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Federal Criminal Appeals in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston address – by appointment only:
53 State Street Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109
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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There is a chance that you have been wrongfully convicted in Boston, Massachusetts. While most trials are conducted fairly and correctly, the federal criminal justice system is not infallible. Legal mistakes can be made by the people running the courts and participating in your trial. This is why the appeals process was created in the first place.

Defendants need a way to protect their rights and freedom, as a federal conviction will have a lasting impact on their future. Keeping this in mind, you should carefully consider the quality of your legal representation. You have the right to make an appeal if legal errors were made. However, if you do not hire an appeals lawyer who fully understands the appellate court system and process, you are risking everything.

The appeals court requires a specific skill set. Your lawyer should have strong argumentative skills, a keen eye for fine details, and the ability to persuade judges through their writing. Finding a great federal appeals lawyer with these qualities can be hard, but our legal team at Oberheiden P.C. have you covered. Through years of experience and success in the appellate courts of the United States, we have helped our clients maintain their freedom and get the justice they deserve, including in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, Massachusetts.

What to Expect From the Federal Criminal Justice System in Boston, Massachusetts

The legal repercussions of losing your criminal case can be severe. As a result, most individuals decide to plead guilty and take a plea bargain with the prosecution team. This can lead to reduced sentencing and charges, as well as the certainty of what the penalties will be. Some people, however, choose to fight their charges in federal court and take their case to trial.

If you decide to go with this legal option you will be sent to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Massachusetts has three federal courthouses, but your trial will take place in Boston at this address: 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210. The results of your case will depend on a few different factors. This includes the competency of your legal representation, the evidence presented, and the final application of the law from the district court judge.

Under the law, defendants are entitled to a fair trial that carefully considers the facts of their case. However, as we mentioned, not all trials go perfectly. The judge, jury, and even the prosecution team could make mistakes or abuse their power. If this happens an appeal could become necessary. We will defend you at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The First Circuit Court has appellate jurisdiction over Maine, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

There are also two courthouse locations for appeals, but your appeal will be heard at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse which is also located at 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210. This circuit court does have a more liberal reputation. This means that the judges on the court tend to take civil liberties more seriously and will carefully review the actions of law enforcement and the steps that the prosecution team took during your trial. Regardless, Oberheiden P.C. will provide you with sound legal counsel as you make your way through the appeals process in Boston. This includes any rehearings or appeals made to the Supreme Court if you cannot overturn your conviction at the First Circuit.

Criminal Cases Oberheiden P.C. Handles in Boston, Massachusetts

The senior lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. have handled a range of federal cases across the country. This includes cases in Boston, Massachusetts. While you might be unsure about your next legal steps, we are here to support you and advocate on your behalf if you are accused of committing the following crimes:

  • Public corruption offenses
  • Embezzlement
  • Tax evasion
  • Drug crimes
  • Import/Export Violations
  • Securities fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Bribery
  • Conspiracy
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Other white-collar crimes

If you have been wrongly charged and convicted of a crime do not hesitate to contact us. The best way to know whether we can help you with your appeals case is by talking with us. We handle many other types of criminal cases. However, you need to reach out to us before you miss any appeal deadlines or make potential mistakes while filing your appeal.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


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 Boston, Massachusetts

After you contact our legal team, we can begin preparing you for the appellate court. This will start with a discussion about your case and the potential legal errors made during the trial process that need to be reviewed. Once grounds for an appeal have been established you will file a Notice of Appeal. This document needs to be sent out within 14 days of your sentencing, otherwise, you will not be able to make your appeal.

We will ensure that your notice is processed and sent to the district court. Then we can start looking over the records from your trial. Since you are not going to get a new trial at the circuit court, no new evidence or testimony can be submitted to the appellate court. The existing trial records will be used to form and develop your appeals argument.

Our lawyers will look at your trial records in detail and see what legal errors were made. We will then create a convincing brief that explains why the district court’s verdict was wrong and why your conviction or sentence should be overturned.

The judges on the appellate court will read your brief and the prosecution team’s brief once they are sent out. A review of the briefs and the trial records will be done behind closed doors. An oral argument could be scheduled if the judges want to know more about your case. Usually, though, the briefs are enough for the court to make a final ruling.

At the end of this legal process, you will get the results of your appeal through the mail. Winning your appeal could result in:

  • A complete reversal of your conviction
  • A new trial
  • New legal instructions for the lower court

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

Why Should I Hire the Federal Appeals Lawyers at Oberheiden P.C.?


Entering the federal criminal justice system in Boston, Massachusetts, can be intimidating enough. Once you are suspected of a federal criminal offense, you will be under investigation by the most powerful federal agencies in the country. Federal agents will meticulously gather evidence against you and try to convict you of a crime.

Adding to this, if you are convicted, those federal agencies will continue to use their resources to affirm your conviction. They will try to convince the appellate judges that the district court made the right decision.

You might not feel hopeful about the outcome of your appeal after hearing all this. But, you do have the opportunity to turn your situation around. Our federal appeals lawyers have helped clients across the country obtain successful legal results.

With our experience, skill, and knowledge of appeals, we can protect you in court and fight for your rights. In addition, our lawyers have worked for federal agencies in the past. So, we have a deeper understanding of the tactics that the prosecution team will use against you in the appellate court.

What Happens if I Decide Not to Appeal My Case?


If you have grounds for an appeal, we suggest fighting against your criminal conviction. While this can be a lengthy and costly legal procedure, the consequences of a federal conviction are pervasive and severe. Getting into the specifics, you could face a long prison sentence as federal offenses are considered more serious than state ones in Massachusetts. A federal conviction can also deprive you of the right to vote, own a firearm, and travel abroad.

Making matters worse, you could be fined thousands of dollars and be barred from entering certain professions. This includes work in the military, education, law enforcement, and other jobs that require licenses. Finally, your sentencing and conviction will affect your personal life in a wide variety of ways.

Spending time in prison will make it harder to maintain relationships with family and friends. The people in your community could also treat you differently if they find out about your criminal record. So, while making this legal decision is tough, you should think about the potential fallout if you decide not to appeal.

Why Do We Not Call Ourselves the Best Law Firm?


Over the years, the lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. have proven they can defend clients in the appellate court. We have won countless cases for our clients in many different states. However, we still think it is best to hear about our legal abilities from our past clients, rather than from us. Look over these positive testimonials to see how we can help you with your appeals case.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. for Legal Representation in Boston, Massachusetts

If you are ready to make an appeal of your criminal case in Boston, contact our legal team today. The lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. can be reached at our website. Just fill out the online contact form and include a quick overview of your case. You can also call us at this national phone number: (617) 202-2912.

We are ready to answer any of your questions and can help you schedule a free consultation. Discussing the appellate process and a potential defense strategy early on will improve your odds of receiving a reversal or other satisfactory legal outcomes. Figuring out your next legal move can be complicated, but we are here to make this process as smooth and efficient as possible. This way you can clear your name and get back to your life.

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