Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Fresno, California

Hammerschmidt Law Corporation
Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt
Hammerschmidt Law Corporation

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in California since: 1987

Education: University of Missouri School of Law (Columbia)

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2024

Hammerschmidt Law Corporation

2445 Capitol Street
Suite 215
Fresno, CA 93721 Visit website


Certified as a criminal law specialist by The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization and The Criminal Law Advisory Commission, Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt is an attorney at the Hammerschmidt Law Corporation. Focusing his practice on criminal defense, Mr. Hammerschmidt generally handles cases involving white collar crimes, DUI, drug offenses, domestic violence, murder and other violent crimes, and other felony offenses. He proudly serves clients throughout the Fresno metropolitan area in California.

In 1983, Mr. Hammerschmidt graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He went on to receive a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1987.

Even allegations of a crime can have lasting implications on people’s personal and professional lives. Mr. Hammerschmidt understands what his clients have at stake, and he stands by their side through each phase of the legal process. It is his goal to alleviate as much of their stresses as possible and to mitigate the potential consequences of their arrests. Mr. Hammerschmidt began his career working for more than 12 years as a deputy district attorney in Fresno County. In that role, he gained valuable knowledge of the prosecutions’ procedures and strategies. He draws on his experience to help his clients achieve the best outcomes possible to their cases.

In order to best serve his clients, Mr. Hammerschmidt is admitted to practice law in the state of California, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Supreme Court of the United States. Beyond his work with clients, Mr. Hammerschmidt believes in giving back to his community. He regularly volunteers his time as a member of the Saint Agnes Men’s Club.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 40% Criminal Defense
  • 40% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 1987, California

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, Chair, 2015-2016
  • Criminal Trail Lawyers Association of America, Member, 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, Board Member, 2012 - 2015
  • CJA Panel Selection Committee, Board Member, 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009 - Present
  • Supreme Court of California, 1987 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2008- 2009
  • California State Bar Criminal Law Advisory Committee, Chair
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section, 2008 - Present
  • Criminal Law Section of the Fresno County Bar Association
  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association, Member, 1987- Present
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • People v. Talia
  • People v. Gregory Opinski - client charged with four counts of bribery and one count of a Government Code violation, and was looking at up to 8 years in prison.  Case settled with all bribery counts dismissed.  Client was placed on probation and received no actual jail time, with electronic monitor., 2019
  • People v. Dana Ewell
  • People v. Volak
  • People v. Lawson
  • People v. Lipe
  • People v. Dean
  • People v. Pinheiro
  • United States v. Toulu Thao
  • People v. Dana Ewell and Joel Radovcich
  • United States v. Cole
  • People v. McFarland
  • People v. Logan M.
  • People v. Padilla - client was charged with three felony counts of workers compensation premium fraud.  A plea to any of the three charges, even as a misdemeanor, would have resulted in deportation and a loss of the client's farm labor contractor's license.  Matter settled on eve of trial for one non-fraud misdemeanor with no jail time, no deportation and no loss of his farm labor contractor's license., 2011
  • People v. Martzen - Client was accused of murder and assault on a child causing death after the death of a child who was in her care as a babysitter. The trial resulted in a mistrial after the jury was deadlocked 10-2 for not guilty on the murder count and 8-4 for not guilty on the assault count. She accepted a felony involuntary manslaughter plea deal with probation and community service. 
  • People v. Chappell - Client was charged with vehicular manslaughter arising out of the death of a motorcyclist based upon the police department's opinion that the client was at fault in the accident.  After a thorough investigation and the hiring of an accident reconstruction expert, our expert's opinion that the client's conduct was not the cause of the accident was provided to the prosecutor.  The matter was set for jury trial and on the first day of trial the prosecutor dismissed the case in its entirety., 2012
  • Fresno RV v. Paul Evert RV et al - Assisted in winning a $4.58 million judgment against Paul Evert and other defendants after first stopping criminal charges from being filed against the Fresno RV owner. 
  • People v. Sanchez - Rape and related charges against Firefighter dismissed right before trial.
  • People v. Baker - Jury ruled not guilty at trial on all counts. 
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Criminal Law Specialist, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 1998 - Present
Educational Background:
  • Truman State University, B.S. in Business Administration, 1983
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Contributing Author, California Criminal Law Procedure and Practice
  • Mr. Hammerschmidt authored a chapter entitled "Forensic Evidence and Child Abuse Cases" in Aspatore Publishing's "Inside the Minds" series.  The book, released in September of 2011, is entitled "Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing the Latest Trends in Forensics and Incorporating Them Into Defense Strategies.", Author, Aspatore, Law, 2011
  • Adjunct professor, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, San Joaquin College of Law
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President's Club Board Member - The President's Club raises money for Community Medical Centers of California. Currently, all funds raised are donated to the newly opened Clovis Cancer Institute. Since its inception in 2018, we've raised more than $2,200,000., 2019
  • Leadership Fresno, Vice President
  • Central California Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1988-1990
  • President's Club Founding Member, Community Medical Centers, 2018
  • VIP Mentors (formerly Volunteers in Parole) - former Chair, former Board Member, and 18 years of volunteer service
  • Law and Politics Magazine, Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine, 2013 - 2014
  • Top Rated Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense, The American Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Counsel Magazine, 2013
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale Hubbell, 2013
  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2013
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2015
  • Listed in the Honors Edition of Cambridge Who’s Who
  • AV®Preeminent(TM) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Top 100 List, 2015
  • Rated 10/10 by Avvo
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys
  • Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Dean's List, University of Missouri Columbia School of Law
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, 2016
Industry Groups:
  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Criminal Law Advisory Commission
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Mr. Hammerschmidt is the consummate professional. He is cunning, methodical, and soft spoken. He is usually about three steps ahead of everyone else is the analysis and resolution of legal issues. He is also extremely good at making other people feel comfortable and wanting to work with him. I would gladly place my fate in his hands if I ever needed a criminal law attorney.”

Office location for Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt

2445 Capitol Street
Suite 215
Fresno, CA 93721

Phone: 559-233-5333

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