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Jeffrey Tyson Hammerschmidt

also known as Jeff Hammerschmidt

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, White Collar Crime, DUI & DWI, Administrative Law

About Me

I  represent people who are accused of crimes in California courts and in all Federal courts. I handle all types of criminal cases, including white collar crimes, drug crimes, crimes of violence, and other criminal matters.  I also represent people who are being investigated for crimes but have not yet been charged with a crime.


For those persons who are charged with or convicted of a crime and who hold a professional license, such as physicians, attorneys, nurses, contractors and others, I also handle the administrative matters regarding licensing penalties.


I have been featured on four national television shows related to my work in criminal law.  These include American Justice, Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice, Forensic Files, and most recently Solved on The Discovery Channel, which first aired in September of 2009.  I am a member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and I am certified by the California State Bar as a Criminal Law Specialist.  I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating given to any attorney for legal ability and ethics.


I am admitted to practice in California, and in federal courts, including the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.


My goal is to provide representation to clients in the manner I'd want to receive if I was sitting in the client chair.  To me, this means returning telephone calls, keeping the client advised, and providing legal service that results in the best possible outcome to the client.  It means not rushing clients through meetings and making sure the client gets his or her questions answered completely. 


Should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being investigated for or charged with a crime, I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you about your matter.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    23 years, 2.3 thousand cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 25%
    21 years, 225 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 15%
    23 years, 1.7 thousand cases
  4. Administrative Law: 5%
    10 years, 85 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($325-375/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

35 total 

  • Peter John Marek

    27 years practicing of law. As a former DA and police advisor he has a huge advantage over other attorneys. " They know that he knows what they know ". A law professor and a practitioner is always current on changes in the law. This is just a part of his legal legacy. READ HIS REVIEWS! If you are in or near Fresno do yourself a favor and schedule an interview. Experience counts. KUDOS

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    Peter Marek Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Jeffrey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2445 Capitol St #150
Fresno, CA, 93721

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198708/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Blue Ribbon PanelNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
Northern California SuperLawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Blue Ribbon PanelNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2014
Top 10 Attorney Award - Northern CaliforniaNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar Criminal DefenseThe American Lawyer Magazine2013
Top Rated Lawyers in White Collar Criminal DefenseCorporate Counsel Magazine2013
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Blue Ribbon PanelSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2012
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2011
Who's Who in American LawSutton Who's Who2011
Blue Ribbon PanelSuperLawyers2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
MemberBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2010
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Who's Who Among Law ProfessionalsMontclair Publishing2010
MemberBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Outstanding VolunteerVolunteers in Parole2001
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistState Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization1998

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorSan Joaquin College Of Law2011 - Present
ShareholderHammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation2005 - Present
Senior Legal Advisor to Fresno Police DepartmentCity Attorney's Office, Fresno2005 - 2005
Deputy District AttorneyFresno County District Attorney2000 - 2005
PartnerJory Peterson Watkins & Smith1998 - 2000
Legal InstructorSan Joaquin College of Law1992 - 2005
Deputy District AttorneyFresno County District Attorney1991 - 1998
AssociateMcCormick Barstow1987 - 1991

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of California, Criminal Law Advisory CommissionVice Chair2014 - Present
Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of AmericaMember2014 - Present
CJA Panel Selection CommitteeBoard Member2013 - Present
Kings County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
California State Bar Board of Legal SpecializationMember2012 - 2014
State Bar of California, Criminal Law Advisory CommissionMember2012 - 2014
State Bar of California, Criminal Law Advisory CommissionBoard Member2012 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
St. Agnes Hospital Men's ClubBoard Member2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2009
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Volunteers in ParoleChairman2001 - 2001
California State Bar Board of Legal SpecializationCertified Criminal Law Specialist1998 - Present
Volunteers In ParoleBoard Member1997 - 2009
High School Mock Trial CompetitionVolunteer Attorney1992 - Present
High School Mock Trial CompetitionAttorney Coach for Clovis West H.S.1991 - 1991
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyChairman, Central California Chapter1989 - 1989
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyVice-Chair1988 - 1988
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyBoard Member1987 - 1987
Supreme Court of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1987 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1987 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People v. LawsonDismissed!
People v. VolakCase not filed
People v. LipeFelony drug cultivation reduced to misdemeanor

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases (Aspatore)Forensic Evidence In Child Abuse Cases2011
California Criminal Law - Procedure and PracticeContributing Author to chapter on using prior convictions to impeach a witness1997

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of Missouri SOLN/AJuris Doctorate - Law1987
Truman State UniversityBusiness Administrationundergraduate1983

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
MCLE LuncheonUse of Media in the Justice System2015
MCLE LuncheonCalifornia Legal Specialization2015
ABCLegal Analyst2015
ABCLegal Analyst2014
National Business InstituteEffective Case Presentation at Trial2010
Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports MarketingCriminal law2010
Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions on Professional LicensesCriminal Law2010
California State University FresnoLegal and Ethical Issues in Sports Marketing2009
Fresno County Public Defender's OfficeObtaining Peace Officer Personnel Records2006
San Joaquin College of LawEvidence2004