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Federal Criminal Appeals in El Paso, Texas

El Paso address – by appointment only:
2300 George Dieter
El Paso, TX 79936
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 chose to fight your charges in federal court and lost your case, this could feel like a no-win situation. However, you can make an appeal to challenge the final verdict of your trial with the help of our federal criminal appeals lawyers.

Unfortunately, federal convictions have a lasting impact on your personal and professional life. You will often struggle to find employment, maintain relationships, and navigate day-to-day life, as people view convicted criminals in a completely different light. While it is unfair to you, this is the reality that many people face if they do not appeal a federal conviction.

With these consequences in mind, you should consider taking immediate action after getting convicted or sentenced. Federal appeals must be submitted promptly and correctly. The lawyers at the national defense firm Oberheiden P.C. will guide you through the appeals process, but you must contact us first to protect your rights and ensure your freedom is not lost.

The Federal Criminal Justice System in El Paso, Texas

When you are charged with a federal crime in El Paso, Texas, it is important to understand the situation you are facing as you enter the criminal justice system. Federal criminal charges could result in serious consequences for defendants. Not only will you have to go through a lengthy legal process to clear your name and avoid harsh penalties; you must also face off against federal agencies that invest large amounts of money and time in trying to prosecute you.

Federal investigators will spend a considerable amount of time gathering evidence for your criminal trial. As a result, many people choose to take a plea bargain to reduce their charges and mitigate the possibility of a heavy sentence. Not everyone chooses this legal option, though.

If you were charged in El Paso, Texas, and decide to fight your charges, your case will go through The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. The El Paso courthouse is located at 525 Magoffin Avenue El Paso, TX 79901. With the right legal representation, it is possible to win your case. However, if mistakes were made during your trial and you were wrongfully convicted, an appeal will need to be made.

The lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. understand the appeals process and can guide you toward the best course of action. Appeals must be submitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Our team will prepare you for this appellate court and create compelling arguments for your appeals case.

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 Oberheiden P.C. Handles in El Paso, Texas

The defense lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. are ready to represent you in El Paso, Texas. While you may be unsure about your next steps, our team has had years of experience defending clients in the appellate courts.

We understand how to successfully advocate for you during this difficult time in your life. With our help, you can maximize your chances of overturning your conviction and getting the legal results that you are looking for. Criminal cases we have handled in the past include:

  • Firearm Crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • Money laundering
  • Tax evasion
  • Public corruption offenses
  • Embezzlement
  • Bribery
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Conspiracy
  • Securities fraud
  • Healthcare fraud

We also aid clients with many other types of federal appeals. Contact us to see whether you have grounds for an appeal and whether an appeal is the right legal option for your case.

The Federal Appeals Process in El Paso, Texas

The federal appeals process will be entirely different from your experience in the district court. While you will still be fighting to maintain your freedom and your rights, your defense strategy will have to shift as you enter the appellate court with your legal team. This is because an appeal does not grant you a new trial.

Instead, you will have to fight against your conviction by showing that an error or legal mistake was made during your trial. There is no new evidence, witnesses, or testimony presented during this process. You and your legal team will need to prove that there are grounds for an appeal. Valid grounds that can support an appeal include:

  • The evidence is not sufficient to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt
  • There was jury misconduct or bias
  • The trial judge did not apply the law correctly
  • Other legal errors that put your conviction into question

The trial error made will be the main focus of your appeal. Your lawyer will help you file a Notice of Appeal and will research your case and go over the existing court records. The appeals lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. will ensure that your brief is well-written and convincing before we send this document to the judges on the appellate court. The prosecution team from the trial court will also be sending in their own brief explaining why the trial court’s decision was correct. It will take time for your appeals case to be fully processed and reviewed. The complexity of your case could also affect the appeals process, as some judges may request an oral argument to learn more about your case and understand the arguments being made about it.

Regardless, our legal team will stick with you through the entire appeals process. If you win your appeal you could get a reversal of your conviction, a new trial, or the lower court could receive new legal instruction. Alternatively, if you lose your appeal, defendants might have to appeal for a retrial or send their case to the Supreme Court.

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

When Should You Hire a Federal Criminal Appeals Lawyer?


If you have been convicted of a federal crime, do not wait to find legal representation. Defendants may not realize just how quickly the appeals process proceeds. Within 14 days of your criminal sentencing, you will have to file a Notice of Appeal at the district court.

This can seem like a quick turnaround, but the sooner you have a criminal appeals lawyer, the sooner you can start discussing your legal options. As you decide whether to appeal, you will have a lot to go over with our lawyers. So, get in touch with us sooner rather than later.

What Happens if You Are Convicted and Receive a Federal Criminal Record?


We have briefly touched on some of the consequences of receiving a federal conviction. However, there are additional legal repercussions if you cannot win your appeal and end up with a federal criminal record.

Many defendants realize that federal sentencing and conviction can result in heavy fines along with a lengthy incarceration period. In addition to this, though, once convicted you could have your personal property seized by the federal government. Your home, money, belongings, and other assets could be in danger if they are remotely associated with the criminal offense.

Usually, this happens when someone is convicted of drug-related crimes, organized crime, fraud, and money laundering. Prosecutors must prove that the property was purchased with illegal funds or that the property helped facilitate illegal activities in some way or another to move forward and seize anything from you.

Other potential outcomes of a federal record could include difficulty finding work. Not only will it be harder to apply for jobs but you could be entirely barred from certain professions. Depending on the conviction, you may not be eligible to enter law enforcement or the military, or get a teaching job, government job, or get the necessary certifications to join other professions.

Additionally, you could have trouble renting apartments and other properties. Landlords and property owners often run a background check and can deny you if you have a federal record. You may also lose the right to vote and own a firearm. There is a range of other possible consequences that come with having a federal criminal record, but these are some of the most common and serious ones that you need to be aware of.

Understandably, you might be stressed out learning about what you have to lose, but as long as you have strong legal representation you can fight for your freedom in the appeals court. Our qualified appellate lawyers are prepared to defend your civil rights and help you find justice.

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


Oberheiden P.C. is dedicated to providing defendants with the best possible legal outcomes. We have successfully fought for our clients’ freedom and legal rights for many years. However, we do not call ourselves the best appeals law firm in El Paso. Instead, we suggest looking over the positive testimonials left by our previous clients. Hearing how we have changed our clients’ lives in the past is a far more effective way to see whether we are the right law firm for your appeal case, in the present.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. for Legal Representation in El Paso, Texas

Defendants that are interested in filing an appeal should contact Oberheiden P.C. today. Having the right representation can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Appeals cases differ significantly from cases in the district courts. So, you will need an appeals lawyer who has the necessary skills and knowledge to defend your interests in the circuit courts.

Defendants can contact us through our website. We also have a national phone number you can reach us through at (888) 680-1745. If you have any questions about appeals, criminal convictions, or your case in general, now is the time to consult with our team.

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