David Hammerstad

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Seattle, WA

Law Office of David Hammerstad, LLC
 | 1111 Third Avenue, Suite 2220
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-445-0215
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

David Hammerstad has been providing high-quality criminal defense for nearly 20 years in state and federal court.  

A graduate of Stanford University and a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Hammerstad chose a career in criminal defense over life at a corporate firm because he loves the challenges of trial work and is passionate about protecting the rights and freedoms of the individual. 

Mr. Hammerstad has extensive experience defending against felony charges, predominantly in King County Superior Court, and has taken more than 60 cases to verdict in felony and misdemeanor cases.   Mr. Hammerstad also has federal court experience defending fraud, drug, and other felony charges.

 

 

 

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (100%): Felony, Misdemeanor

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Felony, Misdemeanor

Selections

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Rising Stars: 2013

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About David Hammerstad

Admitted 2003, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.hammerstadlaw.com/about.php

Honors and Awards:

  • Awarded to top 10% of graduating class, Order of the Coif, Georgetown University Law Center, 1998
  • magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Governors, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Presented talk on challenging law enforcement's use of Cellebrite or similar "UFED" technology to download contents of an arrestee's cell phone., Speaker, Challenging Cell Phone Search Warrants, WACDL, 2016
  • An examination of a successfully defended burglary charge where the accused was in a consensual relationship with the alleged victim, Author, The Burglary That Wasn't, Washington Criminal Defense, WACDL/WDA, 2014
  • Presented on the unique challenges of defending domestic violence cases where the evidence is solely or predominantly testimonial and advocated strategies for defending such cases., Presenter, "Defending the He Said/She Said Domestic Violence Case", Washington Defender Association Annual Conference, 2013
  • Presenter on topics "Witness Interview Issues and Reciprocal Discovery Obligations" and "The Use of Subpoenas Duces Tecum and Public Records Act Requests in Criminal Cases", Presenter, Pretrial Discovery, Seminar Group, 2013
  • Presented CLE, with Daron Morris, at December 2011 CLE sponsored by WACDL, entitled "Turning Up the Heat: New Issues and New Approaches in Felony Defense", Co-presenter, Sentencing Aggravators Under the SRA, WACDL, 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • United States v. M.H.  Client was only defendant of 23 defendants charged in drug conspiracy to receive sentence of probation after we persuaded judge that mitigating evidence supported probation over prosecutor's recommendation for jail time.
  • State v. M.S. Not guilty on Robbery 1st Degree charge after complainant's motives to fabricate complaint and lack of corroborating evidence exposed.
  • State v. M.S.  Not guilty verdict on alleged Drive-By shooting after identification attacked for inaccuracies in witness descriptions and suggestiveness of photo montage procedure.
  • State of Washington v. N.D.  On eve of trial won reduction of charge from felony burglary to misdemeanor assault after successful litigation of issue related to landlord's authority to exclude the accused from residence.
  • State of Washington/City of Seattle v. E.S.  Accused facing mulitple charges in municipal and district courts for theft cases caused by opiate addiction.  We were able to use creative litigation strategies to get two cases dismissed and a third reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor with a deferred sentence.
  • United States v. J.D. Accused charged in federal court with drug charges.  In spite of sentencing guidelines range suggesting lengthy prison sentence, we gathered compelling mitigation evidence to persuade the judge to impose a sentence of time-served, enabling client to enroll in a drug diversion court which facilitated his recovery and reemployment.
  • City of Seattle v. J.S.  We persuaded jury that landlord's claim of harassment was not supported by contemporaneous 911 call and was likely retaliation for building management related issues.
  • State of Washington v. W.S.  Accused aquitted of Burglary 1st Degree and Interfering with Reporting of Domestic Violence.  After girlfriend calls police because of domestic dispute, police officer draws gun on accused when he returns to the home. We persuaded the jury that police officer's claim of accused's attempted assault against him was not credible, but more likely an after-the-fact justification for threatening deadly force.
  • State of Washington v. D.C.Outcome: Not GuiltyArea: Domestic Violence   Assault in the Second Degree. Felony Harassment.  I was able to persuade the jury that the objective evidence was inconsistent with alleged victim’s claim of strangulation. A second count of Felony Harassment resulted in a hung jury.  On retrial the jury acquitted […]
  • State of Washington v. J.H.Outcome: Not GuiltyArea: Domestic Violence   Felony Violation No Contact Order (2 counts). I was able to persuade the jury that the alleged victims’ claims were not credible and likely motivated by a custody dispute.  The jury hung, 8-4 to acquit, on a third count of Telephone […]
  • State of Washington v. A.H.Outcome: Not GuiltyArea: Domestic Violence   Assault in the Second Degree. I was able to persuade the jury that the alleged victim’s story was inconsistent with the objective evidence and was likely motivated by a race to the police station after a mutual conflict.  A second count […]
  • State of Washington v. C.J.Outcome: Not GuiltyArea: Domestic Violence   Felony Harassment. I was able to persuade the jury that the incident in question was a volatile verbal argument, not a criminal threat.  A second charge of felony drug possession was dismissed after my motion to suppress evidence from an illegal […]
  • State of Washington v. S.S. Outcome: Case dismissed Area of Practice: Domestic violence Felony Violation of No Contact Order. The State dismissed after we set the case for trial and forced the State to reckon with witness availability issues.
  • State of Washington v. T.W.Outcome: DismissedArea: Domestic Violence Felony Violation of No Contact Order. State dismissed after the Court granted my motion to suppress evidence because of illegal stop of vehicle containing client and alleged victim.
  • City of Seattle v. S.R.Outcome: Case dismissedArea of Practice: Domestic violence Assault in the Fourth Degree. I was able to persuade the City that the alleged victim was the first aggressor.

Representative Clients:

  • Angie was a struggling single mother of three who had fled an abusive relationship and found a new boyfriend. Unfortunately for her, her new boyfriend turned out to be a drug dealer who periodically asked her to translate calls between himself and his customers.  Even more unfortunately, the federal goverment was listening in on all of her calls with her boyfriend, pursuant to a court-ordered wiretap. Angie was indicted in federal court for being part of a drug conspiracy.  Against the prosecutor and probation's recommendation for jail time, I was able to persuade the court to place Angie on probation, saving her job and her ability to provide for her family, and keeping her family intact. 

Educational Background:

  • Stanford University, Political Science, B.A., 1992

Industry Groups

  • WACDL
  • Office Location for David Hammerstad

    1111 Third Avenue
    Suite 2220
    Seattle, WA 98101

    Phone: 206-445-0215

     

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