Spring break is a time to forget about school and enjoy being with friends and family. That fun can sometimes get a little too wild with you doing things that might end up with you being arrested. Each state has its own regulations about what you can and can’t do at local beaches or in state parks, but for the most part, there are a few common things that people do to get arrested during spring break. (more…)

Attorney Louis J. Goodman, answers the question, “When do you need an attorney?” Watch as he sheds light on this question.

Attorney Louis J. Goodman, speaks about state & federal prosecution. Watch as he sheds light on legal matters concerning this issue.

Attorney Louis J. Goodman, speaks about guns and gun charges in the State of California. Watch as he sheds light on legal matters concerning this issue.

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.