California Federal Habeas Corpus Law Firm
Experienced lawyers representing clients for writ of habeas corpus petitions in California
The steadfast determination coupled with the extensive legal background and writing skills of the attorneys at The Law Offices of Joseph Shemaria have convinced many judges to reverse or dismiss serious felony convictions in the courts throughout the state of California. The state cannot take you into custody without following certain procedures. When those rules are violated, our attorneys will fight for your rights.
What it means to be in custody
If you or someone you know has been convicted of California state or federal crime and is in custody (in jail or prison, or on probation or parole), a petition for writ of habeas corpus is a civil proceeding used to challenge the judge’s decision that led to the criminal conviction. Petitions can only be filed on behalf of someone who is currently in custody. This is not the same as regular criminal defense.
A writ of habeas corpus protects an individual from having his or her freedom lawlessly taken away. The habeas corpus writ serves to examine California state court actions toward the defendant and ensure they are consistent with your federal constitutional rights.
When we prepare your writ or appeal, we first listen carefully to your concerns. Then we examine in detail the entire record of your case so we’re able to raise every issue that should be presented to the appropriate reviewing court. Our attorneys may raise issues such as an illegal search or a conviction under an unconstitutional law. Habeas corpus petitions must be filed in a timely manner or they will be “time barred,” and the court will not review your petition for relief.
Contact us today
It is important to have a lawyer on your side to protect your rights and work on your behalf. Call The Law Offices of Joseph Shemaria at 424-284-9921 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Beverly Hills, California office.