March 4, 2016

Avoid a DUI, Take UBER

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving estimates that nearly 300,000 people a day drive after having too much to drink. Every fifty-two minutes someone is killed in a crash in which the consumption of alcohol is a factor. The risk of injuring or killing someone is not all that drunk drivers should be concerned about. There is […]

March 3, 2016

St. Paddy’s Day 2016: Avoid the Paddy Wagon

Saint Paddy’s Day 2016 falls on March 17, which is a Thursday. All across the United States, many people will be drinking in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. When celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol, numerous individuals find themselves involved with law enforcement. When law enforcement intervenes there is a good chance that […]

February 24, 2016

The Effect of Justice Scalia’s Sudden Death for the Current Supreme Court Term.

Antonin Scalia was known as a strong conservative judge during his 30 years on the bench. Justice Scalia’s interpretation of the legal text followed the textualism theory. This theory holds to the literal meaning of the legal text in reaching a decision. His constitutional interpretation followed the originalism theory, which interprets the meaning of the […]

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 […]

February 1, 2016

Major Changes to Law Regarding Juvenile Offenders

January 25, 2016, marked a change for juveniles convicted in the United States when both President Obama and the Supreme Court published pieces recognizing the difference between juvenile offenders and adults, and reformed two practices of the incarceration of juveniles. President Obama wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post about juveniles being subjected to […]

January 23, 2016

Class Action Lawsuit Filed to End Cash Bail System

A group of people in San Francisco, California have filed a class action suit against the city of San Francisco arguing that the cash bail system is unconstitutional. The controversy surrounding the cash bail bond system has been a topic of discussion for many years. For a wealthy person, paying a high bail amount to […]

January 6, 2016

New Year, New Laws in California

Here are a few more new laws that Governor Jerry Brown signed in effect January 1,2016: 1. SB 358 Equal Pay Under the equal pay law the gender wage gap has been eliminated. SB 358 adds to the existing California Equal Pay Act (EPA) and requires male and females be paid the same wages for […]

January 6, 2016

New Year brings New Gun Laws in California

Governor Brown signed several proposed legislation into law that became effective January 1, 2016. A few of those new laws are being highlighted: 1. SB 178 California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA): CalECPA requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before gaining access to your electronic devices such as cellphones or computers to retrieve […]

December 28, 2015

Congratulations to Mark Broughton for his Newest Publication Titled: Key Forensic Strategies for Criminal Defense Lawyers

Mr. Broughton has published a chapter in Aspatore Publishings: Inside the Minds latest book Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases. Mr. Broughton’s chapter is titled: Key Forensic Strategies for Criminal Defense Lawyers. This is Mark Broughton’s third published piece that he has written using his vast experience and knowledge in criminal law defense. His other […]

November 3, 2015

What You Need to Know – 6,000 Prisoners Just Released

On November 1st, an estimated 6,000 drug offenders were released from federal prisons in what is considered the largest one-time early release in this nation’s history. In April 2014, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) approved a change to the federal sentencing guidelines, often referred to as “Drugs Minus Two,” which reduced sentences for non-violent […]