Austin Federal Criminal Defense
Qualified Texas Federal Defense Attorneys Serving Travis County, Texas
Austin is experiencing an unprecedented number of federal investigations. Almost no day goes by without new arrests and issuances of business subpoenas, grand jury notifications, and target letters from the Western District of Texas, Department of Justice. If this happens to you, caution is in order. The federal government has significantly expanded its law enforcement operations in Central Texas.
Texas-Based Oberheiden, P.C. Employs Former Federal Prosecutors that Assist Clients in Austin, Texas
If you are looking for competent, reliable advice to stop or avoid a federal case, then please allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Oberheiden, P.C., a Texas federal criminal defense law firm with offices in Dallas, Houston, and Bastrop (20 miles outside of Austin). We are known for our vigorous defense and our track record of avoiding criminal charges in large number of cases.
Our team has been featured by various media over different channels across the country, including all over Austin and Texas. We only focus our practice on federal matters, which makes us different from most other criminal law firms. By dedicating ourselves to federal criminal law, we are able to offer Texas clients an entire team of attorneys with substantial, broad experience in federal court and in dealing with federal prosecutors from any agency.
- Collectively, we have handled over 1000 federal cases
- Collectively, we have handled over 1000 federal grand jury subpoenas
- Collectively, we have tried over 500 criminal trials
- Collectively, we have avoided criminal charges in many cases
- Collectively, we have achieved dismissal or acquittal in many other cases
Because our team includes these former Texas federal prosecutors, our Austin clients receive the benefit of legal representation from attorneys who have first-hand knowledge of the workings of the federal justice system. Please contact Nick Oberheiden today and request a free and confidential consultation in Austin.
This Is Why You Need Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys for Prosecutions in Austin
Austin is part of the Western District of Texas. The Western District of Texas is one of the largest federal districts in the country encompassing several branches of the FBI and the Department of Justice in Austin, San Antonio, Del Rio, Alpine, El Paso, Waco, and Midland. More importantly, with more than 4,000 new federal cases opened each year, the Western District of Texas has the third highest number of federal prosecutions of all of the 90+ federal districts in the United States.
This incredibly high number of prosecutions is all the more of concern since the Justice Department recently instructed all federal prosecutors to intensify their efforts to secure maximum convictions in federal criminal cases. Austin is no exception to this announcement and it is likely to see the extremely extensive number of federal investigations to climb even more in the Austin area. Among the federal offenses most heavily enforced in Austin are:
- 18 U.S.C. 1349 Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. 1347 Healthcare Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. 1035 False Statements Relating to Healthcare Matters
- 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)(2) Payment of Illegal Remuneration
- 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)(1) Receipt of Illegal Remuneration
- 21 U.S.C. 846 Conspiracy to Distribute
- 21 U.S.C. 841 Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics
- 18 U.S.C. 1956 Money Laundering
- 18 U.S.C. 1346 Bank Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. 1349 Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. 1349 Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. 1030 Computer Fraud and Abuse
Federal Drug Crimes
- Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics or Controlled Substances
- Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances or Narcotics
- Receiving Illegal Remuneration in Connection with Controlled Substances
- Distributing or Possessing Narcotics with Intent to Distribute
Many people are unaware that federal crimes cover such a large swath of subject matters. If you have been arrested for any of the above offenses or any other federal charges, or if you have been notified that you or your business is being investigated by the federal government, Oberheiden, P.C. stands ready and willing to help you fight back against the federal government using our years of experience in the federal system. Call us any time, seven days a week (including weekends), and we will be happy to explain our criminal defense ideas for your federal case, as we have done for our clients before you.
Why Do Austin Clients Choose Oberheiden, P.C.?
Austin is home to some of the finest lawyers in Texas. However, just like you would see a cardiologist (and not a dentist) to treat chest pain, you will similarly need to find an experienced federal criminal defense attorney to provide you reliable and competent advise in a federal case.
Oberheiden, P.C. is not a DUI law firm. We are former Department of Justice Trial Attorneys and federal litigation attorneys to make sure that our clients get out safely when under investigation by the FBI, DEA, OIG, or other federal law enforcement agencies.
- We avoided charges in a large number of cases.
- We obtained acquittals and dismissals in federally indicted cases.
- We understand how to intervene into a federal investigation.
When you call the offices of Oberheiden, P.C., you will not speak to a legal assistant, secretary, paralegal, or an associate. We only employ senior lawyers – peruse our website and you will see that every lawyer on the list has a distinguished career in line with the focus of our practice. Many of our lawyers have spent years as prosecutors at the Department of Justice and now provide unmatched expertise to our clients.
- We do not use junior lawyers.
- We will not wall you off by secretaries.
- We offer 1,000+ cases of federal law experience.
- We recognize the importance of your case.
- We have negotiated favorable outcomes with FBI and other agents.
- We know the Western District of Texas.
- We are former Department of Justice prosecutors ourselves.
- We are available on weekends.
- We can meet you in Austin.
- We are committed to add you to our success stories.
- We are happy to share our past results with you.
At Oberheiden, P.C., we are proud of the achievements we have had for our clients. In many cases, our biggest victories never make the news, for we commonly are able stop a federal investigation in its tracks and prevent our clients from being indicted or charged at all. Of course, we are not able to resolve every case through hardball negotiations with government prosecutors. When we cannot, we are always prepared to take a case to trial and let a federal judge or federal jury decide the strength or weakness of the government’s case.
FAQs: Important Questions Regarding Federal Prosecutions in Austin
How Do I Know That I Am Under Investigation?
There are essentially three ways for Austin residents to find out that they are under investigation by the FBI, the DEA, the Office of Inspector General, or the U.S. Attorney’s Office located at 816 Congress Avenue, Suite 1000 in Austin, Texas 78701. First, in writing, by receiving a federal grand jury subpoena from the Western District of Texas or by receiving a target letter issued by an Assistant United States Attorney. Second, verbally, when federal agents attempt to interview you or someone you had business dealings with (e.g. former employee, business partner etc.). Third, by way of a search or arrest warrant. In either of these scenarios, time to hire an attorney is of the essence. The longer the government can investigate without a defense attorney stepping in, the more difficult it is to undo the findings. Call Oberheiden, P.C. the second you become aware of a (potential) case and let us implement proven defense techniques as quickly as possible. We will immediately contact the case agent and the prosecutor assigned to the case, and thus establish a dialogue with the government geared toward case resolution.
What Should I Do If Agents from the FBI, DEA, or OIG Visit My Austin Business or Home?
The better answer is what you should NOT do. If agents show up at your place, no matter how innocent the interview request appears, do not discuss anything. Do not sit down with them, do not share any information other than your name. Tell the agents that you want to consult with your lawyer first. This is your constitutional right and the only right thing to do in a situation like this. Your lawyer will then contact the agent, find out what the inquiry is about, and then determine whether or not to make you available at a later point in the presence of your trusted lawyer.
What Should I Do When I Receive a Grand Jury Subpoena?
When your business or you receive a grand jury subpoena from the Western District of Texas you need to make very prudent decisions. The function of a grand jury is to charge people with a federal felony. By definition, any interaction or involvement with the federal grand jury process gives reasons to be concerned. From having handled grand jury cases at the Department of Justice in Texas, many of the Oberheiden, P.C. former federal prosecutors have seen how inexperienced attorneys can cause irrevocable mistakes, turning witnesses into targets. If you receive a subpoena, we will take all the time it takes to learn about you and your business, understand the context of the investigation from the prosecutors in charge, and then prepare the appropriate responses to comply with the subpoena—without dragging our client deeper into the middle of a federal case.
Who Will Handle My Case at Your Firm?
Although we work as a team at Oberheiden, P.C., attorney Bill McMurrey handles most Austin cases. Bill regularly commutes between the Austin (hours by appointment only), Dallas, and Houston offices and he should be contacted at the earlier sign of an investigation. Bill has spent more than 20 years in leading positions at the Department of Justice – including in the prestigious Justice Department’s trial section.=, the criminal anti-trust section, as a white-collar Assistant United States Attorney, and as the chief federal prosecutor for criminal healthcare fraud in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Do You Accept Weekend Consultations?
Yes. We encourage you to call us or visit our Austin area location (by appointment only) to secure a free and confidential consultation from senior attorneys with significant experience. We are available seven days a week.
Call Today for a Free Consultation with the Skilled Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers of Austin
Austin’s federal criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C. are available to discuss your case seven days a week. Contact us and discover how experienced federal lawyers would assess your case and how the law might apply to the specific facts of your situation. All initial consultations are free and confidential.
Areas We Serve in Austin and Travis County, Texas
Austin, Travis County, Hays County, Williamson County, Bastrop County, Caldwell County, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, San Marcos, Pflugerville, Leander, Kyle, Hutto, Bastrop, Elgin, Brushy Creek, Buda, Jollyville, Anderson Mill, Balcones Village, Bull Creek, Spicewood Vista, Jester, Lakewood Park, East 6th, Holly Street, Govalle, East Caesar Chavez, Chestnut, East 11th Street, Flournoy Acres, Cherry Meadows, Grand Oaks, Cherry Creek, Southhampton Hills, Downtown Austin, Manchaca Gardens, Southland Oaks, Buckingham Estates, South Slaughter, Onion Creek, Cherry Creek, Heights at Loma Vista, Legend Oaks, Circle C, Western Oaks, Maple Run, Deer Haven, Oak Park, and ZIP Codes 78704, 78746, 78759, 78703, 78731, 78749, 78748, 78702, 78750.