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Fresno Criminal Defense Attorneys

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At Hammerschmidt Broughton, we focus on being proactive and doing everything we can to help you achieve the best result possible. We also understand that being accused of a crime can be one of the most stressful and difficult points in your life. Our team will help you manage that stress by keeping you up to date and making sure you feel confident about your case. We have a saying in our office, “our goal is to contact you more than you contact us”.

Our criminal defense attorneys are here to help. Call or email us today to schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney at Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation.

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Proactive in Our Approach

We are conveniently located throughout Central California with offices in Fresno and Hanford. Our criminal defense attorneys handle felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, expungement, and victim representation cases.

If you visit an attorney and they take a “wait and see” approach, you’ve found the wrong attorney. You need an attorney who will immediately try and keep the case from being filed, and if it is filed, to minimize the consequences. Our proactive approach means the quicker you come in and see us, the quicker we can work on getting you a favorable result.

Criminal Defense Team

  • Criminal Defense Attorney - Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt

    Criminal Defense Attorney

    Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt

    Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt is a Fresno County criminal defense attorney who represents men and women in criminal matters in state and federal courts. For more than 12 years Mr. Hammerschmidt worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Fresno, where he served as President of the Fresno County Prosecutors Association. He also served as senior legal advisor to the Fresno Police Department, an agency of more than 800 officers, where he advised the Chief of Police's executive staff on various legal issues.

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  • Criminal Defense Attorney - Mark A. Broughton

    Criminal Defense Attorney

    Mark A. Broughton - Criminal Defense Attorney

    Mark A. Broughton is a Fresno County criminal defense attorney who represents men, women, and juveniles in state and federal court. Mr. Broughton has been licensed to practice law for the past 35 years. He regularly defends people accused of simple misdemeanor DUIs to complex cases such as white collar, gang related matters, and homicide charges. He was the chief defense attorney for a 17-attorney criminal defense law firm where he worked exclusively in criminal matters for nearly 15 years. Mr. Broughton is death penalty qualified...

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  • Criminal Defense Attorney - William A. Parry

    Criminal Defense Attorney

    William A. Parry - Criminal Defense Attorney

    A lifelong Valley resident and native of Lemoore, William “Bill” Parry is the managing partner of the Hanford Office of the Fresno based Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation. Bill graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1995, magna cum laude, where he participated in ‘London Semester ’94.’ Immediately after graduation, he entered local San Joaquin College of Law. While at SJCL Bill was a member of the student bar, and a two-time winner of the Leon S. Peters Leadership Award. Upon graduating as a member ...

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  • Criminal Defense Attorney - Christina A. Widner

    Criminal Defense Attorney

    Christina A. Widner - Criminal Defense Attorney and DUI Attorney

    Christina A. Widner is a Fresno County criminal defense attorney who represents men, women and juveniles in the California state court. She works passionately and tirelessly for her clients on a wide range of criminal defense matters. Ms. Widner attended San Joaquin College of Law, where she was the top ranked student three of her four years, while working full time as a law clerk gaining valuable experience. In May of 2012, she graduated with high honors, and was admitted to the California State Bar in November of 2012. During ...

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  • Criminal Defense Attorney - Christina A. Widner

    Criminal Defense Attorney

    Burton J. Francis

    Burton J. Francis is a Fresno County criminal defense attorney who represents men, women and juveniles in all criminal matters in state and federal trial courts and in the courts of appeal. Starting out as a certified law student in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Francis returned to the practice of criminal law in 1988 when he joined the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office where he worked for approximately 24 years handling all levels of criminal cases. Among his many assignments, he served on the Child Abuse ...

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    Norma Hernandez

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Practice Areas

We Handle All Types of Criminal Cases

Drug Crimes

If you’re charged with any drug crime, - from simple possession to possession for sales - you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. We work with the best people and treatment programs to get you or someone you know the help they need to get off drugs or alcohol.

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DUI & BUI Defense

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be either a misdemeanor or felony in California. The best DUI defense lawyers are proactive and the team at Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation knows how to proactively build a defense that gets you the best result possible.

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Felony Crimes

Felony crimes can have life altering consequences if you’re convicted. They are the most strictly punished offenses in the judicial system and felony convictions can have long lasting consequences on both your personal and professional life.

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Murder, Homicide & Violent Crimes

If you’re facing murder charges, you’re facing the most serious consequences in our judicial system. These cases require a criminal defense attorney willing to turn over every stone. That’s why you need the very best attorney you can get and that’s a Hammerschmidt Broughton attorney.

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White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes consist of many criminal activities including paper crimes, computer crimes, fraud, embezzlement and many others. Our office regularly defends white collar crimes in both state and federal court. The procedures in federal court are very different than state court.

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Gang Crimes

If you’re charged with crimes involving gang allegations, you need an experienced defense attorney because it is one of the most complex areas of the criminal justice system. It is also one area of the law where being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to a lifetime behind bars.

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Domestic Violence

Threats or physical abuse against a current or former spouse, cohabitant, or girlfriend/boyfriend is considered domestic violence in California. A conviction can result in substantial punishment, including a possible prison sentence. A domestic violence defense attorney will make sure your rights are protected.

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Juvenile Delinquency

The procedures and rules used in juvenile courts are different than adult courts. We work with the best people and programs to make sure your son or daughter not only has an outstanding defense, but also gets the essential help they need to move forward with their life.

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Professional License Discipline

There are more than 60 different types of professional licenses in California. If you have a professional license or are looking to get one, you need to be aware that if you have a criminal conviction it could cause you to lose your license or prevent you from getting one.

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Expungement

If you were placed on probation for a crime in California and you’ve successfully completed that probation, you are most likely eligible for an expungement. The expungement would take the conviction off your record for most purposes, including for employment purposes.

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Three Strikes

At Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation, we understand California's complex Three Strikes Law and how it applies to individuals with prior felony convictions. If you’ve been convicted of a previous felony, we can help you understand what your options are.

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Victim Representation

Many victims think the district attorney or prosecutor is their attorney. This is not the case. In California, the prosecutor is the State’s attorney and they do not represent your rights. As a victim, you are entitled to hire a private attorney to represent you.

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