Criminal Defense

The consequences are dire for any criminal offense you might face in Des Moines-area courts. There's the possibility of losing your liberty to prison time. You may have steep fines levied against you. You will also have a criminal record that could hurt your chances at getting your dream job, going to the college of your choice, getting the loan you need to buy a house or rent an apartment that you like.

You don't have to accept these consequences. You have a right to an attorney. Your lawyer can challenge the prosecutor's evidence and advocate for you, seeking to have your charges reduced or dismissed or convincing the jury that there is reasonable doubt and they must acquit.

Des Moines Criminal Defense Law Firm

At McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C., our Des Moines criminal defense attorneys have more than four decades of experience representing those accused of crimes in Central Iowa. That is experience we will put to work for you, fighting the charges and seeking the best possible result. We will seek to have illegally obtained evidence suppressed, which may lead to your charges being reduced or dropped altogether. We will point out the holes in the case against you to the jury, seeking an acquittal. Call us today at (515) 279-9700 to set up a free consultation.

We represent clients throughout the Des Moines area, including in Urbandale, Ankeny, Johnston and throughout Polk and Dallas Counties, and the state of Iowa. We are based in West Des Moines.

Areas of Defense

Most criminal charges are under Iowa law, and go through the Iowa criminal process. You will face charges in an Iowa state court, and may face time in a state-run prison.

Some charges, however, are under federal law. Federal charges will be heard in the federal court, likely the one in Des Moines. Your attorney must be licensed to practice in the particular federal court. Both our attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. are licensed in both federal districts in Iowa.

The charges you face could pertain to:

For any charges, you can be represented by your attorney. Your attorney will fight for your best interests, as well as advise you on the many decisions you will face.

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1200 Valley West Drive
Suite 400
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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" Aaron, words cannot begin to tell you how appreciative I am of you/your firm, for all you did in my legal matter these past few months. Today was a great day. I think you for your professionalism/tenacity in getting my case suppressed/dismissed! Thank You Very Much. "


" I want to again thank you both for the deft, calm and professional manner in which you handled my case. Legal competence is often lacking these days, but you folks are truly skilled in representing a client, at least in my book. You made a potentially horrible situation bearable. I would highly recommend you to anyone, should that situation present itself. "

-Greg R.

" I just wanted to thank you for representing me in my criminal case. Honestly, I probably wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for you! So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! "

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