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Bakersfield Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

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 Bakersfield federal criminal defense lawyers are available 24/7, so call or click now for a free consultation.

Bakersfield address – by appointment only:
2005 Eye Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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, healthcare 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

Bakersfield Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Our firm is comprised exclusively of senior attorneys who focus their practice on federal defense. Our highly experienced 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 Bakersfield federal criminal defense 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 CustomTailored 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 Bakersfield criminal defense 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.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

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 888-680-1745 for a free and confidential consultation:

Financial and Other White-Collar Crimes

  • Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1344)
  • 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)

Healthcare Fraud

  • Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1349)
  • False Statements Relating to Healthcare Matters (18 U.S.C. § 1035)
  • Healthcare 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)

Drug Crimes

  • 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)

Immigration Crimes

  • 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 Bakersfield federal criminal defense 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 when 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
  • Alibi
  • 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 a Bakersfield federal criminal defense attorney right away.


Speak with a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C.

If you need a Bakersfield federal criminal defense lawyer, let us put our experience to work for you. To speak with a member of our defense team in confidence, call 888-680-1745 or request a free consultation online now.

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