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Jonathan Laurans is a State and Federal appeals and post-conviction attorney who specializes in appellate and post-conviction cases, as well as Federal criminal defense legislation. The Law Offices of Jonathan Laurans works with individuals or corporations seeking defense in civil, criminal or appellate court at the State and Federal level.

Whether you are accused of a crime, found guilty, or already serving time, you need a federal appeals or Federal criminal defense attorney to assert your rights and secure you a successful appeal or post-conviction. Appellate and post-conviction law is riddled with legal intricacies that depend upon the unique details of your case. You need an experienced attorney willing to hear and investigate your story, conduct rigorous legal research, construct a winning defense, and then deliver winning results. An experienced defense attorney will do all these things to maximize the possibility of a positive legal outcome.

If you are charged with a crime, don’t let fear overwhelm you. There are laws designed to protect you. Anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Defendants are guaranteed a fair trial. There are important details within your story that a lawyer can identify and use to your defense. Don’t let fear prevent you from finding the legal defense you deserve. If you are charged with a crime, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Laurans for a free consultation.

If you have been found guilty of a crime, the fight isn’t over. There are legal routes available to overturn previous verdicts and sentences. Federal appeals and post-conviction cases examine the details of your case to determine if the trial or punishment was unfair. If any part of the trial or sentence infringed upon your rights, you may have legal recourse. If you have been found guilty, you want an experienced appellate attorney to fight for you. The Law Office of Jonathan Laurans is ready to listen to your story, and help you find the justice you deserve.

If you are already in prison, don’t lose hope. There are laws to protect prisoners as well as legal ways to reduce your remaining sentence. If your imprisonment is unfair or inhumane, you may have grounds for a post-conviction ‘habeas corpus’ case. In these situations, inmates seek reduced sentences for unjustified sentences, exonerating evidence, or inhumane conditions. If you feel your imprisonment is unfair or inhumane, you want an experienced post-conviction attorney fighting for your freedom. The Law Office of Jonathan Laurans is ready to take your case.

Practice Areas

Federal Criminal Defense

If you are charged with a federal crime, you want to hire a criminal defense lawyer who is certificated and had winning experience in federal courts. A Federal criminal defense lawyer should work with the accused, develop arguments to build a strong case, and protect the rights of the accused throughout the legal process. The criminal defense lawyer is also responsible for uncovering any and all legal errors committed by the arresting police officers, the prosecutors, the court or another defense attorney.

Criminal Appeals

People convicted of a criminal crime can seek legal recourse through the appellate courts. Appeals courts are designed to examine prior court judgments. These appeal processes typically look for legal errors committed by the prosecution or court. If your conviction was the result of a legal error, your original legal outcome can be mitigated, overturned or even expunged.

Civil Appeals

People who lose a civil suit have a chance to appeal the decision, and seek further justice. This appellate process has specific rules, and only certain arguments are allowed. New arguments cannot be heard. Instead, the record of the original case is investigated, and if any legal errors are found, there is ground for reversal.


Cold cases can be reopened with post-conviction procedural laws. But only certain arguments are allowed. Here, the actions of previous defense attorneys can be questioned and deemed inadequate, inept or unlawful. Defendants have the right to a competent defense. If the court finds the original defense counsel was incompetent, there can be a retrial, a reduction of sentence, or even a compete dismissal.

Writ of Habeas Corpus

Inmates have certain rights. A Writ of Habeas Corpus is sought when asking a court to hear an inmate’s case. Claims include unfair prison treatment, or improper calculation of release dates. Exercising your Habeas Corpus rights can reduce your prison sentence, or result in moving prisons.

Supreme Court

You can appeal your state or federal appeals to a supreme court. A supreme court is the court of last resort within an appellate court system. A State supreme court is the final appeal for local courts. The United States Supreme Court is the highest court supervising the Federal courts.

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The importance of hiring an experienced defense attorney should not be under-emphasized. Hiring the wrong defense attorney can result in harsher penalties and a lifetime of negative repercussions. If you are in a desperate legal situation, or facing a difficult legal challenge, you need a lawyer to aggressively defend your rights. The Law Office of Jonathan Laurans is ready to fight for you. Contact us today for a free consultation or call our offices at (816) 421-5200.