traffic violation and can be serious unless you have a true advocate looking out for you. The potential consequences of a first time DUI are serious, especially in a under 21 DUI.

You can end up in jail for 6 months; get 3 years probation; and not to mention the excessive fines. Our Van Nuys DUI Attorneys are specially trained to deal with driving under the influence cases.

We deal with the DMV hearing and The Court.We have a law firm specifically designed to take care of these things strategically and confidentially. We will be honest with you about your case from our first meeting. Our Firm will tell you the straight honest truth.

We are going to take care of the case for you. We will sit down with prosecutors and get you the best possible deal.We guarantee that you will feel that your case was handled discreetly, efficiently, and that we fought for you with the court and the DMV as well.

We handle both the criminal proceeding and the DMV hearing as part of our fee. You have nothing to lose. Our defense lawyers handle cases of DUI drugs  and felony DUI.

Federal Crimes

Sentencing is very important in federal matters. Judges have a lot of power now. They have the ability to give a person whatever sentence they want. There are limitations that have become hazy and simply advisory.

Our Van Nuys Federal Attorneys know the judges in the central district, have handled cases in front of them, and know their tendencies. The federal system is sophisticated so you need someone who will go right to work, being simplistic, getting the best possible results. We also handle cases of obstruction

Hit and Run

If you have been involved in a hit and run accident we can provide immediate protection. We will contact law enforcement and begin the process of getting this dealt with and behind you. You shouldn’t have to look over your shoulder and be worried that law enforcement is going to come and get you.

We will handle your hit and run case immediately and professionally. We will do everything we can to get it dismissed, reduced, or get you on a diversion program. We also handle cases of vehicular manslaughter.

Juvenile Crimes

We are powerful advocates in the Juvenile Court. We care about kids and getting them on the right path. We are ready to fight for your child, their future criminal record, and their rights. We know juvenile law and the juvenile courts throughout San Fernando Valley.

We have dealt with the judges and prosecutors and we know what it takes to win an adjudication hearing if necessary; we know what it takes to fight a fitness hearing; and we know what it takes to resolve a juvenile matter in court.

Sex Crimes

Are you being charged with or investigated for a sex crime? You need to act immediately. A conviction will change your life. You will have to register as a sex offender; your photograph goes on the internet; your relationships change.

You need attorneys like us who have over 75 years combined experience to deal with these types of cases. We have handled numerous matters and know who to talk to and what to say. We have much experience in this area of law. We will handle the matter professionally and discreetly and protect your reputation and your freedom.

Theft Crimes

We can help you if you have been involved in a theft related offense. A lot of time before you go to court we can influence what happens with the prosecutor. We will let them know your story the good things about and we can sometimes influence their decisions on what they file whether an expungement, a lesser charge, or even a dismissal.

Violent Crimes

If you or a loved one has been charged with a violent felony, it is imperative that you obtain a criminal defense attorney who knows the system where the case is. In today’s political climate with the three strikes law and the government cracking down and creating special units to deal with violent crimes, you need a law firm like ours.

We have handled over 50 major felony jury trials and 16 murder cases. Our law firm has extensive experience defending clients against any type of violent crime, including armed robbery, arson, assault and battery, attempted murder, child abuse, criminal threats, elder abuse, false imprisonment, firearm offense, home invasion, kidnapping, murder, resisting arrest, and voluntary manslaughter.


A lot of people ask what the judge will do when it comes to a probation violation or a bench warrant has been issued. You may lose a lot of rights and you will need a powerful advocate on your side. We encourage you, if you have a warrant, you’re being investigated, or you have a probation violation, come sit down with us and we will discuss all the specifics. We can answer your questions about what determines a sentence and how to avoid jail time.

At the Hedding Law Firm, our criminal defense lawyers also can help your with expungements, probation violations, sentencing, three strike cases, weapons chargeswhite collar crimes, internet crimes, aiding and abetting,  plea bargaining, gang sentencing enhancement, and obstruction of justice.

If you or someone you know is facing a criminal charge, no need to look further. Call our Lawyers and set up a free consultation.