Federal Habeas Corpus

Habeas corpus is Latin for “you have the body.” A prisoner who files a petition for a writ of habeas corpus is challenging the authority of the state government to hold him. Following either the exhaustion of state remedies on a New York conviction, or upon completing the federal appeals process on federal convictions a federal judge may order a hearing after reading the petition, where the prisoner is able to argue that confinement amounts to a violation of federal constitutional rights.

Contact an experienced federal habeas corpus lawyer dedicated to protecting the rights of prisoners illegally held.

Mark M. Baker is an attorney focused on the rights of defendants in the New York and federal trial and appellate courts.

If you have the means to retain private counsel, Mr. Baker can assist you if you:

  • Are being wrongfully held or detained and wish to petition for a federal writ of habeas corpus
  • Are preparing for a hearing on your petition for a writ of habeas corpus

If you believe that you are being wrongfully held or have recently been convicted, let Mr. Baker begin an immediate review of your case to determine what remedies might be available to you in both the New York and federal courts.

Mr. Baker has written many articles on federal habeas procedure, including the preservation of appellate issues. These articles have helped to instruct other trial lawyers, and even pro se inmates, on how to construct their appeals, motions and petitions.