Federal Criminal Defense Success Stories
I’ve put some case results in here of some of the cases that I’ve done over the years. It’s just a small sampling. Really, I think the best way to try to choose an attorney and looking at their cases that they’ve done, it’s either call the attorney and talk to them about your case, let them know what happened, give him some factual background and then they can let you know if that’s the type of case they handle and if they’ve handed one of those cases before.
A lot of times I like to do a comparison where the case resolved from the case that I’ve done and then compare it to your case and kind of give you a feel for how everything was dealt with, what strategy I use and give you some ideas on what strategies I might be able to use o your case.
Of course, all cases are different. All people are different. So, you can’t just take some cookie-cuter approach. You really have to look at the case and look at the facts, and I think importantly, loo at the person. Look at your client. Get their version of events and then you can really put together a game plan moving forward.
Developing a Defense Strategy
I’ve done many trials — probably over two hundred — over the last twenty-five years. I’ve been to, I believe, twenty different states on federal cases. I’ve handled all sorts of different hearings, contested issues related to my clients and I’ve strategized. Since I’ve been in my twenties, I’ve been strategizing criminal defense cases.
I started dealing with the DA’s office in East Los Angeles in the early 1990’s and I worked for a Superior Court judge and in 1994 I hung up my own shingle and became my own criminal defense attorney handling cases. I think I have a pretty good reputation in the community.
I get good case results for my clients because I will do whatever it takes to get the right result and I will fight for my clients, and I really try to get a feel for what the clients need in the case — what their future is, what aspirations they have.
You have to try to get that across to the judge and the prosecutor and let them know that yeah, something bad happened here, but there’s always another side to the story, and if you don’t tell that as a criminal defense attorney then there’s no way that the judge and the prosecutor are going to show mercy and have sympathy for your client. So that’s one crucial thing that I do and that’s why I put these case results on here and I’m willing to talk to you about your case and get a feel for what I think you’re looking at — what the parameters are.
Most people want to know, what’s the worse case scenario and I’ll tell them. But, I’ll also tell them the best case scenario and I’ll also tell them realistically what’s likely to happen based on their particular set of circumstances.
So, pick up the phone. Make the call now. Let’s talk about your case. Let’s get an idea of what makes sense for you and your circumstances so we can get you out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible and moving in the right direction and get you a case result that will put you in the best position, protect your reputation, protect your rights and protect your freedom.
Executing Defense Strategy
Over the years we have successfully defended many clients charged with federal criminal defense cases. There are a couple of realistic paths that a person can take when they are charged with a federal crime:
1) Cases where a person is innocent and has been wrongfully arrested by the government – in this scenario the case is set for trial, once all appropriate investigation and motions are dealt with. A jury in impaneled, evidence is presented, arguments are made by each side and the jury eventually decides whether a particular person is innocent or guilty.
In this circumstance it is imperative to have a powerful federal criminal defense attorney on your side. You must have someone that is skilled in the art of cross-examining witnesses and attacking the government’s case in a professional thorough manner. Many cases are won or lost based on the evidence…but all too often it is the attorney’s ability that wins the day!
2) Cases where a person is guilty of the crime they are being charged with and are attempting to receive the lowest sentence possible. In this scenario your attorney’s negotiating skills and knowledge of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are all important! With experience comes wisdom.
We have handled many federal cases and have negotiated with many of the prosecutors that will ultimately be deciding the government’s position related to your case. The ability to negotiate a successful disposition for our clients is a talent that has been developed through years of negotiating some of the most serious cases that can be filed at the federal level.
Federal Case Results
*Find below a sampling of the numerous cases we have successfully defended in federal criminal court. If you have a federal criminal case that you require assistance with, I encourage to call us and set up a free face to face consultation…so we can educate you on how the system works and begin to design a plan with your specific situation in mind.
FEDERAL MORTGAGE FRAUD- 09/2009. A vigorous investigation was done, but no charges have been filed to date. The case involved alleged fraudulent loans.
MAIL-WIRE FRAUD, BANK FRAUD, PERJURY PROSECUTION IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT – client was charged with stealing checks from a business entity and impersonating an employee while cashing thousands of dollars worth of checks. The federal judge dismissed the case after all the government’s evidence was presented. We successfully prevented the government from presenting expert opinion testimony from a handwriting expert. The client was convicted of nothing and all charges were dismissed.
NARCOTICS CASES – SEIZURE OF COCAINE, ECSTACY, METHAMPHETAMINE, HEROIN – we have been very successful in negotiating favorable resolutions in large narcotics cases, through the use of motions (search and seizure, illegal stop, wire-tap etc.) and successfully arguing the mitigating sections of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
PARDON OF A FEDERAL CRIME BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – Ron Hedding is one of the few attorneys in the United States that has been able to obtain a Presidential Pardon from a sitting United States President. By obtaining the pardon, Mr. Hedding was able to completely wipe-out the federal conviction from his client’s otherwise clean record. It is not common that a President will actually grant a pardon. It is a testament to hardwork and the desire to do what is right for a client.
INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE CASE – One of our clients was charged with actually keeping someone from their home country as a slave…along with numerous other serious charges. In the end, the court sentence the client to a very small amount of custody time…while the co-defendant went to federal prison for 13 years. Again, successful negotiation and the ability to effectively argue the mitigating sections of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines is all important in the federal arena.
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE – client charged with receiving and distributing child pornography. Looking at 10 year mandatory minimum based on the number of images. After successful negotiation client permitted to plea to simple possession with minimal custody time.
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE – client charged with distribution and receipt of child pornography. Client facing 6 to 10 years in federal prison. After successful negotiation and mitigating factors brought forth regarding client’s mental condition, client given probation at a halfway house.