The Law Offices of Katherine Schwinghammer


Recent Results

Posted by: Katherine Schwinghammer //

Over the last two weeks I’ve had some very satisfying settlements:

  • Vehicle Code 23152(a)/(b), DUI with Prior, multi-car accident, the prosecutor initially sought 4 years probation and 120 days jail – charges reduced to “Dry” Reckless Driving, 2 years of summary/informal probation and 5 days jail.
  • Penal Code 243(e)(1) Domestic Violence Battery, Probation Department recommended 3 years probation and 30 days jail – my client received 3 years probation with no jail time.
  • Penal Code 530.5, Identity Theft/Misuse of Personal Information, 3 counts, Felonies – reduced to 1 count of misdemeanor Identity Theft, sentenced to 3 years summary/informal probation, no jail time.

And even more rewarding than any settlement:

  • Penal Code 242 Battery – case dismissed without going to trial.

San Luis Obispo County DUI trial result – Hung Jury

Posted by: Katherine Schwinghammer //

After deliberating for two days, on February 24, 2010, the Jury in San Luis Obispo Superior Court case M435989 told the Judge they were irrevocably deadlocked and they believed they would never reach a unanimous decision. The defendant had been charged with violating California Vehicle Code sections 23152(a), Driving Under the Influence, and 23152(b), Driving at 0.08% BAC or above. The Jury was deadlocked as to both counts.

Attorney Katherine Schwinghammer represented the defendant at trial, and obtained the Hung Jury result for her client.

Although every criminal defendant would prefer to hear the words “Not Guilty,” a Hung Jury result is still considered by most to be a result that is favorable to the defendant. “Hung Jury” means that the prosecution tried to get the Jury to convict the defendant and was unable convince them to do so. What follows after a Hung Jury depends on many different factors, depending on the circumstances of each individual case.

But at the conclusion of a trial that ends with a Hung Jury on all counts, like in this case, the defendant still has not been convicted of any violation of the law.

Katherine Schwinghammer  Attorney at Law