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Federal Appeals in Denver, Colorado

Denver address – by appointment only:
110 16th Street Suite 1400
Denver, CO 80202
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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If you are dissatisfied with the results of your criminal trial, you can take legal action. Defendants in Denver, Colorado, have the right to appeal their conviction and sentencing. However, the appeals process is complicated and time-sensitive. Without the right legal information and experience, you could make mistakes filing your appeal that put your freedom at risk.

Do not make this error. Instead, contact our federal criminal appeals lawyers. We can help you through this difficult time and will ensure that your appeal is filed the correct way. Our legal team at the national defense firm Oberheiden P.C. understands the appellate court procedure and will defend your rights as you try and secure a more favorable legal outcome.

Federal Criminal Justice System and Appeals in Denver, Colorado

It is important to make informed legal decisions as you enter the federal criminal justice system in Denver, Colorado. The process is a long one that is frequently complex.

The criminal justice system begins when federal investigators and agents start an investigation into suspected wrongdoing. They will gather evidence against you and present it to a grand jury. The grand jury will then decide whether there are grounds for criminal charges. If they decide there is probable cause you will be arrested and the pre-trial phase of the process will commence. You will then be arraigned at the local federal courthouse, where you will hear the charges filed against you.

At this stage, you should have legal representation to advocate for your rights and interests.

Most defendants choose to make a bargain with the prosecution team during the pre-trial process. If you do decide to fight your charges all the way to trial, though, your case will be heard by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. There are four district court locations you could end up at. Defendants charged in Denver will generally be sent to the Byron G. Rogers Courthouse at 1929 Stout Street Denver, CO 80294.

If you do not win your court case and need to appeal your conviction or sentencing, this will happen at the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The Tenth Circuit has jurisdiction over six states, including Colorado. Once you make your appeal with your legal team, your case will be handled at the Byron White Courthouse, which is located right in Denver.

Winning an appeal in the Tenth Circuit can be difficult, but our team of federal appeals lawyers will guide you throughout this process and prepare you for the appellate court. There will not be a retrial for your case. Instead, you will have to find grounds for an appeal. This could include trial errors, lack of evidence to support your conviction, and other relevant mistakes made throughout the course of your criminal trial. Once sufficient grounds are determined, we will send out a Notice of Appeal for you and the appeals process will begin.

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)

What to Expect During Your Appeal in Denver, Colorado

Once you start the appeals process in Denver, Colorado, our legal firm will represent you in the appellate court. Keep in mind that the appellate hearing will differ significantly from your criminal trial in the district court. This means that you need a different type of legal representation.

For an appeal, our law firm will provide you with a federal criminal appeals lawyer. Our legal team understands the appellate court process and has experience dealing with the various demands and deadlines of the Circuit Courts. We will act in your best interest and see whether you have proper grounds for an appeal. Defendants can only appeal a decision under certain circumstances. These would include:

  • The law was not applied correctly to your case
  • The judge made an error or there was an abuse of discretion
  • The jury was biased or committed some form of misconduct
  • Other legal errors were made during your trial

After we gather proof that an error was made during your trial, a Notice of Appeal will be sent to the district court. This must be sent within 14 days of your sentencing or conviction. If you do not send your notice out in time you could lose your chance to make an appeal.

Many clients worry that they will not have enough time to gather evidence and send their Notice of Appeal. However, your notice does not include any evidence of trial mistakes. This is just a basic form you fill out to get the appeals process going. You will fill in your name, case number, courthouse, and other important identifying information.

In some cases, you might have to write a short summary of why you are appealing your trial decision, but the bulk of the evidence will be in the appeals brief. The lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. will go over court transcripts and other existing records of your trial to put together a compelling brief for the appellate court. Your brief will explain what errors were made and why an appeal is necessary.

After the brief is sent, a panel of judges will go over your legal brief and the one submitted by law enforcement and make a formal decision. You will receive a letter in the mail explaining the decision of the court. Some of the outcomes could include re-sentencing, a reversed conviction, a new trial, or a reaffirmation of your initial conviction. Many appeals cases end up affirming your conviction, but our law firm will work hard to help you win your appeal. If necessary, we will even take your appeals case to the Supreme Court to get you the justice you deserve.

Types of Criminal Cases That Oberheiden P.C. Handles

Oberheiden P.C. has represented clients across the country. We have advocated for defendants in all federal courts, including appellate courts. This includes criminal appeals cases in Denver, Colorado. Our team is highly qualified and will work with you to achieve your goals. Legal cases we have handled include:

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

This is just a short list of cases that we have taken care of for our clients. We also defend clients in court for a range of other federal charges. Contact us if you believe a mistake was made during your federal criminal trial or if you need representation to fight your federal criminal charges.

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

Should I File a Federal Criminal Appeal?


Many defendants are unsure if they should appeal the outcome of their federal criminal case. Depending on your case and how your criminal trial was handled, you might be eligible for an appeal. Our best advice is to contact one of our federal appeals lawyers as soon as possible, as we can review your case for you and see whether you have grounds for an appeal.

Unfortunately, a federal conviction or sentence cannot be appealed on a whim. You need to provide solid evidence that your trial was mishandled. Thankfully, Oberheiden P.C. can lead you through this process and make sure that your appeals case is properly prepared for the Tenth Circuit. Our experienced federal appeals lawyers offer free consultation services and will help you make legal decisions that align with your appeals goals.

What Should You Expect From The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals?


The Tenth Circuit is a fairly balanced court, with nearly as many judges appointed by Democrats as by Republicans. However, in recent years, many of its decisions have fallen on the conservative side, which has resulted in a more conservative reputation. Despite this, you do have a better chance of winning your appeal in this circuit court than in other more conservative court locations.

Why Does Your Law Firm Not Call Itself the Top Criminal Appeals Law Firm?


We believe that our clients’ testimonials are a strong indicator of our success and ability to defend you in the appellate courts. Over the years, we have helped countless defendants retain their freedom and fight for their legal rights. However, we at Oberheiden P.C. prefer not to make these kinds of statements about our services. Our clients’ positive reviews will give you a better understanding of our firm and our ability to help you through the challenges of the appeals process.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. Today for Legal Representation in Denver, Colorado

If you are interested in appealing your federal conviction or sentencing, reach out to our federal appeals lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. today. We can be contacted through our website. You can also call our office at 720-740-4203. We are happy to schedule a free consultation for you and answer any questions that you may have about the appeals process and your criminal case.

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