Attorney Profile

Jamesa J. Drake

I have a highly specialized practice. I am based in Maine, but I represent people all over the country who have been convicted of criminal activity and who want to appeal either in state or federal court. I am admitted in Maine, the U.S. Supreme Court, the First Circuit, the Second Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, the District of Maine and the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Because I focus on one thing, I have time to pay close attention to the issues and the types of arguments that appellate judges find convincing. My win rate is excellent.

I have litigated, and I currently accept, capital and non-capital direct appeals, post-conviction appeals, and habeas cases.

I take court-appointed cases in federal court because equal access to justice matters. Trial counsel seeking to withdraw on appeal should contact me.

I frequently lecture and write about criminal appellate matters. I am an adjunct professor at the University of Maine Law School, where I teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Appellate Litigation.

My full bio and resume is available here.

You can listen to my oral argument in Kentucky v. King on Oyez.

 

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  • Recent Cases
    • United States v. Atuana, 2020 WL 3096339 (2d Cir. June 11, 2020) (conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud; 404(b)
    • United States v. Atias, 807 Fed. Appx. 80 (2d Cir. 2020) (conspiracy to commit bank fraud and theft of government funds; 404(b), conscious avoidance, advice of counsel defense, restitution)
    • United States v. Kilmartin, 944 F.3d 315 (1st Cir. 2019) (mailing injurious article resulting in death, witness tampering; causation, 404(b))
    • Furnish v. Kentucky, 2019 WL 6492819 (Ky. Sup. Ct., Nov. 14, 2019) (death penalty case, state habeas appeal; juror misconduct)
    • United States v. Howell, 778 Fed. Appx. 43 (2d Cir. Oct. 1, 2019) (restitution)
    • United States v. Brown, 788 Fed. Appx. 34 (2d Cir., Sept. 24, 2019) (health care fraud; restitution)
    • United States v. Rodriguez-Torres, 939 F.3d 16 (1st Cir. 2019) (RICO; jury instruction)
    • Willoughby v. White, 786 Fed. Appx. 506 (6th Cir. 2019) (death penalty habeas case; juror misconduct)
    • United States v. Ahearn, 767 Fed. Appx. 148 (sex offense; special condition supervised release)
    • United States v. French, 904 F.3d 111 (1st Cir. 2018) (marijuana manufacturing; juror misconduct)
    • United States v. Journet, 191 A.3d 1181 (Me. 2018) (drug trafficking; probable cause, informant)
    • State v. McLaughlin, 189 A.3d 262 (Me. 2018) (aggravated drug trafficking; quantity calculation)
    • State v. LeMeunier-Fitzgerald, 188 A.3d 183 (Me. 2018) (drunk driving; consent exception to the warrant requirement)
    • United States v. Akanni, 890 F.3d 355 (1st Cir. 2018) (immigration; sufficiency)
    • United States v. Favreau, 886 F.3d 27 (1st Cir. 2018) (drug trafficking; extended traffic stop)
    • State v. Hassan, 179 A.3d 898 (Me. 2018) (theft by deception and aggravated forgery; Brady)
    • State v. Annis, 178 A.3d 467 (Me. 2018) (sex offense; confession and interrogation)
    • United States v. Lopez-Ortiz, 875 F.3d 49 (1st Cir. 2017) (revocation of supervised release; sentencing)
    • McKenney v. Mangino, 873 F.3d 75 (1st Cir. 2017) (civil rights case; excessive use of force by a police officer)
    • Filler v. Kellett, 859 F.3d 148 (1st Cir. 2017) (civil rights case; holding of no prosecutorial immunity)
    • State v. Lacourse, 159 A.3d 847 (Me. 2017) (domestic violence assault; statute of limitation)
    • State v. Brown, 158 A.3d 501 (Me. 2017) (homicide; sufficiency of the evidence for manslaughter)
    • Manley v. Liberty, 2017 WL 563961 (D. Me., Feb. 10, 2017) (federal habeas petition; ineffective assistance of counsel)
    • United States v. Bramley, 847 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2017) (narcotics conspiracy; sentencing)
    • State v. Thompson, 154 A.3d 614 (Me. 2017) (drug trafficking; defendant entitled to a Franks hearing)
    • State v. Watson, 152 A.3d 152 (Me. 2016) (sex offense; state of mind exception to the hearsay rule)
    • State v. Foster, 149 A.3d 542 (Me. 2016) (sex offense; bill of particulars)
    • State v. Hederson, 149 A.3d 539 (Me. 2016) (violation of protective order; no-contact bail conditions)
    • State v. Westgate, 148 A.3d 716 (Me. 2016) (sex offense; jury instruction)
    • In re Alijah K., 147 A.3d 1159 (Me. 2016) (child protection; sufficiency of the evidence regarding incarcerated father)
    • State v. Mahmoud, 147 A.3d 833 (Me. 2016) (assault; jury instruction on eyewitness identification)
    • State v. Daluz, 143 A.3d 800 (Me. 2016) (triple homicide; racial comments during closing arguments)
    • Kilborn v. Carey, 140 A.3d 461 (Me. 2016) (family law; de facto parentage)
    • State v. Dorweiler, 143 A.3d 114 (Me. 2016) (obstructing justice; constructive seizure)
    • State v. Violette, 138 A.3d 491 (Me. 2016) (drunk driving; reasonable suspicion)
    • State v. Kennedy, 136 A.3d 357 (Me. 2016) (drunk driving, waiver of the right to counsel)
    • State v. Hodsdon, 135 A.3d 816 (Me. 2016) (larceny; intentional deception and theft by deception)
    • State v. Retamozzo, 135 A.3d 98 (Me. 2016) (criminal restraint by a parent; failure to declare a mistrial)
    • State v. Poulin, 134 A.3d 886 (Me. 2016) (theft; corpus delicti)
    • State v. Nisbet, 134 A.3d 840 (Me. 2016) (robbery; implicit waiver of right to counsel by defendant’s obstreperous out-of-court conduct)
    • State v. Murphy, 130 A.3d 401 (Me. 2016) (domestic violence; statutory construction, definition of “sexual partners”)
    • State v. Pratt, 130 A.3d 381 (Me. 2015) (homicide; Rule 802, 403 and vouching)
    • State v. Wilson, 127 A.3d 1234 (Me. 2015) (sex offense; sufficiency of the evidence regarding ownership and control)
    • United States v. Rose, 802 F.3d 114 (1st Cir. 2015) (narcotics conspiracy; search warrant, Title III warrant, sentencing)
    • Manley v. State, 123 A.3d 219 (Me. 2015) (petition for post-conviction relief; ineffective assistance of counsel)
    • James v. State, 121 A.3d 1290 (Me. 2015) (release of patient found not criminally responsible; sufficiency regarding existing mental disease or defect)
    • State v. Hoover, 121 A.3d 1281 (Me. 2015) (sex offense; dual sovereignty exception to the double jeopardy clause)
    • State v. G.F., 119 A.3d 743 (Me. 2015) (juvenile law; appellate jurisdiction and jurisdiction stripping)
    • State v. Power, 114 A.3d 662 (Me. 2015) (probation revocation; standard of proof)
    • State v. Baker, 114 A.3d 214 (Me. 2015) (aggravated assault; self-defense jury instruction)
    • In re E.A., 114 A.3d 207 (Me. 2015) (child protective; adequacy of jeopardy determination)
    • State v. Adams, 113 A.3d 583 (Me. 2015) (drug trafficking; Rule 403 and “high crime neighborhood”)
    • State v. Glover, 89 A.3d 1077 (Me. 2014) (sex offense; refusal to consent to warrant search is not evidence of consciousness of guilt)
    • Atkinson v. Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, 143 P.3d 538 (Or. 2006) (definition of “substantial question of law” for statutory purposes)
    • Commonwealth v. Adkins, 331 S.W.3d 260 (Ky. 2011) (innocent possession of drugs)
    • State v. Angell, 113 P.3d 988 (Or. App. 2005) (prosecution concedes defendant’s sentence was excessive)
    • Applegate v. Commonwealth, 299 S.W.3d 266 (Ky. 2009) (double jeopardy and indictment, verdict form particularity)
    • Baker v. Commonwealth, 320 S.W.3d 699 (Ky. App. 2010) (police informant’s background inadmissible)
    • State v. Bales, 183 P.3d 228 (Or. App. 2008) (per curiam) (state concedes officer lacked reasonable suspicion to stop defendant)
    • State v. Barber, 147 P.3d 915 (Or. App. 2006) (warrantless collection of DNA not unconstitutional)
    • State v. Bates, 125 P.3d 42 (Or. App. 2005) (defendant lawfully ordered to wear stun belt at trial)
    • Bowling v. Commonwealth, 357 S.W.3d 462 (Ky. 2010) (post-conviction DNA testing in capital cases)
    • State v. Buck, 174 P.3d 1106 (Or. App. 2007) (trial court erred by failing to impose Measure 11 sentence)
    • State v. Burke, 178 P.3d 311 (Or. App. 2008) (no written jury waiver; state concedes error)
    • State v. Campbell, 142 P.3d 517 (Or. App. 2006) (trial court erred by failing to suppressevidence despite defendant’s consent)
    • State v. Chatelain, 188 P.3d 325 (Or. App. 2008) (prosecution failed to prove corpus delicti of second-degree burglary)
    • Cochran v. Commonwealth, 315 S.W.3d 325 (Ky. 2010) (definition of a “person” in penal code)
    • State v. Conklin, 162 P.3d 364 (Or. App. 2007) (prosecution failed to prove all elements of delivery within 1000 feet of a school statute)
    • State v. Crocker, 174 P.3d 1129 (Or App. 2007) (aggravating sentencing factor not unconstitutionally vague)
    • State v. Dave, 176 P.3d 424 (Or App. 2008) (state concedes unconstitutional burden shifting in drug case)
    • State v. Delcurto, 218 P.3d 172 (Or. App. 2009) (criminally negligent homicide merges with second-degree manslaughter)
    • State v. Drew, 72 P.3d 1064 (Or. App. 2003) (state concedes defendant’s sentence was excessive)
    • State v. Ferguson, 119 P.3d 794 (Or. App. 2005) (state invited error when it told the trial court to dismiss the indictment)
    • State v. Foster, 63 P.3d 1269 (Or. App. 2003) (trial court imposed excessive sentence)
    • State v. Fry, 80 P.3d 506 (Or. App. 2003) (prosecution failed to prove that defendant, and not his friends, possessed drugs)
    • State v. Gaither, 100 P.3d 768 (Or. App. 2004) (compliance with probation condition did notcompel defendant’s admission)
    • State v. Gibbs, 89 P.3d 1215 (Or. App. 2004) (trial court erred by giving special jury instructionin drunk driving case)
    • State v. Gornick, 130 P.3d 780 (Or. 2006) (Apprendi sentencing error not plain error)
    • State v. Gunter, 121 P.3d 16 (Or. App. 2005) (trial court finding of deliberate cruelty to victim resulted in excessive sentence)
    • State v. Henderson, 142 P.3d 58 (Or. 2006) (information in search warrant affidavit was not stale)
    • State v. Hendricks, 160 P.3d 1014 (Or. App. 2007) (officer safety justified otherwise unconstitutional seizure)
    • State v. Jacob, 180 P.3d 6 (Or. 2008) (defendant may not collaterally attack predicate gun conviction used as part of the sentencing determination)
    • Jones v. Commonwealth, 319 S.W.3d 295 (Ky. 2010) (only the executive branch has the powerto revoke conditional discharge imposed after a period of incarceration)
    • Commonwealth v. Jones, 283 S.W.3d 665 (Ky. 2009) (“operability” not a requirement for purposes of unlawful possession of a firearm by convicted felon statute)
    • Kentucky v. King, 131 S.Ct. 1849 (2011) (police did not create exigent circumstances)
    • King v. Commonwealth, 386 S.W.3d 119 (Ky. 2012) (King II) (circumstances not truly exigent)
    • King v. Commonwealth, 302 S.W.3d 649 (Ky. 2010) (King I) (police created exigent circumstances)
    • Lawton v. Commonwealth, 354 S.W.3d 565 (Ky. 2011) (trial court’s second-degree escape jury instruction misstated the law)
    • State v. Lawton, 94 P.3d 154 (Or. App. 2004) (defendant not unlawfully stopped)
    • State v. Loftin, 178 P.3d 312 (Or. App. 2008) (trial court imposed an excessive sentence)
    • State v. Lopez, 193 P.3d 985 (Or. App. 2008) (no former jeopardy violation)
    • State v. Lopez-Aguirre, 124 P.3d 1290 (Or. App. 2005) (prosecution concedes three assault
      convictions merge)
    • State v. Mallory, 162 P.3d 297 (Or. App. 2007) (trial court did not impose an excessive sentence)
    • State v. Marroquin, 168 P.3d 1246 (Or. App. 2007) (Confrontation Clause violation)
    • State v. Maul, 132 P.3d 665 (Or. App. 2006) (trial court lacks discretion to extend thediversionary period)
    • State v. McClain, 118 P.3d 854 (Or. App. 2005) (trial court imposed an excessive sentence)
    • State v. Miller, 144 P.3d 1052 (Or. App. 2006) (Confrontation Clause ruling in defendant’s
      favor)
    • State v. Moody, 116 P.3d 935 (Or. App. 2005) (urinalysis evidence not overly prejudicial)
    • State v. Nguyen, 190 P.3d 462 (Or. App. 2008) (evidence sufficient to establish kidnapping)
    • State v. Perez, 131 P.3d 168 (Or. 2006) (Apprendi sentencing error not plain error)
    • State v. Pulver, 95 P.3d 250 (Or. App. 2004) (price on a price tag not inadmissible hearsay)
    • State v. Ramirez, 173 P.3d 817 (Or. 2007) (Apprendi error and plain error review)
    • State v. Reynolds, 198 P.3d 432 (Or. App. 2008) (defendant knowingly waived counsel)
    • State v. Rider, 172 P.3d 274 (Or. App. 2007) (police unlawfully searched defendant’s car, despite defendant’s consent)
    • Robinson v. Commonwealth, 325 S.W.3d 368 (Ky. 2010) (jury instructions did not violate defendant’s right to a unanimous verdict)
    • State v. Rodgers, 182 P.3d 209 (Or. App. 2008) (evidence should have been suppressed, despite defendant’s consent to search)
    • State v. Rodriguez, 174 P.3d 1100 (Or. App. 2007) (trial court erred by failing to impose a Measure 11 sentence)
    • State v. Rodriguez-Castillo, 188 P.3d 268 (Or. App. 2008) (whether a translated statement constituted hearsay)
    • State v. Rycraft, 174 P.3d 1116 (Or. App. 2007) (state concedes no exigent circumstances existed)
    • State v. Saechao, 98 P.3d 1144 (Or. App. 2004) (no Confrontation Clause violation)
    • Saxton v. Commonwealth, 315 S.W.3d 293 (Ky. 2010) (police did not entrap defendant)
    • State v. Schenewerk, 174 P.3d 1117 (Or. .App. 2007) (sentence imposed not excessive)
    • State v. Schleif, 175 P.3d 1026 (Or. App. 2008) (defendant invited error)
    • State v. Scott, 166 P.3d 528 (Or. 2007) (police violated defendant’s right against selfincrimination and his right to counsel)
    • State v. Shaff, 146 P.3d 389 (Or. App. 2006) (defendant’s statement to police was compelled)
    • State v. Shorey, 152 P.3d 904 (Or. App. 2007) (information in search warrant affidavit not stale)
    • Commonwealth v. Terry, 295 S.W.3d 819 (Ky. 2009) (defendant did not knowingly waive counsel)
    • State v. Thackaberry, 95 P.3d 1142 (Or. App. 2004) (Confrontation Clause and plain error review)
    • State v. Tyler, 159 P.3d 1218 (Or. App. 2007) (unpreserved error)
    • State v. Vigil, 112 P.3d 441 (Or. App. 2005) (defining the prescribed statutory maximum sentence for purposes of the Oregon Sentencing Guidelines)
    • State v. Wideman, 124 P.3d 1271 (Or. App. 2005) (trial court properly dismissed indictment on speedy trial grounds)
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