San Fernando Valley Criminal Attorney
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY THAT IS GREAT IN JURY TRIALS IN THE LOS ANGELES COURTHOUSES?
Every case that walks into my office door is evaluated for whether we could win it at a jury trial. Ultimately, when it comes right down to it, if we can win the case at a jury trial then we know exactly how to handle it from the beginning. We will have an eye towards picking the best jury, filing motions that will make sure we get a fair trial and preparing to defend the case and put our own story forward in the best possible light to our client.
If, on the other hand, we know from the beginning that we are not going to jury trial, then we know that we need to start structuring the case to be negotiated, Meaning, we will have the client get character letters from friends, family, work and any organization that knows that you have good character and have benefited the community. We will file all necessary motions and decide from the beginning exactly what our bottom line will be in terms of negotiation and a potential deal.
Prosecutors are more likely to give the best deals to attorneys they know have the ability to fight a case in a jury trial and win. If the attorney is simply known as a negotiator, then the prosecutor has no incentive to give them the best deal, because they know the attorney is all bark and no bit! This is why it is so important to sit down face to face with your attorney and get a feel for who you are dealing with. I will not take a case for a client unless they come and sit down and meet with me. You must know who your attorney is and the strategy they will employ to achieve the best possible outcome.
According to California law, you are entitled to a jury trial If you are being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Our San Fernando Lawyers have engaged in numerous jury trials and have seen great results. We fight aggressively and when we engage in jury trials our goal is to win!
When you enter a “not guilty” plea, you will have to go through some pretrial proceedings to try and resolve the case, and if the case does not get resolved, then the case proceeds to trial.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE JURY TRIAL PROCESS IN LOS ANGELES?
The key when it comes to being successful in a jury trial in any of the San Fernando Valley Courthouse or an of the courthouses in the forty or so Los Angeles courthouse is to have a good plan that actually provides a complete defense for the subject charges. I have clients come in all of the time who think they can win their case in a jury trial because the police have violated their rights in some way or another. Since I have done over 200 jury trials I have an overall picture of what it takes to win any case. Many times clients have just taken a piece of the case that is favorable to them and are using it to argue they are innocent. For example, maybe law enforcement illegally seached their home or car are using what they found against them. What the client does not realize is that in that scenario, the jury does not decide illegal searches, the judge does. There are so many different angles and issues related to jury trials, that you best bet is to come in an lay out your particular situation and we can then begin the process of tackling your case and deciding whether a trial is the answer for you.
The jury consists of 12 members that represent a fair cross section of the community and all 12 must come to a unanimous decision in determining your guilt. As your Jury Trial Attorney we step up and aggressively argue the facts on your behalf. our main objective is to ultimately get you the best results possible…
The jury trial process consists of the: jury selection; opening statements by the attorneys; evidence (direct and cross examination of witnesses for prosecution and for defense); closing arguments by the attorneys; jury deliberations; the verdict; and finally the sentencing.
We will make strong opening and closing statements and build a strong case through the evidence we gather and witnesses we question leaving a doubt in the minds of the jurors as to your guilt demonstrating that the prosecution has not proved its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.
With our combined 75 years of experience, we have successfully defended clients in front of juries for crimes such as DUI, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, sex crimes, theft crimes, and a lot more.
If you are facing a pending criminal charge, get in touch with the Hedding Law Firm and we will take it from there.