Consultations and Case Screening Process for Post-Conviction Cases
Before a client retains me to draft what is usually a time consuming and complicated motion, I want to do more than just figure out if it’s possible to file something.
I want to see if we have a realistic chance of success.
This is why I typically handle these cases in two stages, and most clients retain me to conduct a screening review before deciding whether to proceed with incurring the additional cost of actually litigating their case.
Free Initial Consultation
If you request a consultation, someone from my office will reach out to ask questions and may request certain documents. We would schedule a 30 minute free initial consultation by phone or video where you can share additional information, ask me questions, and I explain the next steps so you can decide if you’d like to move forward and have me formally review your case.
During the case screening stage my goal is to conduct the most thorough review possible so I can give you an honest assessment of the strength of your case. I will speak with you more about your case, perform preliminary research and investigation, seek out additional records, and try and formulate a plan for post-conviction relief. I charge a flat fee for a case screening.
I always want my clients to be able to make the best decision for themselves and their families before incurring the additional, more substantial cost of moving to the next stage of actually drafting and litigating the motion, and that is why I am very thorough with my case screening process. I really dig deep and my extensive experience helps me spot issues even in cases where other attorneys have told my clients nothing could be done.
Filing for Post-Conviction Relief
If you decide to move forward, my fee for filing a motion for post-conviction relief is reflective of the time and labor that I know it will take for me to give you your best chance at winning. Each case is different, but through the screening process I will be able to estimate how much work I think will be required. Generally a defendant only gets once chance to file a motion like this, and the stakes are simply too high for me to not give these motions my very best effort.
I remember the day I was in a desperate situation with my immigrant situation when I was recommended to this amazing attorney. I didn’t know what to expect or what we were going to do with this old case that was being used against me in immigration court. Laura was able to overturn the conviction and help me win. I couldn’t be more satisfied and could not recommend a better attorney than Laura. She really went above and beyond and even when the odds were against us she pulled through. She was passionate, she was knowledgeable and presented a very good case. Now I can relax and be at ease knowing that I was in good hands thanks to Laura.
Thank you so much for your help and believing in this case. It’s still hard to believe that the sentence has been vacated. This was only possible because of the hours and time you put into your cases.
Laura Mannion was an amazing criminal defense lawyer for me. I am very grateful to have her to be my lawyer. She helped represent my case in 2018 when I was denied citizenship three times by an immigration officer due to a drug conviction. I learned that I could not become a citizen and could even get deported. I was very disappointed and frustrated when reading the letter that the immigration officer sent me. I felt like living in America for me came to an end of the road. I have no voice if I never became a citizen in this country. I could not be able to vote, get a job, work in the public office, and most important of all, that I will can get deported. I was introduced to Laura through my church friend who was a prosecutor. He referred me to a program who then referred me to Laura. She said that Laura Mannion is the best criminal attorney for my type of case. She specializes in this area. She was confident that Laura could help me. After some time, Laura reached out to me and said that she is interested in my case and would like me to come to the office so that she can hear about my situation. So, I went to her office located in Quincy. I sat down with her and explained every little detail about my situation. She took my case to heart; I could feel it because I was being very honest with her. 15 years ago, I was charged with dealing drugs because my identify was being used by one of my relatives. He took my driver’s license and went dealing drugs with his friends. They sold to an undercover and I got charged. The case went on for a long time, then the prosecutors made me an offer known as a continuance without a finding. They would dismiss the case later if I took their offer, otherwise if I kept fighting, I could face many years in prison if I lost the case. I was young during that time and just graduated from college got a decent job with a bank. I did not have time to keep on being on trials year after year, so I took the commonwealth’s offer of a “continue without finding”. I thought, I could rest after the case was over, and I had the advice of my public defender. But down the road these drug records were with me for the rest of my life and hurting me. The drug records prevented me from applying for good paying jobs. I was denied by several large banks for accounting positions, and then after I got a good job I was asked to leave the company after two weeks into the job after they finished running my CORI and found out that I got three drug offenses. Then when I applied back to my old company that I started my career after college I was accepted for an accounting position, but then again after two weeks into the position the company also found out that I got three drug records after they finished running my CORI. I was asked to leave the company in the same day that they let me know. In addition, facing hardship with applying for jobs with my drug records. I was also denied by the immigration office for three times. Each time, I applied to becoming a citizen, I passed the citizen test, but the only thing that prevented me from becoming the citizen was my drug records. Laura was a great lawyer for me. She helped me fight my case at Dorchester Court with all her ability and she believed me that I was innocent. She also saw I should not be a person facing the burden from applying for jobs and becoming a citizen. When Laura took on my case, she listened to my explanation of my situation well. She felt the paint for the hardship of my life that I was facing. She helped advice and guide me every step during reopening my three drug cases in Dorchester Court. She explained to me the pros and cons of my case. Her advice helped eliminate the risks for me. She helped follow up with me along the way. She would schedule me to come to her office before the court day and would counsel me and explain how she is going to present my case to the judge. I was very confident when talking with Laura helping with my case. In 2018, we had an evidentiary hearing. The judge listened to Laura representing my case and arguing against the prosecutor. The judge also heard my oral testimony. She felt my honesty testimony and listened to Laura’s strong supporting argument. After the hearing was over the judge said that she will make her decision in couple months. Laura received the good news a couple months later. She responded back to me in the same day and told me that the judge had made her final decision to vacate all three of my drug cases. I was very happy to hear the news from Laura. I am very thankful to have her representing me at Dorchester Court and winning the hearing for me and having all three of drug cases vacated. After the hearing was over, Laura took an extra step helping me to become a citizen. She referred me to a program that helps me with my application process and representing me with the immigration officer. In 2019, I became a citizen. I was able to vote and in addition to this I found a good accounting job. I am very grateful that Laura was my defense lawyer. She is a blessing to me. She brought my life back together. I am confident that she can help you too if you allow her to represent you. She will try her all to win the case for you. To this day, I often think about her. Without her fighting for me, I do not know how my life would have turned out with those drug records. I believe Laura is one of the finest criminal lawyers out there for people with immigration issues .I trust that with her ability and experience for many years, she will help you with your case. Take care and God bless.
Being represented by attorney Laura Mannion has been a great experience. She is very intelligent, knowledgeable, and extremely productive, and specializes in SORB cases. She’s very professional, and dedicated and able to convey all the options and possible results in a very understandable manner and she would keep me updated throughout the process. I’m really satisfied with the outcome on my case and I would highly recommend Laura to others.
When I first sat down with Laura for my consultation, her compassion was apparent and her willingness to assist me was evident. I worked with Laura for a little over one year and throughout that time Laura proved to be dedicated and disciplined in her expertise and was very knowledgeable. She provided guidance throughout the court process and ensured I understood next steps. Her fee was also quite reasonable. I would highly recommend utilizing Laura’s services.