Sacramento Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our firm represents clients in federal criminal investigations and prosecutions in Sacramento, California. If you are being targeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), call 888-680-1745 now for a free and confidential initial consultation.
If you are being targeted in a federal investigation, acting quickly to build a strategic defense will give you the best chance to avoid a conviction. From the moment you learn about the investigation, the clock is working against you. You need to work with a team of experienced Sacramento federal criminal defense attorneys who can use their knowledge to protect you against unwarranted consequences.
At Oberheiden, P.C., our Sacramento federal criminal defense lawyers are known nationwide for our representation of clients in high-stakes federal matters. Representing clients in Sacramento, throughout California, and nationwide, our attorneys have handled thousands of federal investigations and hundreds of trials. Together, they bring centuries of combined legal experience to the table. Whether you are being accused of unlawfully distributing controlled substances or defrauding the federal government, we have the experience required to defend you effectively and our defense team can start working on your case at a moment’s notice.
Are You Facing an FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Investigation in Sacramento, CA?
When we represent clients in FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA investigations, our first priority is to gather as much information about the investigation as possible. Why are you being targeted? What steps have federal agents taken to date? What evidence have they uncovered against you? Have they made any missteps along the way? Is the U.S. Attorney’s Office getting close to seeking an indictment? The answers to these types of questions will help inform our defense strategy, and they will allow us to critically assess your potential exposure as a result of the investigation. Is there a chance that you could be found guilty at trial? If so, how strong is the government’s case? What is the best way to try to resolve your case favorably before the U.S. Attorney’s Office takes your case in front of a grand jury?
When you choose our Sacramento federal criminal defense attorneys to represent you:
- We Will Fight to Prevent Charges from Being Filed. We will use aggressive defense strategies to try to resolve your case before it gets taken in front of a grand jury. If federal prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to secure an indictment, we will deploy a variety of strategies designed to prevent the grand jury from making a finding of probable cause.
- We Will Use Our Past Experience on Both Sides of Federal Cases to Your Advantage. With a team that includes several former federal criminal prosecutors, we have an in-depth understanding of how criminal cases are handled at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. We will use this unique experience, combined with our extensive defense experience in federal jurisdictions across the country, to your advantage.
- We Will Focus on the Unique Facts of Your Case to Build an Exhaustive Defense. From raising doubt about the strength of the government’s evidence to exposing constitutional violations during your investigation, we will use the unique facts of your case to defend you by all means available.
- We Will Help You Make Informed and Confident Decisions. Throughout the course of our representation, we will keep you up-to-date and actively involved in all material aspects of your case. We will help you make informed and confident decisions, and we will help you avoid dangerous mistakes that could jeopardize your defense.
- We Will Fight for You until the End. If the prosecutors handling your case are intent on pursuing charges, we will represent you in the ensuing grand jury proceedings. If you get indicted, we will fight for a dismissal or seek to negotiate a favorable plea deal (if necessary) prior to trial. If we have to take your case to court, we will prepare exhaustively to attack the government’s case from all angles. If you get convicted, we will fight for you at sentencing and on appeal. Whatever it takes, we will fight for you until the end.
Federal Defense Lawyers for All Criminal Matters in Sacramento, CA
In many cases, federal prosecutors will pursue multiple charges based upon the evidence uncovered during FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA investigations. Individuals targeted for multiple counts of multiple offenses can easily face insurmountable fines and decades behind bars. At Oberheiden, P.C., we represent clients in cases involving one or more charges for federal crimes including:
- Healthcare Fraud
- Federal Drug Offenses
- 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 Am I Being Investigated by the…
…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?
The FBI is the nation’s top law enforcement agency. The FBI is responsible for investigating cases involving computer and internet crimes, public corruption, organized crime, drug crimes, healthcare-related offenses, and terrorism. FBI investigations are overseen by Special Agents in Charge (SACs) or Assistant Special Agents in Charge (ASACs). And in large-scale investigations, the FBI will often work in cooperation with other federal and state authorities.
…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?
The OIG is the division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is tasked with “protect[ing] the integrity of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries.” The OIG aggressively targets healthcare providers and other individuals and entities suspected of Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare fraud. And in criminal healthcare fraud cases, providers can face fines, prison time, program exclusion, and other penalties.
…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?
The IRS’s criminal enforcement division targets individuals and businesses suspected of underreporting income, underpaying taxes, and committing other violations of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Federal investigations involving suspected healthcare fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and other financial crimes will often include criminal tax-related allegations as well.
…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?
The DEA gets involved in cases involving alleged offenses involving controlled substances – including both illegal drugs and prescription medications. This includes the manufacturing and distribution of drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin as well as improper dispensing of prescription opioids and other addictive prescription drugs.
Answers to FAQs: Facing an FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Investigation in Sacramento
Q: If I am under investigation by the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA, am I at risk for going to prison?
If you are facing an FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA investigation, there is a very real possibility that you could be facing the prospect of long-term federal imprisonment. Most federal white-collar crimes (including common “add-on” offenses such as mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering) carry the potential for years or decades of imprisonment. If you are facing multiple charges, you will need to be able to successfully challenge each individual charge in order to avoid sentencing at trial.
Q: Can your attorneys tell me if I am guilty?
Once we learn the facts of your case, we can assess your risk of a possible “guilty” verdict at trial. If it appears that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has (or will be able to legally obtain) the evidence it needs to convict you, we can determine your potential exposure and help you decide on the best path forward. If the government’s investigation is misguided, we can use the lack of evidence to protect you. Of course, the outcome of a criminal case is never guaranteed. And even if you have taken the steps necessary to commit a federal crime, you could still have constitutional defenses (e.g., an unlawful search or seizure, or a violation of your right to a speedy trial) available.
Q: How long do federal criminal investigations last?
It depends. While some investigations take months, others can be over fairly quickly. Additionally, there is a distinct possibility that the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA has been conducting an investigation without your knowledge for some time. When you engage our defense team to intervene in the investigation, we will work to quickly assess how close the U.S. Attorney’s Office is to seeking an indictment.
Q: Should I consider negotiating a plea bargain?
This is a question that we cannot answer until we have gained an intimate understanding of the circumstances involved in your case. While negotiating a plea bargain can be the best option in some cases, due to the potential implications, considering a plea is something that needs to be done only upon the advice of experienced legal counsel.
Q: Can your firm represent me in Sacramento, CA?
Yes. Our firm has a nationwide presence, and our attorneys are able to represent clients in Sacramento and all of the federal district courts throughout California.
Contact Our Sacramento Federal Criminal Defense Attorney 24/7 to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation
For more information about our Sacramento federal criminal defense lawyer and to receive legal advice that is custom-tailored to the facts of your case, contact us 24/7 to schedule a free initial consultation. To schedule an appointment as soon as possible, call 888-680-1745 or tell us how to reach you online now.