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Des Moines Criminal Defense Lawyers With 65+ Years of Experience 2023 Des Moines' People's Choice Recipient

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At Branstad & Olson, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "Christine was amazing she reassured me of my case and made life go about as normal"
    Christine was amazing she reassured me of my case and made life go about as normal her and her team took care of things swiftly and did everything to make life normal again 10 out 10 recommend
    - Steven S.
    "The absolute BEST law firm in Iowa"
    The absolute BEST law firm in Iowa
    - M.G.
    "Christine and Nate are always informative and let you know exactly what you should expect."
    Absolutely amazing! Christine and Nate are always informative and let you know exactly what you should expect.
    - Jenna D.
    "I appreciate you all I highly recommend."
    I appreciate you all I highly recommend.
    - India P.
    "Their communication was excellent and compassion was real. From day one, they were fighting"
    Their communication was excellent and compassion was real. From day one, they were fighting
    - Joe M.
    "Great Lawfirm!! Always there when I was in need of assistance."
    Great Lawfirm!! Always there when I was in need of assistance.
    - Briana J.
    "Christine and her team went above and beyond to prove my innocence."
    Christine and her team went above and beyond to prove my innocence.
    - Antonio R.
    "I wouldn't have known where to start with my case without her."
    Christine is very knowledgeable and professional. I wouldn't have known where to start with my case without her.
    - Lamia N.
    "SIX STARS****"

    SIX STARS****

    I was in pursuit of legal advice and services and had NO knowledge of where to start. Just like another reviewer mentioned, Christine Branstad was my saving grace. She went above and beyond her expertise and used human compassion to help and guide me along the way. She is an excellent professional and I highly recommend not only her services, but her characteristics of how she handled the situation.

    - Alek J.

Des Moines Criminal Defense Lawyers

Dependable Counsel & Strategic Advocacy

We are Branstad & Olson, an Iowa criminal defense law firm. Our Des Moines criminal attorneys work toward a favorable solution by meeting you right away, jumping into action on your behalf, fighting when necessary, and negotiating when possible. No matter what charge you face, we approach your case with a never-give-up attitude.

When you work with Branstad & Olson, you have advocates looking out for your best interests. We focus on helping clients understand the laws and legal procedures surrounding their charges. Additionally, we keep clients informed about the status of their cases through MyCase – an intuitive case management system.

Our criminal defense lawyers in Des Moines, IA have over 65 years of combined experience representing clients from misdemeanor to felony. Common criminal charges we defend include OWI/DUI, drug crimes, domestic violence, theft, and sex crimes.

We defend our clients through advocacy and innovative problem-solving. We thoroughly prepare for each matter, allowing us to spot holes in the state's case and strengthen our defense. Our team reviews allegations, sorts through facts, conducts interviews, and examines evidence. We are committed to exploring every legal avenue to work for favorable results for our clients.

Contact our Iowa criminal defense lawyers today at (515) 329-3100 for a free consultation to discuss your rights and legal options.

Success Starts with the Right Team
If you’re facing a criminal charge, you want to feel comfortable with your attorney. When you hire Branstad & Olson, you have a team with over 65 years of combined experience on your side. We provide personalized attention to each client and thoroughly analyze each case to develop an innovative legal defense strategy. We recognize your situation is unique, and we take time to get to know you as a person and the facts of your case.

Awards & Associations

Respected by Peers, Clients, and Legal Organizations

Better with Branstad & Olson

Six Reasons to Choose Our Firm
  • Over 65 Years of Collective Experience
  • Thousands of Cases Successfully Handled
  • Outside-the-Box Strategies to Secure the Best Result
  • A Genuine Care for Our Clients' Best Interests
  • Highly Responsive & Accessible
  • A Never-Give-Up Approach

Legacy of Results

At Branstad & Olson, our Des Moines criminal defense lawyers have successfully represented thousands of individuals. Sometimes that means negotiation. Our negotiations include providing our clients with the tools and knowledge to put themselves in the best position going forward. We negotiated numerous plea bargains, saving our clients’ money and knocking years off prison sentences or even avoiding incarceration altogether.

Sometimes successful representation means trial. Although there is never a guaranteed outcome, we have a record of obtaining not guilty verdicts from seat belt tickets to vehicular homicide to murder in the first degree. In short, we know the best results come from the best preparation. No one can guarantee an acquittal, but we guarantee we will be prepared if we go to trial.

  • Dismissal Assault
  • Reversed and Remanded Appeal - Administrative
  • Reversed and Remanded Appeal - Criminal Conviction
  • Not Guilty– Jury Trial 1st Degree Robbery
  • Not Guilty– Jury Trial 1st Degree Murder

Areas of Practice

We Have Helped Hundreds of Clients
  • Criminal Defense
    We've handled thousands of cases and know how to navigate the criminal justice system. We're ready to put our 65+ years of experience, skills, and resources to work on your case.
  • Juvenile Law
    Criminal cases involving minors follow slightly different processes than those involving adults. At Branstad & Olson Law Office, we can guide you and your child through the juvenile justice system and work toward a favorable outcome.

    Law enforcement has strict rules they must follow when investigating and arresting a person for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

  • Appeals
    In Some situations, a criminal conviction does not mean the end of a case. Discuss your circumstances with our team to determine whether you have grounds to appeal a trial court's judgment.

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Why Hire Us?

Passionate About Helping People

With hundreds of criminal defense lawyers in the Des Moines area, it can be challenging to find the right attorney to represent you. Making the correct choice will mean that difference between feeling comfortable with the steps you take and wondering if you are making mistakes. Making the correct choice may also mean the difference between freedom and incarceration. You need a legal team with adequate experience, in-depth knowledge, and a zeal for results. That is what we offer at Branstad & Olson.

Backed by over six decades of shared experience, our Des Moines criminal defense attorneys have what it takes to find and pursue the best outcome. No matter the charge you face, we provide a customized defense plan that matches your unique circumstances and ensures the protection of your rights. If the right strategy for you involves negotiating a plea bargain, we can aim for probation to avoid jail time. When you are innocent, our team is ready to fight for your acquittal.