Long Beach Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers - Oberheiden, P.C.
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Long Beach Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick Oberheiden
Long Beach Federal Criminal Defense
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Long Beach address – by appointment only:
3711 Long Beach Blvd. Suite 500
Long Beach, CA 90807

If you’ve been named in an allegation, asked to participate in an investigation, or charged with a federal crime, you are not alone. But, be careful about how you proceed next. Our experienced Long Beach federal criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C., can help.

First thing to realize, federal agents are extremely good at what they do. In any interaction with them, the stakes are very high.

Private citizens, business owners, licensed professionals, and companies of all kinds face criminal allegations in Long Beach, California.

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By the time you are aware of an investigation, it may already be underway. Even if you’ve only been asked to help in the investigation of someone else, the agents’ scope could quickly expand to include you.

Everything you say and do matters. The end result can mean prison time, impossible criminal fines, the loss of your professional license, and more. The consequences of a criminal charge against a business entity can be equally crippling. You must take the matter seriously and speak with experienced Long Beach federal criminal defense counsel, today.

Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal defense law firm with a national presence and a robust record. We represent clients in Long Beach and throughout the country in a wide range of serious criminal matters. Together, our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers offer over 100 years of combined experience in federal criminal matters. Among them are former federal prosecutors. They provide our team with valuable insight into the feds’ strategy and approach.

Are You Being Targeted by the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA in Long Beach?

Long Beach Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)

We cannot emphasize enough the seriousness of a federal investigation. What might seem routine can quickly become a nightmare.

Federal agents enter your situation with a job to do: find evidence, make arrests, and produce charges. At this point, everything you say or do can impact the rest of your life. Do not hire just any law office with an experienced criminal defense attorney. While some criminal offenses can be prosecuted in both state and federal courts, it is essential to entrust your federal case to law firms only specializing in federal criminal defense. Having sharp and aggressive legal counsel in your corner can make all the difference. The right federal defense law firm helps you navigate the complexities of an investigation, make wise decisions, avoid traps, and embark on a strategy designed to protect you. At Oberheiden, P.C.:

  • We Fight to Avoid Charges in Every Investigation. The best way to defeat a criminal charge is to avoid it in the first place. That’s often still possible to do even after the alleged conduct has happened and while an investigation is ongoing. If you haven’t been charged yet, there’s still a chance to avoid it. In fact, our law firm has resolved the majority of our clients’ cases with no charges filed. Our Long Beach federal criminal defense attorneys have even persuaded prosecutors to not file charges after a grand jury indictment. While we cannot make specific guarantees in advance, our record is strong. Avoiding charges is always our paramount goal.
  • We Rely on Extensive Federal Experience to Execute Strong Defense Strategies. The attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C., aren’t only experienced defense lawyers. Many of our attorneys were once federal prosecutors. Their experience counts for a lot. It means we have a window into the way the FBI, IRS, OIG, and DEA handle investigations. Including their strategies, their tactics, their goals, their willingness to negotiate, and more.
  • We Focus on the Unique Aspects of Each Individual Case. Every single situation is different. It is often the small or technical aspects of a situation that end up being decisive factors in clients’ victories. Our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to learning your story inside and out. We explore every path to success, including those that might not seem obvious at first.
  • We Help Our Clients Make Confident and Informed Decisions. If you’re the target of the FBI, DEA, IRS, OIG, or another federal agency in Long Beach, you’ll probably find yourself asking questions you never thought of before. Things like: “How should I prepare my employees for the possibility of a federal raid?”; “What if I know of evidence that could incriminate me?”; “What should I be doing (or not doing) right now to protect my interests during a pending investigation?” Federal criminal cases are terrifying for those targeted. Even if you’re just a witness, you need protective guidance and strong advice. We are here to answer your questions with shrewd and thoughtful answers, confidentially, and with your best interests in mind.
  • We Never Give In. We aren’t a “cross your fingers” law firm. Our philosophy for criminal defense is an aggressive one. We work hard, refusing give up until our clients are cleared. Our Long Beach federal criminal defense attorneys will do everything we can to reach an optimal outcome instead of a “quick compromise” representing far less than you deserve.

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)

Federal Defense Lawyers for All Criminal Matters in Long Beach

While our legal advocacy is largely focused on white-collar defense, such as financial crimes, healthcare fraud investigations, tax violations, and so on, we are available for a wide range of other criminal matters.

Federal agents have arrested people in Long Beach on all kinds of federal charges. Even white-collar professionals find themselves accused of terrifying or deeply embarrassing crimes Some of these have nothing to do with their professional lives. In any of these cases, our federal criminal defense attorneys are ready to provide an experienced and passionate defense.

Our experience in federal criminal law includes:

  • Anti-Kickback Statute violations
  • Bank fraud
  • Bribery
  • Conspiracy and Attempt
  • Controlled Substances Act violations / Federal drug charges
  • Counterfeiting
  • Insurance fraud
  • Internet & computer crimes
  • Mail fraud / Wire fraud
  • Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and other healthcare fraud charges
  • Money laundering
  • Public corruption
  • Securities & Exchange Act / Securities fraud
  • Sex crimes
  • Tax violations
  • Theft / Embezzlement
  • Title 18 of the U.S. Code issues
  • Violent crimes (e.g., assault, battery, rape, manslaughter, murder)
  • White-collar crimes

Why Am I Being Investigated by the…

…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?

The FBI is the country’s primary federal law enforcement agency, and is involved in a wide range of criminal investigations. The FBI could play a part in investigating any violation of federal law. That said, the FBI is most commonly involved in:

  • Investigating internet and computer crimes,
  • Drug crimes,
  • Terrorism,
  • Public corruption charges, and
  • Organized crime, including federal criminal conspiracies.

Learn more about the FBI’s mission.

…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?

There are several different Offices of Inspector General (OIG) in the federal government. For criminal investigations in Long Beach, the most relevant of these is the OIG of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The HHS-OIG is primarily interested in investigating healthcare providers who are suspected of defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, or the Department of Labor (DOL). Or, if you are being investigated in connection with a mail related crime, you may be investigated by the OIG of the USPIS. It is the law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service.

…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?

The IRS doesn’t only collect taxes. It also investigates criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). A routine IRS audit can turn into a criminal matter if the IRS finds evidence of wrongdoing or suspects criminal intent. If you are investigated by the IRS in Long Beach, you may be suspected of under-reporting your income, underpaying your taxes, or otherwise violating federal tax law. Also, the IRS assists in FBI and other federal investigations that might involve tax claims (e.g., money laundering, securities fraud, Medicare fraud, white-collar financial crimes, etc.).

…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?

The DEA is responsible for investigating drug-related offenses at the federal level. If you are a healthcare provider, the DEA may investigate drug diversion (i.e., the misappropriation of prescription medications), especially with respect to opioids, painkillers, and other addictive medications. If you are a white-collar professional under investigation by the DEA, but do not have a connection to the healthcare industry, you may be suspected of possessing, buying, selling, or conspiring to distribute illegal street drugs.

Q&A with a Federal Defense Attorney for Long Beach

Q: How long does a federal investigation last? When will I be charged?

A: It depends. The earlier in the investigation, the better your lawyer’s chances of intervening and avoiding criminal charges. The longer an investigation lasts, the greater the likelihood of agents finding evidence they can use to build a case. If an investigation has been going on for a while, however, criminal charges may be imminent. Unfortunately, you might not know how long the IRS, FBI, DEA, or OIG have been at work. They tend to work quietly, covertly, and behind the scenes. When we enter a case, one of the first things we determine is, at what stage is the investigation currently? However, you should never assume it’s too late. For that matter, you should never assume you are guilty. There is a difference between legal guilt and the feeling of guilt you may feel emotionally. We have been able to end investigations in a great many cases. Many times even late in an investigation. So, never hesitate to call.

Q: Why are federal agents targeting Long Beach?

A: While federal agents have a national reach, for practical reasons, they focus much of their activity in bigger metropolitan and urban areas. This is especially true for white-collar crime. They focus their attention on areas with a large corporate population or a nexus of high-net-worth individuals. In addition, healthcare fraud, with the DOJ, FBI, IRS, and HHS – OIG all working together in conjunction with the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. The Strike Force has one of its nine offices in nearby Los Angeles. Of course, crimes of any kind can happen in Long Beach. Our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers have seen federal agents bring virtually every kind of charge in this area.

Q: I’m running out of time and need a lawyer now. Can you help?

A: Yes. We can deploy our Emergency Defense Package whenever necessary. While we always prefer to get involved as early as possible, we understand that legal emergencies exist and we are ready for them. In fact, if you are facing an urgent legal crisis, now is the time you should call us. Don’t wait another second. Our office is standing by 24/7.

Q: Can your firm represent me in Long Beach, CA?

A: Yes. We maintain a national presence and our attorneys are able to represent clients nationwide. We have represented clients in 48 states and counting, including California. Our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyer will come to you. We typically begin by conducting a free case assessment via telephone or video conference. Our attorneys are available to travel to Long Beach on a moment’s notice.

Speak with a Federal Defense Lawyer about Your FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Investigation

The Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C. have substantial experience in high-stakes federal criminal investigations and defense cases in federal court. If you believe yourself targeted, we will use our experience on both sides of DOJ, DEA, FBI, OIG, and IRS investigations to develop a customized strategy. Our goal is to avoid charges, or get them dismissed if already filed. We want to protect your freedom, and save your professional licenses. That means keeping you in business, out of prison, and away from the financial destruction that federal criminal prosecution could bring.

For more information and legal advice relevant to the specifics of your investigation, please set up a confidential and free consultation with our office, right away. Simply call our Long Beach federal criminal defense attorneys at 888-680-1745 or tell us how we can help online now.

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