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California Criminal Trial/Litigation

Winning California Criminal Trial/Litigation Attorneys

If you have been arrested or received a target letter from federal authorities, you need to start preparing for the possibility of going to trial. Our California criminal trial/litigation attorneys have a significant record of achieving favorable outcomes in federal criminal litigation, and we are available to represent clients in all California federal courts.

Facing a federal criminal trial is an extremely serious matter. Virtually all federal crimes carry severe penalties. And in the federal criminal justice system, there is no such thing as parole. With many crimes carrying the potential for years, if not decades, of incarceration; and with crimes such as drug trafficking, sex abuse, and fraud carrying a potential life sentence, at this point you have no choice but to devote all of your efforts to protecting your future.

At Oberheiden, P.C., we represent criminal defendants in trials and litigation throughout California and nationwide. Our team of highly experienced California criminal trial/litigation attorneys and former federal prosecutors is available to represent clients in:

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

While we are preparing our clients’ cases for trial, our California criminal trial/litigation attorneys also continue to explore all possible opportunities to secure a favorable outcome without relying on a judge or jury to render a verdict in our client’s favor. Although this may mean negotiating a plea deal in appropriate cases, we have also convinced federal prosecutors to drop charges completely – even after the issuance of a federal indictment.

Aggressive and Strategic California Criminal Trial/Litigation Attorneys

When we represent individuals and organizations in federal criminal litigation, we work closely with our clients to craft aggressive defense strategies while ensuring that our clients have the information they need to make informed and strategic decisions. This relationship of trust and confidence begins at the moment we initiate our legal representation.

6 Steps During Federal Criminal Litigation


While there are actually many stages before an indictment (i.e., investigation, search warrants, administrative subpoenas, intervention, and pre-charge resolution), our California criminal trial/litigation attorneys will start our discussion at this stage of the process. An indictment is the formal means for the government to issue charges in a federal criminal case. If you have been indicted, this means that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has already presented its evidence to a grand jury, and the grand jury has determined that there is “probable cause” to believe that you are guilty of a federal crime (or, more likely, multiple federal crimes).


If you are engaging legal counsel after an indictment, your attorneys’ first task will be to conduct their own investigation. Your defense team will need to know the answers to questions such as:

  • What triggered the government’s investigation?
  • What information did you provide to the government?
  • By what method(s) did the government request this information?
  • Were appropriate procedures followed before, during, and after the issuance of any warrants or subpoenas?
  • Is the government targeting anyone else in your case?

Once this information has been gathered (which can, and should, happen fairly quickly), then your defense team can begin to put together a pretrial strategy.

Pretrial Strategy

The fact that you have been arrested or indicted does not necessarily mean that your case will go to court. There is a lengthy pretrial process during which your defense team will have numerous opportunities to secure a favorable resolution. By challenging the government’s investigative procedures – poking holes in the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s case and raising various other legal and factual arguments that call the likelihood of a “guilty” verdict into question – your attorneys may be able to resolve your case in your favor prior to trial.

Negotiations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office

Much of the pretrial aspect of federal criminal litigation involves negotiating with the Assistant United States Attorneys who are assigned to your case. From negotiating for pretrial release to negotiating for reduced charges or reduced sentencing (or to have your charges dropped entirely), knowing how to communicate effectively with federal prosecutors requires decades of experience in high-stakes federal cases.

Pretrial Litigation Practice

In parallel with negotiating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, your defense lawyers will also need to attend pretrial hearings, file motions, respond to motions, and engage in various other formal legal procedures. This pretrial litigation practice can not only result in charges being dropped or evidence being excluded from trial, but it can also provide the leverage needed to break through in plea deal negotiations.


Finally, if your case is still pending as your court date approaches, your criminal defense trial lawyers will need to be prepared to aggressively represent you at trial. This will involve cross-examining the government’s witnesses, calling the government’s evidence into question, and presenting various defenses to the judge or jury before waiting for a verdict to be rendered.

However, even if your case goes to trial, it is still possible that you could reach a plea deal or that evidence could come out that warrants termination of the proceedings prior to verdict. Additionally, even if you are found guilty, you will still have the opportunity to protect yourself at sentencing and you will have the right to challenge the outcome of your trial on appeal.

Learn more: What Are My Options after Being Federally Indicted?

Federal Criminal Cases We Handle

Our proven California criminal trial/litigation attorneys utilize this same significant  defense methodology in every federal criminal case we handle. Contact us today for a free and confidential assessment of your case involving allegations of:

  • Healthcare fraud
  • Federal drug crimes
  • Tax crimes
  • Bank fraud
  • Securities fraud
  • Public corruption and bribery
  • Any other white-collar federal offense

When you engage our firm to represent you in federal criminal litigation, you will work closely with senior attorneys throughout the duration of your case. We do not utilize the services of paralegals or junior attorneys – these types of cases are simply too important to entrust to anyone who lacks extensive experience in federal criminal court.

Potential Defenses to Federal Criminal Charges

Deciding on the best defense strategy in any particular case requires a detailed understanding of the unique facts and circumstances involved. While each case is different, in federal criminal matters some of the most-effective defense strategies include:

  • Disputing the Government’s Evidence – Is the government’s evidence admissible in court? Is it hearsay or “fruit of the poisonous tree”? Does it really prove what the U.S. Attorney’s Office thinks it proves? Since the government must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, disputing the strength or admissibility of the government’s evidence is key defense strategy in all federal criminal matters.
  • Asserting Constitutional Violations – Were you stopped without reasonable suspicion? Were you arrested without probable cause? Were you read your Miranda rights too late (or not at all)? These are just a few of the types of Constitutional violations that can have a direct impact on the outcome of a criminal trial.
  • Asserting Affirmative Defenses – In addition to challenging the government’s evidence, in many cases, it is possible to present evidence of an “affirmative defense” as well. An affirmative defense is one which focuses not on disputing that certain acts were committed, but instead demonstrating that those acts do not constitute a crime under the circumstances involved.
  • Challenging the Sufficiency of the Government’s Case – Even if the government’s evidence is admissible and reliable, is it enough to prove that you are guilty of the crime(s) alleged? All federal crimes are made up of multiple “elements,” and the U.S. Attorney’s Office must prove each of these elements in order to obtain a conviction.

About Oberheiden, P.C. | California Criminal Trial/Litigation Lawyers

Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal defense law firm with a national presence providing skilled, aggressive, and effective representation in high-stakes federal matters. Led by founding attorney, Dr. Nick Oberheiden, our federal defense team is comprised entirely of senior attorneys – many of whom served years or decades with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other prosecutors’ offices prior to entering private practice.

If you are at risk of being convicted of a federal crime at trial, we can help to implement a strategy with the goal of protecting your future. We have experience that lets us know the stakes and what it takes to defend our clients. We begin every engagement with a free and confidential case assessment. And if you choose to engage our services, our California criminal trial/litigation attorneys can travel to your location in California on a moment’s notice.

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If you are facing federal charges in California, our California criminal trial/litigation lawyers urge you to contact us to speak with a member of our defense team right away. You can contact our California criminal trial/litigation lawyers 24/7. And if an attorney is not available immediately, we will schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. Call us at 888-680-1745, or tell us how to reach you online now.

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