Raphael (Ray) Scheetz founded the Law Offices of Raphael M. Scheetz in 1994 to focus his attention on the practice of criminal defense and immigration cases.
He was one of the first lawyers in Iowa who specialized in the practice of immigration law. He has represented hundreds of American citizens and immigrants who have matters with the United States Citizenship , Immigration Service, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The cases included American citizens who marry or intend to marry a person living in a foreign country or who want to petition for their children, parents, or brothers or sisters that live outside of the United States.
Mr. Scheetz has successfully navigated his clients through the immigration process before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, Immigration Court, and Board of Immigration Appeals.
Mr. Scheetz has also successfully represented hundreds of persons accused of Federal and State criminal offenses. He has been lead defense counsel in approximately hundred jury trials in State and Federal court and reached “not guilty” verdict for clients accused of white collar felonies, such as bank fraud, infringement of copyrights, bankruptcy fraud, wire fraud, offenses involving internet pharmacy violations, to name a few.
Mr. Scheetz has also represented persons accused of crimes such as drug possession, manufacture and/or distribution, domestic assault, firearm offenses, arson, kidnapping, first degree murder, and theft, which you can read about on our success stories page.
Areas of Practice
Immigration and Naturalization Law
Criminal Defense Law
Why the merging of criminal defense and immigration law is beneficial to the client?
Tens of thousands of people are deported every year from the US who have been convicted of crimes — people that are living legally in the United States, have US citizen spouses and children, and are deported for minor crimes such as marijuana possession or possession of a drug pipe.
Persons who have been arrested and are not US citizens need a lawyer who has knowledge of both criminal defense and immigration law. Mr. Scheetz can advise you the best ways to avoid deportation if you are charged with a crime, no matter how minor or serious. Mr. Scheetz can fight for you in criminal court to avoid a conviction, or structure a plea agreement that will give you the best opportunity to avoid deportation and remain in the United States with your loved ones.
Licensed to practice in Iowa and Wisconsin state courts;
the Immigration Courts across the United States;
the Federal District Courts for the Northern District of Iowa, the Southern District of Iowa, and the Central District of Illinois;
United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits.
Creighton University Law, Omaha, Nebraska
Graduated cum laude
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
B.A., Economics & Political Science
Graduated with honors in the study of economics
Professional Associations and Memberships
Mr. Scheetz is a member of the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Linn County Bar Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and he serves as the current Vice President of the Historical Society of the Federal Court for the Northern District of Iowa.
Mr. Scheetz has also been selected as a National Top 100 Trial Lawyer.
Immigration Law at Scheetz Law in Cedar Rapids
We understand that the immigration process can be overwhelming. Choosing an immigration lawyer is one of the most important decisions you can make.
Whatever your issue is - petitioning for a spouse, parent, fiancée or child to join you in the United States; facing deportation; seeking permanent residence or employment authorization, we will be with you through the whole process, providing personalized and effective legal service.
We have a reputation for a high level of integrity, professionalism, and most importantly, delivering results.
We can do this for you.
Raphael Matthew Scheetz
Clients’ ChoiceAward 2017
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Criminal Defense Law at Scheetz Law in Cedar Rapids
Are you facing criminal charges and need a criminal attorney who will take your case personally and fight for you until the best outcome possible is achieved? Then you’ve come to the right place.
At The Law Office of Raphael M. Scheetz, we are dedicated to helping those who have been charged with any kind of criminal activity. With over 23 years of courtroom experience, Mr. Scheetz has proven his toughness and tenacity in fighting for his clients and delivering results. Make the right choice and call us today to discuss your case and understand your situation from the legal perspective as well as your best defense options.
Success Stories from Scheetz Law in Cedar Rapids
Mr. Scheetz has successfully represented hundreds of clients. The cases included persons who want to apply to become American citizens, and American citizens who want to petition for their spouse, fiancée, children, parents, or brothers or sisters that live outside of the United States.
Mr. Scheetz has also successfully represented hundreds of persons accused of Federal and State criminal offenses. He has been lead defense counsel in approximately hundred jury trials in State and Federal courts. He has won “not guilty” verdicts and had cases dismissed for clients accused of felonies and misdemeanors.