Des Moines Criminal Defense Lawyers

Des Moines criminal lawyer

There are many criminal defense lawyers in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Who you choose to represent you may make a significant difference in the outcome of your criminal case. At Stowers & Sarcone, PLC virtually all of our cases are criminal cases. As criminal defense lawyers, we take pride in offering aggressive, creative, high quality legal representation. We not only work out cases hard but we work them smart. Our goal is to get you the best possible result; not just the easiest one. Our job is to represent YOU! We are not interested in cutting deals which will not help YOU! We do not pander to the State, we do not back down from a fight and we will not be deterred in our mission to see your case through to its final and best outcome.


Criminal defense lawyers handle all types of criminal cases. At Stowers & Sarcone, we provide representation in Des Moines and all over the State of Iowa. We represent clients in Iowa State and Iowa Federal Court. Some examples of the cases we handle include:

  •  Traffic Tickets
  • Assault & Domestic Assault
  • Drug Possession & Trafficking
  • Burglary & Robbery
  • Theft, Fraud & Forgery
  • Homicide and Violent Crimes
  • Sex Abuse, Rape, Child Pornography & Other Sex Crimes
  • Criminal Mischief, Trespass & Other Property Crimes
  • Supervised Release & Probation Violations
  • All Criminal Cases in State & Federal Court
  • Federal and State Appeals


For us, no case is too small and no case is too big, complex or complicated. We will travel from Des Moines to anywhere in Iowa. We have successfully litigated major cases which have created major changes in the law. We routinely litigate minor traffic matters like speeding tickets and school bus stop infractions. Your case is important to you and therefore, it is important to us! 


If you would like to read about some of our successful trials and appeals click here and here. If you or a loved one need a criminal lawyer, call us! 515.224.7446.

The Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Iowa?

best criminal defense lawyer in iowa

Who is the best criminal defense lawyer in Iowa? Iowa ethics rules for lawyers do not allow any lawyer to hold him or herself out as the best criminal defense lawyer in Iowa. In fact, there is no way to measure who is the best criminal attorney in the State. However, we can tell you why we believe we are excellent criminal defense lawyers.

We are Dean Stowers and Nick Sarcone of Stowers & Sarcone, PLC. We hold ourselves, and our work, to the highest standards. You are not just our client and this is not just a job. You are a person and your defense is our passion.

Criminal defense is not for the weak of heart. It requires drive, determination, fight and grit. But it also requires, knowledge, skill, intelligence and creativity.

We fight. We pride ourselves on fighting hard. No one in our office will roll over. We do not work for the State. We work for you. We take whatever actions are necessary and ethical on your case. We are not concerned with how anyone feels. Our concern is getting you the best possible outcome.

We think. We pride ourselves on thinking outside the box. We pride ourselves on providing you with sage, sound legal advice. We give you the best advice we can, even if that advice is not what you want to hear. We don’t cut corners and we tell it straight.

We communicate. You are hiring us to defend you. You expect a certain level of service and communication. Email, telephone and in person, we communicate with you and keep you informed. We ensure you aren’t left in the dark or out in the cold.

We prepare. We work every angle of your case. We negotiate plea offers, prepare for trial and prepare you for a possible sentencing. We do these things simultaneously. There is no time to waste. Our staff is second to none.

We travel. Des Moines, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Mason City, Davenport, Dubuque, Muscatine, Knoxville, Adel, Indianola, Waukee, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, Grinnell, Ames, Neveda, Carroll, Fairfield, Mt. Pleasant, Waverly, Osceola, Jefferson, Spencer, Marengo, Montezuma, Clinton, Guthrie Center, Vinton, Newton, Marshalltown and everywhere in between. We go anywhere and everywhere in Iowa.

You are our client. You are our priority.

Identifying the best criminal defense lawyer in Iowa is impossible. Choosing an experienced, knowledgeable, skilled, determined, ethical, successful criminal defense lawyer is easy. Stowers & Sarcone, PLC is your choice. Call us 515.224.7446.