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When the Federal Government and it’s agents come knocking and “everything” is on the line… Is there any question that you must go to the best federal criminal defense attorneys.



One mistake that I see people making time and time again, is not acting when they realize that the feds are investigating them.  This can have ramifications that will affect them the rest of their lives!  By consulting with and hiring a seasoned federal criminal defense attorney, many times a case can be dealt with in a manner that puts a person in the best possible position to avoid federal custody time and forever having a mark on their personal record.  Attorneys that are well versed in dealing with the federal government know the steps to take to preserve your rights, protect your reputation and assist you in a federal case with the least damage possible.

If you have a federal investigation hanging over you head, then you should immediately set up an appointment with an attorney that has traveled the road you are about to take.  When someone meets with me to consult on a federal case, I always tell them that anything that we discuss is confidential and even if they do not hire me, I can not and will not reveal any of the information we discuss…ever!  This gives a person, that is the subject or target of a criminal investigation, the peace of mind in knowing that they can speak freely and I am there to help them get a handle on what they are facing and to begin the process of protecting themselves and making smart decisions in their best interests!


Starting for the beginning point of a federal criminal case, this is called the investigative phase, the federal agents (FBI, Homeland Security, DEA, ICE etc.) will gather information to be presented to the federal prosecutors. As part of this investigative or pre-filing process the federal agents will typically conduct surveillance, talk to witnesses, use informants, obtain search warrants and do whatever they deem necessary to fully investigate a case.  Once they believe that they have fully figured out the target person’s role in the criminal conduct, they will then take the case to the United State’s Attorney’s Office to be filed against a particular person.  The AUSA’s (Assistant United State’s Attorney’s) will then decide what the next move will be.  Sometimes they tell the government agents to do more investigation and tell them specifically what they want done. Other times, if the person being investigated has an attorney, the prosecutors will call that attorney directly and discuss the case with them.  Another option is to simply file an Indictment against the person and tell the agents to go and arrest them.

Once the case is filed in court, the person being charged with the criminal offense will be brought before a magistrate judge to face the charges and a decision will be made whether the person is detained in federal custody pending the outcome of the case or released on certain conditions that the court orders.  Typically the Federal Probation Department will prepare a report for the judge related to the defendant’s background and assess whether they are a flight risk and/or a danger to the community.  After the issue of the defendant’s release is addressed, the case will then be assigned to a judge to hear the case for all purposes.  The attorney representing the person will be given that particular judges court rules and the case will be set for a status conference.  At the status conference, the judge will set the trial date and ask questions of the attorneys to determine what type of a case is being prosecuted and whether any motions will be filed by either side.  This status conference meeting is the judge’s opportunity to get a handle on the case and make sure that it is dealt with in an expedient manner.

At some point while all of this is going on, the prosecutor and defense attorney will discuss the case and determine whether this is the type of case that will be resolved by way of a jury trial or whether there will be some type of a negotiated plea bargain.  Of course the defense attorney will have to discuss the evidence with their client and make a determination as to what the client’s position will be.  Once it is determined whether the case will be litigated or negotiated, the case will proceed to jury trial or a date will be set for the defendant to enter a plea and the case will be set for sentencing.  The above information is a thumb nail sketch of how a criminal federal case is generally handled.  There can be variations on the above, based on the type of case and jurisdiction.  Your best move is to find a savvy seasoned federal criminal defense attorney to sit down with and evaluate your particular circumstances.


In Los Angeles Federal and State Courts our track record is unmatched.

Our Los Angeles based Federal Criminal Defense Firm has the federal background to defend your case with a skill set that is unrivaled within any state in the United States. Whether your federal case requires a savvy negotiator or skilled trial attorney…we have the federal criminal defense knowledge to best represent you or your loved one. If you have a federal criminal case in the federal criminal court system in Los Angeles or anywhere in the nation…you must sit down with us face to face and allow us to educate you on how the federal criminal defense system works and design a plan to put you back on the road to a normal life.

There are several criminal offenses that can be charged in federal court. When the Feds take on a case, the situation gets more serious, and the consequences of a conviction get harsher.

Our Federal Attorney at the Hedding Law Firm conducts federal cases nationwide.

There are a variety of federal cases Mr. Hedding has successfully handled.

Some federal crimes Ronald D. Hedding has dealt with are:

Antitrust violation cases; cases dealing with fraud such asbankruptcy fraud,bank fraud,consumer fraud,counterfeiting,insurance fraud,mail/wire fraud,medicade fraud,medicare fraud,money laundering,mortgage fraud,healthcare fraud,identity theft,real estate fraud,forgery,extortion,bribery andembezzlement.

Many drug crimes can also be charged in federal court such ascultivation,manufacturing,smuggling, andtrafficking of narcotics.

Other federal crimes we handle are bank robberies which are always charged as a federal crime,child pornography charges,computer andinternet crimes,conspiracy,property crimes,gang crimes,hate crimes,immigration violations,insider trading,kidnapping,public corruption,tax evasion,weapons charges, and somewhite collar crimes.

We also handle organized crimes known as RICO charges (Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act).

Los Angeles Times Recognizes Ronald Hedding as Top Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney


Ronald D. Hedding, Esq.

*Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2007 – the editors of Consumer Business Reviewed named Ronald D. Hedding Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year for his dedication to excellence and his accomplishments in the field of Criminal Defense.

*Member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers – this honor is only bestowed upon the most distinguished law firms in America.The firms represented in the Bar Register are lawyers whose peers have awarded them the highest ratings for their legal ability and professional ethics. Fewer than 5% of all law firms qualify and are included in the Bar Register.

*Former Commissioner for the State Bar of California’s Judicial Nomination Evaluation Commission – Mr. Hedding was part of the investigation process for the Governor of California related to the selection of Judges for Califonia Courts. He was part of a 38 person Commission tasked with investigating persons seeking judicial appointment by the Governor.

*Presidential Pardon 2004 – President George Bush granted a Presidential Pardon for one of the Hedding Law Firms client’s. This pardon was worked on by the firm and pending for approximately four years before finally being granted.

*A.V. Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell – Mr. Hedding has received the highest marks for ethical standards and legal ability by other attorneys and judges. This honor is given to less than 5% of attorneys in the State of California.

*Named Rising Star 2005 – Mr. Hedding has been named a Rising Star by Law and Politics (the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine). This honor has only been given to 3% of attorneys in the State of California.

*Named Man of the Year 2002 – by American Biographical Institute, USA

*Outstanding Professional Award in the Field of Criminal Defense – 2002 by American Biographical Institute, USA

Alex R. Kessel, Esq.

*Tried Over 250 Jury Trials – Mr. Kessel is known as a pitbull in court…with the only goal of achieving the most favorable result for his client.

*Expert in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines – and expert in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Mr. Kessel has convinced sentencing judges to impose lower sentences then recommended by the Government and Probation Department…through his extensive knowledge and favorable use of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

*Specializing in Federal Racketeering (RICO) and Conspiracy Cases – he has successfully defended clients all over the Nation in conspiracy cases covering Narcotics Offenses, Fraud Cases and Violent Crimes.

*20 years of Unparalleled Federal Criminal Defense – Mr. Kessel is not afraid to try a case against the United States Government and has extensive experience and gets results in drafting and arguing motions to suppress illegally obtained confessions, motions to dismiss based on a defective indictment and motions to suppress illegal wiretaps.

It is time to make a move that will immediately start the process to getting control of your life back! Call us and set up a free face to face consultation and we will take control of your case and put you in a position to defend you rights, reputation and freedom…(818) 986-2092


Federal law enforcement agent investigate individuals they believe are involved in criminal activity in violation of federal laws. The F.B.I., D.E.A., ICE Agents, Secret Service and Homeland Security are part of the investigative arm of the federal goverment related to the investigation of federal crimes. They gather evidence for federal prosecutors in federal cases.

Federal prosecutors, known as Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), are tasked with the responsibility of enforcing federal laws and prosecuting those who break them. They will typically meet with federal agents and review the evidence gathered in a federal investigation. If they believe there is enough evidence to prosecute someone for a federal crime then they will usually file a federal indictment with the United States District Court that has jurisdiction over a particular federal case. The prosecutors and federal agents will then work hand in hand in prosecuting a federal case in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the country.

Federal judges are primarily responsible for sentencing an individual who has committed a federal offense. A federal judge must consult the
Federal Sentencing Guidelines before sentencing someone in a federal case in Los Angeles. The Probation Department, the Federal Criminal Defense Attorney and the Assistant United States Attorney will all file sentencing position papers regarding what each believe an individual charged with a federal crime should receive. Ultimately, it is up to the sentencing judge to make the final decision and up to us to point out any and all
downward departures.

For more specific information on your Federal Criminal cases please call us and we can discuss your specific situation. (866) 986-2092

Hedding Law Firm provides superior federal criminal defense to its clients in all Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County courtrooms on state and federal charges, and in the following cities:

Los Angeles County, California: Agoura, Altadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, Arleta, Azusa, Avalon, Baldwin Park, Bell Canyon, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Burbank, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Carson, Century City, Chatsworth, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, El Segundo, Encino, Glendale, Glendora, Granada Hills, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada-Flintridge, Lakeview Terrace, Lakewood, Lancaster, Los Angeles, LAX, Long Beach, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Maywood, Mission Hills, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Newhall, Norwalk, Northridge, North Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Palmdale, Panorama City, Pasadena, Pomona, Redondo Beach, Reseda, Rolling Hills, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Clarita, Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, South Gate, South Pasadena, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Tarzana, Temple City, Toluca Lake, Torrance, Universal City, Valencia, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Venice, West Covina, West Hills, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Whittier, Winnetka, Woodland Hills.

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