Sean Spellman

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in West Des Moines, Iowa

Spellman Law. P.C.
Sean Spellman
Spellman Law. P.C.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in Iowa since: 2003

Education: Drake University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
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Spellman Law. P.C.

4000 Westown Pkwy
Suite 120
West Des Moines, IA 50266 Visit website


A tenacious criminal defense attorney serving West Des Moines, Iowa, and the surrounding areas, Sean Spellman is a partner at the law firm Spellman Law, P.C. He provides aggressive defense for those accused of drug crimes, driving under the influence (DUI), financial crimes, marijuana offenses, white collar crimes, sex offenses, prostitution, traffic charges, weapons offenses and more.

A skilled litigator, Mr. Spellman is aware that the repercussions of a criminal charge could affect his clients for the remainder of their lives. He remains personally committed to each client and provides top-notch legal representation at state and federal levels all while treating his clients with dignity and respect. He has significant knowledge of Iowa criminal laws and has a nearly two decadeslong history of providing outstanding services.

Majoring in political science and government, Mr. Spellman completed his Bachelor of Arts at The University of Iowa in 2000. He received his Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School in 2002 and obtained his license to practice law in 2003. He is also authorized to appear before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.

Mr. Spellman gives back to the legal community by serving professional organizations such as The Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), The Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Rated “Good” on Avvo for his client services and professional achievements, Mr. Spellman has obtained many positive testimonials from his satisfied clients.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses, Traffic Violations, White Collar Crime

  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 2003, Iowa

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Educational Background:
  • The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 2000
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Tier 1: Criminal Defense: General Practice, 2021
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Iowa Association for Justice, 2021
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • Iowa, 2003
  • Iowa State Bar Association, 2021
  • Member, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2021
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2021
  • NORML Legal Committee (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), 2021
  • Merit Selection Panel - United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa - Magistrate Nominating Committee, 2020
  • State v. Lewis, Dallas County Case Number SRCR043233 - Possession of Marijuana; motion to suppress evidence granted relating to unlawful stop of vehicle; case to be dismissed, 2021
  • State v. Munson, Dallas County Case Number FECR042533: Attempted Murder charge, amended to three lower level crimes (Burglary 2nd, Intimidation with a Weapon, and Going Armed with Intent); Defendant sentenced to probation, 2020
  • State v. Jorkey, Polk County Case Number AGCR339183: Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Aggravated Misdemeanor, case dismissed, 2021
  • State v. Crouch, Polk County Case Number SRCR343439 - Assault Causing Injury, Serious Misdemeanor - case dismissed, 2021
  • State v. Salcedo, 935 N.W.572 (Iowa 2019) - unanimous Iowa Supreme Court Decision reversing judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress all evidence including more than 80 pounds of marijuana, stemming from a stop of his vehicle, holding that the district court erred in finding that the deputy developed reasonable suspicion of other criminal activity before unreasonably prolonging the stop. This was granted on interlocutory appeal, following the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress. Oral arguments were granted in this case. Case subsequently dismissed following the reversal, 2019
  • State v. Hatley, Dallas County Case Number FECR042979: 50 pounds of marijuana Possession with Intent to Deliver, Tax Stamp (Class D felonies) and Prohibited Acts (Aggravated Misdemeanor) - all evidence suppressed following litigation of Motion to Suppress; case to be dismissed.   , 2021
  • State v. Righi, Polk County SRCR338111: Possession of Cannabidioil, Serious Misdemeanor - Case dismissed following filing of Motion to Suppress & Motion to Dismiss, 2021

Office location for Sean Spellman

4000 Westown Pkwy
Suite 120
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Phone: 515-222-4330


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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