Prostitution Stings by Police
In the last twenty-five years that I've been practicing criminal defense, I've seen a lot of illegal activity on Sepulveda Boulevard. The police know about all the crimes on Sepulveda Boulevard that runs across the San Fernando Valley, so their vice operations are going in full force.
They have sting operations going—a lot of the main activity on Sepulveda Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley centers around prostitution. So, there are prostitutes out there, and the police are watching. Then they will either catch people in the act of prostitution or arrest the prostitute or the person they call the “john” trying to get the prostitute to engage in some sexual activity with them.
Also, the police will put their female officers out there posing as prostitutes, and they will all be wired up, and they will have a whole team out there waiting to catch person after person after person. A lot of times, there's a lot of entrapment. It's not fair how they're conducting these operations, but if you have an attorney who has handled these cases before and knows what to do, you can get good results.
There's also gang activity out on Sepulveda Boulevard that the police are looking out for. I've seen a lot of people charged with pimping and pandering, prostitution activity, and solicitation of prostitution.
People don't realize that if you agree or propose some sexual act for money, that's all it takes to get you to solicit prostitution on Sepulveda Boulevard, even if the action is not effectuated. Even if you're going to try to claim that you were joking, the police are going to arrest you, prosecute you, and they're going to try to tarnish your record because of what they perceive as an immoral act.
Defenses To Crimes Being Prosecuted On Sepulveda Blvd.
One defense is entrapment. I use it all the time. Many times, people are not predisposed to commit the crime of prostitution or any crimes on Sepulveda Boulevard, and the police are just out there, ready to pounce on anybody that comes along. If that's the case, we will get you into the office in your case. We go over all the details. I encourage you to be honest.
Don't leave anything out. Please don't spin on anything, so I can get a feel for what happened. Then I can give you an idea of what you are facing, whether you have a good defense, and what type of strategy we can use to deal with your case and resolve it.
There is a rush to judgment when it comes to people on Sepulveda Boulevard. The first thing I see in all the police reports is that there have been many criminal activities in this area throughout the last many years, and we're there for crime suppression.
This is the police writing this in the report. So now the judge hears that during a preliminary hearing or even a jury during a trial, and they're like, oh yeah, this person must have been doing something wrong. But that's not necessarily always true. Sometimes people get themselves mixed into the heart of something they didn't intend to commit any crime.
So, the way to evaluate that is to get a great criminal defense attorney on your side. Go over all the details with them. I can have a good feel for whether or not it's a case that should be fought; it's a case where I can convince the prosecutor just by talking to him that they should dismiss the charges or make a lesser charge or mitigate them down or give the person diversion, or whether it's a case where they've got a good case against you, we need to do damage control and try to negotiate a plea bargain for you.
Retain a Criminal Attorney
So, if you've got a case spawned on Sepulveda Boulevard, I've handled hundreds of issues on Sepulveda Boulevard. I know all the police tricks they use, and I know how to beat these cases if it's a winnable cases. I also obviously know how to mitigate a chance and show the prosecutors the good things about you with character letters, your job, if you go to school, and if you have a family.
These are all the things that we need to do to tell your story to wipe off the shame of a Sepulveda Boulevard case and show the people who you are. Often, the police do a one-sided investigation, especially regarding a crime on Sepulveda Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley. There's a rush to judgment. They don't get your side of the story, and it's your criminal defense attorney's job to tell them your side so you get treated the best.
If you've got a case on Sepulveda Boulevard, you're probably being prosecuted in the Van Nuys courthouse or the San Fernando courthouse. The Hedding Law Firm has practiced in these courthouses for twenty-five years. We're local to the courthouses. We know the prosecutors and the judges and know what it takes to get you the best possible result for a case that occurred in the San Fernando Valley, California.