Challenging The Court’s Decision Through Appeals And Expungements
After someone is convicted of a crime, they may believe that the court made the wrong decision for one reason or another. In other cases, a convicted person may feel that after serving their debt to society, they should no longer be burdened by the collateral consequences of a conviction. Appeals and expungements can offer these people an opportunity to overcome their legal challenges, but they will need the help of a skilled criminal defense team to get the outcome they deserve.
At Babich Sarcone Attorneys at Law, our criminal defense attorney, Nick Sarcone, has more than 15 years of experience defending the best interests of our clients throughout the Des Moines area. In addition to fighting criminal charges in court, he also helps our clients after their initial case is resolved through appeals and expungements.
Who Can Appeal A Conviction?
Anyone who has been convicted of a crime has the right to appeal a court’s decision, but there is a limited window of time to file the appeal. Depending on the nature of the charges, the time you have to appeal your conviction will vary, so it is important to act as soon as possible to begin the appeal process.
Whether Mr. Sarcone represented you in your original defense case or not, we can help you file an appeal, build a new case, and seek to overturn the original outcome in your case. These cases usually take between three and six months to resolve, be we will work to settle matters as soon as possible.
Clearing Your Record Through Expungement
Not every crime qualifies for an expungement. In Iowa, domestic assault, harassment, child endangerment and OWI charges cannot be expunged. Mr. Sarcone can review your case to determine if your crime qualifies for an expungement. Then, if it has been at least eight years since your conviction, you have no pending criminal charges and you have paid all costs you owe to the court, we can guide you through the expungement process.
Additionally, if removing the charges from your record via expungement is not an option, sealing the record may still be a possibility. The difference between these two is that an expungement removes the record entirely, and sealing it keeps anyone from accessing it.
Get A Fresh Start After A Conviction
Whether you need help fighting a court’s decision or you want to clear or seal your record, let an Iowa lawyer with experience in these matters guide you. Call our Des Moines office at 515-817-1870 or email us here to schedule your initial consultation today.