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Federal Criminal Appeals in Dallas, Texas

Dallas address – by appointment only:
4131 N Central Expy, #900
Dallas, TX 75204
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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Many defendants believe that a federal conviction or sentencing is impossible to overturn. While it can be challenging to reverse the verdict of the trial court, you do have the right to appeal if mistakes were made during your criminal trial. However, understand that time is limited. You must decide to appeal quickly in order to meet the court’s tight filing deadlines. We can help you as you make this important decision about your future.

Our team of federal criminal appeals lawyers will review your case closely to determine whether an appeal can be filed. Then we will walk you through your legal options. Having strong legal representation will safeguard your rights and lead to better appellate results in Dallas, Texas. That is why we suggest contacting our lawyers at the national defense firm Oberheiden P.C. early on.

The Federal Criminal Justice System in Dallas, Texas

Defendants will go through several steps before they can appeal their criminal cases. This includes a federal investigation. Agencies like the FBI, IRS, DOJ, and DEA will look into your suspected crime and find evidence to present to a grand jury. Once they have probable cause, you will learn about your charges and be arrested. From here, the pre-trial phase takes place. Defendants may choose to take a plea bargain with the prosecution team or they will fight their criminal charges in court.

If you are charged with a federal crime in Dallas, Texas, and want to dispute your charges, you will be handled by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The Dallas courthouse is located at 1100 Commerce Street, Room 1452, Dallas, TX 75242. In most cases, the legal process ends here. However, when legal errors and other trial mistakes are made you have the option to file an appeal.

Oberheiden P.C. will help you decide whether an appeal is the right legal option for your case. We will go over your trial in detail and review any suspected errors. If we find grounds for an appeal, your case will be sent to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Here, you have the chance to find justice and reverse your guilty verdict.

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)

Criminal Cases That Our Law Firm Handles

The senior lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. have handled a wide range of federal cases across the country. This includes federal criminal appeals cases in Dallas, Texas. While this might be one of the most stressful times in your life, understand that our law firm is ready to fight for you. Appeals cases we have been involved with include:

  • Import/Export Violations
  • Drug crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Embezzlement
  • Bribery
  • Tax evasion
  • Securities fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Insider Trading
  • Mail and wire fraud

Our team also aids clients with other types of federal appeals. Once you get in contact with our law firm, we will talk with you about the implications of your legal options, discuss potential legal outcomes, and support you throughout your journey.

Understanding the Appeals Process in Dallas, Texas

The first step in the appeal process is filing a Notice of Appeal. This document must be filed within 14 days of your sentencing in Dallas, Texas. Defendants will include basic identifying information about their case and themselves. Then, they will be asked to pay a filing fee. Both the trial court and the appellate court will receive your Notice of Appeal. The appellate court will also be sent a transcript of your trial to review. You can request existing court records to use as evidence in your brief.

During this time, you will not receive a new trial, as the appeals process will focus on examining specific legal mistakes made during your trial. Your legal team will start researching your case and will write a legal brief explaining why the trial court’s verdict should be overturned. The prosecution team you faced before will be creating their own brief explaining why the lower court’s decision was correct.

Your appeals lawyer may need to appear in the circuit court for an oral argument. This will help further clarify the arguments being made by both sides. However, most of the appeals process occurs behind closed doors. The panel of judges assigned to your case will go over the briefs and send an official letter in the mail describing their final verdict.

If your appeal was successful, you could be granted a new trial, see a reversal of your sentencing or conviction, or the trial court will receive new legal instructions on how to proceed. Losing your appeal will result in the affirmation of your initial verdict, which means you might need to make another appeal. Oberheiden P.C. will help you navigate any additional steps required after your first appeal.

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

Why is it Important to Hire Qualified Federal Appeals Lawyers?


The appellate court is vastly different from the federal trial courts. While there is some legal overlap, appeals cases require a specific set of skills and knowledge. Because of this, most federal criminal defense lawyers do not handle appeals cases and primarily focus on advocating for clients in their criminal trials at the district court level.

Considering these important differences, you need to hire a competent federal appeals lawyer who understands the complexities of appeals and the circuit courts. Your appeals case will not have a jury that needs to be persuaded with a strong oral argument. Instead, your appeals lawyer will need impressive writing and research skills. They will primarily be communicating through a written brief to convince the judges overseeing your appeal.

Thankfully, the federal appeals lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. have worked extensively within the appellate court system. Our legal team has years of experience defending clients as they file for an appeal, and we know how to best direct you as you go through the appeals process. You want to ensure that your case is handled properly, as losing your appeal could result in relinquishing your rights and freedom.

What Are Your Legal Options if You Lose Your Appeals Case?


Our law firm will do everything in its power to defend you in the appellate court and help you receive a fair outcome. However, there is a chance that you could lose your appeals case. If this happens, defendants still have legal options.

Some defendants choose to file a motion for a rehearing. This means that the appeals case will be reviewed again by the appellate court. In this situation, you are asking the court to reconsider its decision and look over specific facts and evidence that they may have overlooked in your brief.

Many rehearings are revoked as the appellate court is less likely to reverse their decision and agree that they made a mistake. However, if we are confident that there is proof of a legal error, our senior appeals lawyers will help you in this stage of the appeals process. Appellate courts do make mistakes and misjudgments, which is why the rehearing process exists in the first place.

If you still do not win your appeal, even when you file for a rehearing, you might have to request the Supreme Court to hear your case. Facing the scrutiny of the higher courts is intimidating and many cases never make it to the Supreme Court, as they only take on the most critical appeals cases. Nevertheless, the odds are not zero, and we can maximize them by preparing your brief and lending you our experience and knowledge if you require this type of legal action.

Why Does Oberheiden P.C. Not Call Itself the Best Law Firm in Dallas, Texas?


Oberheiden P.C. does not call itself the best law firm in Dallas, Texas, for a variety of reasons. While we have helped many clients reach their desired legal outcomes throughout the years, we firmly believe that our legal accomplishments convey our abilities and success as a law firm. Listening to our firm praise itself is not very useful.

Instead, take a look at some of the positive testimonials from our clients. Hearing directly from the people that we have helped defend in the appellate courts in the past should tell you whether we are the right legal team for your case.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. for Legal Representation in Dallas, Texas

Defendants that wish to reverse their conviction or sentencing will need the help of an experienced federal appeals lawyer. Our appeals team at Oberheiden P.C. has helped countless clients gain justice in the appellate court. Getting through this legal process can be complicated and emotional, but we will guide you toward the best legal choices for your criminal case.

Still, you might need to find out whether you have grounds for an appeal. This is why defendants should get in contact with Oberheiden P.C. as soon as possible. The longer you wait to take legal action the more difficult it will be to properly appeal your trial decision. You can reach us through our website. We also offer free consultations that can be booked by phone. Call us at this national phone number: (972) 846-8818.

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