MastersLaw has successfully defended clients on appeal in several criminal matters, obtaining acquittal or vacatur of a plea agreement.
In a case of first impression, obtained vacatur of defendant’s plea despite the plea agreement’s appeal waiver. Applying the categorical approach, the court held that prior Indiana convictions for controlled substance and methamphetamine offenses could not be used to enhance a sentence. Consequently, the court found that the defendant’s agreement to a sentence of 312 to 324 months based upon the mistaken belief that prior offenses would subject him to a mandatory life sentence was not knowingly and intelligently entered. United States v. De La Torre et. al, 940 F. 3d 938 (7th Cir. 2019).
Obtained acquittal on appeal on an attempted bank robbery conviction on behalf of client based upon arguments that there was insufficient evidence to convict. United States v. Jett, 908 F. 3d 252 (7th Cir. 2018).