Brandon Sample is a federal criminal defense attorney, book author, and criminal justice reform activist.

Specific areas of Brandon’s federal criminal practice include: Pre-trial and Trial, Sentence Mitigation Strategies, Federal Appeals, 28 U.S.C. § 2255 Motions and 28 U.S.C. § 2241 Petitions, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2) Motions, Clemency Requests, and Compassionate Release Petitions.

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Interested in securing a pardon or a commutation of sentence? If so, this website explains everything you need to know about clemency at both the state and federal levels.


Learn about federal and state habeas corpus, including 2255 and 2241 petitions. If you have already been sentenced, this website will explain your post-conviction options.


Have you been charged with a federal crime? If so, you need an experienced and diligent federal criminal defense attorney to represent you. Learn all about the federal criminal process here and how we can help.

Compassionate Release.com

Do you have an elderly or sick loved one in prison? Learn about how to secure a compassionate release so that they can come home in their time of need.

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Brandon Sample PLC is a boutique law firm focused on federal criminal defense, federal appeals, federal post-conviction relief, federal civil rights litigation, federal administrative law, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The firm's experienced federal criminal defense lawyers represent clients nationwide at the trial, appeal, and post-conviction phases of the federal criminal justice system.


Our federal criminal defense lawyers assist individuals charged with every sort of federal crime. Click on the links below to read about each of these kinds of crimes and how we can help.


The federal criminal defense lawyers at Brandon Sample PLC also represent clients nationwide in both clemency (i.e. pardon and sentence commutation) and compassionate release petitions at the federal level. If you would like to seek a pardon or a sentence commutation or a compassionate release petition for your elderly or severely ill loved one, contact us today.

  • Clemency Petitions -- Pardons and Sentence Commutations
  • Compassionate Release Petitions


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Our Practice Areas

Federal Criminal Defense

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a federal crime, it is important to retain an experienced federal criminal defense attorney to manage the process and mount an effective defense. Contact us today for a free attorney consultation.

Federal Criminal Appeals

Whether you are looking for an attorney to handle your direct appeal or a 2255 motion, our team of experienced federal criminal defense attorneys can help. We can evaluate your case, identify issues at the trial level, and present a workable appellate solution. Our lead attorney Brandon Sample has even written a best selling book on habeas corpus petitions. Contact us today for a free attorney consultation.

Federal Sentencing Advocacy

Federal criminal sentencing is unlike sentencing in state court. Our team of experienced attorneys are intimately familiar with the federal sentencing guidelines and federal sentencing procedures. Let us help you fight for the lowest possible sentence.

Clemency: Pardons & Commutations

If you are interested in seeking a pardon or a sentence commutation, we can help. Our office will research, draft, and file your clemency petition on your behalf. Allow us to give you the best possible chance at success.

Compassionate Release

Compassionate release allows elderly, severely disabled, and very sick inmates to be released from custody. If you have an incarcerated loved one who is elderly, disabled, or sick, we can help. We can help give your loved one the best possible chance at coming home.

About Brandon Sample PLC

Brandon Sample PLC, a federal criminal defense law firm, represents clients nationwide in pre-trial, trial, sentencing, appeal, and habeas corpus matters. Through zealous and responsive advocacy, we are able to ensure that our clients receive a rigorous defense to federal criminal charges and serve the least amount of time possible.