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CA attempts to change DUI law

While attorney Jacqueline Goodman knows that driving under the influence is a very serious offense, she also believes that those convicted of this crime should be treated fairly by the courts. Accompanied by her California Attorneys for Criminal Justice delegation, she recently lobbied lawmakers in Sacramento to reconsider proposed changes regarding restricted licensing and ignition interlock devices. These changes could prevent drivers with DUI convictions from accessing reliable transportation for work and other urgent matters.

According to the existing Senate Bill 545 - DUI Restricted License, drivers can be issued a restricted license if they meet certain criteria. This includes allowing an ignition interlock device to be installed on their vehicle. These devices require a person to submit a breathalyzer before being able to start the vehicle, which is supposed to act as a deterrent to future DUIs. Restricted licenses are beneficial since they allow a person to retain some driving privileges while others will remain suspended.

New bill aims to change jury selection in CA

The 6th amendment stipulates that all citizens of the U.S. have a right to an expedient public trial attended by an impartial jury. That's why it's crucial that the courts have a complete list of potential jurors in a given area. This is one of many subjects discussed by Jacqueline Goodman when recently visiting California lawmakers in Sacramento. Accompanied by her California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) delegation, attorney Goodman advocated on behalf of Senate Bill 310 - Jury Selection, which aims to change how juror lists are created in the state. 

Current laws stipulate that lists of prospective jurors must encompass a "representative cross-section of the population served by the court". These lists are compiled using names from the list of registered voters, as well as licensed drivers or those that hold identification cards. A third group, which is made up of tax filers, would be included within the list used for jury selection. After the removal of duplicate names, attorney Goodman and her delegation feel that these new lists would be a more accurate representation of the local population. 

California Defense Attorneys Oppose American Bar Association's 'Affirmative Consent' Resolution

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), California's professional association of public and private criminal defense lawyers, strongly opposes the American Bar Association's Resolution 114 which would redefine consent in criminal sexual assault allegations, and unconstitutionally shift the burden of proof to a defendant in criminal sexual assault cases.

Thirteen Sworn In to Serve on the Board of Directors of Nation's Criminal Defense Bar

Criminal Defense Attorney Jacqueline Goodman was sworn in to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association's annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA, on August 3rd. Ms. Goodman was sworn in with thirteen board members who join those currently serving their terms on the NACDL Board of Directors. Jacqueline's mom and aunt (pictured) traveled to Philadelphia to witness this important step in Jacqueline's commitment to criminal justice reform.

Goodman is a private defense attorney practicing in Fullerton, CA. She is certified criminal law specialist by the California State Bar. Ms. Goodman is the 2019 president of California Attorenys for Criminal Justice where she also serves as the chair of the Public Information Committe. Jacqueline continues to serve on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Membership Committee and as Co-Chair for NACDL's annual Sex Crimes Defense Seminar.

Attorney Goodman is passionate about criminal justice

Attorney Jacqueline Goodman recently spoke to lawmakers in Sacramento about a number of criminal justice issues. Along with her California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) delegation, who are just as passionate about upholding the rights of those within the criminal justice system, Attorney Goodman addressed a recent bill that aims to limit jail terms for people with a criminal background. 

Senate Bill 136 - Sentencing is concerned with people who have prior non-violent felony convictions. The current law states that an additional year prison term will be assessed for each prior prison term that was incurred due to a felony. For repeat offenders, this can lead to a lengthy prison term, despite the severity of the crime that was most recently committed. This senate bill aims to remove the additional prison terms based on a person's previous record of incarceration. However, people convicted of violent felonies will still be assessed an additional three-year term for each prior prison term, provided that both offenses involved violent crime. 

Jacqueline Goodman takes a stand against police brutality

As the president of a California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) delegation, Jacqueline Goodman understands the public outcry against police brutality and misconduct. Law enforcement must preserve and protect the rights of citizens, and police officers should be subject to punishment when wrongdoing occurs. This is just one of many issues attorney Goodman spoke about to lawmakers in Sacramento in her attempt at ensuring criminal justice is upheld. 

She and the rest of her CACJ delegation support AB-1600 Discovery: personnel records: peace officers and custodial officers, which expedites the time frame for receiving written records regarding officers of the law and custodial officers. According to the current law, those requesting information must file a written motion and wait for review and provision of the requested records. While this is deemed acceptable for civil matters, criminal matters involving police misconduct are a far more serious issue.

CACJ's latest lobbying effort involves criminal records

A criminal record can impact many areas of a person's life. That's why attorney Jacqueline Goodman and her California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) delegation recently met with lawmakers in Sacramento to discuss a myriad of criminal justice issues. A recent topic of discussion introduced by the delegation involved Assembly Bill 1076 - Criminal Records Automatic Relief, which governs how criminal records can be accessed in certain circumstances. 

This bill proposes that arrest records should be sealed and kept from public disclosure if a person has completed a diversion program. A diversion program offers rehabilitation in lieu of criminal conviction, and these programs are thought to be beneficial when it comes to integrating a person back into society after a crime has been committed. This bill would also ensure people who failed to be convicted of any crimes of which they were accused would also have their arrest records sealed. 

Jacqueline Goodman aims to make college accessible for all

As the president of a California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) delegation, attorney Jacqueline Goodman lobbied in front of California lawmakers recently to shine a light on a number of important criminal justice issues. She recently discussed Assembly Bill 703 - College Fee Waivers for Exonerated Prisoners, which she and her delegation whole-heartedly sponsored. 

As it stands now, public and community colleges in California are not permitted to seek out mandatory fees from certain students. For example, when a police officer or firefighter dies in the line of duty, the person's surviving spouse and children are permitted to attend these colleges tuition-free. The bill seeks to also include those who've had their crimes expunged via a writ of habeas corpus or those who've been pardoned. These costs of college attendance would then be reimbursed to the specific college via state funds. 

Attorney Goodman discusses pending legislation with CA lawmakers

Attorney Jacqueline Goodman has a real passion for her clients, as well as the criminal justice system as a whole. As the president of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), she and her delegation recently spent time in Sacramento discussing pending legislation with lawmakers. Attorney Goodman's attention is focused on nine pending criminal justice bills, one of which is AB-701: Housing Costs for Exonerated Prisoners. This bill addresses the challenges many exonerated prisoners face upon their release. 

While exonerated prisoners do currently receive assistance upon their release, attorney Goodman and the rest of her delegation feel as though this assistance is not enough to truly help those after their time spent in prison. Upon expungement of charges or pardon, many people find themselves entering society with little in the way of finances and material possessions. That's why Goodman and her delegation support the proposals contained within this new bill, which aim to help people who've experienced wrongful convictions secure safe and reasonable housing accommodations upon their release. 

Jacqueline Goodman lobbies CA lawmakers for legislative change

As a leading voice in the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), attorney Jacqueline Goodman is committed to preserving the rights of those accused of crimes, while also ensuring that the law is carried out in a just and fair manner. A recent visit to Sacramento established attorney Goodman's views when it comes to criminal justice legislation. She and her delegation lobbied to gain awareness about a collection of nine pending criminal defense bills, one of which is Assembly Bill 597 - Flash Incarceration

Flash incarceration places a person in a county jail for up to ten days as a result of a probation violation or a supervision violation - without a hearing. While this practice was originally slated to end January 1, 2021, new legislation has proposed that it be extended until January 1, 2023. Attorney Goodman and the rest of the CACJ delegation opposes this extension if no amendments are made, as they don't believe it's in the best interest of the criminal justice system. For example, even a minor parole violation could result in a person being incarcerated. This could easily lead to a loss of income if the person's job is jeopardized by the time away from work.

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