Federal Habeas Corpus Petitions

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Similar to the state "PCR" practice, federal challenges to a conviction based on a trial lawyer's shortcomings are guided by rules distinct from a direct appeal. These so-called "collateral attacks" on a conviction have their own time constraints, typically demanding a habeas corpus petition be filed within one year of a final judgment. The process is defined by a federal statute, 28 U.S. Code, Section 2255, and often goes by its statutory tag as a "2255 action."

If you believe you have received an illegal sentence, have been improperly detained after completion of a sentence, or were so ill-served by your trial lawyer as to raise the issue of "ineffective assistance of counsel," contact us to review your claim. We have a wealth of experience handling these issues, can evaluate your case promptly, and will offer you candid advice on how to proceed to vindicate your rights.