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Arkansas Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Arkansas Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Our Arkansas federal criminal defense attorneys represent clients in Little Rock, Fort Smith, and throughout Arkansas. 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.

Trained at Harvard Law School and UCLA Law, a Ph.D. level lawyer, whose latest book was supported by United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, the Chief Justice of Brazil, and other legal authorities—Nick truly is the kind of analytical brain you want on your team to battle sophisticated prosecutors. Nick is a perfectionist, who offers legal advice marked by precision, depth of knowledge, reliability, and success.

Nick Oberheiden, an attorney handling federal criminal cases in Arkansas

Dr. Nick Oberheiden is the nationally recognized federal attorney known for defending clients in difficult federal criminal defense cases. Nick has been described as “federal litigation superstar,” “true lifesaver” and “simply unrivaled.”

Nick handles a wide variety of federal criminal matters throughout Arkansas with an emphasis in representing business owners and professionals in white-collar investigations, and federal prosecutions around the country. For example, Nick has successfully represented healthcare business owners, CEOs, physicians, lawyers, and even current federal law-enforcement agents and current state and current federal prosecutors in complex criminal investigations. If federal prosecutors turn to Nick when they themselves need reliable legal advice in critical personal situations, you get a flair for Nick’s excellent reputation— and skillset. Serving clients in:

  • Little Rock (72205)
  • North Little Rock (72117)
  • Fayetteville (72703)
  • Fort Smith (72903)
  • Mountain Home (72653)
  • Sherwood (72120)
  • Lake Village (71653)
  • Texarkana (71854)
  • Jonesboro (72401)
  • Hot Springs
  • Bentonville
  • Van Buren (72956)
  • Conway (72034)
  • And more.

Dr. Nick Oberheiden is your first line of defense, and exceptional lawyer that has all the key components and features that you want on your team. He has been featured by media outlets in all 50 states and appeared on local and national stations on numerous topics in the area of federal litigation, federal criminal cases, and issues of constitutional and national significance. Notably, while on air, Nick demonstrated his analytic talents when he correctly predicted the outcome of every single upcoming federal litigation case he was asked to discuss with journalists.

Call for a confidential consultation today. Speak to Nick directly (not a secretary!) at 855-791-1595.

How Does the Arkansas Federal Criminal System Work?

If you look around, you probably noticed that every criminal lawyer advertises for a wide variety of criminal cases: drunk driving, DUI, assault, rape, murder, shoplifting, and so on.

Not so Nick. Nick does not practice in Arkansas state courts. For years, Nick has made a name for himself by only taking federal cases. The reason? It’s simple. Just like you would not want a dentist to operate on your knee replacement, you should be selective when it comes to letting the right lawyer “operate” on your federal case.

If you are under investigation by federal law enforcement, you should look for a lawyer that—every day—handles federal law enforcement cases, a lawyer that daily (and not just occasionally) stands in front of federal judges and who negotiates non-prosecution agreements with federal prosecutors for a living. Just like tooth and knee procedures, state and federal cases are distinctively different.

Federal Agencies. Appearing before the FBI, the IRS, the DEA, the U.S. Secret Service, the Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal law enforcement agencies in charge of prosecuting federal offenses is just not the same as getting a misdemeanor in traffic court.

Federal Offense Types. Nick’s practice focus lies on federal white-collar investigations and offenses. Nick has represented hundreds of people and businesses in federal healthcare fraud cases (DEA opioid fraud, Medicare fraud, illegal kickbacks, False Claims Act investigations, Civil Investigative Demand, Stark Law cases etc.) in Arkansas and throughout the nation. Nick convinced even the toughest DOJ-prosecutors and federal judges to believe his client in money laundering, federal fraud, federal theft, wire fraud, mail fraud, mortgage fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, bribery, public corruption and computer crime cases. In more than 90% of all federal criminal investigations, Nick and his team avoided criminal charges.

Call for a confidential consultation today. Speak to Nick directly (not a secretary!) at 855-791-1595.

How Do You Pick a Federal Lawyer?

Long before you can’t ignore the problems anymore, it is time to think about the right lawyer for your case. In the situations, selecting an Arkansas federal criminal defense lawyer may become one of the most decisions you will ever make. Our Arkansas federal criminal defense lawyers offer unparalleled careers and distinctions within the federal litigation and federal criminal justice system. That means you are obtaining a level of legal experience that most other lawyers simply don’t have. Follow these guidelines.

First of all, you want to make sure that your lawyer is not a generalist but limits his or her practice to what matters to you, federal defense. The best murder defense lawyer in town may lack the nuanced understanding of, for example, a complex healthcare investigation or convoluted questions of Medicare billing. Second, you should ask the lawyer candidate point blank (with the figurative “gun to the head”) for a detailed summary of outcomes in the last 100 federal criminal cases that this lawyer has personally handled. Third, if your case involves, for example, a particularly specialized area of law, like illegal kickbacks, you should ask your lawyer candidate specific questions (and insist on specific answers) as to how many cases the lawyer that will handle your case has successfully resolved without charges being filed.

At the end of the day it comes down to: Performance. By talking to the lawyer you must reach a level of comfort and trust that this specific lawyer is the one you want to be fighting for you and standing next to you in court. Ask yourself: Is this the federal lawyer that federal prosecutors, judges, and juries will respect with admiration?

With hundreds of federal cases, FBI, OIG, DEA, IRS, and Justice Department investigations, federal defense attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden is among the most demanded and best-known boutique attorneys in the country. You may have already heard that he takes remarkably good care of his clients. In fact, clients of Nick don’t deal with secretaries or paralegals; no junior lawyer will experiment on your livelihood. If you hire Nick, you get Nick.

An Arkansas Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Answers Your FAQs

Q: What should I do if the FBI shows up at my house?

 

If the FBI shows up at your house to talk about an open investigation, it may be an indication they are investigating your role in a federal crime. While this isn’t always the case, at the very minimum they think you have information that is pertinent to an open investigation. Regardless, it is important that you do not discuss anything with FBI agents without first speaking with a knowledgeable Arkansas federal criminal defense attorney, even if the agents assure you that you are not under investigation. FBI agents can (and will) use anything you tell them against you, should the focus of their investigation ever shift onto you. Do not be afraid to politely decline an FBI agent’s invitation. If they need to speak with you, you need to speak with a lawyer first.

Q: What is a target letter?

 

The Department of Justice uses target letters for a few purposes related to the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes. If you received a target letter, it means that the federal government believes that you either committed a federal crime or have important information about a crime. In either case, you want to be cautious in how you respond to a target letter as a federal investigation is dynamic and a reckless response to a target letter can shift the focus of an investigation onto you or your business. If you received a target letter, the first thing you should do is to consult with an Arkansas federal criminal defense attorney. An attorney will review the letter, explain what it means to you, and advise you of your options.

Q: What is a grand jury subpoena?

 

A grand jury subpoena is a type of subpoena issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a grand jury proceeding. A U.S. Attorney issues a subpoena during the course of an investigation into a federal crime. Most often, a grand jury subpoena seeks tangible evidence that the U.S. Attorney believes is relevant to the case they are investigating. Just because you receive a grand jury subpoena does not necessarily mean that you are under federal investigation. However, it does mean that you will need to either challenge the subpoena or provide the government with the requested documents. If you recently received a grand jury subpoena, contact a dedicated Arkansas federal criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.

Q: What should I do if I’m indicted?

 

If you are indicted for a federal crime—regardless of the nature of the offense—your first step should be to reach out to a dedicated Arkansas federal criminal defense attorney. While federal prosecutions can take years before reaching trial, by the time you learn of the case against you, chances are it’s been going on for months, if not longer. The sooner you contact an attorney, the more options your lawyer will have to resolve the case in the most favorable way possible. In some situations, a skilled Arkansas federal criminal defense lawyer can successfully reach out to prosecutors before charged are even filed.

The relationship between the state and federal government is a complex one, especially when it comes to which offenses are prosecuted in federal court. In many cases, federal prosecutors have the option to charge someone in federal court, but choose not to do so because state prosecutors take the case. However, federal prosecutors tend to hand-pick the cases that are the most serious, most noteworthy, or have other important implications. There are also a relatively large class of crimes that can only be brought in federal court, such as violations of federal statutes for which there is no state equivalent. If you recently learned that you are facing federal criminal charges, reach out to a Arkansas federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Q: Should I try to negotiate a plea agreement or take the case to trial?

 

The decision to work out a negotiated plea agreement or take a case to trial is a personal one. It is also a decision that should never be made without having an experienced Arkansas federal criminal defense lawyer examine your case. While federal crimes can carry significant exposure, just because you were indicted does not mean you will be found guilty. An attorney may be able to intervene in your case early on to convince the prosecutor to drop some or all of the charges. In some cases, a negotiated plea agreement will be the best option; however, in others the federal prosecutors may have a hard time proving you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you were recently indicted, do not delay in contacting a dedicated Arkansas federal criminal defense law firm.

Q: Why did the federal government charge me, and not the state prosecutor?

 

The relationship between the state and federal government is a complex one, especially when it comes to which offenses are prosecuted in federal court. In many cases, federal prosecutors have the option to charge someone in federal court, but choose not to do so because state prosecutors take the case. However, federal prosecutors tend to hand-pick the cases that are the most serious, most noteworthy, or have other important implications. There are also a relatively large class of crimes that can only be brought in federal court, such as violations of federal statutes for which there is no state equivalent. If you recently learned that you are facing federal criminal charges, reach out to a Arkansas federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Q: What is at stake in a federal prosecution?

 

Federal crimes range significantly in the amount of exposure they carry. However, judges must use the sentencing guidelines developed by the United States Sentencing Commission when determining a sentence for a federal crime. The sentencing guidelines provide each offense a numerical value. The higher the point value, the longer the prison sentence. Once the base point level is determined, the judge will then consider whether enhancements or reductions apply. These are also outlined in the sentencing guidelines. Although the federal sentencing system is quite formulaic, having an experienced Arkansas federal criminal defense attorney’s assistance can be invaluable. If you face federal charges, do not delay in contacting an Arkansas federal criminal defense lawyer today.


Call 855-791-1595 for a Free Consultation

Dr. Nick Oberheiden limits his practice to federal law and he is admitted in all federal courts throughout Arkansas. If you would like to speak with Nick or meet him, call him directly on his mobile phone, including on weekends, at 855-791-1595. You can also contact him online. All consultations are free and 100% confidential.

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