Anaheim Criminal Trial/Litigation
Proven Anaheim Criminal Trial/Litigation Lawyers
Our federal litigation team represents individuals facing serious white-collar criminal charges in Anaheim, CA. If you are under investigation or awaiting trial in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, call (214) 692-2171 for a confidential initial consultation with our highly respected Anaheim Criminal Trial/Litigation Lawyers.
If you are under investigation or facing federal charges in Anaheim, you could soon find yourself fighting for your freedom in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. But, while this is one possible scenario, it is not the only option that is on the table. If you defend yourself strategically and aggressively during the pretrial process, you could also avoid trial litigation entirely.
At Oberheiden, P.C., we focus our practice on representing individuals facing serious white-collar criminal charges in federal court. Our Anaheim criminal trial/litigation lawyers handle cases throughout California and nationwide, and we have achieved favorable outcomes in both pretrial and trial litigation. Our defense attorneys draw on vast experience from both sides of high-stakes federal cases (many of our attorneys are former prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)), and we develop and execute customized case strategies designed to protect our clients as completely, quickly, and discreetly as possible.
Are you being targeted by federal prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office? If so, we strongly encourage you to schedule a free and confidential case assessment as soon as possible. Our committed Anaheim criminal trial/litigation lawyers are available 24/7, and the attorneys on our federal litigation team can meet with you on a moment’s notice.
Nationally-Recognized Federal Litigation Attorneys Serving Anaheim, CA
Our firm is led by Dr. Nick Oberheiden, a federal defense lawyer who has represented company executives, public officials, health care providers, and other high-profile and high-net-worth clients across the country. Together, our Anaheim criminal trial/litigation lawyers have centuries of combined legal experience, and we use the extensive knowledge and deep insights gained from this experience to protect our clients when their finances, freedom, and reputation are on the line.
7 Stages of Federal Criminal Litigation
1. Federal Agency Investigation
We represent clients who are under investigation by all federal law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). During the investigative process, our goal is simple: to keep our client from being charged with a federal crime. Through aggressive intervention, strategic representation, and the assertion of common law, statutory, and constitutional defenses, we pursue all viable opportunities to convince the government attorneys overseeing the investigation that prosecution is unwarranted.
2. Grand Jury Proceedings
When federal prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to seek a conviction in district court, they will convene a grand jury in order to seek an indictment. An indictment represents the grand jurors’ collective opinion that there is “probable cause” for the government’s case to move forward. We work closely with our clients to address all aspects of federal grand jury proceedings – once again with the goal of preventing charges from being filed. This includes:
- Challenging the legality of the grand jury subpoena;
- Negotiating with prosecutors to reduce the scope of the grand jury subpoena;
- Preparing documents for production (including redacting and excluding documents as necessary to preserve the attorney-client privilege);
- Anticipating questions and preparing grand jury testimony; and
- Providing representation outside of the courtroom (targets of federal investigations are not entitled to legal representation in front of the grand jury, but they can request recesses to obtain legal advice).
3. Pretrial Discovery, Motions, and Hearings
Following an indictment, the judge will set a trial date in federal district court. This kicks off the pretrial litigation process. By seeking discovery, filing motions to suppress incriminating evidence, and arguing to limit the scope of trial in formal hearings, we will not only set the stage for trial, but we will also seek to obtain the leverage necessary to negotiate a favorable pretrial resolution.
4. Negotiations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Frequently (though not always), negotiation is a major component of pretrial litigation. If it is in your best interests to pursue a plea bargain, our Anaheim criminal trial/litigation attorneys will negotiate strategically to secure a favorable deal. However, under appropriate circumstances, pretrial negotiations can result in charges being dropped entirely. And we have secured dismissal of charges for clients between indictment and trial.
5. Trial in Federal District Court
Sometimes, however, going to trial is the only viable option. If the Assistant United States Attorneys prosecuting your case are unwilling to negotiate a favorable pretrial resolution, we will fight vigorously to expose the flaws in their case strategy in court. We will challenge the government’s case from all angles, and we will present a cohesive and comprehensive case strategy designed to make it clear that the jury’s only option is to render a verdict of “not guilty.”
Many people do not realize that sentencing is a separate litigation stage in federal criminal cases. Sentencing comes after the trial on the merits, and it presents its own unique set of opportunities to mitigate the consequences of your arrest. While some forms of punishment may be unavoidable (subject to your right to file an appeal), our Anaheim criminal trial/litigation attorneys can fight to keep you out of prison and minimize your financial penalties.
7. Appellate Litigation in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Even once you go through the trial on the merits and the judge hands down your sentence, your case still is not necessarily over. There are several potential grounds to challenge a federal conviction and sentence, and we serve as appellate litigation counsel to existing clients and clients who used different trial attorneys. Evaluating your options for filing an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit takes time, and the window to file a notice of appeal is limited. So if you have recently been convicted and sentenced, it is imperative that you contact our Anaheim criminal trial/litigation lawyers about your case immediately.
Federal Criminal Cases We Handle
We take on cases at all stages of the federal litigation process. While we prefer to get involved during our clients’ investigations (as this provides the best opportunity to secure an efficient and discrete outcome), we understand that various circumstances can lead to clients engaging our litigation team much closer to trial. Contact our Anaheim criminal trial/litigation attorneys now at (214) 692-2171 to discuss what we can to do protect you in your case involving federal criminal charges for:
- Health care fraud
- Federal drug crimes
- Tax crimes
- Bank fraud
- Securities fraud
- Public corruption and bribery
- Mail fraud, wire fraud, or money laundering
- Conspiracy to commit fraud
- Any other white-collar federal offense
4 Key Defense Strategies in Federal Criminal Litigation
While there are numerous potential defenses to federal criminal charges, most of these defenses fall into four key categories. By examining potential defenses in each of these categories, our federal litigation team is able to assemble comprehensive pretrial and trial litigation strategies that attack all aspects of the government’s case:
- Excluding Incriminating Evidence – There could potentially be several grounds to have incriminating evidence excluded (or “suppressed”) from your trial. If federal prosecutors know that they cannot use their evidence in court, it can provide the leverage necessary to secure a favorable pretrial resolution.
- Exposing Flaws in the Government’s Case – In all federal criminal cases, the government has the burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. By exposing flaws in the government’s case, we can prevent it from meeting this burden. All federal criminal offenses are comprised of several “elements,” and failure to prove just one of these elements is enough to justify an acquittal.
- Raising Constitutional Violations during the Investigative and Prosecutorial Processes – Constitutional violations can provide essential defenses in many cases. If federal agents or prosecutors violated your constitutional rights (such as your right to legal representation, your right to remain silent, or your right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures), this could save you from a conviction even if you committed the crime (or crimes) with which you have been charged.
- Asserting Complete Affirmative Defenses – Affirmative defenses generally rely on the concept of justification. Even if you took the steps necessary to commit the crime alleged, you were justified in doing so; as a result, you do not deserve to be criminally convicted. In addition to common law affirmative defenses such as coercion and duress, statutory “safe harbors” and exceptions can provide protection against criminal culpability as well.
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Contact Us to Discuss Your Criminal Case in Anaheim, CA
If you have been contacted by federal authorities or if you are awaiting trial on federal charges, contact our Anaheim criminal trial/litigation attorneys now to discuss your case with a member of our federal litigation team. To schedule a free initial consultation as soon as possible, call (214) 692-2171 or tell us how to reach you online now.