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.
As a result, attorney Goodman advocates for changes to the existing bill. With criminal cases, written notices would need to be filed ten days prior to any hearings being held. Additionally, opposing motions would need to be filed five days prior to the hearing, and replies would be necessary two days before the hearing actually takes place. When notices are filed at a faster pace, claimants can rest assured that they have the information they need for a hearing regarding police misconduct.
This is just one of many examples of how dedicated attorney Goodman is to criminal justice issues. The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman helps people facing serious criminal matters make sense of the charges against them, while also ensuring their rights are respected through every step of the process. Contact her law office today to learn more about scheduling a free initial consultation.