I’ve tried many attempted murder cases in the San Fernando Valley courthouses and had a lot of success. Sometimes the prosecutors over-file these cases which is defined under California Penal Code 664/187.
It gives them a lot of power because a defendant in a single attempted murder charge is looking at 15 to life. If you add a gang enhancement behind that, that adds an extra 10 years on the back of the sentence.
Negotiation with Prosecutor
So, the prosecutors now have a lot of power and if you don’t play ball with them or negotiate with them, you could end up getting convicted.
If you do get convicted of attempted murder, the judge really doesn’t have any discretion. He or she must give you 15 to life.
These San Fernando Courts really take situations where someone is firing a weapon at somebody, using a knife, choking a significant other.
They take these types of cases very seriously and they like to file attempted murder cases in the San Fernando Valley courts.
So, you’ve got to have a criminal defense attorney who can counter that. My office is in Encino on Ventura Boulevard. I’m in the Van Nuys and San Fernando Courthouses all the time.
Getting Attempted Murder Charges Reduced of Dismissed
I’ve handled hundreds of cases related to attempted murder charges. I’ve been successful. I’ve gotten not guilty verdicts. I’ve gotten cases dismissed at the preliminary hearing. I’ve got some of these attempted murder charges in the San Fernando Valley reduced to lower charges , whether it be assault with a deadly weapon or some other charge.
The bottom line is, if you can’t sustain a conviction for attempted murder, then your best bet is to hire an attorney who will fight for you — who will challenge the prosecutor’s evidence.
Sometimes at the preliminary hearing, the prosecutors are going to call their witnesses. That gives the defense in these attempted murder cases a chance to cross-examine the witnesses.
Sometimes to attack their credibility and sometimes destroy them as a witness altogether, and without that witness, a lot of times the prosecution’s case falls to pieces.
So, if you’re looking to find an attorney who is going to fight for you or your loved one who is charged with attempted murder in the San Fernando Valley, you’ve got to get somebody who is a warrior.
A lawyer who knows what it takes to win a case — who knows how to deal with the prosecutors and judges in the San Fernando Valley courthouses and who can really break a case down.
Close Review of the Evidence
The first thing I’m doing when I’m hired on these cases is, I’ve got to review all the evidence. I have to talk to the prosecutor to see what their position is. Now I’m going to go to my client and say, I reviewed the evidence. Here’s what I see.
Here’s what the prosecutor is claiming. What’s our position? I listen to what the have to say and then the two of us are going to talk about what the best course of action is moving forward.
Because in an attempted murder case in the San Fernando Valley, myself and my client have got to be on the same page. We’ve got to be driving towards the same result.
Do we have a self-defense claim? Is this a situation where the charges have been over-filed? Or, do they have the right charges and we need to do damage control.
These are all things I’m looking at, I’m thinking about and I’m making the right decision at the right time, so my client can end up with the best possible result.
If you or a loved one is charged with attempted murder in the San Fernando Valley, pick up the phone. Ask to speak to Ron Hedding. You’ll be talking to somebody who’s been down the road you’re about to travel and had a lot of success protecting rights, freedom, reputation and future.