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Federal Criminal Appeals in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis address – by appointment only:
735 Shelby St.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
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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It might seem impossible to overturn your criminal conviction, but you should take the chance to contact legal representation and see whether you have grounds for an appeal. Defendants have the right to appeal and seek justice, especially if a legal error is made during their trial in the district court.

Still, the appeals process can seem mysterious to the average person. Many of us know the basics of criminal trials but you might not know what happens when the outcome of the trial gets appealed. This is completely normal as appeals are only understood by a select number of legal professionals, attorneys, and judges.

Luckily, the federal appellate defense lawyers at the law firm of Oberheiden P.C. can provide you with sound legal guidance as you challenge the lower court’s decision and potentially overturn your conviction or sentencing in Indianapolis. Making this momentous choice can be difficult, but the consequences of a criminal conviction will make your life even more difficult as you could lose your rights, freedom, and future. Our law firm aims to get you appellate results that will reverse these unsatisfactory legal outcomes.

The Federal Criminal Justice System in Indiana

When you have been charged with a federal crime in Indiana, there will be a few steps that take place before your appeal. To begin, federal agencies will investigate you and look for evidence of a suspected crime. If that evidence is found, investigators will charge you and make an arrest.

At this stage of the federal criminal justice system, agencies like the DEA, FBI, IRS, and DOJ are intent on convicting you with the harshest penalties possible. To avoid this, you might choose to take a plea bargain and settle with reduced charges and sentencing. However, if you want to prove your innocence and fight your charges, you have to go to the district court.

Defendants charged with a federal crime in Indianapolis, Indiana, will be sent to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The courthouse in Indianapolis is located at 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. You might be able to win your criminal case at this stage. However, if you are convicted of a crime and know that your conviction is unjust, you should appeal.

The appeal process takes place at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Seventh Circuit Court handles appeals cases in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Your case will be heard at the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse located at 219 S. Dearborn Street Room 2722 Chicago, IL 60604. This is the only appeals courthouse in the Seventh Circuit.

Defendants that are unable to win their appeal at the Seventh Circuit have the option to file for a rehearing. You can also appeal your case to the Supreme Court of the United States. As the highest level of the U.S. criminal justice system, the Supreme Court only takes on a few appeals cases each year. However, if you have strong grounds for appeal and want to pursue this option, Oberheiden P.C. will prepare you for the next stage of your legal journey.

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)

Federal Appeals Cases Our Law Firm Handles in Indianapolis, Indiana

Over the years, Oberheiden P.C. has provided defendants with successful appellate results that meet their legal goals. Criminal appeals cases we have handled in Indianapolis and around the country include:

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

We also represent clients that are charged with other federal offenses and will strongly defend your rights while you appeal. Understand that the lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. will fight tirelessly for your freedom. The appeals process can be stressful for anyone, but our senior appeals lawyers will handle your case with care and use their experience and knowledge of appeals to make this legal process as seamless and hassle-free as possible for you.

What to Expect From the Appeals Process in Indianapolis, Indiana

Defendants entering the circuit court should not expect a brand new trial, as the primary focus of your appeals case will rest on any legal errors made in the district court.

If the judge, jury, or prosecution team wrongly convicted you and made mistakes during your initial trial, this will give you grounds for an appeal and could lead to a reversal of your conviction or sentencing. Possible grounds for an appeal might include these reasons:

  • The evidence used did not conclusively prove your guilt
  • There was jury misconduct or bias
  • The trial judge did not apply the law appropriately
  • Other legal errors were made that put your conviction into doubt

Contacting legal representation should be the first step taken in the appeals process. This way you can discuss your case with a qualified lawyer. Once you can establish grounds for an appeal, you will file a Notice of Appeal. Our team will help you submit this document correctly within 14 days of your sentencing.

After your appeal is sent to the district court where your trial took place, the appellate judges will receive court records from your criminal trial. While these records are being reviewed, we will start creating a brief that fully explains why your conviction was unjust and why it should be overturned. The prosecution team will also write its own brief, which argues that your conviction should be affirmed.

The panel of judges on the Seventh Circuit will take their time reviewing both sides’ briefs. They may even ask the lawyers involved to come in for an oral argument to further explain the case. However, most of the appeals process is done in private. The appeals judges look over the arguments made and make a final decision. Their verdict will be sent through the mail.

If you win your appeal you could get a complete reversal of your conviction, a new trial might be ordered, or the lower court will get brand new legal instructions. Losing your case means that your conviction remains the same. In this situation, it can be wise to appeal to the Supreme Court for review.

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

When is the Best Time to File Your Federal Criminal Appeal?


The best time to file your federal appeal will be as soon as you have legal representation and find grounds for an appeal. The sooner you start the process of filing, the better. Filing your Notice of Appeal is not complicated, but you will need to file your appeal on time.

The deadlines of the appellate court are non-negotiable. So, once you miss these dates, you will lose your chance to make your appeal. Considering this, if you have any doubts about your conviction, you should contact a federal criminal appeals lawyer immediately. Our team at Oberheiden P.C. will help you fill in your paperwork and send your appeal to the right location.

Why Do I Need an Appellate Lawyer Rather than a Trial Lawyer?


While you can entrust your appeal to the lawyer that guided you through your criminal trial, the skillset needed during the trial and during an appeal are very different.

Trial lawyers need to be outgoing, charismatic, and capable of persuading a jury that you are innocent or that the prosecutors’ case does not prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Importantly, juries are laypeople with little legal knowledge. They often struggle to see relevant issues and logical problems.

On appeal, though, your case is heard not by a jury, but by a panel of judges that have been appointed to life tenures on the bench for their legal acumen. They are well trained to make sense of legal arguments and do it every day of the week. Persuading them that you are innocent is completely different and requires a completely different set of skills.

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


If you are interested in hiring a federal criminal appeals lawyer from our law firm, we suggest looking at these positive testimonials from our previous clients. While we could call ourselves the best appeals law firm and talk about our accomplishments in the appellate court, we think that hearing success stories from our previous clients could better help you decide whether we are the right legal team for your appeals case.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. Today for Legal Representation in Indianapolis, Indiana

Finding the right federal criminal appeals lawyer is essential if you want to win your appeals case. Defendants will need the help of an experienced appeals lawyer to navigate the appeals process and create a convincing brief that proves a mistake was made during their criminal trial.

However, the average federal defense lawyer does not have the right legal experience to aid you in the appellate courts, as they are less knowledgeable about trial errors and will have a harder time properly preparing you for the circuit court.

The federal appeals lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. are ready to represent your interests properly, though. You can contact us online or call us at (888) 680-1745. Do not hesitate to contact us today with any of your questions or concerns about appeals.

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