Brooklyn Federal Criminal Defense
Experienced New York Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Offer Proven Results to Clients in Brooklyn
Are you subject to a federal investigation in the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn? Did federal agents from the FBI, DEA, or OIG show up at your house or your business to serve you a grand jury subpoena or a target letter? Did FBI agents try to interview you? Were you recently arrested on federal charges? Is it time to consult with lawyers that dedicate their entire practice to defending clients against federal investigations?
- Featured by Media Stations Throughout New York and Nationally
- Former Department of Justice Trial Attorneys
- Former Federal Prosecutors with Substantial Trial Experience
- Proven Track Record Built in 1,000 Federal Cases
If you were recently arrested on federal charges in Brooklyn or the surrounding neighborhoods, Oberheiden, P.C. offers vigorous and proven defense approaches that are based on real experience gained during decades of government service and hundreds of defended cases.
New York attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden, partner and founder of Oberheiden, P.C., has been featured by media stations locally in New York as well as nationally across the United States (e.g. Fox News Live, Radio America, Lars Larson Show, and many more) for his expertise in federal law and constitutional law.
“It is very clear to me that Nick Oberheiden has a deep understanding of health law issues. [He] has been instrumental in managing and resolving many difficult legal matters [and] is always relentlessly focused on the critical issues that matter most. Nick is very dedicated and . . . displays a high degree of professionalism. I would not hesitate in recommending Nick for the most important of legal matters.” – Satisfied Client
“The very best!”
“I hired Nick Oberheiden and Oberheiden, P.C. to defend me in a criminal healthcare matter. From the first moment I met with Nick[,] my wife and I knew that he [would provide] the help I need[ed]. And yes, Nick got me out of trouble. No charges. Case Dismissed.” – Satisfied Client
This Is Why You Need Experienced Attorneys For Current Prosecutions in Brooklyn
Brooklyn and the Eastern District of New York are known for having one of the highest federal law enforcement and federal prosecution intensity in the country. Statistically, of all of the 96 federal districts, the Eastern District of New York (which covers Brooklyn & Long Island) produces an unusual ratio between federal prosecutions and number of residents. Notably, Brooklyn is home to some of the country’s most notorious and specialized task forces, with the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in charge of healthcare fraud investigations being only one of them.
This density of enforcement is worsened by a recent announcement by the Attorney General of the United States, which formally instructed federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and throughout the country to seek maximum sentences in federal criminal cases.
Since, Brooklyn has encountered a new era of FBI arrests, DEA raids, grand jury subpoenas, and investigations by agents of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), and other agencies reporting to federal prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. Among the federal offenses that are particularly serious and commonly charged in the Eastern District of New York 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
Each of those offenses constitutes a federal felony, which means that the law allows for a penalty of more than one year of incarceration. Typically, federal felonies range from 0-10 years (healthcare fraud) or 0-20 years (mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering) for each individual count. It goes without saying that if you are facing any of these offenses or are under FBI/DEA/OIG investigation, you should immediately engage lawyers that have the experience to avoid or fight federal charges.
What New Yorkers Should Do When They Learn About An FBI, DEA, or OIG Investigation
New Yorkers typically find out about a pending investigation in several ways: (i) unannounced interview request by FBI, DEA, or OIG agents, (ii) written notice from the U.S. Attorney’s Office from the Eastern District of New York (located at 225 Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn, New York 11201 as well as in Central Islip Long Island, New York) by way of a grand jury subpoena or a target letter, (iii) execution of an arrest warrant by federal law enforcement.
- Federal Agents Show Up at Your House. When agents show up at your house, your business, or someone else’s business inquiring about matters that involve or touch you, the advice is clear: do not accept the interview request, insist on your lawyer being present. Although FBI agents typically assure you that they “just have a few questions” and that “the case is not about you,” that statement is rarely true. It is a well-proven, psychologically sound approach to break the ice and engage you into a conversation. What you need to understand is that while agents can hide facts and even lie to you, your misrepresentation or withholding of information can constitute a federal felony pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1001. Constitutionally and legally speaking, you have no obligation whatsoever to speak with agents—and you shouldn’t, at least not by yourself. Agents are trained and compensated to investigate crimes and, ultimately, put people in prison. By nature, they are not your friends and any encounter with them should be left to your experienced attorneys. Most importantly, statements made to federal agents cannot be taken back. If you learn about the FBI, DEA, OIG, or any other agency asking questions that may implement you or someone you know to a federal case, call Oberheiden, P.C. right away. We will inform the agents that you are represented, contact the supervising Assistant United States Attorney, and carefully analyze your exposure first before we even consider making you available for an interview with the government. While many inexperienced lawyers rush their clients into the arms of the government, decades as federal prosecutors and as federal defense counsel have taught us to much rather be cautious, analytical, long-term thinking.
- Subpoena & Target Letter. Grand Jury Subpoena and Target Letter are two distinct features of the federal criminal justice system. Function of the grand jury is to make charging decisions. Pursuant to the U.S. Constitution, all federal felonies must be charged by a grand jury, a group of 16-25 jurors that convene in secrecy at the Brooklyn federal courthouse. They receive their intel from testifying agents and witnesses as well as derived from documents secured by way of grand jury subpoenas. The critical juncture of the grand jury, namely to decide whom to charge with a federal felony, mandates skilled attention by experienced lawyers. Oberheiden, P.C. has repeatedly avoided charges by intervening in the grand jury process. The key to influencing charging decisions is to effectively communicate and negotiate with the prosecutor in charge and to explain and clarify the situation. Similarly, a target letter informs the recipient that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn has information to believe that you committed a federal offense. While this is a pre-step to an indictment, target letters must be seen as a chance to impact the prosecution. Oberheiden, P.C. has avoided countless indictments by making compelling presentations to federal prosecutors on behalf of our clients.
- Indictment & Federal Arrest. Many clients contact Oberheiden, P.C. because they were charged with a crime, often by total surprise. An indictment is a court document formally notifying a person of having committed a crime. In federal cases, indictments are typically issued by a grand jury and served by federal agents. While an indictment is a scary event, an indictment and a corresponding arrest do not have any meaning with respect to the question of whether someone is actually guilty. If you or someone you care for was indicted or arrested in a federal case out of Brooklyn, you should contact Oberheiden, P.C. ASAP. We will be able to answer your most pressing questions: What is the goal of the investigation? How bad is my situation? What are the chances of me going to jail? What can we do to fight the accusations?
Oberheiden, P.C. offers efficient help that is based on decades of federal law experience and demonstrated success in avoiding or fighting federal investigations.
This is Why Clients in Brooklyn Trust Oberheiden, P.C.
If your teeth hurt, you go to a dentist. If you have chest pain, you go to a cardiologist. Why would consult with a non-specialist when your life, your freedom, and your financial future are at stake?
Brooklyn and New York are home to some of the finest lawyers in the country. However, few lawyers can say that their entire practice is dedicated around one mission: defending people in federal cases.
Oberheiden, P.C.’s attorneys are lead counsel in federal investigations in more than 35 states, including New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Maryland, and Virginia. Why? Because clients recognize our experience when it comes to federal law, federal litigation, and avoiding and resolving federal investigations.
What sets Oberheiden, P.C. apart is our renowned federal litigation and defense practice and our proven track record in resolving FBI, DEA, and OIG investigations without any charges brought against our clients. Who can possibly have more experience than those lawyers that:
- Previously Supervised OIG, FBI, and DEA Investigations at the U.S. Attorney’s Office
- Offer Decades of Federal Litigation Defense Experience
- Can Provide Proven Defense Strategies Against Federal Cases Involving the FBI, OIG, DEA, and the Department of Justice
Many Oberheiden, P.C. attorneys have held prestigious positions within the Justice Department, for example as Department of Justice Trial Attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, Special Assistant United States Attorneys, and Criminal Trial Chiefs at the U.S. Attorney’s Office—and have a first-hand understanding how the government builds a case and what to do against it.
Experience Produces Results – This is the Oberheiden, P.C. Track Record in FBI, OIG, and DEA Cases
Oberheiden, P.C.’s attorneys are proud of their track record defending against unjust charges in FBI, OIG-HHS, and DEA matters.
- We Avoided Criminal Charges in a Large Number of FBI, DEA, and OIG Investigations Ranging from Allegations of Healthcare Fraud, Medicare Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Money Laundering, Tax Fraud, Computer Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Federal Program Fraud, Federal Procurement Fraud, Investment Fraud, Intellectual Property Theft, Theft of Government Property, Federal Theft and Embezzlement, Mortgage Fraud, Bank Fraud, Terrorist Allegations, Public Corruption and Bribery, Drug Charges, and Environmental Cases.
- We Dismissed Indictments By Convincing Federal Judges that Our Client Is Innocent, Should Not Have Been Charged, and Needs to Be Released from the Indictment.
- We Obtained Trial Acquittals in Federal Criminal Litigation Trials in a Variety of Federal Cases Involving Numerous Offenses.
- We Obtained Probation Outcomes Even in Cases Where the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Suggested Years of Federal Incarceration. Ask Attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden How He Keeps on Walking Out of Sentencing Hearings With Miracle Outcomes!
FAQs: Important Questions Regarding Federal Prosecutions in Brooklyn
What Is Your Defense Approach?
Oberheiden, P.C. is not among those law firms that vocalize how “aggressive” they are or how well they “know” the prosecutor. Our approach is simpler. Federal investigations and federal criminal cases are not the time for acting like clowns. Negotiations with the FBI, the DEA, the IRS, and highly skilled prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn are complex and require a sophisticated, credible approach. Credibility derives from experience and experience produces arguments and compelling defenses. With hundreds of FBI and federal investigations resolved for clients across the entire United States and hundreds of criminal cases handled as former Department of Justice prosecutors and DOJ Trial Attorneys, we know when to be convincing, how to be convincing, and when and how to gear up for battle.
Who Will Handle My Case at Your Firm?
Easy question, easy answer. If you hire Oberheiden, P.C., you will be represented by senior partner-level attorneys. Oberheiden, P.C. does not allow junior lawyers or paralegals to handle federal cases. Too much is at stake and mistakes based on inexperience cannot be undone. From the moment you call us, you will only work with real lawyers, lawyers that know what needs to be done in your case like attorneys Dr. Nick Oberheiden, Yale Law School graduate and other senior members of Oberheiden, P.C..
How Can I Find the “Right” Federal Defense Attorney for My Brooklyn Case?
Finding the right attorney is necessarily a mix of objectivity and subjective conviction. Subjectively, you must be entirely convinced that the lawyer representing you is capable to get you the result you deserve and aspire. This sense of trust, however, must be based on something more than just the lawyer selling you services and telling you what you want to hear (“Don’t worry, I’ll get you out.”). Trust must be based on experience and an objective track record. When interviewing different lawyers for your important FBI case, we suggest asking a couple of test questions to explore the lawyer’s true knowledge, experience, and past success. Ask questions like:
- What Percentage of Your Practice Is Dedicated to Federal Criminal Defense?
- How Often Do You Avoid Charges in Federal Criminal Investigations?
- How Many Federal Criminal Trials Have You Handled Before?
At Oberheiden, P.C., we are very transparent with our answers to these or any other questions. We have handled 1,000+ federal criminal cases, 1,000+ grand jury proceedings, overseen even more at the Department of Justice, and we have avoided criminal charges against our clients in the vast majority of cases in excess of 90%– in particular when the client contacted us early in the investigation. Federal criminal cases is all we do and we would be delighted to discuss your situation and share some ideas of how to resolve things on your behalf.
When Should I Get a Lawyer?
From the perspective of a cardiologist, some patients wait with their chest pain until they get picked up with a heart attack and end up in the ICU, while others consult with their doctor at the sight of the first symptoms. If you have any reason to believe that the FBI, DEA, OIG, or any other law enforcement agency may be looking at you, your business, or any of your affiliates, you should literally rush to the phone and seek a free and confidential consultation with experienced federal attorneys. The earlier you act, the easier and more promising it is for lawyers like Oberheiden, P.C. to intervene and resolve things before they get out of control. Questions? Call us today, any day of the week, and speak directly to senior attorneys, not secretaries.
Do You Charge for Consultations?
No. All consultations with senior attorneys and partners of Oberheiden, P.C. are free of charge, address your most pressing concerns, and are 100% confidential.
Call Today for a Free Consultation with Brooklyn’s Aggressive Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
Oberheiden, P.C. is known for its federal practice. Since our practice is limited to federal law, we focus entirely on federal matters with special emphasis on defending clients accused of, or under investigation for, a federal offense. Contact our trusted and experienced team today.
Areas We Serve in Brooklyn, New York
Bay Ridge, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brower Park, Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, Carroll Gardens, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Columbia Heights, Coney Island, Crown Heights, Cypress Hills, Ditmas Park, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Dyker Heights, East Flatbush, East New York, Flatbush, Flatlands, Fort Greene, Fort Hamilton, Gowanus, Gravesend, Greenpoint, Greenwood, Homecrest, Industry City/Bush Terminal, Jamaica Bay, Kensington, Kings Highway, Kings Plaza, Madison, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park, Midwood, Mill Basin, Park Slope, Parkville, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South, Red Hook, Sea Gate, Sheepshead Bay, Starrett City, Stuyvesant Heights, Sunset Park, Vanderveer, Vinegar Hill, Weeksville, Williamsburg, Windsor Terrace, and ZIP Codes 11215, 11215, 11206, 11211, 11249, 11213, 11201, 11210, 11220, 11232, 11233, 11239, 11235, 11224, 11231, 11226, 11225, 11238, 11204, 11215, 11217, 11234, 11230, 11234, 11235, 11229, 11234, 11229, 11218, 11223, 11229, 11236, 11232, 11207, 11218, and others.
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