Yuba County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Officer Wins Reinstatement

After several days of arbitration, David J. Garcia of Goyette & Associates was successful in obtaining an order that overturned the termination of Yuba County Correctional Officer Elijah Etchegoin.      This matter began when the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department initiated an internal affairs investigation regarding various allegations including primarily that Etchegoin had been arrested …

How to Avoid a Sick Leave Abuse Allegation

Sick Leave Abuse               The recent economic recession is leading to a familiar scenario: Budget cuts cause an agency to reduce its staffing levels and no new hiring occurs.  The agency resorts to minimum staffing and mandatory overtime for its public safety officers.  As a result the officer is unable to enjoy his days …

New Additions to G&A: David J. Garcia, esq.

David J. Garcia received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University at Fresno in 1995.  He earned his Juris Doctorate at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1999. Before joining Goyette & Associates, David worked for another law enforcement/public employee defense firm.  During his tenure, David represented peace …