Sentencing Hearings in Los Angeles Criminal Cases

California Sentencing Laws – “Sentencing is one of the most important concepts in criminal defense.” Only the best insider criminal attorneys know how to plan to be successful when sentencing in a criminal case. The court will look at the defendant's background, criminal history, the current offense, any aggravating or mitigating factors, and much more. Not every element applies in every case…knowing which to emphasize and how to argue the right ones takes a certain level of experience and familiarity with the matter.

This is why it is imperative to have a savvy criminal defense attorney in your corner, who knows what will sway a particular judge and how to make the arguments that count. I have been practicing as a sentencing hearing attorney for over 25 years.

Serving All LA County Courthouses

I have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that your sentencing hearing goes well. As a sentencing hearing lawyer, I also provide services in Encino CA, Van Nuys CA, Pasadena, CA, Burbank, CA, Glendale, CA, and San Fernando, CA. I have the best success in criminal sentencing when I can tell the client's story. Not just what happened in the case, but what and who they indeed are. Many people have had a tough time in life, which has led them to do certain things that are not them.

We work hard to show the other side of the equation. With character letters, a thorough analysis of the mitigating factors related to the case, and a solid positive plan moving forward, we can and will make a difference for our clients every day! We can answer your questions about what determines a sentence in a criminal case and how to avoid jail time. Call us right away to talk with our sentencing hearing attorney in Van Nuys, CA.

A Mitigation Package is a Must Before Sentencing

We present a mitigation package to the prosecutors and judges in almost all of our cases. This is where we lay out the argument to give you the sentence that we want the prosecutor and judge to provide us with the best opportunity to be successful.

Depending on the type of case and circumstances, we will give them character letters from people who know you and can speak to the kind of person you are and give the prosecutor a good look at your best side before a sentencing decision is made affects your life.

We find that the combination of a written persuasive argument and a verbal position laid out professionally gives you the best chance at a favorable outcome in your case. Sometimes we will get professionals to draft reports on your behalf to show the prosecutor a specific point that could make or break your case.

Doctors and other experts can make all of the difference in sentencing under the right circumstances. The key to the best result at sentencing is to address the issue that the judge and prosecutor will undoubtedly have with your conduct in a particular case and to make sure they believe us when we say that this will not happen again and that we are sorry for what has happened and have learned from the mistake.

Another thing that we do in a case is make sure that we do everything in our power to make the victim whole and let the judge and the prosecutor know that we did it and we are serious about making things right. This can come in the form of insurance, restitution, and other acts that can show the judge that we made a sincere effort to make things right and put the person we harmed back to where they were before this unfortunate incident. As an experienced sentencing hearing lawyer in the San Fernando Valley, I will ensure that all these matters are taken care of.

General Sentencing Information in Criminal Cases

If you get convicted of a crime, the last step you will go through is the sentencing hearing. California criminal law provides the defense and the prosecution an opportunity to be heard regarding sentencing after the defendant has been convicted of a crime. This can be done with the help of a sentence hearing attorney. 

Our role as your advocate is vital during the sentencing hearing. As your lawyer, we present any mitigating circumstances to lower your sentence. The prosecution attempts to explain aggravating circumstances to keep the sentence as is, but we do everything we can to get you the lowest sentence possible post-conviction.

You have the legal right to be present for sentencing, the right to be represented by an attorney and have us present at the sentencing, the right to present evidence, and the right to propose alternative sentencing, and more legal rights you are entitled to that we will discuss with you and explain to you. Make sure you call our office to talk to our lawyers.

If you are convicted of two or more crimes, the judge must decide whether the sentences will run consecutively or concurrently. We will do whatever we can to get your sentences to run concurrently, meaning at the same time, to save some years of your life.

Other factors play a role in sentencing hearings, and we are ready, willing, and available to answer your questions and advocate for you. Our ultimate goal is to protect your freedom entirely, but we will do everything possible to get you the lowest sentence if you happen to get convicted. Please pick up the phone and call us at the Hedding Law Firm to speak with a sentencing hearing lawyer. Set up a free consultation, and we will discuss everything further in detail.