Arizona Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our Arizona federal criminal defense lawyers represent clients in Phoenix, Tucson, and throughout Arizona. If you are under investigation, if you have been served with a grand jury subpoena, or if you are facing federal charges, you can call 888-680-1745 for a free and confidential consultation.
Federal authorities in Arizona investigate and charge individuals for a wide range of crimes: drug manufacturing and distribution, tax evasion, bribery, fraud, and many others. While these federal offenses may vary, they have a common aspect – they put you at the risk of hefty penalties that can change your life for the worse. If you’re being investigated or have been charged, call Oberheiden P.C. immediately through 888-680-1745. We have senior attorneys who can provide you with exceptional legal representation. Consult with us for free today! If federal charges or investigations have been launched against you, defending yourself successfully requires a thorough understanding of the laws and facts relevant to the accusation. While you may assume that you’ll be given this information because of your entitlement to a fair trial, that doesn’t always happen, and it can be extremely tough to point out what exactly you’re up against.
Hire Oberheiden P.C. For Your Federal Criminal Case in Arizona
When you hire Oberheiden, P.C., you’re not hiring a newly established law firm in Arizona; you’re hiring an experienced firm that has effectively represented different companies and individuals for several decades. We use that experience to comprehensively assess our clients’ cases and develop the right strategies to handle them. With over 1000 federal investigations and many trials dealt with, we can use the knowledge gained to get essential information from the government’s actions during investigations. Our attorneys are also aware of techniques to slow down these investigations, obtain the right details required to build a suitable defense, and start the process of fighting for desirable results. We do all these while keeping our clients close to make sure they know what exactly to do to help their defense. Have federal authorities charged you with a federal crime, or are you simply under investigation? No matter the case, you need an experienced Arizona federal criminal defense attorney to represent you. Hire us at Oberheiden P.C.; we have senior attorneys who have successfully handled various criminal cases for our clients. We also have a team of consultants who previously worked as high-ranking agents in the DEA, FBI, and others. These consultants provide deeper insights into cases for adequate representation. Prompt action is critical when fighting for a favorable outcome and therefore, call us through 888-680-1745 as soon as you realize there is a charge or investigation against you.
The Different Federal Crime Cases We Handle
Regardless of the allegations leveled against you in Arizona or nationwide, we can provide the required legal representation. Whether federal authorities are investigating you for drug manufacturing or distribution, fraudulent activities, or a white-collar offense, you can rely on us to exercise quick action and commence the process of developing appropriate strategies to implement in your defense. Our attorneys are particularly experienced in handling accusations concerning:
- Different types of fraud (healthcare, bank, insurance, mail and wire, mortgage, securities, etc.)
- Drug manufacture and distribution
- Money laundering
- Bribery and public corruption
- Tax evasion
- Theft of government property
- Intellectual property theft, and many other offenses
Note that it’s common to see federal prosecutors adding other offenses to the underlying crime you’ve been charged with or are being investigated for. For example, if you have a healthcare fraud case or public corruption case, they may seek to charge you with money laundering, mail fraud, and wire fraud as well. Another thing you need to note is that even if prosecutors can’t prove you committed the actual offense, they can still charge you with attempt and conspiracy, crimes which also carry the risk of significant fines and many years in prison. Sometimes attempt and conspiracy charges can have the same penalties as being found guilty of perpetrating the substantial underlying offense. That’s why it’s recommended to hire an experienced lawyer who will help you navigate and avoid various hurdles in the investigation and charge process.
The Three Stages of Federal Criminal Prosecution You Need to Understand
There are three major stages in a federal prosecutorial process. Depending on the crime our client is facing and the circumstances at hand, we develop personalized approaches at each step to increase the chances of getting a better outcome. The federal prosecutorial process is dynamic, which means it experiences various legal and factual developments. Our lawyers are skilled at re-evaluation and shifting focus and resources to ensure their strategies suit these developments. They can maintain an aggressive position in your Arizona federal criminal defense despite the information that has surfaced. Here are the three stages of federal criminal prosecution.
1. Federal Investigation
The process starts with investigations by the government. Depending on the crime, investigations can involve the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and many other agencies and government departments. At this stage, our goal is terminating the investigation and having the allegations eliminated without any charges. We do this by quickly evaluating all the facts relevant to the case and determining the strategies we can utilize to ensure prosecutors do not file formal charges.
2. Grand Jury Subpoena
If the investigation cannot be stopped in the first stage, the case proceeds to this second stage, which is getting a grand jury subpoena. Before prosecutors indict you, they are required first to obtain this writ, and you should be sufficiently prepared if you have been subpoenaed. Remember that at this stage, the prosecutors just need to establish that there is “probable cause,” and they can go ahead and press charges if they’re successful. Standards for determining “probable cause” are lower than the standards to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that apply at trial, but there are still multiple ways to avoid a formal charge. Our lawyers have represented many clients and solved many cases at this stage without an indictment.
3. Criminal Trial
If the case can’t be settled before the grand jury, it proceeds to a criminal trial. The prosecutors file formal charges, and you change to a “defendant” from a “target” or “suspect.” One exceptional aspect about working with us is that, unless inevitable, we do not wait for your case to go to verdict; we search for opportunities to get you a favorable outcome between the date of your formal charge and trial date. Our lawyers here at Oberheiden P.C. have had formal charges dismissed and convinced judges to reduce felony charges to misdemeanor charges, ensuring our clients do not end up in prison. For our cases that have gone to trial, we have also secured a lot of “not guilty” verdicts. Therefore, a case going to trial doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road.
Q&A With the Arizona Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys at Oberheiden P.C.
Q: What is white-collar crime?
White collar crime is a colloquial term used to refer to a wide range of financial crimes. White collar offenses include bank fraud, mortgage fraud, healthcare fraud, investment fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and identity theft. Given the unique nature of these offenses, as well as their complexity, these cases should be handled by a Arizona federal criminal defense attorney with specific experience handling similar cases.
Q: What should I do if federal authorities are targeting me in a criminal investigation?
When you realize that agencies and departments such as the FBI, DOJ, DEA, OIG, or others are targeting you in a federal criminal investigation, the first and most crucial step should be getting legal counsel. Your lawyer will serve as your legal representative, and you should let him/her do the talking from that point onwards. You should also avoid doing anything relating to your case without the guidance of your lawyer. Some things you can do, even if you think they’re right, may jeopardize your case.
Q: Is it a must to answer questions asked by investigators?
No, you don’t have to answer any question. Remain silent because it’s your right. That way, you can avoid saying things that may put your case at risk. Even if investigators try to persuade you into thinking that it’s in your best interests to answer, or make it look like there’s no other alternative, don’t answer anything. Assume any statement or answer you give will be used by the investigators against you.
Q: Should I cooperate with the investigators if I believe I’m innocent?
You should never cooperate with investigators on your own. You should only do it with direction from your legal counsel. The reality is that even if you believe and think you’re innocent, it won’t deter prosecutors from trying to convict you. And as we mentioned earlier, you can still face attempt or conspiracy charges even though you didn’t go through with committing the actual offense (fraud, tax evasion, bribery, etc.).
Q: What is a grand jury?
When federal prosecutors believe you committed a crime, they cannot just bring charges on their own. They must first impanel a grand jury. The grand jury’s job is to listen to the prosecutor’s case and determine if charges are appropriate. Grand juries typically consist of between 16 and 23 people, drawn at random from the geographical area where the case will be heard. Notably, you may not know if you are the subject of grand jury investigation because these proceedings are intentionally kept secret. However, if you learn that you are under investigation for a federal crime or were recently indicted, it is imperative that you reach out to a dedicated Arizona federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Q: What should I do if I’m indicted?
Without a doubt, the first thing to do if you’ve been indicted is to reach out to a skilled Arizona federal criminal defense attorney. A federal criminal conviction can jeopardize not only your professional life, but also your freedom and your family’s financial peace of mind. For the most part, U.S. Attorneys with the Department of Justice are highly experienced lawyers who command an in-depth knowledge of the cases they prosecute. It takes a high caliber of Arizona federal criminal defense attorney to match both their skill and experience. If you’ve been indicted, you cannot risk taking any chances and should immediately reach out to a Arizona federal criminal defense attorney to discuss your options how to best proceed.
Q: I don’t want to go to prison; will you ensure I’m not imprisoned?
It’s too early at this point to give a definite answer. For us to provide an in-depth answer, we need to comprehensively evaluate all the facts and information pertaining to your case. But, we have represented various clients in high-stake cases and prevented them from going to prison.
Why Choose Oberheiden P.C. for Your Legal Representation
With all the severe consequences that come with federal criminal investigations and charges, you need to make the wisest decision for your Arizona legal representation. Let’s look at five reasons why you should choose Oberheiden, P.C. if: you’ve been placed under arrest, you’re being investigated, you’ve been served with a grand jury subpoena, or you have a case awaiting trial in a federal court.
- An excellent reputation nationwide – Our lawyers have successfully represented different clients throughout the country and earned us a good reputation.
- We have some people in our team who served previously as federal prosecutors and trial attorneys – These individuals worked formerly with the DOJ and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and they can provide better insights into a case.
- We’ve handled many trials, and more than 1000 investigations – Our lawyers have gained a lot of experienced and knowledge throughout this journey. They can implement that expertise in your specific case.
- We’re 100% committed to handling federal cases.
- We provide highly confidential initial consultations, and they’re free.
Do you need a legal representative for a federal issue in Arizona? Meet our team of experienced federal criminal defense attorneys.
Contact our Arizona Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. Today to Discuss Your Case
We’re available 24/7, and therefore, contact us to speak to one of our Arizona federal criminal defense attorneys in confidence. We’ll evaluate your case and determine how we can help you. Call us through 888-680-1745, or schedule your consultation online now.
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