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Brian Wice Law

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense Lawyer

My Philosophy

Over the course of four decades as a criminal defense lawyer, I have handled more than 300 different appeals and post-conviction matters involving almost every legal issue imaginable. I have represented professional athletes, politicians, judges, lawyers, doctors, accountants, and most importantly, people just like you or your loved ones.

From the simplest driving while intoxicated cases to capital murders where the death penalty has been assessed, whenever I undertake the awesome and sometimes life-altering task of representing any client, I am reminded that, as the legendary Chinese military tactician Sun Tzu wrote, “Every battle is won or lost before it is ever fought.”

Because litigation is a zero-sum game, there is no substitute for hard work and preparation and there are no style points for finishing second. My philosophy and my promise to every client who reposes their trust in me is simple: no one will work harder to put you or your loved one in a position where the ultimate victory is attainable. You have my word.


  • It is often said that criminal trials are a search for truth and that appeals are a search for legal mistakes. The issue in a trial before a jury or to a judge is whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty and if guilty, what punishment is appropriate. Only trial judges and juries can determine what witnesses are credible and are telling the truth. Appellate courts cannot and do not re-determine if a witness was lying or mistaken and are only concerned with whether the trial process was fundamentally fair and whether the prosecution proved the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • The United States Constitution guarantees a defendant the right to a speedy trial but not to a speedy appeal. From the time a defendant is convicted until the time his or her appeal is decided by the court of appeals is generally one year. Once again, there is no hard and fast rule because every appellate court has its own timetable for disposing of a criminal appeal.

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