As many of you may not know, the Hedding Law Firm has been around since the 1970s when my father first started practicing.
I later came along and I’ve been practicing now for the past 27 years. I think the secret sauce is not only experience, but a well-rounded complete package-type experience.
In other words, I started first with the District Attorney’s office in the early 1990s. At that time, I was working in East Los Angeles and there was a power struggle because it was an election year for the DA’s office.
What ended up happening was, Ira Reiner was beat by Gil Garcetti and he not only came in with a bunch of new policies, but he also fired a number of top-level prosecutors and brought in his own team to reform the District Attorney’s office.
Experience with Los Angeles District Attorney
It’s very similar to what’s happening today where a new head prosecutor has taken over and is in the process of implementing new policies that are going to be used in order to reform the District Attorney’s office.
They are also to reform Los Angeles which is one of the biggest metropolitan areas for crime. There are over 1,200 District Attorneys and 38 courts. I think, first and foremost:
- having the experience with the District Attorney’s office, and
- having the experience with the political upheaval that’s going on right now in Los Angeles is crucial.
I was right in the middle of the last battle when Ira Reiner was beat. Heads rolled in the District Attorney’s office and I saw how the DAs handled their cases, what their policies were, how great defense attorneys back in the early 1990s dealt with case.
So, not only do I have the political picture of what’s going on, but I’ve also got the experience working for the DA’s office and seeing how they build their cases, seeing how they work with law enforcement and seeing how they prepare their cases.
Because, what I consider a criminal defense attorney — especially in a place like Los Angeles — is a warrior. And the warrior’s first task is to know their enemy.
Knowing How You Opponent Handles Criminal Cases
The District Attorney’s office can be your enemy because they are so difficult sometimes in working with defendants and working with crime that it’s crucial that your defense attorney knows how to deal with them, knows what it takes to get the result that you must have. So, to me, that is pillar number one, which is:
- knowing how your opponent deals with their cases, and
- knowing how to counter that, and
- also knowing the politics behind the District Attorney’s office as we move forward.
I think the second aspect that is crucial is that in 1993, I was a research attorney for a Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles county, so I basically helped him write his opinions. I helped him decide all of his legal issues.
Knowing Judge’s Decision Making Process
So, I’ve got the inside information abut how judge deal with cases, what judges do in the decision-making process.
Because there are a lot of times if you can’t work your cases out with the District Attorney and you have to take the case to trial. There are times you:
- have to go to the judge for help;
- you’ve got to know how the judge thinks;
- you’ve got to know how the judge is going to resolve problems.
If you don’t have that information, then you’re not going to be able to effectively represent your client.
So, I have done research for judges, I’ve talk to a judge as his right-hand man and have helped him get the decision-making process done for his cases. I think that’s a crucial peek behind the curtain of how criminal cases are dealt with.
How any legal case is dealt with, you’ve got to see the perspective of the judge and I’ve got that experience way back to 1993 I’ve got many cases under my belt from a judge’s standpoint, assisting the judge.
I also worked on the Jenny Commission (the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation) (JNE), which was tasked with investigating not only sitting judges, but also people who wanted to be judges.
I was on that commission that worked both in Los Angeles and San Francisco, so I have a very good perspective on exactly how judges are selected and what the criteria are to be a successful judge.
Thousands of Successful Cases
I think probably the biggest factor in the secret sauce that has led to the success of the Hedding Law Firm and the thousands of clients that we have serviced, has to do with being a criminal defense attorney and defending people for the past 27 hears.
All too often I see these former prosecutors coming on the scene and thinking they can be successful in criminal defense.
Unfortunately, a lot of them fail. They talk a big game, but what they don’t realize is, that being a prosecutor is much easier and les challenging than being a criminal defense attorney. Prosecutors usually have a good case:
- they’ve got the police;
- they have unlimited money;
- they’ve got judges who are former prosecutors.
So, to be a prosecutor is really not all that difficult. That’s why they don’t get paid very much money.
Just because you can prosecute someone and you can put somebody behind bars when you typically have the whole deck stacked in our favor, that’s really not all that impressive to me.
Try defending somebody. Try getting a not guilty verdict. That is where I see the best criminal defense attorneys, like me who have been doing this for so long:
- thousands of clients,
- seen many administrations in the District Attorney’s’ office,
- fought many different jury trials, negotiated cases,
- seen laws come and go and change — like the three strikes law for example.
These are the attorneys you want representing you, especially if you’ve got a difficult case; especially if you’ve got a lot of things on the line. So, chose someone like me who’s been a criminal defense attorney only for the past 27 years and counting.
Well Known By Both Judges and Prosecutors
I think when you talk about the secret sauce and you really get a feel for it as far as the Hedding Law Firm goes, and Ron Hedding, you realize that my father and I have been working together now for a long time.
We both have the same name, except different middle names. It’s a pretty interesting and dynamic firm that not too many other firms can challenge or even be talked about in the same breath. We’re very well known by both judges and prosecutors.
Integrity, Hard Work, and Preparation
I think the last thing I would say on this secret sauce topic really has to do with integrity, working hard, preparation.
Yes, we have talent and talent is an important ingredient in being a successful criminal defense attorney and getting great results for your clients.
But in addition to talent, because there are a lot of talented lawyers that aren’t successful, is:
- you’ve got to have hard work;
- you’ve got to have preparation;
- you have to take those extra steps at the right time to get that result your client must have;
- and you have to know the steps to take, the people to talk to.
This doesn’t come automatically. In a vast metropolis like Los Angeles with over 1,200 prosecutors and 38 different courthouses, it’s crucial that your attorney has that experience and the know how and has that work ethic.
Criminal Defense for All California Crimes
If you or a loved one has a criminal case anywhere in Los Angeles, in fact, anywhere in the nation if it’s a federal case, you’ve come to the right place. Ask to talk to Ron Hedding.
We’ll sit down and go over everything and we will begin to plant the seeds of success.
The seeds that are going to be able to get you out of your current situation, give you control of your life back.
Get a powerful advocate on your side right now. I stand at the ready to help you.
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) 374-3952.
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