Solving Your Complex Legal Challenges with Our Expertise
Certified Criminal Law Specialist:
Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt is certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as a criminal law specialist. There are fewer than 350 attorneys in the state of California who have earned this distinction.
Experience as Former Prosecutors and Judge:
Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, Kevin P. Rooney, and W. Kent Hamlin have more than a combined 55 years of experience handling trials as prosecutors, in both federal and state court. They know the tactics and strategies that are used by federal and state prosecutors. Kent Hamlin took his oath of office to serve as a judge of the Superior Court of California, in and for the County of Fresno, where he served for more than 21 years and presided over 200 jury trials.
History of Trustworthy Advice:
A criminal defense attorney is more than someone who represents you in court. We guide you through the criminal justice system and provide knowledgeable advice at each step of the process.
High Ratings by Peers and Clients
Hammerschmidt Law Corporation maintains a strong commitment to practicing law at the highest level of professional and ethical standards. The high marks given to our firm by satisfied clients on Avvo.com and peer-review rating on Martindale-Hubbell demonstrate that our firm has tremendous legal ability and professional ethics.
The Hammerschmidt Method
At Hammerschmidt Law Corporation, our mission is to represent our clients at the level we would want if we were the client. Choosing the criminal defense attorneys at Hammerschmidt Law Corporation to represent you or your loved one is a commitment towards a getting an extraordinary result, not just a mediocre result.
For us to get the best result possible, we scrutinize each case and look for the next step. Working as a team with our client at each step of the way helps us achieve the best result. We’re in the business of helping people through rough patches, not in the business of creating repeat clients.
It is not a stretch to say we outwork most of our competitors. We are a firm filled with assertive, compassionate, and hardworking attorneys. We thirst for knowledge and continue to improve the way we practice. Our philosophy is to do the best possible job at every step to obtain the best possible result for our clients.
The Hammerschmidt Process
Being investigate for or charged with a criminal offense has many ramifications on a person’s life – some they are aware of and many they’re not. If you choose Hammerschmidt Law Corporation to represent you, we will work with you every step of the way to help ensure that the criminal matter you or a loved one is facing has the least impact on your life that it can possibly have. Teamwork is key to the steps we take when handling your case. When choosing Hammerschmidt Law Corporation to represent you, you’re not just choosing an attorney, you’re choosing a team of attorneys who pool their knowledge and experience for you and incorporate yours too!
Our approach is to help you manage the challenges our clients face as best we can. We understand that our clients may not understand much of the legal process and that can be a particular point of anxiety for our clients. Explaining the entire process – where they stand, what’s going to happen next, and why it’s important to be patient – help us relieve the stress and anxiety our clients may face.
One of the keys to our approach is thinking about how a criminal case affects a person’s life. Many of our clients are professionals and the collateral consequences of a conviction are often greater than the criminal consequences of a conviction. Our firm not only helps resolve the criminal matter, but will also address any collateral consequences, like the impact a criminal charge or conviction might have on a person’s professional license or profession.
San Luis Obispo County
United States Federal Cases
Description: Was investigated for an alleged felony that occurred during his work as a physician. Attorney prepared client for interview with law enforcement.
Outcome: Following the two hour interview the detective informed attorney and client that no crime occurred and the investigation was not submitted to the District Attorney. Physician was then allowed to return to his employment.
U.S. v. Mary W.
Description: Charged with major fraud against the United States.
Outcome: Sentenced to probation with no time in custody.
U.S. v. Carmen C.
Description: Charged w/ Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (meth/heroin).
Outcome: Pled to a lesser charge with no mandatory minimum and sentenced to Probation with no additional time in jail or prison.
Description: Employer with $15,000,000 in annual payroll charged with three felony counts of workers compensation premium fraud and exposure of up to 7 years in prison.
Outcome: One non-fraud misdemeanor with no jail time, $7,500 in restitution and community service. Employer was permitted to retain his professional license and he was not deported. (Deportation would have occurred if he was convicted of one or more felonies).