John Dunn


Some have described me as “unwavering” when it comes to principles. Others say that I exhibit the trait of "loyalty to a fault" or that I am "utterly relentless” when pursuing an objective. As your attorney, I promise to be a loyal advocate and to be unwavering in the pursuit of your goals. I am a zealous advocate that does not shy away from conflict and litigation. I believe that the strongest weapon that an attorney can have is knowledge of his case. I will aggressively prepare your case for litigation while attempting to resolve the issues on favorable terms - a kind of "peace through strength" approach to the practice of law.

What do other lawyers say?

 "In this day of large law firms and multi-million dollar budgets for state and federal governments, don't ever forget that ONE dedicated and talented criminal defense lawyer took on the entire state of Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Attorney General's Office and beat the hell out of them.  Who says the days of the solo practitioner and Lone Wolf are gone?  Not me."  

 - Jack Dempsey Pointer     Former President of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


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Federal appellate work is different than regular appellate work because it is governed by Federal Rules, as opposed to state rules.  Additionally, the attorney doing the appeal must be licensed in the appellate court that is hearing the appeal.  In federal cases, the same court hears both civil and criminal cases, so the procedure is similar.





In a civil appeal, the Notice of Appeal must be filed within 30 days of the entry of judgment.  Additionally, a designation of record, evidence that the transcripts have been ordered, and docketing statement must be transmitted to the court.  The filing fees must also be paid or the appeal will be summarily dismissed. 


Once the court has these documents, the court enters a scheduling order that governs how the appeal proceeds from this point forward.  As with state court appeals, normally no new facts are introduced in this appeal.  In this appeal, the appellate court gives deference to factual issues determined by the trial court, but gives no deference to the application of law to those facts.  




Federal criminal appeals are different from their state counterparts in several ways.  First the Notice of Appeal, designation of record, evidence of ordering transcripts, and docketing statement must be filed within 14 calendar days of the entry of judgment.  As with civil appeals, a filing fee must also be paid, unless the court has permitted the defendant to proceed in forma pauperis. 


Like other appeals, no new facts are introduced in this appeal.  In this appeal, the appellate court gives deference to factual issues determined by the trial court, but gives no deference to the application of law to those facts.  Unlike state court criminal appeals, ineffective assistance of counsel is not raised in direct appeal in the 10th Circuit. 


As with all appeals, issues not raised on direct appeal are waived.  It is therefore essential that all issues to be raised are identified.  You need a talented and skilled appellate lawyer who can review the case, identify all of the issues that need to be reviewed on appeal, and effectively present those issues to the appellate court.  Contact John Dunn to discuss your case.



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If you are searching for a Tulsa criminal defense attorney, or Tulsa criminal attorney , you need to contact John Dunn.  His expertise as a Tulsa Oklahoma attorney  and determination to represent clients with the best of his ability requires Mr. Dunn spend a great amount of time with the potential client before they are even a client - before they have spent a single penny on their legal defense - reviewing their case and determining what kind of defense to put on.  Following the client interview, Mr. Dunn reviews the police reports and the state's evidence and explores each avenue that may afford a legal or factual defense for his client.

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