Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney Burton J. Francis Leaves Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Joins Hammerschmidt-Broughton Law Corporation As “Of Counsel”

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The Fresno-based Hammerschmidt-Broughton Law Corporation is extremely pleased to announce that Fresno County criminal defense attorney Burton J. Francis has joined the firm as “Of Counsel.” Mr. Francis’ experience in criminal law includes 24 years with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, where, as a Senior Deputy District Attorney, he was responsible for handling many of the most high profile homicide cases in Fresno County. Among such cases were the Carrillo Bar massacre (one of the worst mass murder cases in Fresno County history), the Fresno State University ‘Playstation’ murder case, and the notorious Tarpey Double-stabbing murder in Clovis.

The Fresno-based Hammerschmidt-Broughton Law Corporation is extremely pleased to announce that Fresno County criminal defense attorney Burton J. Francis has joined the firm as “Of Counsel.” Mr. Francis’ experience in criminal law includes 24 years with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, where, as a Senior Deputy District Attorney, he was responsible for handling many of the most high profile homicide cases in Fresno County. Among such cases were the Carrillo Bar massacre (one of the worst mass murder cases in Fresno County history), the Fresno State University ‘Playstation’ murder case, and the notorious Tarpey Double-stabbing murder in Clovis.

A licensed attorney for over 27 years, and a certified Criminal Law Specialist since 1998, Mr. Francis brings to our firm an extensive knowledge of homicide law and considerable experience in handling murder cases, including cases where DNA evidence has been a central issue. Additionally, Mr. Francis brings his expertise with issues relating to cognitive impairment, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental disabilities arising from congenital or traumatic injury which may give rise to a defense in a criminal matter. He has also been involved on an appellate level with mental retardation as a defense to the imposition of the death penalty.

Mr. Francis’ practice at Hammerschmidt-Broughton will also include handling criminal appeals and writs in Federal and California state courts.

Mr. Francis has consistently met the highest standards of the California State Bar in the practice of criminal law and in pursuing the continuing legal education requirements necessary to maintain this distinction. He was recently selected by the Executive Committee of the Fresno Superior Court as one of only a few criminal defense attorneys in Fresno County qualified to represent indigent defendants accused of murders involving special circumstances, the most serious allegations possible in criminal law and which expose indigent defendants to life without the possibility of parole, or even the death penalty.

We are certain Mr. Francis will be an asset to our firm and to our clients, and we are happy to welcome him to Hammerschmidt-Broughton Law Corporation.

Contact:
Sylvia Ochoa
sylvia(at)hbcriminaldefense(dot)com
Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation
2445 Capital Street Suite 150
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 233-5333

Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation is a Fresno -based law firm specializing in criminal defense matters with key practice areas in violent crimes, white collar crimes, drug crimes, and DUI. The firm can be reached at (559) 233-5333 and is also on the Web at http://www.jeffhammerschmidt.com/.

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