Iowa Federal Criminal Appeals Lawyers Protecting Your Constitutional Rights
We Are Federal Criminal Appeals
Our firm is devoted to practicing in the area of Federal Criminal Appeals exclusively. In the Federal system of justice, the Bill of Rights and The Constitution figure prominently. The Constitution of the United States of America is not just a document. It is the foundation of our society. It regulates the relationship between “We the People” and our government, as well as guarantees to all people certain unalienable rights including the following:
- The right to be free from unreasonable search and seizures (4th Amendment);
- The right to due process of law (5th Amendment);
- The right to remain silent when questioned by law enforcement (5th Amendment);
- The right not to be tried twice for the same crime (5th Amendment);
- The right to a speedy and public trial (6th Amendment);
- The right to confront witnesses against you (6th Amendment);
- The right to adequate legal representation (6th Amendment);
- The right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment (8th Amendment); and
- The right to be Free from excessive sentences (8th Amendment).
However, sometimes the process is not sufficiently protected by the courts, the lawyers or a randomly selected jury. Sometimes, the rules are not followed. Whether intentional or not, if a violation of your Constitutional rights has led to your conviction and sentence, you have the right to appeal. Our boutique law firm handles Federal Criminal Appeals exclusively and has helped many people in seeking the following post-conviction relief:
- A new trial or hearing;
- A new or reduced sentenced;
- Leniency, clemency or a pardon;
- Overturning a judgment or conviction;
- Habeas Corpus;
- Early termination of probation; and
- Expungement and restoration of civil rights.
Contact our Iowa federal criminal appeals lawyers for a free consultation at 1-800-APPEALS.
Iowa Federal Criminal Appeals Attorneys Investigate the Facts and the Law
We are a boutique law firm devoting its entire practice to defending the constitutionally protected rights applicable to individual and corporate clients in complex federal criminal appeals. We serve Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and many other cities in Iowa. We are admitted to practice in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. So, we can go all the way to the top to protect your rights and defend your interests. We have experience representing clients with federal criminal convictions, including but not limited to, the following:
- Fraud and Corruption including complex fraud, public corruption, mortgage fraud, Medicaid fraud, insurance fraud and health care fraud;
- Narcotics trafficking and Violent crime such as unlawful importation, possession, distribution, and manufacture of controlled substances, armed bank robberies, unlawful possession of firearms, arson and violent crime associated with narcotics trafficking;
- Computer Crimes, Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking crimes including interstate prostitution, unregistered sex offenders, violations of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and the enticement of children across state lines for immoral purposes;
- Environmental and Wildlife crimes such as violations of federal environmental laws, improper disposal and storage of hazardous materials and violations of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act; and
- Immigration crimes and Federal Program fraud including offenses involving the integrity of government programs such as the Social Security Administration, the Small Business Administration, the Veteran’s Administration, and the Railroad Retirement Board, visa fraud, alien smuggling and unlawful reentry to the United States following deportation.
Iowa Federal Criminal Appeals Attorneys Expose Errors
The appellate arena is mined with traps for the unwary. There are numerous procedural steps to be taken before any substantive arguments can be made. For example, you must file a Notice of Appeal within 14-days of the entry of the judgment or order that you are appealing. This document preserves the right to later file what is known as an appellate brief, which must be filed with the court and served upon the government within 40-days after filing the record on appeal. So, your appellate attorney has a very tight deadline to review the entire trial record from the charges to the sentencing hearing and uncover Constitutional issues, violations and other legal errors that resulted in your improper federal criminal conviction, sentence or both.
The federal criminal appeals attorneys at our boutique law firm combine years of experience with the latest technology to streamline this process. Our goal is to find the most important legal errors, discuss them with you and build a winning strategy before writing and submitting your appellate brief. This process is important because your appeal will live or die based upon how the issues are framed and presented in the appellate brief to the panel of judges. Of course, we will make sure that your appellate brief complies with the strict standards of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Iowa Federal Criminal Appeals Lawyers Advocate with Insight
There are times when the panel of judges will call upon your attorney to discuss a case during oral argument. This is a hearing in which the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals invites attorneys to appear, discuss the case and answer questions. We prefer oral argument because it gives us another opportunity to present you, your plight and the problems in your case, conviction and sentence. When successful, an appeal can result in the reversal of the conviction or sentence, a new trial or sentencing hearing and in extreme cases the prosecution might decide to dismiss their case.