Mr. Nicholas A. Sarcone

Mr. Nicholas A. Sarcone

Aggressive, Experienced Lawyer Fighting for You!
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Appeals & Appellate...
  • Florida, Iowa
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Summary

I am an aggressive, experienced criminal defense lawyer. I handle all types of criminal cases including but not limited to: traffic tickets, assaults, domestic assaults, sexual assaults, OWI, public intoxication, drug charges, federal drug charges, federal child pornography charges, federal medicare fraud, state & federal gun charges, harassment, stalking, burglary, robbery, forgery, theft, fraud, murder etc. I also handle state and federal appeals from all types of criminal cases. My goal is to get you the best possible outcome on your case. This involves a skilled evaluation of the charges, the evidence and available strategies. I will never back down from a fight and I will never give in to a prosecutor. I will always act with your best interests in mind. I promise to communicate with you. My efforts, my worry, my time are spent working to find you the best outcome. That is my one and only goal. I grew up on Des Moines' South Side, attended Dowling Catholic and Saint Louis University. In 2007 I graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law. I have worked for the Federal Public Defender Northern District of California (San Francisco Division), the Federal Public Defender Southern District of Iowa, and the Hillsborough County Public Defender, Tampa, FL. Like every great trial lawyer, I relish the opportunity to try a case to a jury or argue it before the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals. Let me put my skill and experience to work for you.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Domestic Violence
  • White Collar Crime
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Property Seizure & Forfeiture
  • Federal Crimes
  • Federal Drug Charges
  • Federal Child Pornography Charges
  • Federal Medicare Fraud
  • Felon in Possession of Fire Arm
  • Interstate Traffic Stops
  • Gun Charges
  • OWI
  • Sexual Assault
  • Public Intoxication
  • Burglary & Robbery Charges
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fees are established and agreed upon between client and attorney.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
Iowa
8th Circuit
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Stowers & Sarcone, PLC
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Associate
Stowers Law Firm
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Associate
Private law firm
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Assistant Public Defender
Hillsborough County Public Defender (Tampa, FL)
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Law Clerk
Federal Public Defender Southern District of Iowa
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Law Clerk
Federal Public Defender Northern District of California
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Education
University of Iowa
J.D. (2007)
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Saint Louis University
B.A. / Political Science, History
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Awards
Top 100 Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers Association
Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Des Moines
Expertise
3 Best Criminal Defense Firms in Des Moines, Iowa
Three Best Rates
Top 100 Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers Association
Rising Stars
Superlawyers
Top 100 Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers Association
Top 100 Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations
Iowa Association for Justice
Criminal Core Group Member
- Current
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Member - Iowa
- Current
Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Executive Member
- Current
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
- Current
Speaking Engagements
Rodriguez, Pardee and the Routine Traffic Stop, IACDL Annual Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Criminal Interdiction and Iowa Forfeiture Law, Blackstone Inn of Courts, Des Moines, Iowa
Polk County Blackstone Inn of Court
Criminal Interdiction and Iowa Forfeiture Law, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Criminal Law Conference, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Association for Justice
Criminal Interdiction and Iowa Forfeiture Law, Iowa Association for Justice Criminal Law Conference, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Association for Justice
Websites & Blogs
Website
Stowers & Sarcone, PLC
Blog
Interstate Drug Bust Blog
Legal Answers
21 Questions Answered

Q. If I was arrested at night on a warrant that had been canceled that morning do they have the right to search my vehicle
A: There is no general search incident to arrest exception to the warrant requirement in Iowa thanks to recent decisions of the Iowa Supreme Court. So, unless the police had a warrant to search your vehicle, and that warrant was valid, then it is possible it was a bad search.
Q. Is it legal for a 15 year old boy to have sex with a 13 year old girl with her consent in Iowa?
A: No. Sexual Abuse.
Q. Can person "sell" their own property to their girlfriend/boyfriend in a domestic situation?
A: It is not necessary to sell your mobile home in order to evict your mother. There is an eviction process which a lawyer can help you with. The lawyer is allowed contact with the protected party and can therefore effectuate the eviction.
Q. Is it legal to put someone in custody and not serve them with a warrant until nine days later
A: Yes. A warrant is not always necessary for an arrest. Also, in cases where a warrant is necessary, as long as the warrant has been obtained it is necessary that it be physically present. Although, 9 days is quite a while to wait to serve it.
Q. My son is 15 and punched a kid in face for calling his friend the N word. Cop charged him with serious assault. what now
A: The case will likely be referred to juvenile court services. Juvenile court services has a number of options to keep him out of court or they can refer him to court for prosecution. You need to hire a lawyer and go over all the various possibilities and prepare yourself for the Juvenile Court Services meeting.
Q. What do I state exactly in my response to an in rem forfeiture complaint if I'm trying to get property back??
A: The information you need is contained in Iowa code section 809A.13. However, it's complicated and you really need a lawyer well versed in forfeiture law to help. Happens to be an area I practice in frequently. If I could specifically answer your question I would but it's very fact dependant.
Q. is a person required by law to report a vehicle they own has been stolen?
A: No. There is no requirement that you report it stolen. However, there are many good reasons to do so. Including that the vehicle maybe registered and titled in your name. Additionally, if it is found or if an officer conducts a traffic stop on the vehicle it will assist in you obtaining the return of the vehicle.
Q. My son is 16 n charged with 2nd degree burglary for kicking in a door while the family was asleep.
A: This is a good question which does not necessarily lend itself to an easy answer. I would make the legal argument that he did not enter and therefore could not have committed a burglary. However, if his body crossed the plane of the door while breaking it, a Court may deem that sufficient for entry. Very interesting question which definitely lends itself to some creative lawyering.
Q. probation/probation violation
A: Typically, you would not be arrested. A report maybe made to your probation officer who could then file a report of violation and request a warrant from the Court. Could you be arrested? Maybe. Are you likely to be arrested. No. Depending on your underlying conviction you might be able to have a lawyer get that condition removed from your probation agreement.
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Stowers & Sarcone, PLC
650 South Prairie View Dr.
Suite #130
West Des Moines, IA 50266
USA
Telephone: (515) 224-7446
Fax: (515) 225-6215