July 14, 2018

What Is California’s Gang Enhancement Law?

Gang crimes are still a problem in many cities in California. State law enforcement officials still struggle with this area of criminal law and how to track down certain gang members and groups. A gang enhancement is a felony committed for the benefit of, in association with, or at the direction any criminal gang. Under […]

February 11, 2016

Attorney Jeff Hammerschmidt Comments on California’s Gun Confiscation Program

Attorney, Jeffery T. Hammerschmidt, comments on California’s gun confiscation program in the following article by Eyewitness News: “Eyewitness News Investigates a controversial state gun confiscation program that went online back in 2007.  It’s mission is to take guns away from criminals and those with severe mental illness.  Recently, the program launched a local man into […]

January 17, 2014

Fresno Jury Finds Daniel Galvan Guilty of First Degree Murder in 2012 Shooting of His Wife

After less than four hours in deliberations, a Fresno jury convicted Daniel Galvan of first degree murder in the shooting death of his wife last year. Daniel Galvan, 36, was charged with murdering his wife, Ann-Marie Galvan, 41, in front of his mother while he was drunk and under the influence of methamphetamines. The jury also found […]

January 10, 2014

California Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Debit Card Fraud and Student Loan Fraud

A California man was recently sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for debit card fraud and student loan fraud. Mordechay Altit, 34, of Elk Grove, had pleaded guilty in August to two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. Altit’s sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell. Court […]

January 7, 2014

Fresno Man Accused of Murdering His Wife While High on Meth Goes to Trial

During opening statements at a criminal trial in Fresno County Superior Court, prosecutor Jeff Dupras said a Fresno man shot and killed his wife last year in front of his mother. The man, Daniel Joseph Galvan, 36, is charged with murdering his wife, Ann-Marie Galvan, 41, while he was intoxicated and high on methamphetamines. The […]

January 3, 2014

Clovis Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Aiming Laser Pointer at Aircraft

A Clovis man recently pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a Fresno County Sheriff’s helicopter. Charles Conrad Mahaffey, 23, was indicted under a new federal statute signed into law last year by President Obama that makes it a federal crime to purposefully aim a laser pointer beam at an aircraft. Court documents indicated […]

January 3, 2014

Fresno Man To Be Tried For Homeless Man’s Killing

A man on trial in Fresno has admitted to causing the death of a homeless man last year. However, Frank Ruben Castillo, 49, says he did not intend to kill Johnny Salvio when he beat and kicked him while was sleeping on the ground. Pictures showed to the jury by Prosecutor Sam Dalesandro during opening statements revealed […]

December 31, 2013

Fresno Man Sentenced After Conviction for Student Loan Fraud Scheme

A Fresno man was recently sentenced for his actions in a student loan fraud scheme. Keith Lazell Woolridge, 41, was convicted in July of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft in furtherance of the scheme. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to serve three and a half […]

December 31, 2013

Federal Jury Convicts California Man In $2.5 Million Ponzi Scheme Case

A federal jury recently convicted a Sacramento, California man for his role in a massive Ponzi scheme. James G. Berghius, 41, was convicted on four counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, and one count of money laundering in furtherance of a Ponzi scheme he had been operating. According to a press release from […]

December 31, 2013

Judge Suspends Criminal Proceedings of Mentally Ill Fresno Man Accused of Killing His Grandmother

A judge in Fresno recently suspended criminal proceedings against a mentally ill man who is charged with killing his grandmother. It is the second time this year that Fresno County Superior Court Judge Alvin Harrell III suspended proceedings against Travis Fendley, 23, who attempted suicide in October by trying to cut his own throat. It was also […]