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 […]

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 […]

October 30, 2015

Halloween 2015: Don’t End Up Dressed As An Inmate

California’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has scheduled “Halloween California Avoid DUI Task Force Enforcement Campaign” for October 30-31, 2015. The campaign provides local law enforcement agencies with grants to increase efforts in preventing and enforcing driving under the influence. It is likely that the state will see an increase in the number of DUIs […]

October 28, 2015

DUI: Medical Marijuana Scrutiny

California’s Governor, Jerry Brown recently signed into law a three-bill package known as the “Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act” which calls for regulation of the medical marijuana industry. The aim of the act is to create oversight in an industry that has been, largely, unregulated since California voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996.    […]

October 26, 2015

Prosecutors Dismiss Rape Charges Against Fresno Firefighter Jeffrey Sanchez

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, ABC30 released the following news story: FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Rape charges have been dismissed against a Fresno firefighter. “It’s been a complete nightmare,” said Jeffrey Sanchez. “It’s been very stressful, not only for myself, but for my family and friends. It’s been draining.” Fresno County sheriff’s deputies arrested him […]

October 20, 2015

Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt Named New Chair of California State Bar Criminal Law Advisory Commission

On October 13, 2015, Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, partner at Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation, was appointed the new Chair of the California State Bar Criminal Law Advisory Commission.  Mr. Hammerschmidt has been certified by the California State Bar as a Criminal Law Specialist since 1998. Mr. Hammerschmidt has served three years on the Advisory Commission and served the previous year as Vice Chair. Mr. Hammerschmidt states, “One […]