Former Federal Prosecutor - handling all of your Criminal Defense needs.
I am a Fresno based federal and state criminal defense and government investigations attorney. I provide the highest level of service for my clients.
I understand how federal and state prosecutors think - how they decide whether or not to file a criminal charge and what persuades them to decline filing, dismiss a case, or reduce the charges. I know how to challenge the admissibility of evidence (suppression motions) and how to present a criminal case to a jury or Judge. My experience includes over 100 criminal jury trials.
For ten years I was the Chief of the Violent Crime and Narcotics Unit for the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California, Fresno. My review and approval was needed for every wiretap, grand jury indictment, and plea bargain. I evaluated every petition for commutation or pardon relating to a drug or violent crime conviction. I personally prosecuted hundreds of federal criminal cases including conspiracy, drug and marijuana offenses, tax, money laundering, fraud, civil rights, firearms, assault, offenses by federal correctional officers and inmates, and offenses on federal land including Yosemite National Park and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. I also have extensive experience in presenting cases to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
My experience also includes five years as a state court prosecutor with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office. The jury trials I presented ranged from driving under the influence through burglary, robbery, sexual assault, and murder. I have used the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to suppress digital evidence obtained when law enforcement searched a cell phone. A client's felony case was recently dismissed becasue we successfully moved for Mental Health Diversion (Penal Code 1001.36) and my client successfully completed her mental health program.
Facing a government investigation or criminal charges is stressful and involves serious potential consequences. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being investigated or charged with a criminal offense, I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2021|
|Outstanding Performance||Drug Enforcement Administration||2018|
|Outstanding Service||Federal Bureau of Investigation||2018|
|Of Counsel||Hammerschmidt Law Corporation||2018 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Fresno City College||2005 - 2009|
|Chief, Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit||United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, Fresno||1990 - 2018|
|Attorney||Ramsey, Morrison & Wallis||1988 - 1990|
|Deputy District Attorney||Tulare County District Attorney's Office||1983 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Federal Bar Association (San Joaquin chapter)||Member||2020 - Present|
|KMJ News Talk Radio||Legal Analyst||2020 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2019 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Member||2018 - Present|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations||BS - Bachelor of Science||1980|
|Emory University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Leadership Fresno Class 34 Law Day||Defending federal and state criminal investigations and charges||2018|
|Annual training - Yosemite National Park & Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park||Federal Law Enforcement Officer Training||2016|
|CLE||Federal Criminal Law||2016|
|Criminal Trial Advocacy Course||Instructor: Trial Skills||2016|
|Constitution Week||Civil Liberty Issues In Federal Criminal Law||2016|
|Annual Training||Federal Correctional Officer Legal Training||2015|
|United States v. M.C.||Faced 25 - 30 years in BoP. After defense work, received 3 & 1/2 years (42 months).|
|People v. ME||Felony charge and prior conviction allegation dismissed. Plea to disturbing the peace - $235 fine, one year informal probation|
|U.S. v. C. D.||Case dismissed|
|People v. M. T.||Mental Health Diversion application granted|
|People v. L. G.||Case Dismissed - Mental Health Diversion program completed|
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