California Federal Criminal Defense (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)
Respected California Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
We provide full-service defense representation for licensed practitioners, executives, health care practices, and other individuals and businesses in federal criminal matters. If your business is under investigation or if you are facing criminal charges, our California federal criminal defense lawyers can protect you.
What are your options if you are under investigation by the federal government? What do you need to do if you have been charged with a federal crime? These are not easy questions to answer. But, if you get the answers wrong, you could face consequences for the rest of your life.
At Oberheiden, P.C., we bring certainty to the process of defending against allegations of federal crimes. We handle all types of white-collar federal cases, with particular emphasis on matters involving allegations of health care fraud, prescription drug fraud, prescription drug fraud, mail and wire fraud, and other similar offenses. Our defense team is comprised of highly experienced federal lawyers and former prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and we handle cases throughout California involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and other agencies.
Are You Being Targeted in an FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Investigation in California?
When facing a federal criminal investigation or charges for a federal criminal offense, it is imperative that you engage highly experienced California federal criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible. At Oberheiden, P.C., we have office locations around the country, including two locations in California, and our attorneys are capable of responding immediately to the demands of our clients’ federal cases. Whether you just found out that you are being targeted by federal prosecutors or you waited too long and now you have been formally charged, we can defend you. Our attorneys will utilize trial-tested defense strategies to secure a favorable outcome as quickly and discreetly as possible.
Health care providers, business executives, in-house attorneys, and other clients in California and nationwide trust the federal criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C., when their futures are on the line. Here are just some of the reasons why:
- We Work Hard to Secure Quick and Discreet Outcomes – If you are facing a federal investigation or federal charges, we know that you want to secure a favorable outcome as quickly and discreetly as possible. We understand this, and we will use our experience and unique team approach to make it happen.
- We Know What It Takes to Prevent Charges or Obtain an Acquittal – With decades of experience on both sides of federal criminal matters, we know what it takes to prevent charges or obtain an acquittal. We have resolved the vast majority of our clients’ investigations without criminal charges being filed, and we have been successful in securing acquittals both before and during trial.
- We Focus Our Practice on Federal Defense – Our firm’s practice is devoted to representing clients in federal matters. This includes civil and criminal cases. And in many circumstances, we focus on keeping our clients’ cases civil in nature. But, if you are facing a criminal investigation or if you have been criminally charged, you can rest assured that our attorneys have been there before.
- We Have Decades of Experience in Thousands of Cases Across the Country – Our attorneys have handled high-stakes and high-profile federal cases in jurisdictions across the country. This includes Northern and Southern California, and it includes cases at the investigative, pretrial, trial, and appellate stages.
- We Custom-Tailor Our Defense Strategies for Each Individual Case – We are not a cookie-cutter law firm, and we do not offer cookie-cutter defense strategies. When we represent you, our federal defense team will develop and execute a custom-tailored defense strategy focused on the unique facts of your particular case.
Are You Under Investigation or Facing Federal Criminal Charges in California?
Regardless of the current status of your case or the severity of the allegations against you, when you engage Oberheiden, P.C., our California federal criminal defense lawyers will act quickly to preserve all available defenses and make sure you are not putting yourself at risk for federal prosecution. We handle all types of federal criminal investigations and prosecutions throughout California, including (but not limited to) those involving allegations of:
- Health Care Fraud
- Federal Drug Charges
- Tax Violations
- Bank Fraud, Insurance Fraud, and Securities Fraud
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Theft, Counterfeiting, and Embezzlement
- Money Laundering
- Public Corruption and Bribery
- Internet and Computer Crimes
- Conspiracy and Attempt
- Other White-Collar Crimes
Why Is My Business or Practice Being Targeted by the…
…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigates a broad range of alleged criminal conduct. From computer and internet crimes to public corruption, if there is reason to suspect that you may have committed (or may currently be involved a conspiracy to commit) a federal crime, there is a decent chance that the FBI will be involved in your investigation.
…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is the law enforcement division of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It is responsible for: “protect[ing] the integrity of [DHHS] programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries,” which primarily involves targeting health care providers and other industry players in Medicare and Medicaid fraud investigations.
…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collects your taxes, and it will try to put you in federal prison if you don’t pay. Most people don’t realize it, but the IRS has a criminal enforcement division that aggressively pursues individuals and businesses suspected of underreporting and underpaying their federal income tax obligations. In addition to targeting individuals and businesses directly, the IRS also routinely gets involved in large-scale federal fraud investigations involving the FBI, OIG, and other agencies.
…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) targets health care providers and other entities suspected of engaging in prescription drug diversion and other violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act. Criminal DEA investigations can have extreme consequences, and health care providers (and other individuals and businesses) targeted in these investigations must be prepared to fully commit themselves to their defense.
FAQs: Defending against Federal Criminal Charges in California
Q: Why am I being accused of 'health care fraud'?
Federal agencies, including the OIG and DEA, are targeting physicians, pharmacists, and other providers for health care fraud in California – and they are doing so aggressively. “Health care fraud” is a blanket term that covers various types of civil and criminal offenses, including violations of the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Stark Law. Billing and coding violations are common triggers for federal health care fraud investigations, although numerous other alleged forms of impropriety can lead to federal action as well.
Q: When is prescription drug diversion considered a federal crime?
Putting prescription drugs in the hands of patients (or non-patients) who don’t need them is a federal offense. The federal laws governing the prescription and administration of controlled-substance medications are extremely strict, and physicians, pharmacists, and other providers can face federal charges for practices including:
- Prescribing medically-unnecessary medications
- Selling prescriptions
- Providing prescription medications to non-patients or without an in-person exam
- Over-filling or under-filling prescriptions
- Forging prescriptions
Q: What penalties could I be facing as the result of a federal criminal investigation?
The two primary types of penalties under federal law are fines and imprisonment. Most federal criminal statutes include provisions for substantial fines (typically in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars) and substantial terms of federal incarceration (years or decades behind bars). In federal investigations targeting health care providers, other direct and indirect consequences can include:
- Recoupments and denial of pending payments
- Pre-payment review
- Program exclusion (Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare ineligibility)
- Loss of licensure
Q: What should I do if I am aware of improper billing practices or other unlawful activity?
If you are aware of improper billing practices or other unlawful activity, you need to be extremely careful. You need to avoid engaging in conduct that could lead to additional charges or penalties. However, you also need to avoid tipping off federal agents and prosecutors that you are aware of a situation that needs to be remedied. Our California federal criminal defense lawyers can guide you through what you need to do, step-by-step.
Q: If I am still under investigation, should I hire a defense lawyer?
Yes, absolutely. Defending yourself during the investigative process is the best way to mitigate your risk of conviction, penalties, and long-term reputational harm. Oftentimes, federal investigations will be well-intentioned but severely misguided, and unveiling the government’s flawed assumptions and methodologies can save you from substantial unnecessary costs, stress, and business interruptions.
Speak with our California Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C.
To discuss your federal criminal case in California with the defense team at Oberheiden, P.C., call us 24/7 at (888) 519-4897 or contact us online. Our California federal criminal defense attorneys will schedule your free and confidential case assessment as soon as possible; and, if necessary, our attorneys can take action immediately to protect you.