5 Myths and Misconceptions About Federal Appeals Explained by Dallas Federal Appellate Attorney Mick Mickelsen



Dallas, TX / As Texas Board of Legal Specialization-certified attorneys in the areas of Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense Law, at Broden & Mickelsen, we have worked on over 100 federal criminal appeals cases. Throughout our decades of combined experience as federal criminal appellate lawyers, we repeatedly come across some of the same myths about federal criminal appeals. In this article, we explain and debunk five of those myths and misconceptions – Dallas Federal Appellate Attorney

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Myth #1: You can win an appeal if you simply don’t like the outcome of your case.

Many people mistakenly believe that simply being unsatisfied with the outcome of their trial is sufficient grounds to win an appeal. However, to be able to successfully appeal, you must be able to show that some aspect of your trial produced an unjust or illegal outcome, whether that is the conviction itself or the sentence that accompanies the conviction.

Myth #2: You can file an appeal at any time.

If you have been convicted of a criminal offense, you should file an appeal as soon as possible. Federal criminal appeals must be filed within fourteen days after sentencing. If you fail to meet this deadline, you are likely to be barred from appealing. If you are uncertain about whether or not appealing is a viable option or even a possibility for your case, talk to an attorney with experience handling federal criminal appeals cases.

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