Detroit, Michigan Federal Appeals Attorney - Federal Lawyer
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Detroit, Michigan Federal Appeals Attorney

Detroit address – by appointment only:
220 West Congress St. 2nd Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
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

Federal appeals cases can be difficult to win without the right legal representation. Your lawyer needs to find direct evidence that a trial error or other legal issue was present during your case. However, if your attorney does not have the right experience and skills, they will have a hard time proving that the court made a mistake or abused its power.

While this might seem like a bleak situation, the good news is that you can work towards positive appellate outcomes. This all starts by contacting a qualified legal team that understands the inner workings of the appeals process.

The federal appeals lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. have years of experience defending our clients in the appellate courts. Making an appeal can be stressful, but our law firm is prepared to fight for your freedom and help you seek justice in Detroit, Michigan.

The Federal Criminal Justice System in Detroit

If you are charged with a federal criminal offense in Detroit, you should prepare for the lengthy legal battle ahead of you. Defendants stand to lose a lot when they enter the federal criminal justice system. While you have the right to fight your charges and prove your innocence, you will be facing off against federal agencies that will do everything in their power to convict you.

On top of this, if you choose not to take a plea bargain during the pre-trial process, you could face heavy sentencing since federal crimes are generally considered more serious than state ones. You do have the right to contest your charges by taking them to trial, though. In this situation, defendants who have been charged in Detroit will go before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

This federal district has five separate court locations. If you are charged in Detroit, you will generally go to the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse located at 231 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226. Ideally, defendants who fight their criminal charges will be given a fair trial and the opportunity to clear their name.

However, not all criminal cases are conducted justly or correctly. If you lose your case and suspect that a legal error was made in the district court, you have the right to appeal your case. The appeals process takes place in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The Sixth Circuit handles federal appeals cases in these four states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Michigan. Your case will be heard by the appellate judges at the Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse which can be found at 100 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

This is the only court in the Sixth Circuit. You will generally not have to travel to this courthouse, personally, but if your case requires an oral argument our appeals lawyers will go to Cincinnati for you. If the Sixth Circuit rules against you, we will advocate for your interests in the Supreme Court.

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 Our Law Firm Handles

Over the years, we have helped numerous defendants retain their freedom and rights in the Sixth Circuit. Oberheiden P.C. is dedicated to guiding you through the complexities of the appeals process. Federal appeals cases we have handled include:

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

We have also aided clients who have been convicted of other federal offenses. So, if you need dependable legal representation in the Sixth Circuit, do not hesitate to contact us. The appeals process is time sensitive and requires a lot of preparation. The earlier you book a consultation with us the better.

What to Expect From the Appeals Process in Detroit, Michigan

If you decide to make an appeal, understand the procedures of the circuit court differ significantly from the trial court. Many defendants assume that they will get a new trial during this process. This is not the case. An appeal does not involve a jury, new evidence, new testimony, or a new trial.

Instead, the objective of this legal process is to find legal errors that were made during your criminal trial. Looking at the existing court records, our appeals team will research your case and look for possible grounds for an appeal. This could involve the following circumstances:

  • Jurors were biased or showed misconduct
  • The law was not correctly applied by the trial judge
  • The evidence presented did not support the final ruling
  • Other legal errors or issues put your conviction in doubt

Once we establish grounds for appeal, you can send in your Notice of Appeal. This should be done within 14 days of your sentencing. The notice will be sent to the district court. The prosecution team from your trial will also be notified that you are making an appeal.

To prepare, the circuit court judges will be sent court records from your trial. You can also request these documents so our lawyers can go over your court case in better detail and prepare to write your appellate brief.

Your appellate brief will be the main focus of the appeal. Through this written brief, appeals lawyers explain what legal mistakes and issues were present in the trial court. They also use the court records as evidence of these errors. The fine details matter at this stage of the appeals process. We will include the relevant information and arguments to persuade the appellate judges that will be reviewing your case.

A panel of three judges will consider your brief and the prosecution team’s brief. Some judges may require a 15-minute oral argument, but usually, your brief is sufficient enough. After looking at both sides’ arguments and reasoning, the judges will send their final verdict through the mail.

Winning your appeals case could result in a new trial for your case, a reversal of your conviction, or new legal instructions for the district court. If you cannot win your appeals case at first, our legal team will defend your rights at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

When Should I Contact Oberheiden P.C. For Legal Counsel?


Contacting legal representation is one of the most important parts of the appeals process. Again, without the help of an appeals lawyer, you will not know whether you have grounds for an appeal. If you do not know whether you can make an appeal, you cannot file your appeal and start planning for the appellate court.

At the very latest, our advice is to contact an appeals lawyer for legal counsel as soon as you are sentenced. This will give you time to review your case with your appeals team and ensure that your Notice of Appeal is turned in by the deadline.

If you have the resources, you can even hire a federal appeals lawyer before your sentencing. This will allow your attorney to become more familiar with your case early on and to ensure that the right legal issues are preserved for appeal. They can also catch more legal errors during your trial.

However, defendants that hire trial lawyers from our law firm do not have to worry about this, as our appeals team will work closely with your trial attorney to seamlessly transition your case into the appellate court.

What Happens if I Lose My Federal Appeals Case?


If you lose your appeals case, understand that there will be legal consequences. Federal criminal convictions not only create a stigma for defendants, but they can also lead to lasting changes in your personal and professional life.

Lengthy prison sentences are common for federal convictions. You could also be charged thousands of dollars in fines and have your assets seized if the prosecution team can connect your suspected crimes to your money and personal property. Additionally, defendants can lose fundamental rights such as voting, traveling abroad, and applying for certain jobs.

In short, losing your case can be devastating. That is why you want to hire strong legal representation and prepare for your appeal shortly after your sentencing. Our lawyers can help you do this and increase your chances of gaining favorable legal outcomes in the appeals court.

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


We suggest looking over these glowing testimonials from our previous clients. While Oberheiden P.C. is confident in the quality of our legal services, you can see just how competent and skilled we are within the appellate court by reading reviews from the clients we have helped.

Hearing us call ourselves the best law firm is only so helpful when you are looking for legal representation that will really fit your appeals case. You will learn more about our legal counsel and strategies by seeing how we have helped defendants in a similar position to you.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. Today for Legal Representation Before the Sixth Circuit

Oberheiden P.C. is familiar with the circuit court and knows what legal issues to look out for in your court record. We will put together the pieces of your case and create a compelling argument that convinces the panel judges to rethink your verdict. But, we have to review your case first and see whether you have solid grounds for an appeal.

Our law firm can go over the possible mistakes made during your trial and come up with an appeals strategy. This way you can go into the appellate court fully prepared to fight for your freedom. To start this process, contact us through our website. Defendants can also reach our law firm at this Detroit, MI phone number: 313-462-7972.

Why Clients Trust Oberheiden P.C.

  • 2,000+ Cases Won
  • Available Nights & Weekends
  • Experienced Trial Attorneys
  • Former Department of Justice Trial Attorney
  • Former Federal Prosecutors, U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Former Agents from FBI, OIG, DEA
  • Serving Clients Nationwide
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