Parents Looking for a Criminal Attorney for Their Child

Posted by Ronald D. HeddingAug 17, 2019

I've handled thousands of criminal cases across Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley in the last twenty-five years. I know that when a parent has a child in trouble and they're in another state or if they're in California, t's not easy to choose a defense attorney with experience dealing with juvenile crimes.

So, if you're an out-of-state parent and are looking for an attorney or if you're a parent in California – I've got four kids.  I know what it means to try to protect those you love, especially those who have gone astray. Sometimes sons and daughters make mistakes.  They get themselves wrapped up in drugs.

Los Angeles Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyer

Maybe they have a mental illness — whatever the case may be, you need somebody that can sept in and act as a parent would when someone is charged with a crime. You can't do it because you're either not skilled enough to be an attorney to be able to defend your child, or you're out-of-state and know nothing of the system that your son or daughter finds themselves in, so that's where I come in.

I've been doing this a long time.  I know what it takes to win.  I know what it takes to help those young people who have gone astray.  So, if you need an attorney in San Fernando or Van Nuys, CA – you're out-of-state; you're in-state; you're in Los Angeles — wherever you are, pick up the phone.  Make the call.

Most of the time, I can get on the phone within a relatively short period.  You can break down the case for me, let me know what happened, and why you think your loved one has been arrested.  I will then put my resources, skills, and experience to work for you — find out where your child is, what they're charged with, what the bail is, and what it's going to take to bring them home to you.

Sometimes that's not easy.  Sometimes they've committed grave crimes, and they need somebody who's been down the road that you're about to travel, who's had success, who knows what it takes to win, who knows what it takes to help a parent out from one parent to another.

If you need help, if your child's in trouble, pick up the phone and give Ron Hedding a call.  I've been doing this a long time.  I know what it takes to get the result you're looking for.  I know what it takes to help your child. I know what it takes to get your child out of the criminal justice system as quickly as possible and bet your bottom dollar that they're wrapped up in a callous bureaucracy with seasoned prosecutors and used to dealing with individuals who commit crimes.

With over a thousand prosecutors in Los Angeles, when your son or daughter is in trouble, you'll need somebody who can fight back to get their version of events across to the prosecutor and the judge. They can get the good things about them out there — character letters, people who know them that have a job, and let the prosecutor know what's going on with that person — why do they find themselves in this position and set up a game plan moving forward.

That's the crucial thing — figure out what it will take to solve this problem.  Get your child out of custody.  Get your child back in a position where they can lead a good life, back to you, back to their loved ones — get them out of harm's way. Get them out of the bureaucracy that sometimes poses.

How to Get the Best Result in a Juvenile Criminal Case?

Those people whose children are charged with juvenile criminal matters in Los Angeles are trying to figure out the best way to handle them.  It's not easy. As a parent, you're not used to dealing with such things, so the first move you have to make is to hire a seasoned juvenile criminal defense attorney.

I've been doing this now for 30 years.  I've worked for the district attorney's office.  I've also worked for a superior court judge and defended juvenile cases since the early 1990s. To get the best result, we've got to look at what the person is charged with, how serious the offense is, and the best angle to take care of the case.

One option is to go to trial, but if you go to trial, you must go to trial in front of a judge.  There are no juries for juveniles. 

Sometimes these judges are jaded, and it's not easy to win a juvenile case, but if you've got a good defense attorney. So you and your attorney talk about the judge's tendencies and the type of case we're talking about, and you're going to be in a much better position to get a result that your son or daughter can live with.

How Well Is the Juvenile Doing in School?

The next thing that helps in juvenile cases is if a person is doing well in school.  The reason for this is that the courts and the prosecutor figure if somebody can keep at least a C average, show up to school and not cause any trouble, that person may be somebody they could give a chance in a juvenile case, give the benefit of the doubt.

If, on the other hand, the person has committed a violent felony, doesn't go to school, is in a gang, or is dangerous, that will be a different way to look at these cases.

The 730 Evaluation

What I like to do is get what's called a 730 evaluation in a lot of these cases, which:

  • evaluates the person,
  • looks at their school record,
  • looks at the mental issues, if they have any.

It sets up a plan for this particular minor, which I can often use to get the best result in your specific case.  So, the 730 evaluation is something we coordinate. We use an excellent psychologist or psychiatrist to provide the report.  It's a way of getting mitigating information about your son or daughter. 

Also, of course, we will look at their criminal record.  Hopefully, they have none, and we will examine what type of crime they're involved in. But, of course, the worse the crime, the more difficult it is to deal with the case.

Setting Up a Game Plan

If you want the best result, we have you come in.  We review everything and set up a game plan for your child to get the possible outcome. So, if you or a loved one has a juvenile case, you need the best attorney, which I think you do. You've come to the right place.  Pick up the phone now.  Set up a meeting with Ron Hedding. 

We're going to go over step by step what all of the potential outcomes are. So, for example, the person could get home on probation.  They could get a diversion resolution where they get no criminal record. 

They could get their matter sealed and destroyed, so there's no arrest record or contact with the police. Then, of course, they could end up in camp.  They could end up in juvenile prison. So a whole host of things could happen depending on the type of case and the circumstances in the case. Pick up the phone now and set up a meeting with Ron Hedding.  I stand at the ready to help you.