Nebraska Criminal & Trial Lawyers

Appeals & Post-Conviction Relief in Omaha

Skilled Appellate Attorneys Serving Nebraska - Call (402) 614-8655

Are you or a loved one serving a sentence you believe was not deserved? Do you feel your trial was mishandled? For effective assistance with state and federal post-conviction, habeas corpus, sentencing, and criminal appeals, work with the Omaha appellate attorneys at McGoughLaw P.C. L.L.O. We have extensive experience appealing cases for the falsely accused and the wrongfully sentenced.

Contact us at (402) 614-8655 to request a free consultation with our team.

Giving You a Second Chance to Clear Your Name

A criminal appeal is a request to a higher court to review your case for error. If you feel that mistakes were made that affected the jury's decision or if new evidence comes to light, you need the help of an Omaha criminal appeals attorney.

At McGoughLaw P.C. L.L.O., we handle criminal appeals in federal and state court. We have extensive experience in this area, having been assigned some very serious cases by judges in the past. We have a reputation for finding issues that may lead to success after the fact and know the issues that the court of appeals is looking for.

We apply our team approach to your appeal, just as we would to a regular case, getting perspective from all team members so we understand it from all angles and are better able to present it to the appellate court. This also enables us to answer your questions quickly when you call because all team members are aware of what is going on in your case.

Thorough Investigation & Skilled Counsel

Our team of attorneys can completely reinvestigate your case, review all pretrial decisions, evaluate all trial transcripts, and advise you on your best course of remedy at this point. Where appropriate, we can assemble a team of experts and investigators to document facts that support a new trial or a less restrictive sentence. We focus on pursuing major issues that could make a life-changing difference for our clients, whether that means a reversal of a conviction or a reduction in sentence.

Our firm represents clients in matters such as:

  • Post-conviction motions
  • Criminal appeals
  • Motions for a new trial
  • Motions for a reduced sentence
  • Federal habeas corpus petitions
  • Requests for a pardon

Our skilled attorneys can make the difference between a conviction that is upheld and a reversal, between a long prison sentence and a short one. Our exceptional advocacy and knowledge of federal sentencing guidelines have helped clients even when we did not represent them at trial.

Federal Habeas Corpus Petitions

A prisoner who files a petition for a writ of habeas corpus is challenging the authority of the state government to confine him. A federal judge may order a hearing after reading the petition, where the prisoner is able to argue that incarceration amounts to a violation of federal constitutional rights.

For reliable representation from a skilled Omaha appellate attorney, call McGoughLaw P.C. L.L.O. at (402) 614-8655. We handle appeals throughout Nebraska as well as federal appeals in Iowa.

Client Success Stories

  • Theft
    Defendant was charged with embezzling more than $300,000.00, from a previous employer. At the deposition of the alleged victim, our firm highlighted a number of inconsistencies and questionable statements. The State agreed to dismiss all charges against our client. Defendant was charged with burglary. At the preliminary hearing, we created a record that established that the State had very little corroborated evidence against our client. After the hearing, we filed a motion to suppress, arguing that the charges should be dismissed because the State could not prove that our client was involved in the burglary. Shortly before a hearing on our motion, the State contacted us and agreed to dismiss all charges against our client. Defendant was charged in federal court with embezzling several thousand dollars. Following our investigation and providing relevant information to the Government and the Court, the Court agreed to sentence our client to probation with no jail time. Defendant was charged in federal court with cheating the Government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Following our investigation and settlement negotiations with the Government, the Court agreed to sentence our client to probation without having to go to jail.
  • Other Offenses
    Defendant was charged with possession of child pornography and was previously represented by a different attorney. Defendant came to us for help because his current attorney was not able to get the matter resolved from Defendant. Following our investigation and presentation of materials to the State, the State agreed to dismiss all felony charges against our client. Based upon our presentation to the Court at sentencing, the Court agreed to sentence our client to probation without having to go to jail. Defendant was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. The matter proceeded to trial and the jury found our client Not Guilty. Defendant was charged in federal court with impersonating an officer. Following an investigation and information presented to the Government, the Government agreed to dismiss the charges against our client. Defendant was charged with child endangerment and was previously represented by a different attorney. Defendant came to us for help because her current attorney was not able to get the matter resolved for Defendant. Following our investigation and presentation of materials to the State, the State agreed to dismiss all charges against our client. Defendant was previously sentenced to several years in prison. Defendant had been represented by a different lawyer. Our firm was asked to review the case to determine if there was anything that could be done to reduce Defendant's sentence. Following our investigation and presentation of materials to the State and Court, our client was re-sentenced to time served and released from prison.
  • Drug Possession
    Defendant was charged with possessing a large quantity of marijuana. Following a complete investigation by our firm, the State agreed to dismiss all charges against our client. Defendant was charged with carrying numerous pounds of marijuana. Following a suppression hearing where several statements made by the arresting officer were called into question, the State dismissed the felony possession charge. At sentencing, we presented evidence and information that convinced the Court to sentence our client to probation with no jail time. Defendant was charged with carrying numerous pounds of marijuana. Following a complete investigation by our firm, the State agreed to give the Defendant a deferred sentence which would not appear on his record. Our client avoided any criminal conviction and avoided a jail sentence. Defendant was charged with possessing drugs found at the airport. After our investigation and presentation of materials to the State, the State agreed to dismiss the charges against our client. Defendant was charged with possession of prescription drugs. Following a successful suppression hearing where the Court ruled that the State could not use certain evidence against our client, the State agreed to dismiss all felony charges against our client. At sentencing on a reduced misdemeanor charge, we were successful in convincing the Court to sentence our client to probation with no jail time. Defendant was charged with possession of prescription drugs while a student at college. After our investigation and presentation of materials to the State, the State agreed to refer the matter to diversion. This resulted in our client not having any criminal charges on his record. Defendant was charged with drug conspiracy and possession of a weapon. Following a hearing challenging the Government's evidence, the Court sustained our motion to suppress and ruled that the Government did not have probable cause to stop, detain or search our client.
  • Assaults
    Defendant was charged with child abuse resulting in death. Following the investigation of our firm, depositions of key witnesses and presentation of our findings to the prosecutor, the State agreed to dismiss the charges against our client. Defendant was charged with assaulting an officer. The matter proceeded to trial and the jury found our client not guilty. Defendant was charged with assault. Following our investigation and presentation of relevant information to the State, the State agreed to dismiss the charges against our client. Defendant was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Following our investigation and presentation of materials to the State, the State agreed to dismiss all charges against our client.
  • Sexual Offenses
    Defendant was charged with sexual assault of a minor. At the deposition of the alleged victim, our firm got the alleged victim to confess that she made the whole thing up. Charges were dropped against our client. Defendant was charged with sexual assault. At the deposition of the alleged victim, a number of inconsistencies were identified and highlighted and the State dismissed all felony charges against our client. Defendant was charged with soliciting a minor from craigslist. After taking a deposition of the alleged victim, our firm was able to highlight a number of inconsistencies and questionable information and the State dismissed all felony charges against our client. Defendant was charged with sexual assault. During the deposition of the alleged victim, our firm got the alleged victim to admit that it was possible that all of the information provided to police was from a dream and was not real. The State dismissed all felony charges against our client. Defendant was charged with sexual abuse of a family member. Following a deposition of the alleged victim and complete investigation, demonstrating that a number of statements made by the alleged victim were questionable and inconsistent with other information, the State agreed to dismiss the charges. Defendant was charged with sexual assault. The matter proceeded to trial and the jury found there was insufficient evidence to convict the Defendant. Our client was never convicted of the charge. Defendant was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on family members. The matter proceeded to trial and the jury found Defendant not guilty of two charges and found there was insufficient evidence to convict on a third charge. Before Defendant could be retried on the third offense, the State agreed to dismiss all sexual offenses against our client. Defendant was charged with a sexual assault that the State claimed happened several years ago when the Defendant was a minor. We filed a Motion to transfer the matter to juvenile court, arguing that the matter should be dismissed. After our hearing, the State agreed to dismiss charges against our client.

A Reputation Of Excellence

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  • “ Keeping my record clean as possible means a lot to me and I couldn't have done it without you, thank you!”

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