Over the past generation,
the proliferation of crime related news stories has led a frightened
public to take violent crime – any crime – more seriously.
Juries are more conviction prone, judges and prosecutors are imposing
longer sentences. Anti-recidivism laws can lead to long sentences for
acts that once would warrant a slap on the wrist or a small fine. At
the same time, the legislature and courts alike have limited the application
of many traditional defenses.
If you stand
accused of committing a violent crime, you have to be smart; you need
an effective attorney who can apply the experiences of defending numerous
cases, who knows the sources of relief available to you and the unique
circumstances which you presently face. Do not wait until you are standing
in a courtroom to hire an attorney.
My name is Jeff Hayden, and I am in my twentieth year of practicing
law. I have handled thousands of cases involving allegations of violent
crimes ranging from misdemeanor battery to first degree murder. I have
worked with experts throughout the nation, and have remained current
with both the new defenses and technology available to assist in your
Anyone can be accused at any time, but it takes a smart, experienced
lawyer to apply the best possible defense. Sometimes this may mean taking
the case to trial. Other times, it may mean making motions, conducting
a thorough investigation or simply looking for a way to explain your
In evaluating your case, I will take into account all that led to the
incident in a culturally relevant manner. It may be that you were falsely
accused, or that you have a defense, justification or excuse. There
may be facts in mitigation – reasons the offense, even if true,
should not be treated harshly. Finally, there may be a need to make
the focus not just what happened, but who was involved: I can present
you as a person to the court and prosecution alike.
Please feel free to contact my law office so that I can give you a free
consultation regarding the charges you are facing. I will not be judgmental,
but will explore all possibilities to achieve the best outcome possible.