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Federal Criminal Appeals in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore address – by appointment only:
4709 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
888-680-1745
Linda Julin McNamara
Attorney Linda Julin McNamara
Federal Appeals Team Lead
Former Deputy Chief, Appellate Division
Elizabeth Stepp
Attorney Elizabeth K. Stepp
Federal Appeals Team Lead
Partner & Yale Graduate
Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick Oberheiden
Federal Appeals Team Lead
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Due to the complex nature of criminal cases, legal professionals can make mistakes during your trial or overlook other important legal issues. If you have any reason to believe that the judge, jury, or prosecution team made an error, it is important to challenge the court’s verdict and fight for your freedom.

As a defendant, you have the right to appeal your case. But, you will need the help of an experienced federal appeals lawyer to receive successful appellate results. The national defense firm Oberheiden P.C. can provide you with the necessary legal assistance you require. We will fully review your case and see if you have grounds for an appeal in Baltimore, Maryland.

What to Expect From the Federal Criminal Justice System

Defendants who are suspected of a federal crime should expect a lengthy legal battle. However, the steps that you take to defend your freedom will depend on the severity of your charges and the actions of the court. In many cases, defendants settle with the court and take a plea bargain. This is the most common way federal cases are resolved.

Still, you might take additional steps to clear your name or correct legal errors made by the justice system. We will briefly go over the basic procedures of the federal criminal justice system in Maryland to help you make informed decisions going forward.

If you refuse to take a plea deal and want to fight your criminal charges, your trial will be held in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. There are three courthouse locations in this district, but defendants charged in Baltimore will have their trial locally. More specifically, you will appear at the Edward A. Garmatz United States District Courthouse at 101 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

If you take your case all the way to trial, there is a chance you will be convicted for your suspected crimes. Because of this, we suggest preparing for the appeals process even before you hear the court’s verdict. You want to get ready for the appellate court and make sure that your interests are fully protected.

If you are convicted and want to appeal, the appeals process will take place at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. When mistakes or other legal errors are made during a criminal trial, you can appeal to the Fourth Circuit. This court takes appeals from the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

Your appeal will be brought to the appeals judges at the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. United States Courthouse, which is located at 1000 E. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia. If you do not get favorable legal results, we can bring your case to the Supreme Court.

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Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Founder

Attorney-at-Law

Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney

Partner

Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

The Appeals Process in Baltimore, Maryland

As you enter this stage of the federal criminal justice system, you should start discussing your defense strategy with your legal team. Most defendants are unfamiliar with the appeals process and may make mistakes while they file an appeal. In addition, you might not know what an appeal entails and what legal recourse is available to you.

Many people assume they are getting a new trial, but this is not how the appeals process works. Your appeal will be based on any legal errors made in the trial court. Alternatively, your lawyer might have found unresolved legal issues that were not properly addressed.

Once these grounds for an appeal are established, your case will be presented to a panel of judges on the Fourth Circuit. Your appeals attorney and the prosecution team can generally only use the existing court records and trial transcripts to construct legal arguments for your appeal.

We will go over the key details of your trial and write a convincing brief that explains why your conviction should be overturned. The prosecution team will also write their own brief and will try to persuade the court that the right verdict was made and should not be disturbed.

During this process, defendants do not have to appear before the circuit court judges. The written brief we submit will be your main line of defense. However, the judges could request an oral argument. Our senior lawyers will prepare for this if the circuit court requires more details about your case.

After this, you will have to wait for the judges to make a final decision. The briefs and arguments are reviewed thoroughly by the court, but it could take longer to hear your appellate results depending on the complexity of your case.

The court will send its verdict through the mail. You could have your conviction or sentencing completely reversed, a new trial could be ordered, or new legal instructions could be issued to the trial court. If your conviction remains the same we will help you take your case to the Supreme Court or can petition for the Fourth Circuit to rehear your case with a larger panel of judges.

Criminal Cases Oberheiden P.C. Handles in Baltimore

The outcome of your appeal will have a lasting impact on your life. Considering this, you want to hire a law firm that understands the appellate court, as well as the intricacies of the appeals process.

Our law firm is ready to take on your appeal case in Baltimore, Maryland. In the past, we have handled a wide variety of federal cases, including those that deal with the following criminal charges:

If you have failed to get positive legal outcomes in the district court, consider contacting us as soon as possible. Once you decide to make an appeal, federal agencies and the prosecution team working with them will attempt to convince the judges to affirm the trial court’s verdict.

You want to ensure that you can reverse your sentencing and conviction, as it can be difficult to get a rehearing for your appeal or get the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court’s decision.

Our legal team has worked with defendants in the appellate courts for many years. We can provide you with counsel that will make a difference during the course of your case.

Frequently Asked Questions About Federal Appeals and Oberheiden P.C.

What is the Deadline for My Notice of Appeal and the Appellate Brief?

 

Unfortunately, the appellate court has tight deadlines that cannot be missed. Defendants must file a Notice of Appeal within 14 days of their sentencing. This way they do not miss their chance to appeal. Once your notice is processed, a briefing schedule will be created by the court. Typically, you and your legal team will have 35 days to submit your opening brief after an order has been sent out.

Why Should I Consider Filing an Appeal?

 

If you have been convicted of a federal crime in Baltimore, you might feel like you are out of options. While some defendants will not be eligible for this process, you have a chance to dispute the final decision of the trial court if you have legitimate reasons for an appeal. Possible grounds for an appeal could include these situations:

  • The trial judge not applying the law correctly
  • The evidence not supporting the verdict
  • Jurors showing misconduct or bias
  • An unsettled area of the law was present in your case
  • Other legal issues make your conviction questionable

We understand that the appeals process can be intimidating, but a federal conviction will have major consequences that are difficult to overcome. You could lose your fundamental rights, years of your life, your reputation, personal relationships, and even your property. So, carefully consider whether your case has any of the above-mentioned grounds for an appeal.

Why Should I Hire Oberheiden P.C. for My Appeal?

 

Oberheiden P.C. brings many things to the table that other appeals law firms in Baltimore cannot.

First off, our attorneys focus their practice in federal court, not in Maryland state court. This makes a huge difference. Unlike other firms in the area, we are accustomed to defending clients in federal court and against all of the resources that federal law enforcement agencies have at their disposal. This can be quite formidable, and many firms that focus their appellate practice on state court cases find themselves in over their head in federal court, to your detriment.

Second, Oberheiden P.C. only employs senior-level lawyers. This means that all of the work done on your case is performed by a lawyer with extensive experience handling cases like your own, rather than by a junior associate or by a paralegal.

Why Does Oberheiden P.C. Not Call Itself the Best Appeals Law Firm?

 

Our law firm has successfully represented clients in federal courts throughout the country. However, rather than making claims about being the best, we suggest looking at testimonials from our satisfied clients. By reading these reviews, you can decide for yourself whether we are the right fit for your appellate case.


Contact Oberheiden P.C. Today for Legal Counsel During Your Appeal

Contact Oberheiden P.C. today if you want to start the appeals process properly. We have represented clients in Baltimore, Maryland, and are prepared to defend you before the Fourth Circuit.

We know making an appeal is a huge decision. You will be committing a substantial amount of time and effort to regain your freedom and your rights. However, our senior lawyers are dedicated to guiding you through every step of this stressful and drawn-out part of the legal process.

Please feel free to fill out our convenient online contact form to reach us quickly. This can be found on our website. Oberheiden P.C. also has a national phone number: (888) 680-1745.

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