Alexandria Federal Criminal Defense (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)
Trusted Alexandria Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers are Here to Help
Under investigation? Facing federal charges? While this could be a turning point in your personal and professional life, for us it’s just another day at the office. Call our highly experienced Alexandria federal criminal defense lawyers at 214-692-2171 for a free assessment of your federal criminal case in Alexandria, Va.
Being accused of a federal crime is an extremely serious matter. Not only do federal crimes carry substantial fines and long-term imprisonment, but a conviction can have wide-ranging consequences in all aspects of your personal and professional life. Your career could be over. Your personal finances could be in shambles. And if you don’t do everything possible to defend yourself, you will never know if things could have turned out much, much better.
But, being targeted in a federal investigation is not a life sentence. In fact, it is highly possible that you could convince the government to terminate its investigation without filing charges. As a result, not only could you avoid conviction, but you could even avoid having to publicly defend yourself in federal criminal court.
At Oberheiden, P.C., our Alexandria federal criminal defense lawyers approach every case with the goal of protecting our client against federal charges. The attorneys on our federal defense team have decades of combined experience in cases involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), including well over 1,000 investigations and 500 criminal trials. Many of our defense attorneys previously held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where they helped craft the federal prosecution strategies that are still in use today.
If you are being targeted in an FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA investigation in Alexandria, you need to seek legal representation immediately. Call us now at 214-692-2171 for a free and confidential case assessment.
Federal Defense Attorneys for Business Owners, Executives, and Licensed Professionals in Alexandria, VA
Our Alexandria federal criminal defense attorneys represent clients nationwide in federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. We have represented clients in federal court in Virginia, and we also have experience defending clients in large-scale, multi-state federal fraud and conspiracy investigations. With a team comprised exclusively of senior defense attorneys – several of whom are in their second careers after spending decades with the DOJ – we are able to adeptly deploy comprehensive defense strategies and take immediate action, if necessary, in order to protect our clients against federal charges.
Here are just some of the reasons why business owners, executives, licensed professionals, and other clients in Virginia and across the country trust the our Alexandria federal criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C.:
- Extensive Federal Criminal Experience – The attorneys on our federal defense team have extensive experience on both sides of federal criminal matters. This includes fending off charges during federal investigations, obtaining acquittals in federal trials, and previously representing the government in large-scale investigations involving the FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA.
- Case Resolutions Prior to Indictment – Whenever possible, our goal is to resolve our clients’ cases prior to indictment. The reason for this is simple: If you aren’t charged, you can’t be convicted at trial. Resolving your case during the government’s investigation is also generally more cost-effective and limits the risk of public exposure and reputational harm.
- One-on-One Representation by Senior Attorneys – When you choose our firm, every aspect of your case will be personally handled (not overseen) by one of our senior attorneys. Unlike other firms, we do not employ junior associates or paralegals. We know what it takes to successfully take on the federal government, and we know you need (and expect) one-on-one legal representation by senior attorneys every step of the way.
- Strategic and Business–Savvy Defense – We understand the business implications of being targeted in a federal criminal investigation, and we know that the consequences of facing charges or negotiating a plea can extend far beyond the purely legal aspects of your case. When we advise our clients on potential case strategies and case resolutions, we do so with an eye toward the future. To date, not a single client of Oberheiden, P.C., has been forced to close a business or professional practice due to an investigation in which we have been involved.
- Aggressive, Trial–Ready Defense Representation – In a federal criminal case, it is possible to turn the tables in your favor. By using aggressive defense strategies that keep the pressure on, we are often able to convince prosecutors that it isn’t worth taking our clients’ cases to trial.
We Handle All Types of Federal Criminal Cases in Alexandria, VA
With decades of experience on both sides of federal investigations, grand jury proceedings, and criminal trials, our Alexandria federal criminal defense attorneys have served as lead counsel in high-stakes cases involving virtually all major federal criminal offenses. This includes cases involving allegations of:
- Health Care Fraud (including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare and private insurance fraud)
- Bank Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, and Insurance Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Theft, Counterfeiting, and Embezzlement
- Tax Violations
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Federal Drug Charges (including illegal drugs and prescription drug crimes)
- Internet and Computer Crimes
- Public Corruption and Bribery
- Conspiracy and Attempt
- Other White-Collar Crimes
The FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA Are Targeting Individuals and Organizations in Alexandria, VA
If You are Under Investigation by the FBI…
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is responsible for investigating a broad range of federal offenses from computer crimes to terrorism. If you have been contacted by FBI agents or served with a search warrant by the FBI, one of the first steps in defending yourself will be to determine why the FBI is looking into your business or practice.
If You Are under Investigation by the OIG…
The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) investigates and prosecutes cases of alleged fraud involving Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and other government health care benefit programs. Criminal health care fraud cases often involve allegations under the False Claims Act and/or the Anti-Kickback Statute, and avoiding charges or a conviction requires a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of these broad federal laws.
If You Are under Investigation by the IRS…
The Internal Revenue Service’s criminal enforcement division gets involved in cases involving audits that reveal criminal tax code violations and large-scale criminal cases where the substantive allegations support charges for under-reporting and underpaying income tax liability. The penalties for tax crimes are extremely severe, and they will often make up just a portion of the overall sentence sought by federal prosecutors.
If You Are under Investigation by the DEA…
The Drug Enforcement Administration is primarily responsible for enforcing the Controlled Substances Act as it relates to the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of illegal drugs and the unlawful “diversion” of prescription medications. The DEA also routinely investigates registered health care providers, and it frequently works in cooperation with the FBI, OIG, DOJ, and other federal law enforcement agencies.
Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs): Avoiding Conviction in Federal Criminal Matters
Q: I just received a subpoena. What should I do?
If you were just served with a subpoena, you must quickly determine your obligations and identify any grounds to challenge the subpoena, either in whole or in part. Was the subpoena issued by the OIG or by a federal district judge as part of a grand jury proceeding? The answer to this question will go a long way toward determining what you need to do. However, there are numerous other factors to consider as well, and you should have the subpoena reviewed by a federal defense lawyer, promptly.
Q: I’m sure I haven’t committed a federal crime. So, am I in the clear?
Unfortunately, no. Even if you do not believe that you have committed a federal crime, this alone is not enough to stop federal prosecutors from filing criminal charges. While you may be convinced, in order to avoid prosecution, you need to convince the government as well.
Additionally, under the federal conspiracy and attempt statutes, it is possible to face charges even if you have not committed a substantive criminal offense. Playing a role in a conspiracy can subject you to the same penalties as committing a federal crime such as health care fraud or bribery, and it takes surprisingly little to trigger charges for being a “co-conspirator.”
Q: What are some potential defense strategies in federal criminal investigations?
Federal cases are complex and highly fact specific, so it is difficult to speculate regarding the defenses that may be available in any particular case. In general, however, the types of defenses that will often be available in federal cases include:
- Lack of evidence (i.e., failure to meet the burden of proof)
- Constitutional violations (e.g., unlawful searches and seizures)
- Affirmative defenses (e.g., safe harbors under the Anti-Kickback Statute)
- Duress or entrapment
- Lack of intent
- Abandonment and withdrawal
Contact the Alexandria Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C.
For more information about the defenses you may have available and to begin implementing a comprehensive and custom-tailored defense strategy, contact the federal criminal law offices of Oberheiden, P.C., for a free initial case assessment. To speak with one of our Alexandria federal criminal defense lawyers in confidence, call 214-692-2171 or tell us how to reach you online now.
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