Federal 2255

Federal 2255

Brown Law is a leading firm in the litigation of federal 2255 claims throughout the country.

If you have been convicted in federal court, and your appeal has been denied, your last chance may be to file a federal post-conviction motion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. These proceedings are exceptionally challenging because, unlike their state-court counterparts, a 2255 must be litigated in front of the same federal district judge who presided over the original trial. At Brown Law, we have a track record of winning 2255 claims, including nearly a dozen victories in recent years.

A successful federal post-conviction attorney must have a varied skill set, allowing them to perform meticulous legal research, strong legal writing, and forceful courtroom advocacy. Whereas an appeal is focused on finding errors committed by the trial judge, a 2255 is focused on finding errors committed by the defendant’s trial counsel — so called “ineffective assistance of counsel.” Other areas that are ripe for 2255 federal post-conviction are: violations under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963); prosecutorial misconduct; ineffective assistance of appellate counsel; and the imposition of an illegal sentence.

Brown Law prepares and fights hard for the rights of their clients. Some of our recent successes are the following:

*In United States v. Carlos Trejo Ruiz, we established ineffective assistance of trial counsel and had a 30-year sentence and conviction vacated.

*In United States v. Weathers, we established ineffective assistance of trial counsel and won a new sentencing for our client. At the new sentencing, our client’s 22-year sentence was reduced by 14 years to 8 years.

*In United States v. White, we won a new sentencing and reduced our client’s federal sentence, saving him almost 14 years of his life.

*In United States v. Young, we proved that a defendant was wrongly sentenced as an Armed Career Criminal, and we got his sentence reduced by about 7 years.

*In United States v. Wells, the district court reversed a prior decision when it determined that the client’s prior convictions should not count toward a career offender designation. As a result, the court reduced our client’s sentence by 108 months.

*In United States v. Ellerby we overturned our client’s life sentence.

If you are looking to hire an experienced federal 2255 attorney for the District of Maryland, or for any other federal district in the United States, please call Brown Law for a consultation.