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 the 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 & Nieto 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 & Nieto are experienced in the most critical areas of post-conviction: ineffective assistance of counsel under Strickland v. Washington; evidentiary 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. In one recent proceeding, we won a new sentencing for his post-conviction client by proving that defense counsel was ineffective for miscalculating the client’s sentencing guidelines. We then convinced the Sentencing Judge, over the strenuous objection of the State, to reduce the defendant’s sentence. More.
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: 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 U.S. v. Jones that knocked seven years off a defendant’s sentence.
If you or a family member need a Maryland post-conviction attorney, please call Brown & Nieto. Because Maryland post-convictions have filing deadlines that are strictly enforced by the courts, you cannot afford to wait.