San Fernando courthouse pretty much controls the north end of the San Fernando Valley as it relates to criminal cases that occur there.
So, when the police arrest people in that jurisdiction, they’re going to be sending that case to the San Fernando Court, so it certainly makes sense that you want to know how the court system works.
You want to also how they prosecute those types of cases, and since I’ve been doing this for 26 years in the San Fernando courthouse, I have a pretty good idea for how the prosecutors are going to handle the criminal case.
Remember, the police cannot file criminal cases. They can only arrest people for criminal cases, and a lot of times they inappropriately arrest people and send the to court.
Negotiation with Prosecutor After Arrest
Then I talk to the prosecutors about the case and the prosecutors realize that the police did not do a very thorough investigation and a lot of times these cases are not filed in the first place.
So, don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because the police arrested you or a loved one and sent your case into the San Fernando courthouse that that means you have a criminal case filed against you.
Only the prosecutors — whether it be District Attorney who prosecute felonies, and City Attorneys, who prosecute misdemeanors — can prosecute these types of offenses.
So, the first thing that’s going to happen in a criminal prosecution is, you’ll either be cited into court where you’re sent something in the mail or the police give you a citation in your hand and tell you to appear in court, or you’ll be arrested.
Posting Bail and Court Date
You’ll post a bail and the bail bondsman will typically give you a half slip of paper that tells you which courthouse to appear in, what time to appear, and what date to appear.
This is when you have to get an attorney right away to start working on your behalf, to start to make the right moves in order to help you.
In other words, your attorney is your champion. Your attorney is the one that is going to make sure that whatever moves are made on your behalf are made in such a way that you either avoid a criminal filing.
If there is a case filed against you, that you make the right decisions at the right time so you get the best possible resolution, because when it comes to a criminal filing in San Fernando court, once the case is resolved, there’s usually no going back, so you have to do it right the first time.
What’s going to happen is, you’re going to end up going to court. Sometimes you’ll go into court because you were arrested and they’ll bring you in in custody and your attorney can argue for an OR release where no money will have to be paid in order to bail a person out.
There’s a pretty good chance I most criminal cases to get an OR release in the San Fernando jurisdiction now because of the Coronavirus.
The jails are overwhelmed with too many people and prosecutors and judges realize that it’s only the most serious cases and most serious offenses that they should be keeping people in custody for right since you’re 15 times more likely to get the Coronavirus while you’re in custody.
Experienced San Fernando Criminal Lawyer
If you need help because you have a case in the San Fernando court, you have to get somebody like me who has done this many, many times — thousands of cases handled over the years.
I’m there almost everyday of the week handling criminal cases in the San Fernando court, dealing with the prosecutors, dealing with the supervisors who make the decisions on these cases, arguing motions in cases in front of the judges there.
You’ve got to have someone who’s on the inside track who knows what it takes to get the best result. That’s one of the things that we’re going to do in the process of defending your criminal case in San Fernando.
We figure out if it’s a case that needs to be litigated and fought all the way through a jury trial, or whether it’s a case where the government has the evidence they need and you should be negotiating with them through me, your criminal defense attorney.
Once they get you into court, they’re going to set bail, assign your judge, set a court date, and that’s when you’ve got to sit down with your attorney and start to make the decisions that are going to affect your for the rest of your life.
Call Hedding Law Firm If Charged with a Crime
I stand at the ready. I’ve handled thousands of cases in the San Fernando courthouse going back to the early 1990s. I’ve worked for the District Attorney’s office so I see the prosecutor’s perspective.
I’ve worked for a judge early in my career, and I’ve been defending people just like you in the San Fernando courthouse since 1994 with unbelievable results because I care about my client and because I know what it takes to get you the best possible result.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0940.