Post-conviction is one of the most difficult and complicated areas of criminal law. A good post-conviction attorney must be a good trial lawyer, a good investigator, a good researcher, and a good writer. Oftentimes, a post-conviction lawyer must find error committed by another trial or appellate lawyer. For this reason, a post-conviction attorney must be well-rounded in all areas of criminal law, and even some areas of civil law.
The approach of Brown Law is to leave no stone unturned when pursuing a post-conviction. Investigation is often the cornerstone to this process. Investigation must be followed up by skilled judgment, and eventually the filing of the Petition. The actual post-conviction hearing is the culmination of months of work, and requires meticulous preparation.
The attorneys at Brown Law are experienced in the most critical areas of post-conviction: ineffective assistance of counsel under Strickland v. Washington; prosecutorial misconduct claims under Brady v. Maryland; and errant jury instructions or plea litanies.
We have also raised numerous cutting-edge post-conviction issues, including ineffective assistance of counsel in the plea negotiation stage, and ineffective assistance of counsel at sentencing. Although no post-conviction attorney can guarantee success, this Firm has won some type of relief in several of its most recent post-conviction proceedings: the reversal of a life sentence in State v. Martin, new sentences in State v. Gibellino, U.S. v. Wells, U.S. v. Young and others. The firm also won a coram nobis petition in State v. Jones that knocked seven years off a defendant’s federal sentence. Finally, in one of the nation’s most watched post-conviction cases, the firm won a new trial for Adnan Syed, the subject of the podcast “Serial.”
In all, we have reversed six life sentences for our clients.
If you or a family member need a Maryland post-conviction attorney, please call Brown Law and set up a consultation. Because Maryland post-convictions have filing deadlines that are strictly enforced by the courts, you cannot afford to wait.