Criminal Defense Attorney

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. Mr. Hammerschmidt has a strong reputation in the Fresno community for his knowledge of the law. Primarily representing professionals including white collar, felony and misdemeanor DUI, workers’ compensation premium fraud, and federal and state drug cases. He has also been featured in prominent media publications and interviewed by Court TV for his role in prosecuting a high profile triple homicide case, People v. Dana Ewell. Mr. Hammerschmidt has appeared on American Justice, Court TV's Forensic Files; Court TV's Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice; and most recently he was featured on The Discovery Channel's Solved. Mr. Hammerschmidt has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers List for the last six years and was honored with the distinction of Northern California Super Lawyers Top 100 List in 2015.

Service Reviewed: Criminal Defense
This service is rated 5/5 stars based on 5 reviews

Client Testimonials

  • My father was a businessman and he always had told me growing up, that if I ever needed an attorney, to ALWAYS HIRE THE BEST. So now that I am a business woman that holds two different professional licenses, I needed to hire the best criminal defense attorney. Needless to say, a FELONY conviction would mean that I would lose both my professional licenses, along with losing my livelihood. And I was NOT going to allow that to happen. Jeff SUCCEEDED in getting ALL MY CHARGES DISMISSED! I APPRECIATE Jeff for keeping both my reputation and my livelihood, intact. Thank you Jeff, for ALL that you have done for my family and I and for always being there, in my corner, when needed!

  • For my DUI case, Jeff Hammerschmidt was able to produce the best possible outcome I could ever ask for (case dismissed). Due to his vast knowledge of California's penal codes he was able to provide me with clear and concise information regarding the possible outcomes of my case. Jeff and his associates contacted me on a regular basis, via email and phone conversations, as information was relayed to them. Hiring Jeff to represent me was a smart decision. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation I was in, facing a DUI conviction, I highly recommend that you hire Jeff Hammerschmidt as your representation.

  • Hands down, Jeff Hammerschmidt instills confidence. Once you talk to him and meet him, you know you will be in excellent hands. He has vast experience from both sides of the law - as a prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney - and he has superb 'People Skills,' which is vital in working with you, the prosecution, and the judge. He has earned a phenomenal reputation in the field because he knows the law and because he knows how to work with people, and it is this combination that has earned him the tremendous respect of his peers over the years. He has forged fantastic collegial relationships that have proved his worth as a lawyer and as a solid person. I have no reservations about working with Jeff.

  • Jeff is one of the most kind, professional, honest, upfront lawyers I have met. Please know that with lawyers you get what you pay for! If you want results, you need to hire the best and I think that is Jeff! We were overwhelmingly impressed with him. He was able to get my husbands sentence from a possible 5 years in prison to 3 months in county jail. We can’t sing his praises enough!

  • Mr. Hammerschmidt helped me seek the best possible outcome for my very unfortunate DUI case. He is personable, but professional, and exceptionally knowledgeable. I trust him implicitly and felt comfortable and confident with all of his legal counsel. He always speaks to me in a way that I can understand, fields all of my questions with clear competence and expertise, and listens with an open mind to my own thoughts and input -- all of which I appreciate greatly. I feel absolutely certain that my case would not have been resolved as efficiently with any other attorney as my representative.

  • Jeff Hammerschmidt is an outstanding attorney. I hired Jeff Hammerschmidt in early 2009 for felony drug charges. Jeff Hammerschmidt answered all of my questions, got back to me quickly, and kept me up to date on the status of my case. Jeff treated me like a regular guy not some criminal. I would recommend Jeff Hammerschmidt to anyone and everyone who is in need of a great lawyer. Thank You Jeff for all your hard work


Exceptional Results

People v. Logan M.

Description: Client charged with felony theft with one prior strike and three prison priors for total exposure of 9 years prison with 15% eligible good time credits. Outcome: Misdemeanor probation with 27 actual days jail credit and 32 additional days to serve on the Adult Offender Work Program.

United States v. Cole

Description: Client was charged with real estate fraud. The United States Sentencing Guidelines provided for a guideline range sentence of 27 to 33 months federal prison. Outcome: Client was sentenced to five months federal prison.

People v. McFarland

Description: Client charged with strike offense of residential burglary with resident present. Outcome: Our motion to dismiss on Federal and State Constitutional ground was granted. Case was dismissed in its entirety.

People v. Megan Martzen

Description: Ms. Martzen was charged with second degree murder and child abuse homicide. The minimum sentence, if convicted of the charges, was 25 years to life in prison. Outcome: Jury trial ended in a hung jury, with the jury voting 10-2 and 8-4 not guilty on Counts 1 & 2, case settled for probation and […]

Education & Certifications

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Criminal Law Specialist


Awards - Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt

Blue Ribbon Panel

Northern California Super Lawyers Top 100 List – 2015

Blue Ribbon Panel

Northern California Super Lawyers – 2015

Northern California Super Lawyers

Law & Politics Magazine – 2014

Blue Ribbon Panel

Northern California Super Lawyers – 2014

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers – 2014

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated

Martindale-Hubbell – 2013

Client Distinction Award

Martindale-Hubbell – 2013

Northern California Super Lawyers

Law & Politics Magazine – 2013

Top Rated Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense

Corporate Counsel Magazine – 2013

Top Rated Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense

The American Lawyer Magazine – 2013

Professional Development


Fresno County Bar Association

Member: 1987 –present

American Bar Association

Member: 2008 –2009

California DUI Lawyers Association

Member: 2008–present

US District Court for the Eastern District of California

Admitted to Practice: – 1987–present

Supreme Court of California

Admitted to Practice: – 1987–present

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member: 2009–present

St. Agnes Hospital Men’s Club

Board Member: 2010 –present

High School Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer Attorney: 1992–present

California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Certified Criminal Law Specialist: 1998–present

Kings County Bar Association

Member: 2013–present

United States Supreme Court Bar

Admitted to Practice: 2011–present

State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section

Member: 2008–present

CJA Panel Selection Committee

Board Member: 2013–present

State Bar of California, Criminal Law Advisory Commission

Board Member: 2012–2015

Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of America

Member: 2014–present

State Bar of California, Criminal Law Advisory Commission

Chair: Present