Criminal Defense Law

Criminal Defense Law

Individuals charged with crimes in Iowa are faced with many critical decisions; few are more important than the selection of a defense attorney. The experience of a criminal defense attorney has a profound impact on the outcome of a case, and can mean the difference between freedom and incarceration. It is essential, therefore, to choose an attorney with experience in criminal defense.

A criminal conviction has wide-reaching effects. In addition to limiting one's physical freedom, conviction usually carries the burden of fines and court costs. It can affect employment, causing one to lose a job or have difficulty finding new work. Criminal conviction can limit the ability to receive certain public benefits, volunteer at one's local school or church, and even to travel to certain countries. Less tangible, but no less important, are the effects a conviction can have on relationships with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. A conviction, depending on the nature of the crime, can become a matter of public record, permanently damaging one's reputation in the community.

In short, the consequences of a mistake or impulsive action can follow one for years, or even decades. At Nazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea LLP, we work to limit or eliminate those negative consequences so that our clients can move forward with their lives. Our attorneys are skilled litigators with experience in identifying the weaknesses in prosecutors' cases. We construct the strongest possible defense for our clients, advocating or negotiating as needed to achieve the best possible result.

We have a reputation for being thorough and detail-oriented, traits that are essential for a successful criminal defense. Witnesses are not always truthful or reliable; evidence may be mishandled or misinterpreted. Our attorneys consider every facet of a case. We will thoroughly investigate the facts of a case and locate every possible piece of exculpatory evidence. Criminal cases turn on the law, as well as their facts; we challenge every legal or procedural misstep that might prejudice our clients. Criminal law changes and evolves constantly. We make it our business to keep up-to-date on those changes, both through practice and through continuing education.

We understand that being charged with a crime is tremendously stressful for our clients. We make it a priority to be responsive to their questions and concerns and to be straightforward about the challenges of their cases. Our attorneys clearly explain options and potential outcomes, helping our clients remain in control of their situations and to make the best possible choices.

We assist clients with all types of criminal charges, including:

  • Drunk Diving and Driving Under the Influence (DUI, DWI, OUI, OWI)
  • Murder/Manslaughter
  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Vehicle Crimes
  • Property Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Record Sealing/Expungement

We understand the challenges and stress involved in facing criminal charges. We pride ourselves on being responsive to our clients' needs while advocating fiercely for their rights. If you or a loved one need the advice of a skilled criminal defense attorney, we look forward to serving you.

Call our office in Cedar Rapids today to schedule your initial consultation and learn how we can help: (319) 366-1000.


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