Having some of the most stringent laws in the country, DUI charges in California carry a progressively harsh punishment involving various interconnected institutions.

Ultimately, penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) will be dependent on your individual circumstances and center around whether anyone was injured and if there are any prior DUIs on record. There is a 10 year look-back period for prior DUIs. This means the courts will take into consideration any DUIs that you may have on record over the prior 10 years. (more…)

Do I need an attorney to defend against federal criminal charges? While many of us have had slight brushes with the law, few have had contact with the federal criminal justice system. It’s likely that you would feel uncomfortable when faced with criminal charges, but charges at the federal level are even more complex and harrowing.

The nature and the structure of the federal criminal court system are unfamiliar because the rules and procedures are vastly differing from those on the state level. The justice system on the federal level is designed with one purpose in mind; punishment of the wrongdoer. The intended purpose of this punishment is to rehabilitate the offender or to deter him from future criminal acts. If all of this sounds frightening and overwhelming, it’s because it is. (more…)

 

Police Drones

The New Year will undoubtedly see an increase in the use of surveillance drones by law enforcement. Already in use by an increasingly militarized police community, these tools have the potential for enormous positive and negative impact. As with much new technology what is positive and what is negative is a matter of perspective. And as with much of new technology, numerous companies and designs compete for the attention of the law enforcement dollar. (more…)

During the New Year’s Holiday DUI arrests tend to double due to a number of reasons. While there is an increased number of intoxicated drivers during this time, there is also an escalation in the attentiveness of police officers. As a result, though many DUI arrests around the New Year’s Holiday are genuine, the number of inaccurate arrests also tends to go up.

If you have been arrested under suspicion of DUI, it is easy to feel alone and helpless in face of the charges against you. But please understand that this isn’t the case. After practicing criminal law exclusively for the past 20 years, I and my staff have extensive experience in helping individuals who find themselves in the same situation you are currently in.  (more…)

According to SpotCrime, over the past month, the three most common crimes reported in Hanford, CA were theft, assault, and burglary. The site compiles data from actual police reports and court records. With all of these crimes being reported, there are many arrests being made by law enforcement in Hanford.

Theft is basically a trespassory taking and carrying away of the personal property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. If you have been arrested for theft in Hanford, you should seek the advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. (more…)

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At this Thanksgiving season, I have been giving some thought to all for which I have to be thankful.

I am grateful for my health.
I am grateful for my strength.
I am grateful for my family and friends.

At the Thanksgiving table I will be grateful for:
The feast before us.
My hosts. The guests. The conversation. The tolerance.

We recognize our good fortune and hope that next year those less fortunate will be more fortunate.

I am grateful for my work, the people I work with, and the clients who have entrusted me with their issues and cases.

I am grateful for my liberty and the courage of my convictions.

Here is a prayer that is not original, but that I like:

Let me always seek the truth,
But deliver me from those who have found it.

Happy Thanksgiving – Be safe and happy.

The phone rings. Someone claiming to be from the IRS says that a criminal complaint for non-payment of taxes is about to be filed against you and that you can avoid this by paying some sum immediately using a cashier’s check.

I don’t know anyone who has not received such a phone call at one time or another. If you get such a call, don’t fall for it. This “IRS” payment demand is a scam. The IRS does not make such calls or make demands in that manner.

Here’s my question: Where is Law Enforcement on this? I’m in court every day, and I have yet to see anyone prosecuted for running this scam. The scam is being run in the name of the government, people are falling for it and losing money, yet enforcement seems quite lax. Here’s what I would like to see:

• An advertised email and phone number to report these solicitations to Law Enforcement.
• Investigation and Prosecution of those responsible.
• Restitution paid to those who have been victims of this crime.

Feel free to copy and paste some or all of this blog post into an email to your State Representative, Congressperson, U.S. Senator, or Local Official.

The DUI Defense Attorney for You

Whether this is your first DUI/DWI or you have multiple offenses, Louis J. Goodman is the experienced criminal defense attorney for you. He can explain your rights and provide you with knowledge of what is likely to happen in your case. This knowledge can make an extremely stressful time easier to handle.

In some cases, an attorney may determine that you have a strong defense that may warrant a case dismissal or an acquittal after a trial. Louis J. Goodman is the perfect attorney for the job.

If you have previous DUI/DWI convictions, Louis J. Goodman may mean the difference between a significant time in jail or alternative sentencing.

Schedule a Free Consultation

If you need an Alameda County criminal defense attorney, please call Louis J. Goodman to schedule a free consultation. Call (510) 582-9090 or by email. As a criminal defense lawyer, Louis J. Goodman will advise you of your rights and, if retained, develop a comprehensive legal strategy for your defense.

The internet has been around for 25 years now. No other technological advancement has changed the world we now live in than the internet. The internet has made our lives easier, however, it can also lead to some serious criminal and legal nightmares for some people. Identity theft is on the rise in the United States and federal prosecutors have begun to crack down. Here is one federal crime that numerous people fall victim to every day: (more…)

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After the arrest for an assault outside an East Lansing, Michigan bar on a late Saturday night, professional and Olympic basketball player, Draymond “Money” Green, has provided some valuable lessons in addition to his later apology and commentary on the matter. It was later discovered that once Green was booked into custody that night, he submitted to a preliminary breathalyzer test which resulted in a .10 blood alcohol content level. The victim of this assault, Jermaine Edmondson, a football player of Michigan State, claimed he was punched in the jaw by Green after bumping into each other in a crowded bar and exchanging bitter words.

It is a sad reality that in our criminal justice system today, offenses are largely driven by alcohol use and other substance abuse. There’s also a tremendous opportunity, however, to avoid finding yourself caught in this system by simply abstaining from alcohol or moderating your consumption. Blowing a .10 places you squarely in the range of a DUI should you put yourself behind a wheel. But having that same BAC level may just as easily put you in a situation leading to other criminal offenses, such as assault or public intoxication.

Just as a side note: It’s summertime and beach time and pool time. Not to put too fine a point on it, but most drownings in the United States happen to people who have a blood alcohol level of above .10.

So don’t get arrested, don’t end up in the Emergency Room, and please don’t end up in the morgue. Keep your BA down and your chances of surviving the summer will be greatly enhanced.

And, whether you’re Draymond or anyone else in some trouble with the law as a result of alcohol and anger, our office can refer you to some excellent court approved counseling.

Submitted by: Taylor Moudy, Attorney at Law; Louis J. Goodman, Attorney at Law