Don Hammond recently received advanced level training, from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, on how to use Mental Illnesses to Win DUI Alcohol and/or Drug Cases. Don received training on how, unfortunately, drivers who suffer from mental illness(es) will be misdiagnosed by the arresting officer and wrongfully arrested for DUI alcohol and/or drugs. Officers are specifically trained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that individuals with mental illness may exhibit signs and symptoms very similar to those of an individual impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Officers are also trained that these individuals may also be experiencing coexisting conditions of mental illness with drug impairment. Because officers rarely ask a driver, during a DUI investigation, if they suffer from mental illness, it is critical for an attorney to ask each and every client this question.
The American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys has compiled information from Judges, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (the Top DUI Prosecutors in each State), DUI Prosecutors, current Law Enforcement Officers, former Law Enforcement Officers, and DUI Defense Attorneys to determine exactly what skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial.
When people need a DUI Attorney, the biggest challenge is knowing whether or not an attorney truly has the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases. Countless attorneys handle DUI cases. But, only a very small percentage have the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases.
Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys have received advanced level training on the strategies that win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial. Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys also have access to the resources and tools that are used to win and successfully resolve DUI cases and these are resources and tools that only a very small percentage of DUI attorneys have access to and use.
The Law Office of Donald R. Hammond is your Los Angeles attorney, committed to providing you with top notch legal support. They approach every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding. They fight for you!
Mr. Hammond’s interest in law started in high school, continued at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Academy, and has been further honed through law school and extensive courtroom experience.
Mr. Hammond earned his J.D. (Law) degree from the University of Southern California Law School and his B.A. degree in Philosophy from Occidental College. He has experience working for several law firms, the federal government and in law school clinics.
While in law school, Mr. Hammond was an Editor on the Executive Board of USC’s prestigious Hale Moot Court Honors Program, handled parole hearings and habeas petitions as a member of the Post-Conviction Justice Project (PCJP), and spent his final spring break helping rebuild homes in New Orleans as part of the Legal Aid Alternative Breaks program.
After graduation, Mr. Hammond returned to the PCJP as a Clinical Fellow, where he worked on more complicated post-conviction matters and supervised students on a variety of projects including petitions based on intimate partner battering and its effects under Penal Code section 1473.5.
Mr. Hammond has experience with civil, criminal, administrative, and other proceedings in a variety of forums, including the Superior Court, the California Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court, as well as administrative hearings of the Board of Parole Hearings, Federal Aviation Administration, the California State Bar Moral Character Committee, county Boards of Supervisors, and both L.A. City and County Dangerous Dog Determination hearings.
Mr. Hammond also has experience counseling individuals and businesses on avoiding expensive litigation, as well as meeting with government officials and lobbying the California state legislature to pass legislation important to his clients’ interests.
Mr. Hammond’s public speaking engagements include a lecture about the particular problems facing battered women in the parole process as the keynote speaker at a meeting of the Kern County Chapter of Free Battered Women at California State University, Bakersfield. He has also led parole workshops at meetings of the Fair Chance Project, a joint project of the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) and the FACTS Education Fund, working toward a more fair parole process for rehabilitated inmates serving indeterminate life sentences. He is also frequently asked to speak about justice issues at local high schools, including Carson High School, Narbonne High School and North High School in Torrance, and he has participated in the Carson Teen Court program. Additionally, Mr. Hammond has appeared as a guest on the KPFK radio program Think Outside the Cage, providing an attorney’s perspective on recent court cases.
Mr. Hammond has served on the Advisory Committee of the California Habeas Project and the Steering Committee of the Fair Chance Project. He is also an active member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, L.A. County Bar Association, and the Lawyer-Pilot’s Bar Association. Additionally, he is a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol where he serves as a legal officer. He also supports the Youth Justice Coalition, Homeboy Industries and Human Rights Watch.
Mr. Hammond is a Commercial Pilot with Instrument Rating, and enjoys flying in his free time. He is a Command Pilot for Angel Flight West and a supporter of the Flying Samaritans. He is also a glider tow pilot, mission transport pilot and legal officer for the Civil Air Patrol, where his love affair with aviation began as a teenager learning to fly gliders.
Mr. Hammond is admitted to practice law before all California State Courts, the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
To learn more about the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, please visit https://www.aapda.org/
Information in this news release is the opinion of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys (AAPDA), and the use of the AAPDA logo, is the opinion of AAPDA that members have met AAPDA’s proprietary selection criteria. AAPDA does not guarantee or imply the competence level of any attorney, whether or not they are a member of AAPDA. When hiring an attorney, a person should personally contact the attorney and confirm the attorney’s skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, strategies and other credentials. Any decision to hire an attorney should be based on a person’s satisfaction, after contacting the attorney, that the attorney hired is who they feel comfortable with and want to represent them. The specific outcome of each DUI case cannot be anticipated or guaranteed by AAPDA, or anyone else, as many factors can affect the outcome of each individual case.
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