Like all of the courts in Los Angeles county, District Attorneys that prosecute felonies in the San Fernando courthouse, have been given a directive by the new head District Attorney in Los Angeles county.
They are to dismiss all prior strikes that are pending against people right now in criminal cases, along with all special allegations.
They’ve also been given a very important directive as it relates to cases in the San Fernando courthouse that there is a presumption now.
Presumption of Probation on All Criminal Cases
When the District Attorney’s evaluate cases, that:
- each defendant should be getting probation unless;
- the District Attorney can come up with some aggravating factor that makes it outside the new policy.
And, even then, they cannot give the person prison. They must write a letter to the Bureau Chief in the District Attorney’s office explaining why they think the case is worth prison. Then they get an answer back and they decide what to do.
Long story short, I believe as a criminal defense attorney for the past 27 years practicing in the San Fernando court, that that courthouse has been impacted very positively by the new directives as far as criminal defendants are concerned.
Some Judges Are Refusing to Follow New Directives
The District Attorney’s office and some of the judges, obviously, don’t like what’s going on.
Judges, for example, have tried to block the new head prosecutor’s directive and have ordered that strikes not be stricken.
They are refusing to strike special allegations and they’re doing whatever they can to try to block the new DA, basically saying that he is not acting in the interest of justice, that his actions are political and that they don’t see any justification for it.
Probably the biggest argument against the policies in the San Fernando court and across Los Angeles county is that they’re just a blanket policy without looking at each case individually to see whether or not the case warrants prison or the case warrants probation.
New Policies Improve Chances to Avoid Prison
The bottom line is the pendulum has pretty clearly shifted in favor of defendants in criminal cases in the San Fernando courthouse. This is a crucial change because it really gives people who are charged with crimes in the San Fernando Valley a fighting chance to:
- stay out of prison.
- to preserve their life,
- to preserve their criminal record and a whole host of other things.
So, if you or a loved one has a case pending in the San Fernando court, you’ve got to hire an attorney like me.
I have the background to know how to use the new directives in your favor to be able to lessen any punishment, get charges dismissed and put you in the best possible position moving forward.
Pick up the phone if you’ve got a case in the San Fernando court. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding.
I stand at the ready to answer all of your questions and we will begin to start the plan to get this criminal matter behind you.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley area at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0940.