A Federal postconviction proceeding can be used to obtain an acquittal, a new trial, a lesser sentence, or other relief. With your unique circumstances in mind, McLain Law will formulate a Federal postconviction strategy and fight to obtain positive results for you.
A 2255 motion must normally be filed at the trial court level within one year of the judgment and sentence becoming final. In general, a 2255 motion is used to bring claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, newly discovered evidence, involuntariness of plea, and sentencing errors. There truly are countless number of claims that can be brought in your 2255 motion. If successful, you could be granted an acquittal, a new trial, a lesser sentence, or other relief.
A 2254 motion has a one year filing requirement and is subject to intense procedural rules. A 2254 motion can be used by a person convicted in state court and currently in custody to challenge their sentence or underlying conviction because it violates the Federal Constitution. Unlike other state court proceedings, a 2254 is litigated before a Federal judge in Federal court.