One of the biggest problems for people is keeping their spirits up, keeping their faith up because they’ve lost control of their future once they’re charged with a California criminal case.
They could be facing jail or prison time, facing a criminal record, facing the loss of important rights and their future becomes dim because they’re really not sure what’s going to happen. They basically lose control, and once you lose control you lose faith.
So, in order to keep faith, I think about this all the time and I try to guide my clients through very difficult times — you’ve got to believe in something sight unseen. You’ve got to believe that there is a resolution out there for you:
- whether it be a jury trial and a not-guilty verdict, or
- some sort of negotiated plea by your attorney.
I think having a great criminal defense attorney by your side who has a lot of experience and understands you, what you need, and understands your case.
Further, a lawyer who has dealt with the judge and the prosecutor that you’re going to be in front of.
It can lock you into a position where you can have some faith, because you can say, “you know what, I’ve got a great attorney on this thing. I’m not an attorney, so I’m not going to be able to litigate the case myself.
What I can do is, I can hire a very good criminal attorney and let them take over — let them help guide me through.” That starts to get a foot hold or a strangle hold on faith for you.
What’s the Best That Can Happen?
Also, taking some mental steps and saying, what’s the worst that can happen in this situation?
I think a lot of people come in and ask me that question and I used to say, I don’t understand why people keep coming in and asking what’s the worst that can happen:
- why don’t ask me what’s the best that can happen?
- why are they looking at the worst possible scenario instead of the best possible scenario?
And I finally realized that they’re just trying to logic things out for themselves and I kind of agree.
Look at the worst that can happen, and then accept the worst, and say, okay, the worst has happened. That’s what’s going to happen to me, because that helps you to begin to deal with your case and your situation.
Once you accept the worst that’s going to happen, then you can start to live with it. You start to say, “okay, I can live with that. I can handle that. I can deal with that. I can come back from that.”
Then, once you’ve accepted that and you know you have a great defense attorney on the case, say to yourself, alright, is there anything that I can do to improve upon my situation, and there’s always something you can do.
Prefiling Intervention Mitigation Package
Sometimes we put together a mitigate package where we get some letters from family and friends who know you. Sometimes that will help and this is known as prefiling intervention.
Other times, dealing with your criminal defense attorney and helping your attorney to make some powerful decisions in your case is the thing to do. It can be all sorts of different things that you’re able to do to help yourself.
So, figure out what you can do to improve your situation. A lot of times your attorney will tell you. I tell people, here’s what you can do:
- go talk to your pastor and ask him to write a nice letter about you;
- go talk to your friends and family and tell them you need something to show what good character you have as a person.
We get that mitigation package together, you cooperate with your attorney, you do what your attorney tells you to do, and now you’re starting to improve your situation.
Retain the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
Hire the best criminal defense lawyer in California. Find somebody who really knows what they’re doing and who has a lot of experience.
I love to meet with people. I want to hear your side of the story. I also want to hear the other side of the story. Let’s not just leave it at your side of the story, because your side of the story is only half of the puzzle.
You’ve got to give your attorney a real perspective. Don’t lie to them. Be honest with them. Tell them the truth about what’s going on so they can really be in a position to help you.
So, once you’ve done that you know what you’re facing, you know what you can do to help yourself and you have chosen a great attorney to:
- champion your rights,
- your interests,
- your reputation,
- your freedom and
- all the things that are obviously important to you, then let it go.
There’s nothing else you can do. Now you can have faith that you’re going to end up with the best result because you’ve done everything that you can do.
Why are you going to beat yourself up and torture yourself over something that you don’t have control of anymore?
Once you have got that great attorney by your side and you feel confident that you’ve got somebody who knows they’re going, you can then let it go. You can then say:
- You know what, I’ve done what I can do;
- I’m not going to worry about it anymore, cause all worrying right now is going to do I eat away at me;
- it’s going to make me feel sick;
- it’s going to make me feel bad and it’s not going to solve my problem.
What’s going to solve my problem is having faith and confidence in my attorney and faith and confidence in myself, and faith and confidence in a higher power that is going to see me through this.”
Envision Best Possible Resolution to Your Criminal Case
Every morning when you wake up, in your mind envision the resolution that you want. Envision the end result that you want.
If you keep doing that, eventually you’re going to get that or something very close to that, because once you put your hands in your attorney, put your hands in your faith, in the person that you believe in, then there’s nothing else you can do — you’ve done what you can do.
So, to just continue to worry about things really doesn’t make any sense.
I hope this little piece of information has helped you. I don’t think this piece of information is limited to criminal defense cases in Los Angeles or anywhere.
I think it has to do with life. If you want to live a solid life, if you want to get what you want to get in life, you must have faith and you must believe in something sight unseen, and that’s not an easy thing to do.
It’s not easy because a lot of times people want to think about the negative, about the worst things in life, about the horrible things about, “Oh My God, what if it goes this way?”
Instead of saying, “you know, it’s not going to go that way. It’s going to go the way I want. I’m going to be successful. I’m not going to think about the negative. I’m going to think about the positive.”
Because if we think about the positive, you envision the best — you envision the positive — that’s what you’re going to get. If you think about the negative, if you think about the worst thing that can happen, that’s probably what you’re going to get.
What we think about every day and what our emotions cause us to believe in every day is what we’re going to get, and if you’re thinking about good things and positive things, that’s what you’re going to get.
I wish you all the best in your case. If you need the help of a great criminal defense attorney, you’ve come to the right place. Take the first step. Pick up the phone.
Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding of the Hedding Law Firm. I stand at the ready to help you.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm based in Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436.
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