Defense attorneys often get a bad rap in our society, despite the importance they serve helping provide fairness and equality to our criminal justice system. They tend to be seen as the people trying to get criminals off, or win a reduced sentence, despite the fact that they may have committed a crime. That's not always the correct picture though.
What we fail to consider is that criminal defense attorneys do a lot more than just give those accused of or charged with a crime their constitutionally guaranteed right to legal defense. In fact, criminal defense attorneys are often part of the front lines helping people in bad legal situations get the help they need. That's exactly what Hammerschmidt Law Corporation in Fresno does.
Located in Downtown Fresno, this firm's mission is to represent people the way they would want to be represented if they were in the client’s position, and individualize their approach to each client so that the underlying issues faced by their client are addressed- not just the crime or accusation. They understand there's often a bigger problem than just the crimes alleged against that person. If the underlying problem is addressed, then the chance of repeat clients is avoided- which is their biggest goal.
That's why they also make a point to represent victims of crimes. What I wasn't aware of was that prosecutors don't represent victims of crime. Prosecutors represent the public. So a firm like Hammerschmidt Law Corporation steps in to make sure victims are properly represented and given voice and potentially any restitution they deserve. This is a California Constitutionally protected right of victims that most people don't know about, called "Marsy's Law".
Ultimately, the attorneys of Hammerschmidt Law Corporation want to help improve people's lives. That's why they're heavily involved with the community through organizations like Live Again Fresno and CART. Last year they took a group of students from CART down to their office and the Federal Courthouse to learn all about the justice system, speak with a Federal Magistrate and U.S. Marshals, and see a trial first hand.
The value Hammerschmidt Law Corporation brings to the community is a direct result of their vast experience in the field of law. Jeff Hammerschmidt and Kevin Rooney both have served as prosecutors before practicing criminal defense. Seeing the criminal justice system from both sides has allowed them to serve victims and the accused well, getting them the help they need and helping them get to a better place in life.
During our conversation, Jeff told me multiple stories of how they've seen people's lives be turned around as a result of their compassionate, restorative approach. It's great to see people making such a positive impact on the community in a place we so often overlook.
Hammerschmidt Law Corporation has also done quite a bit to help out businesses impacted by Coronavirus. Almost every day the firm gets lunch from a local business nearby and posts about it on their social media. They really are invested in seeing everyone in the community do well.
To learn more about Hammerschmidt, you can find them on social media or visit their website:
You can also give them a call at (559) 233-5333