May 14, 2018

Are There Weaknesses to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?

Police officers rely on multiple methods to determine whether motorists are under the influence of alcohol. One of the most traditional methods is the “Standardized Field Sobriety Test” (SFST). The SFST consists of three separate tests that officers use to measure coordination, balance and eye movement. The three parts of SFST are as follows: The […]

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 5, 2015

According To Avvo, Hammerschmidt Attorneys Are A Perfect 10!

All five attorneys at Hammerschmidt Law Corporation have individually scored a rating of 10.0 on Avvo.com, the highest rating possible. Attorneys Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt,Rachel W. Hill, William A. Parry, and Christina A. Widner Roberson have each scored a 10.0 rating, which is an uncommon accomplishment for all attorneys in one firm to obtain this rating. […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

December 27, 2013

Fresno Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Brutal Attack On Elderly Woman During Burglary

A man from Fresno was recently sentenced to California state prison for attacking an elderly woman in 2011. Jamar Mayo, 21, was sentenced to 14 years to life for burglarizing an elderly woman’s home and kidnapping and beating her. According to Judge Alvin Harrell III, Mayo “committed a crime with a high degree of cruelty, viciousness […]

December 27, 2013

Fresno Motorist Gets 8 Years For Causing Death and Injury in DUI Hit and Run

A man from Fresno has been sentence to eight years for the killing of two people while he was driving under the influence (DUI). The man, Kenneth David Almeda, 48, pleaded no contest in Fesno County Superior Court. He was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury and hit and […]

December 24, 2013

Fresno Man Convicted Of Murder In 2011 Motel Shooting Sentenced To 25 Years To Life

A Fresno man was recently sentenced to 25 years to life after having been convicted of murder in a 2011 shooting. Robert Anthony Garcia, 23, was convicted in July of fatally shooting Leonard Vivian, 25, during an attempted robbery at a Fresno motel in 2011. Garcia’s family had written letters to the trial judge seeking mercy in […]

December 20, 2013

Eddie Nealy Receives Death Sentence For Rape And Murder Of Teen In 1985

In recent weeks we’ve reported on the trial of Eddie Nealy, who was accused and recently convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of teenager Jody Lynn Wolfe. After deliberating for three hours over a period of two days, the same Fresno jury that convicted Eddie Nealy recently determined that he should be sentenced to death. Wolfe’s […]