Bakersfield, CA Federal Criminal Defense
If you are being targeted in a federal investigation, or if you have been detained by federal agents in Bakersfield, CA, it is important that you speak with a lawyer immediately. Our federal criminal defense lawyers are available 24/7, so call or click now for a free consultation.
If you live or work in Bakersfield, CA, you might not know it, but you are neighbors with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ opened the Bakersfield, CA office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California in 2015, and since then it has been actively targeting local residents and business owners for a broad range of federal crimes.
However, the DOJ is not the only federal agency with a presence in Bakersfield, CA. From the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), numerous federal agencies and task forces are active in Bakersfield, CA and the surrounding areas of Kern County. In many cases, these agencies and task forces are working together to orchestrate large-scale takedowns targeting corporations, health care providers, and alleged criminal organizations.
Whether you are at the center of a federal sting operation or you personally have been singled out for investigation and possible prosecution, if you are in the federal government’s crosshairs, you need experienced legal representation. A conviction in federal district court can have life-changing consequences, and for business owners, licensed professionals, and other high-profile individuals, simply being targeted can be enough to cause substantial reputational harm.
Highly-Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Bakersfield, CA
Our firm is comprised exclusively of senior attorneys who focus their practice on federal defense. With centuries of combined experience, our attorneys have represented clients in thousands of criminal investigations, trials, and appeals. In addition to career defense lawyers who have long been recognized as authorities in their areas of practice, our federal criminal defense team also includes several attorneys who are former U.S. Attorneys and Assistant U.S. Attorneys with the DOJ. This allows us to analyze our clients’ federal cases from the government’s perspective, and to develop comprehensive and highly-customized defense strategies that are focused on securing a favorable result as quickly and quietly as possible.
Here is what you can expect when you choose Oberheiden, P.C. for your federal criminal case in Bakersfield, CA:
- Aggressive Intervention and Proactive Defense – When facing a federal investigation, prompt intervention can be critical to preventing things from getting out of hand. Our attorneys know how to deal with federal agents and prosecutors; and, rather than waiting to react, we will aggressively execute a proactive defense strategy on your behalf.
- A Custom–Tailored Defense Strategy – Our defense strategy will be custom-tailored to the unique facts of your case. From the allegations against you to the agency (or agencies) making them, every detail matters. Our lawyers will work closely with you to ensure that we have a clear understanding of the facts that are available to drive a successful outcome.
- Personal Interaction with Our Senior Defense Lawyers – As a client of Oberheiden, P.C., you will work directly with our senior defense lawyers throughout the duration of your case. You will have direct access to the legal advice you need when you need it, and our attorneys will work collaboratively to protect you to the greatest extent possible.
- Constant Evaluation and Reevaluation of Potential Risks – The dynamics of federal investigations are constantly changing, and opportunities and risks vary at each stage of the prosecutorial process. Our senior defense lawyers will constantly evaluate and reevaluate the circumstances of your case to ensure that we are consistently pursuing a strategic path forward.
- Unwavering and Relentless Pursuit of Success – Ultimately, the reason our clients trust us is because they know that we will unwaveringly and relentlessly fight for their freedom. Facing federal charges is an extremely serious matter that can result in substantial fines and long-term imprisonment, and you need a team of defense attorneys who will do everything in their power to protect you.
Are You Facing a Federal Investigation or Federal Charges in Bakersfield, CA?
Our federal defense practice consists of representing individuals and business organizations accused of serious drug-related and white-collar federal crimes. Our clients include private and publicly-traded companies, business owners, executives, board members, public figures, licensed professionals, and other individuals. All of the following crimes carry the potential for substantial fines and prison time; and, if you are under investigation, under arrest, or under indictment in Bakersfield, CA, we encourage you to call us 24/7 at (214) 692-2171 for a free and confidential consultation:
Financial and Other White-Collar Crimes
- Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1346)
- Bribery and Public Corruption (18 U.S.C. § 201)
- Computer Fraud and Abuse (18 U.S.C. § 1030)
- Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud or Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1349)
- Extortion (18 U.S.C. § 1951)
- Insurance Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1033)
- Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1341)
- Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. § 1956)
- Nonmailable Matter (39 U.S.C. § 3001)
- Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1343)
- Tax Evasion (26 U.S.C. § 7201)
Health Care Fraud
- Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1349)
- False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters (18 U.S.C. § 1035)
- Health Care Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1347)
- Payment of Illegal Remuneration (42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(2))
- Receipt of Illegal Remuneration (42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(1))
Prescription Drug Fraud
- Conspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute Prescription Drugs (21 U.S.C. § 846)
- Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Prescription Narcotics (21 U.S.C. § 841)
- Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics/Opioids (21 U.S.C. § 841)
- Conspiracy to Distribute Furanyl Fentanyl, Carfentanil, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Marijuana, Cocaine, and Other Controlled Substances (21 U.S.C. § 846)
- Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (21 U.S.C. § 846)
- Accessory After the Fact to Illegal Immigration (18 U.S.C. § 3)
- Aiding and Abetting Illegal Immigration (18 U.S.C. § 911)
- Bringing in Aliens (8 U.S.C. § 1234(a)(1)(A)(i))
- Concealing or Harboring Aliens (8 U.S.C. § 1234(a)(1)(A)(iii))
- Unlawful Employment of Aliens (8 U.S.C. § 1234a)
- Unlawfully Transporting Aliens (8 U.S.C. § 1234(a)(1)(A)(ii))
In many cases, targets of federal investigations will face a multitude of charges, and the scope of the government’s investigation will not be readily apparent from the circumstances involved. By analyzing all of the relevant factors – including the agency (or agencies) involved, the nature of the government’s requests for information, and the speed of the investigation – our attorneys can quickly assess your potential exposure and execute a defense strategy designed to protect you against all possible charges.
FAQs: Facing a Federal Investigation or Federal Charges in Bakersfield, CA
Q: Why are federal agents investigating me or looking into my business or practice?
There are two important aspects to this question. First, what triggered the government’s inquiry? In most cases, federal investigations are the result of one of a few potential factors: a confidential tip, a whistleblower lawsuit, or data analysis. Each of these sources is fallible; and, when building a defense strategy, knowing what triggered the government’s investigation is important to determining which defense tactics are on the table.
Second, what are the allegations against you? Are you under investigation for some form of fraud? Or, are you being accused of some other offense, such as unlawfully selling prescription drugs or hiring illegal aliens? In order to defend yourself, you need to know the crime (or crimes) of which you are being accused, and this is where promptly intervening in the government’s investigation comes into play.
Q: What defenses are available in federal criminal cases?
In order to determine what defenses you have available, you first need to know what you are defending against. While there are many potential defenses to federal criminal charges, not all of these defenses apply in all cases. Depending on the specifics of your case, defenses our attorneys may be able to assert on your behalf include (but are not limited to):
- Abandonment or withdrawal
- Duress or coercion
- Lack of evidence
- Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendment violations
- Mistake of law or fact
- Statute of limitations
- Statutory safe harbors
When choosing which defenses to assert, extreme care must be taken to ensure that your defense strategy does not potentially expose you to prosecution for other crimes. For example, while abandonment and withdrawal can be defenses in some cases, even if you did not go through with committing a crime, you could still potentially be charged with attempt or conspiracy.
Q: Can Oberheiden, P.C. represent me in Bakersfield, CA?
Yes. We have attorneys who are licensed to practice throughout California; and, if necessary, we can make arrangements for you to speak with an attorney in Bakersfield, CA right away.
Speak with a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C.
If you need a federal criminal defense lawyer in Bakersfield, CA, let us put our experience to work for you. To speak with a member of our defense team in confidence, call (214) 692-2171 or request a free consultation online now.