From Misdemeanors to Murder Charges, We Take Your Case Seriously

At Branstad & Olson, you get an entire team with over 65 years of experience solving some of the most complex legal problems.  With a never-give-up approach and a fearlessness in the courtroom,  you can rest assured our team is committed to achieving the best possible result in your case.  

Des Moines Criminal Defense Lawyers

Dependable Counsel & Strategic Advocacy

We are Branstad & Olson, an Iowa criminal defense law firm. Our 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 legal team has over 65 years of combined experience representing clients from misdemeanor to felony. Common charges we defend include traffic tickets, 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.

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

Branstad & Olson 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.

  • Suppression Leading to Dismissal Reversed and Remanded
  • Appeal - Criminal Conviction Reversed and Remanded
  • Possession of Marijuana Not Guilty– Jury Trial
  • Robbery 1st Degree Not Guilty– Jury Trial
  • Vehicular Homicide Not Guilty - Trial
  • Murder 1st Degree Not Guilty– Jury Trial
  • Criminal Mischief Not Guilty– Jury Trial
  • Indecent Exposure Not Guilty– Jury Trial
  • Murder 1st Degree Not Guilty– Jury Trial
  • Appeal - Administrative Reversed and Remanded

Awards & Associations

Respected by Peers, Clients, and Legal Organizations

  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Expertise 2020
  • Avvo 10.0
  • Avvo Clients Choice 2016
  • Avvo Top Contributor 2012
  • Rising Stars Nathan
  • Super Lawyers - 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished
  • Avvo Nathan
  • Justia 10.0 Rating

Client Stories

Giving People a Tomorrow to Talk About
  • “She portrayed rare qualities such as professionalism, honesty, kindness, patience and determination.”

    - Elizabeth
  • “Everyone in the courtroom from lawyers, judges, or prosecutors seemed to clearly have an unspoken respect for her. She is truly a caring being who is devoted to justice for others.”

    - Jimmy
  • “You simply will not find a more capable, dedicated, intelligent, well-prepared, considerate or loyal attorney to represent you, than Christine Branstad.”

    - John

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 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.

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