I've been handling California Vehicle Code 23152 VC DUI cases for approximately 30 years. I've been all over the place and had much success for my clients, so I think I'm in a pretty good position to at least give you my opinion on the type of attorney you need. I would say you need the following:
- Somebody who has much experience in the particular courthouse where your case is pending, and
- Somebody with a strong skill set has been to trial and litigated issues.
I say that because it is common knowledge in criminal defense that many DUI attorneys don't have much experience trying cases.
This is because there are not a lot of DUI cases that go to trial. After all, they're pretty cut and dry, depending on how the person's blood alcohol level was and whether or not any issues present themselves in the case.
Experience Matters in DUI Cases
So, many of these DUI attorneys don't have experience in fighting cases and dealing with challenging issues. So, I often see people coming to me who had another attorney and couldn't handle their case.
They got beaten up by the prosecutor and didn't know how to respond. So now they have to come to somebody that's a fighter and knows how to get good results. So, you might as well go to that attorney from the beginning and don't mess around with one of these attorneys without experience.
Especially one of the firms where you call in, and the attorney that's got their name up there has nothing to do with the practice of DUI defense and is just a figurehead and using younger, less experienced attorneys to deal with their client's cases.
That is something you do not want. You want an attorney who has experience and is responsible for the case that you hire them to try.
If you call the Hedding Law Firm, you know that my father and I work daily on our cases, and we have other associates who work with us, but I'm responsible for getting you the best result. I look at every single case that comes through the office. We strategize it and put the work in to get the result.
So, trying to figure out what you want, sometimes you have to look at what you don't want, and you don't want somebody inexperienced.
You don't want one of these firms where they have a bunch of attorneys who don't know what they're doing, yet the figurehead looks like they have an excellent record.
They went to Harvard. They have all these accolades but don't go to court. So, what good does that do you? Nothing. So, figure out what you don't want to figure out what you want.
Seeking the Best Possible Result
If you're charged with a DUI, this is a very political crime; you need somebody with experience and a fighter.
That's the bottom line. If you've got that, you've got someone that knows the courthouse where your case is, then you've got a fighting chance to get that best result. Let that attorney guide you through the process.
I have you come in. We talk about the case. We get things set up. Once we get all of the discovery, we send you a copy, you review it, and then we talk again about what the prosecutors are saying; here's your position and how we'll handle the case. Then we execute the plan and get you the best possible result.
So, if you need the best, and I think you do, you've come to the right place. Pick up the phone now. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I await your call. We offer a free case evaluation. The Hedding Law Firm is located in Los Angeles, CA.