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Federal Criminal Appeals in Houston, Texas

Houston address – by appointment only:
440 Louisiana St #200
Houston, TX 77002
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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A federal conviction will change the trajectory of your life. Not only will you face the criminal penalties that the judge imposes during the sentencing hearing, but there are other consequences that come along with being a federal convict. This could include difficulty finding work, a tarnished reputation, ruined relationships, and the loss of certain rights.

Defendants might see this as a hopeless situation. In fact, many people think that their sentencing or conviction is the end of their legal journey. However, you do have the right to appeal the decision of the trial courts. Our team of federal criminal appeals lawyers can help you during this important time in your life.

Federal appeals must be initiated shortly after your conviction or you receive your sentence in Houston, Texas. You will also need to assemble the necessary documents and evidence to support your appeal. The lawyers at the national defense firm Oberheiden P.C. can ensure that you take the correct steps as you file your appeal and try to regain your freedom.

The Federal Criminal Justice System in Houston, Texas

The federal criminal justice system in Houston, Texas, is not very well understood by the average defendant. Generally speaking, the procedures of the federal trial courts are far more complex and thorough than the state courts. This means that the legal process will be lengthier and require the right kind of legal representation.

In the best-case scenario, you will go through the court system, fight your criminal charges, and win your case. However, keep in mind that federal law enforcement agencies are staffed and led by some of the most elite attorneys and investigators in the country. They have the backing of federal agencies and lots of very skilled workers. Getting a not-guilty verdict or an acquittal is not easy. In most cases, defendants will choose to plead guilty and make a bargain with the prosecution team.

If you choose not to make this bargain you will have to fight your charges in the courtroom. For charges made in Houston, Texas, your trial will be held in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Houston courthouse will be located at 515 Rusk Avenue, Houston, TX 77002. Defendants who are convicted or sentenced may need to make an appeal if their case was mishandled or judged incorrectly.

The legal team at Oberheiden P.C. will be with you each step of the way as you decide on your next legal move. If you decide to move ahead with an appeal, this process will take place in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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 From the Appeals Process in Houston, Texas

The appeals process in Houston, Texas, follows a specific set of rules and protocols. 14 days after your federal sentencing you must file your Notice of Appeal. Your notice will be filed in the federal district court where your trial took place. Then, once your paperwork is processed, the record of your trial will be sent to the judges on the Fifth Circuit.

The initial phase of your appeal will require quick action and decision-making. However, after you file your appeal, your legal team will have time to prepare an appellate brief. This brief will describe why you are making an appeal and why the court should overturn the trial court’s initial decision. During this time, the prosecution team that you faced in court will also create their own brief explaining why your sentencing and conviction should be affirmed.

In most cases, the appeals process happens behind closed doors. This is no new trial and new evidence is generally not allowed during your appeal. Instead, a group of federal appeals judges will go over the briefs sent to them. Occasionally, an oral argument will be scheduled so the judges can better understand specific appeals cases, but for the most part, briefs are enough for the judges to issue their opinion.

The appellate court will send an official letter in the mail that explains the judges’ final decision. Legal results could include the affirmation of your conviction, the reversal of your sentencing or conviction, new legal instructions, and even a brand new criminal trial.

The lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. will explain your legal options once a verdict is made by the appellate court. If you do not get the results you were looking for, we can help you appeal your case again. Some defendants might need to take their case to the Supreme Court. We will defend your rights if your case requires this step.

Criminal Cases That Oberheiden P.C. Handles in Houston, Texas

The senior lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. will work tirelessly to get you the appellate results you desire. We deeply understand the appeals process and will make sure you submit your federal appeal in an efficient and timely manner. Our federal appeals lawyers can aid you with the following criminal cases:

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

With our extensive experience in the federal and appeals courts, you can count on us to protect your rights and advocate for your freedom. We help clients with the cases we listed above and other types of federal appeals. However, you must take action and contact us to see whether your case has grounds for an appeal. Not all criminal convictions will present adequate grounds for an appeal. Still, our team can help you see if this is an option for you and get your appeals case going before you miss any important deadlines.

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

When Should I Hire a Federal Appeals Lawyer?


If you believe that your criminal case has grounds for an appeal, contact us as soon as possible. Again, a criminal conviction will result in serious legal repercussions. You are only putting yourself at more of a disadvantage the longer you wait to find legal representation.

Oftentimes, defendants do not realize that they need to make decisions rapidly during the early stages of the appeals process. There are strict deadlines that you need to meet as you file your Notice of Appeal and send in your brief. Our lawyers will help you through this process and make sure your appeal is handled promptly. However, if you contact us too late in the process it will be harder to research your case and properly file your appeal.

How Do I File My Federal Appeal?


Before you file your Notice of Appeal, consult with our legal team. Your federal appeals lawyer will discuss your case with you and let you know whether you likely have grounds for an appeal. Once they are sure that you have the proper grounds for an appeal, you will have to fill out the paperwork. Then our legal team will ensure that you send out the Notice by the deadline and get it to the right locations.

Why Should I Trust Oberheiden P.C. With My Case?


The attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. are all senior-level lawyers with extensive experience. Most of that time in practice has been spent in federal court, not state court. This has given us far more relevant experience for your federal criminal appeal.

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


Oberheiden P.C. has produced successful legal outcomes for many clients over the years. Still, while we are confident in our legal abilities, we do not call ourselves the best law firm for a reason. We firmly believe hearing positive statements from our past clients will best reflect our legal abilities and skills. Take a look at these testimonials from our clients. This way you can see whether we are the right appeals law firm for your case.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. Today for Legal Representation in Houston, Texas

When you have been convicted of a federal crime, it is important to hire the right legal representation. Federal criminal appeals cases require specific knowledge, experience, and legal skills. You do not want to jeopardize your freedom and rights by choosing a lawyer that does not understand the appellate courts.

Thankfully, our federal criminal appeals lawyers will aid you as you try to overturn your conviction or sentencing. We have represented countless clients in the appeals courts across America, including in the Fifth Circuit, and will guide you during this challenging time in your life. Defendants do not always understand the complexities of the appellate court, but we are here to guide and defend you throughout your legal battle.

If you need help with the appeals process, contact Oberheiden P.C. today. We can be reached through our website. We also take phone calls at this national phone number: (713) 597-3388. You can schedule a free consultation with our team, this way we can answer your pressing legal questions.

This information has been prepared for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. This information may constitute attorney advertising in some jurisdictions. Reading of this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Prior results do not guarantee similar future outcomes. Oberheiden, P.C. is a Texas PC with headquarters in Dallas. Mr. Oberheiden limits his practice to federal law.
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