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Mark Broughton

Mark  Broughton

2445 Capitol St.
Fresno, California 92721
United States

Telephone: 559-233-5333
Facsimile: 559-233-4333
Firm: Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation
Practice Overview:
Practice Areas
Fresno, California, Criminal Defense Lawyers
Bass Lake, CA, Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys
When you hire Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation to handle your case, you receive more than just a criminal defense lawyer; you receive the experience, knowledge and skill of a certified criminal law specialist, former deputy district attorney and former legal advisor to the police. Put this experience to work for you.
Contact our firm today for informative legal advice and strong representation in any of the following matters:
Drug Crimes
We represent clients facing a variety of drug charges, including:
Possession and sale of prescription drugs
Drug trafficking
Other crimes relating to drug addiction
DUI and BUI Defense
We represent clients during all stages of a drunk driving charge, from the initial arrest and investigation to administrative hearings and court appearances. When you are arrested on a drunk driving charge you will usually have to respond to the allegations both in court and at the Department of Motor Vehicles. We are committed to saving your driver's license and defending you in court. If you have been convicted of a DUI and are placed on probation, we can often assist in terminating probation early. If you have been charged with drunk driving, let us protect your rights and your liberty.
Felony Crimes
Our firm has significant experience handling complex felony crimes, including white collar crimes such as:
Federal fraud
Workers' compensation fraud
Mail/wire fraud
And more
Violent Crimes
A violent crime charge is an incredibly serious matter that must be properly handled. We aggressively protect the rights of clients accused of:
Murder, domestic violence, and homicide Murder Homicide violent crimes
Domestic violence
Gang crimes
Gun crimes
Domestic violence
And other violent crimes
Theft Crimes
Have you been charged with theft or a stolen property crime such as robbery, auto theft or check forgery? The experienced criminal defense lawyers at Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation can provide much-needed answers and strong representation during these difficult times.
Our firm handles arson cases involving:
Home fires
Forest fires
Insurance fraud
Commercial building fires
And more
Administrative Hearings
If you are a professional who has been charged with a crime, you are at risk of losing your hard-earned professional license. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in administrative hearings before a variety of state licensing boards.
Quality Representation Throughout the Duration of Your Case
There are steps we can take before charges are filed to increase your chances of seeking a favorable outcome in your case. Our firm is experienced and knowledgeable about various pre-filing options that may include negotiating with the district attorney before charges are filed. This service can result in having no charges filed at all or having less serious charges filed. In addition, if the prosecutor does file charges against you, we can often arrange to avoid having you arrested on an arrest warrant. We also can often handle your matter in a way to avoid or reduce bail, thereby saving you money.
If you have been convicted of a crime and believe a legal error made during the trial affected the outcome of your case, we can pursue an appeal. We also handle misdemeanor and felony expungements for eligible clients who have served out punishment for their crimes and acted with good behavior during that time.
Contact Us
To discuss your criminal charge with an experienced lawyer or to learn more about the appeals and expungement process, contact Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation in Fresno, California. We will fight for your rights and your freedom.


Professional Profile:
Mark A. Broughton is a Fresno County criminal defense attorney who has represented men, women, and juveniles in state and federal court. He practiced law in San Diego for 17 years before moving to Fresno where he continues to practice criminal law in the San Joaquin Valley.
Mr. Broughton has been licensed to practice law for the past 33 years during which time he has practiced criminal law. 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 has conducted over 200 jury trials in every type of case from DUIs; possession, sales and transportation of drugs, sexual assault and child molestation cases, domestic violence cases, assaults with deadly weapons and battery, "three strikes" cases, drive-by shootings, robberies and burglaries, criminal street gang cases, and attempted murder cases. Mr.Broughton is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Criminal Law Specialist
Mr. Broughton is death penalty qualified and is currently on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys who are appointed to the most serious murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court. He has handled and tried dozens of murder and manslaughter cases, and has received several not guilty verdicts in murder cases tried to a jury. He has worked with the Northern California Innocence Project and was successful in obtaining the reversal of a conviction in which an innocent 17 year old boy was wrongfully convicted of a double murder and was sentenced to 2 Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP) prison terms. His high profile cases have appeared regularly in the media and on such television programs as The History Channel’s "Gangland."
Mr. Broughton has a strong reputation in the Fresno legal community for his knowledge of the law and is an effective trial advocate. He has been an instructor in Felony Sentencing, Evidence, Trial Practice and other criminal law topics to other attorneys in continuing legal education classes as well as San Joaquin College of Law. He has been a Mock Trial Attorney Judge and team coach, and founded an organization of criminal defense attorneys in Fresno, California. He also served as a Judge Pro-Tem for the Fresno Superior Court for several years.
Mr. Broughton is a strong supporter of Hope Now for Youth, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping change the lives of former gang members and their families. He once served as a volunteer for Volunteers In Parole, and organization which provides attorney mentors to parolees looking to make positive changes in their lives. He also serves as president of the Gen Eagles Home Owners Association.
Martindale Hubbell recognizes Mr. Broughton as an AV rated attorney, the highest rating available to any individual attorney. He has received a rating of 10.0 out of a possible 10.0 from AVVO, a respected attorney rating firm.
Areas of Practice:
Criminal Defense
Criminal Law
White Collar Crimes
Violent Crimes - Assault
Sexual Crimes - Rape
Sexual Assault
Inside Trading
Corporate Fraud
Three Strikes
Environmental Criminal Issues
Drug Cases
Street Gang Crimes
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UndergraduateUniversity of California, La Jolla, California B.A. Major: SociologyB.A.1974
LawEducation: Western State University College of Law, San Diego, CaliforniaJ.D.1978

Affiliations & Memberships:
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Trial Preparation, San Joaquin College of Law

Trial Practice - Voir Dire Opening, San Joaquin College of Law

Felony Sentencing Statement, Closing Argument, MCLE

Honors and Awards:
Rated 10/10 by AVVO

AV Rated - Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of California

Fresno County Bar Association

Fresno County Criminal Defense Bar Association