Fayetteville Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Driven Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys for FBI, OIG, DEA and IRS Cases in Fayetteville
If you are subject to a federal investigation in Fayetteville, you need a proven attorney as soon as possible. If federal agents have come to your house or office; if you have received a target letter or grand jury subpoena from an Assistant U.S. Attorney working in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, El Dorado, Harrison, Hot Springs, or Texarkana; if the government has accused you of being part of a criminal conspiracy; or if you have been arrested on federal charges, you need attorneys with the necessary experience in federal cases to defend you.
We Are a Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm Serving Clients in Fayetteville
Oberheiden, P.C. is a nationally serving law firm that is renowned for fighting and preventing federal criminal charges throughout the federal districts of Arkansas. Our Fayetteville federal criminal defense attorneys have been featured by media both nationally and throughout the state in cases involving FBI, DEA, OIG, and IRS investigations, federal court litigation, and important matters of constitutional law and protection.
Unlike other firms that specialize in (general) criminal defense, we only take federal cases in Fayetteville, AR and elsewhere in the state. Because our practice focuses on federal cases, we offer clients in Arkansas an entire team of attorneys with significant and deep experience with the federal justice system. Our attorneys include:
- Previous Special Assistant United States Attorneys
- Previous Department of Justice Attorneys – Trial Division
- Previous Federal Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Being represented by lawyers with personal knowledge of the workings of the federal justice system has proven to be a great benefit to our clients. Several of our lawyers previously held major positions in the United States Department of Justice and are now available to share their knowledge with clients in Fayetteville, AR and surrounding communities. Look at our experience:
- Handled Over 1000 Federal Cases
- Handled Over 1000 Grand Jury Subpoenas
- Achieved Acquittals and Dismissals in Many Cases
- Handled Over 500 Criminal Trials
- Avoided Criminal Charges in Multiple Federal Cases
Why Do You Need Experienced Defense Attorneys For Federal Criminal Defense in Fayetteville
Late in 2017, the Department of Justice, through the United States Attorney General, made a public announcement regarding the expansion of federal investigations into suspected criminal activity. As a result, Arkansas federal prosecutors received formal instructions to increase efforts to pursue federal investigations in the state, including in Fayetteville. In addition, while Assistant U.S. Attorneys previously were authorized to use their discretion in determining both whether to bring charges and how much punishment to seek, they have now been told to ask for the maximum penalty for violations of federal law.
Since that announcement, Arkansas generally and Fayetteville specifically have been the target of a wide variety of investigations, subpoenas, grand jury indictments, raids, and arrests from various federal agencies, including Homeland Security, Department of Justice, IRS, FBI, Health and Human Services, OIG, and particularly the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western and Eastern District of Arkansas. Federal crimes consist of a large variety of offenses, but the following list represents recent prosecutions in Fayetteville and in the state of Arkansas:
Federal Fraud Charges
- Bank Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud
- Investment Fraud
- Computer Fraud & Abuse
- Mortgage Fraud
- Program Fraud
Federal Financial Charges
- Money Laundering
- Intellectual Property Violations
- Identity Theft
- Theft of Government Property
- Corruption & Bribery
If you believe or have been notified that you are the subject of a government investigation, or if you have been arrested or indicted on federal charges in Fayetteville, AR or anywhere in the state of Arkansas, call us for help and speak to an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer in our firm. We are available to take your call seven days a week, including on weekends. If you retain us to be your attorneys, we will be more than happy to assist you as we have assisted hundreds of clients before you.
This Is Why Clients in Arkansas Choose Oberheiden, P.C.
A federal case is, by definition, a serious matter. You should realize at the outset that a federal criminal case is fundamentally different from a state law criminal case (such as murder, assault, theft, or DUI offenses). To name just a few differences: federal sentences tend to be much longer than state sentences; the investigation may involve several agencies who have formed a task force team (such as the Medicare Fraud Strike Force); and the entire prosecution process is handled in a distinct manner. In the same way that you would see a neurologist – a specialist – for treatment of a brain condition, and not a podiatrist, you need a Fayetteville federal criminal defense lawyer, not just a defense lawyer, to handle your federal criminal charges. Clients in Arkansas trust us for the following reasons:
1. We Only Practice Federal Criminal Law
When you are the person who is staring down a grand jury subpoena, investigation, or arrest warrant, it is not the time to experiment or allow a lawyer to test out unproven theories in his first federal criminal case. You only have one chance to get it right. Most people agree that seeing a medical specialist for serious conditions makes sense – why then would you not take the same care when your career and even your freedom are at stake? When you seek out a Fayetteville federal criminal defense attorney to help you with your case, we suggest you ask him or her the following questions to see if that lawyer is prepared to present an effective and sophisticated defense in your case:
- How many cases exactly like this one have you handled?
- What percentage of your practice is devoted to federal criminal law?
- What is your success rate with cases like mine?
- How many federal criminal cases have you actually tried in court?
A good attorney will not obfuscate the answers. The attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C. are delighted to answer each of these questions and all of the other questions you might have. The truth is that we are federal criminal trial lawyers with more than 1,000 federal criminal and more than 1,000 grand jury proceedings handled throughout our careers. Our attorneys negotiate favorable outcomes every single day with a variety of federal agencies, such as the FBI, the DOJ, the IRS, the DEA, the Secret Service, HHS, Homeland Security, ATF, Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of Justice and our success rate of avoiding criminal charges exceeds 90% when contacted early. And if our negotiations do not lead to favorable results, the government knows that we will try the case before a federal judge or jury at any time as we have so many times in the past.
2. Our Experience is Shown in Our Results
We take pride in the outcomes we achieve for our clients. On many occasions, the largest legal victories are behind the scenes and never make the news – the cases in which we stopped the government investigation in its tracks and prevented our clients from being charged, fined, or imprisoned. While this is a frequent result, not all our cases can be handled merely by aggressively negotiating with federal prosecutors. The government knows us, and they know that we are more than willing to take the case to trial and let a federal jury or judge decide. Over our years of experience, we have obtained the following results on a frequent basis:
- Quashing Subpoenas
- Avoiding Criminal Charges
- Dismissing Indictments
- Obtaining Acquittals at Trial
- Securing Sentences of Probation
In just one recent example, team member Nick Oberheiden, one of the founding partners of the firm, repeatedly convinced a United States federal judge to grant our client probation, even though the sentencing guidelines stated that the outcome should have been several years in prison.
3. The Team
At Oberheiden, P.C., we do not use junior lawyers, associates, paralegals, or legal assistants. An examination of our team of attorneys shows that there is not a single one who does not fit on our team or with the focus of our practice. Instead, you will find lawyers with distinguished public and private careers, many of whom spent time as lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice.
FAQs About Federal Criminal Defense in Fayetteville
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. The receipt of a target letter means that the federal government believes that you either committed a federal crime or have important information about a crime. In either case, you must be cautious in how you respond to a target letter as a federal investigation is dynamic and a reckless response 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 speak with a Fayetteville federal criminal defense attorney. An attorney will review the letter, explain what it means, 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. Usually, 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. It does mean, however, that you will need to either challenge the subpoena or provide the government with the requested documents. If you have received a grand jury subpoena, reach out to a Fayetteville, Arkansas federal criminal defense attorney to discuss your options today.
Q: Should I try to negotiate a plea agreement or take the case to trial?
It’s a personal choice to work out a negotiated plea agreement or take a case to trial. It is also a choice that should never be made without first speaking with an experienced Arkansas federal criminal defense lawyer. 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 and convince the prosecutor to drop some or all of the charges. In some cases, a negotiated plea agreement will be the best option. In other cases, the federal prosecutors may have a hard time proving you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you have been recently indicted, contact a dedicated Fayetteville federal criminal defense law firm immediately.
Call Today for a Free Consultation with Fayetteville Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
The federal criminal defense specialists at Oberheiden, P.C. are available to discuss your case seven days a week.Call us now and discover how experienced Fayetteville federal criminal defense attorneys would assess your case and how the law might apply to the specific facts of your situation. All initial consultations are free and confidential.