Review of Police Report and Evidence
I've been handling criminal cases related to the City of Calabasas for the last 26 years. My office is in the Valley on Ventura Boulevard in Encino, about ten or fifteen minutes away. I've handled hundreds of cases where people have been arrested in Calabasas, whether the sheriffs are capturing them. Usually, the Lost Hills sheriff's station or the Los Angeles police department Topanga division handles that area. It's right on the border between LAPD territory and sheriff territory.
So, if you or a loved one has been arrested in Calabasas, or you live in Calabasas, and you picked up a case there, you've come to the right place. I've handled thousands of cases in the San Fernando Valley over a long career. Your case will likely be in the Van Nuys courthouse because they have control over the jurisdiction in Calabasas.
What I typically have you do comes in the privacy of my office. I sit down and go over everything, obviously protected by the attorney/client privilege whether you hire me or not. I can usually give you a pretty good idea of what you're facing, and we can come up with a strategy right from the beginning as to exactly how we're going to handle the case.
I'm going to take a look at the police report to speak to the prosecutor to get all the pieces of the puzzle so we can move forward with exactly how we're going to defend you and whether prefiling intervention is the right approach.
I'm prepared to fight the bail for you or your loved one. I'm ready to fight the charges, to deal with the prosecutors and the judges. I know all the prosecutors and the judges because I've been handling cases in that courthouse for many years. I see the city of Calabasas very well.
It's right near my home. I represented many people who either live in the community or pass through the neighborhood and get arrested by the sheriffs or the Topanga police department.
Deciding Defense Strategy for Best Outcome
It's necessary right from the beginning that we get our defense strategy down and decide whether this is a case we're going to fight or whether this is a case where we're going to do damage control.
We might work things out because that kind of dictates how we're going to deal with the defense once we decide after we talk about everything and come to a meeting of the minds what our best strategy is moving forward, such as a plea bargain. You've got a lot riding on how the case is handled.
That includes your rights, reputation, freedom, criminal record, and job. There are so many things on the line, and I know the feeling of losing control when the police arrest you in the city of Calabasas. You're sent into court. You have to appear. You're not sure of exactly what's going to happen. When we meet, I will give you a step-by-step on exactly how we're going to handle your case.
I will let you know what you can expect, and then you're going to start to feel a sense of getting your peace of mind back and restoring control in your life because now you'll have a target. You'll know what you're looking at.
All of the guesswork will be taken of it because I'm going to give you a good picture of what the tendencies are of the judges who are going to handle your case, what the trends are of the prosecutors who are lawyers like me on the other side who are going to be handling your case — what will make a difference in your case either in defending it or trying t mitigate it.
Seeking Lesser Charge or a Case Dismissal
Maybe we're looking to get a lesser charge. Perhaps we're looking to get some program or a dismissal. It just depends on what happened, what your criminal record looks like, and what type of case we're talking about. I will bring to bear my years of experience. I've worked for the District Attorney's office. I've worked for a Superior Court judge as his research attorney and right-hand man.
I've been the guiding force behind the Hedding Law Firm for the last 26 years, defending people just like you and dealing with your case, and figuring out what we're going to do so then we can put you in the best possible position to get out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible.