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  • Assault

    Faced 7 Years in Prison: Dismissed

  • Securities Fraud

    Faced 5 Years in Prison: Dismissed

  • DUI Charges

    Faced 2 Years in Prison: Dismissed

  • USDA Fraud

    Faced $100,000 fine: Dismissed

Case Results

Murder Charges

Client accused of murdering his girlfriend

Our client was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. We were able to get charges dismissed due to lack of evidence after our team did a comprehensive investigation.

What Do You Have To Show For Ineffective Assistance?

The court system have the great power to influence people’s lives. A judge can send someone to jail or prison. They can level fines against people that may exceed their ability to pay. Juries can even sentence someone to death at the hands of the state. Officials who are in charge of the American justice system are very aware of the live changing power of the courts. This is why, from the very first, they set up a system that was designed to make sure that everyone who is summoned in front the courts has the full right to have their case hear and the right to effective counsel. They also created a system that allows people to hire others who understand the law to speak for them in their stead. Lawyers serve a vitally important in the justice system. They make sure that a client gets a fair trial and that all possible evidence that might exonerate them is presented in court for consideration.

Problems That Arise

While lawyers are supposed to act in the client’s best interests, this is not always the case. In some instances, there may be problems with the lawyer’s behavior during the trial. Lawyers, like all other members of the court, are supposed to act in accordance with all necessary¬†professional ethical standards. Lawyers must be able to follow their client’s wishes, act in their best interests and explain to them what’s going on during the entire time they are in court. Lawyers who fail to uphold such standards can be help accountable for their actions in many ways both by the legal system and by their clients.

An Effective Lawyer

The American constitution has many safeguards in place. One such safeguard is the right to have effective legal counsel when in the courts system. This applies to the federal courts and to those who wish to appeal any sentence. If you have been convicted in the federal courts, you may be able to raise the issue of ineffective legal assistance as part of your appeal strategy. Doing so requires that you prove certain specific things about the legal counsel that was at your side during this time. In general, you must be able to prove that the lawyer did not behave as well as he was required to under law. You also must be able to show that the errors that person made during your trial made an ultimate difference in the guilty verdict.

There’s a formal process for showing that you’ve had an ineffective counsel during your trial. You will need to bring what is known as a¬†2255 petition. This petition largely focuses on the argument that your counsel was not effective during the trial. At this point, if you have changed lawyers because the first was not ideal or because you have hired new counsel, they will examine the petition and look for evidence to make sure they can support it in the the court system. The goal is to indicate that your constitutional rights were not upheld as required under law.

Lawyers must be able to perform as well as other lawyers in any given case. This is recognized by all laws that govern the federal court system. For example, if standard procedure during a case is to interview people but you lawyer did not, this can be grounds for ineffective assistance during your trial. The same thing for other actions on their part. In general, lawyers in court are expected to follow certain procedures in order provide the kind of counsel that plaintiffs are supposed to be given under law. Lawyer are trained in such procedures as they go through law school and once they practice.

Another issue that might be grounds for a 2233 petition is to indicate that any errors your lawyer made during the trial had an influence on the guilty verdict. Lawyers are allowed to make minor mistakes when working with clients. A single failure on their part will not be grounds to have a guilty verdict overturned. The evidence or any other legal procedure they failed to bring up must have had an impact on your case. People are not allowed to look over a case and merely point out minor errors. The errors must be clearly obvious and clearly relevant. For example, if the lawyer did not speak to someone who could have testified that you were at given place rather than at the scene of the crime, this can be a highly relevant part of an appeals process based on this claim. The right lawyer can help you make sure that this case is heard correctly. They can help you craft an appeals process based on such claims and demonstrate exactly where the previous counsel went wrong.

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