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Colorado Springs Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Colorado Springs Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Tenaciously Defending the Rights of the Accused

Colorado Springs Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Taking on the Daunting Power of the Federal Government – Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Colorado Springs

When you are the target of a U.S Department of Justice case (e.g. qui tam “whistleblower” lawsuit or an Internal Revenue Services (IRS) audit), anxiety about the future is understandable. Although no one welcomes the need to fight allegations of illegal activity, the task of taking on powerful federal law enforcement agencies and skilled federal prosecutors is particularly intimidating. An array of challenges awaits efforts to avoid the massive federal fines/penalties, incarceration, and other consequences associated with a conviction of federal criminal charges. The aspects of criminal prosecutions in the federal court system that raise the specter of steeper sentences and a higher risk of conviction have been magnified by recent changes in the policies of the DOJ and other federal agencies. This is who we are:

  • Former Department of Justice Attorneys
  • Former Assistant & Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys
  • Top Federal Litigators
  • 1,000+ Federal Cases Handled

Our Colorado Springs federal criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C. have been defending the rights of the criminally accused and taking on the federal government for many decades combined. While our law firm has obtained wide recognition for representing healthcare professionals and medical industry businesses, we have defended against almost every federal law enforcement agency. Our firm also has several lawyers who had distinguished careers as prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DOJ.

Our law firm was developed with a focus on defending parties that have drawn the attention of federal law enforcement. We are staffed with several former lawyers with agencies like the DOJ and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Our attorneys have over seventy years of collective experience within the Department of Justice. Because our lawyers have worked closely with federal law enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and other federal law enforcement, our approach to defending clients is proactive rather than reactive. We anticipate the tactics of federal agents, which allow us to effectively defend the rights of our clients while building the best defense.

Unparalleled Experience & Insider Knowledge of Federal Agencies

When you are fighting for your future against the federal government, experience constitutes the most precious litigation resource. Oberheiden, P.C. offers extensive experience in the following forms:

  • Over seven decades of experience as federal prosecutors before joining our law firm
  • Defended more than a 1,000 parties subject to a Grand Jury Subpoena

Please contact us immediately if you were contacted by the federal government or received correspondence from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver (1801 California Street, Suite 1600 in Denver, Colorado 80202), the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Durango (103 Sheppard Dr. in Durango, Colorado 81303) or the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Grand Junction (205 North 4th Street, Suite 400 in Grand Junction, Colorado 81501).

This Team Is Hard to Beat

Nick Oberheiden: As the founding partner of Oberheiden, P.C., Nick has acquired a national reputation as a leading authority in the areas of federal litigation, regulatory compliance, civil procedure, evidentiary matters, criminal procedures, foreign legal systems, and healthcare law. He has worked extensively defending cases involving a wide range of crimes, such as:

  • Federal Conspiracy
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Computer Crimes
  • Mail Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Money Laundering
  • Other Federal Offenses

Exceptional Success Representing Providers of Healthcare and Medical Services and Products

Our Colorado Springs federal criminal defense lawyers handle the full spectrum of crimes in federal court. We have a national reputation for defending allegations of engaging in healthcare fraud. We understand that most physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals do not anticipate receiving a federal grand jury subpoena or a target letter. Nonetheless, federal authorities have concentrated their efforts on white-collar offenses and other financial crimes that affect public funds in recent years. If you are being investigated by the federal government for healthcare fraud, you face exposure to severe penalties that include:

  • Imprisonment in a federal penitentiary
  • Lasting damage to your reputation
  • Suspension or loss of your professional license
  • Criminal record
  • Obligation of repayment
  • Fines, penalties, and costs of litigation
  • Loss of ability to participate in Medicare/Medicaid

Our experienced federal trial lawyers serving Colorado Springs, Colorado have vast experience handling all types of cases against individuals and companies in the healthcare industry. Our legal expertise and seasoning representing healthcare professionals have empowered us to diagnose weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case and improper procedures by law enforcement. We have a thorough knowledge of the statutory elements of healthcare offenses, affirmative defenses, safe harbor provisions, and procedural issues that can be used creatively and effectively to avoid civil or criminal liability.

Enhanced law enforcement tools aimed at investigating and prosecuting fraud increases the probability that healthcare providers will face a civil qua tam action or criminal charges. For example, Medicare Fraud Strike Force Teams utilize the combined manpower and resources of local, state, and federal law enforcement and data analytics. These specialized law enforcement units combine investigative intelligence with data analytics. This information might lead to the OIG referring credible allegations of healthcare fraud to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS will then suspend payments to the target.

Our law firm represents Colorado Springs doctors, urgent care treatment centers, long-term care facilities, compound pharmacies, mental health facilities, home healthcare agencies, drug treatment facilities, and others accused under the many federal laws aimed at preventing financial abuse and conflicts of interest. Our law firm defends against the full spectrum of improper conduct by individuals and businesses in the medical services and products sector, such as:

  • Medicare/Medicaid fraud
  • Upcoding & unbundling
  • Billing for phantom services
  • Fraudulently certifying patients as home bound
  • Improper prescriptions of medications like opioids
  • Granting waivers of deductibles and co-pays
  • Overutilization of medical services
  • Buy-back of prescription medications
  • Prescriptions not intended to be filled
  • Bribes for referrals of Medicare/Medicaid patients or services
  • Physician conflicts of interest
  • Lack of medical necessity
  • Fraudulent reporting of medical procedures
  • Illegal prescription/distribution of medications

Healthcare providers and suppliers trust us to take on the federal government in cases involving healthcare fraud because less than two percent of our clients facing federal grand jury investigations, OIG subpoenas, or a target letter since 2012 were referred for prosecution. Although many clients seek us out because of our success at trial, we also have obtained overwhelming results in Medicare & Medicaid audits. Our attorneys have successfully shielded our clients facing RAC, ZPIC, and Medicaid audits from referral to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Our team of more than a dozen attorneys brings exhaustive experience with federal regulatory agencies that conduct investigations and prosecutions. This background allows us to have unique insight into weaknesses in federal prosecutor cases, common federal law enforcement mistakes, subtle aspects of statutory safe harbor provisions, and other factors essential to an effective defense in healthcare fraud cases. Since our lawyers have investigated similar cases in the past as former prosecutors, we understand where to concentrate our attention when scrutinizing and attacking forensic tests, law enforcement procedures, search and seizures, and the questioning of our clients. This background litigating many cases involving civil or criminal liability in federal court has equipped our Colorado Springs federal criminal defense attorneys with the capacity to dissect the prosecutor’s case to pursue the best possible outcome for our clients.

Why Individuals and Corporations Under a Cloud of Suspicion Trust Oberheiden, P.C.

Oberheiden, P.C. brings many special traits and a unique background often referenced by clients that seek us out after they learn they must take on powerful federal authorities. Some of the key factors that lead clients to choose us to include:

Proven Success in Criminal Cases: While many law firms laud their success and experience in federal court, we can cite hard data demonstrating our preeminence. We have successfully represented clients in federal criminal cases across more than half of U.S. states.  We have also convinced prosecutors not to move forward or to dismiss returned grand jury indictments.

Thorough Knowledge of Federal Court: We have effectively represented clients in Medicaid audits, federal investigations, and against returned federal indictments. Our lawyers have defended over 1,000 clients who have received grand jury subpoenas and handled more than 1,000 federal criminal cases. Nick Oberheiden has appeared regularly on national television and radio shows because of his mastery of federal law, civil and criminal procedure, federal regulations, constitutional law, and the federal rules of evidence.

Protecting Professional Licenses & Careers: Not one of our clients subject to a provider audit has been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Each of our clients facing such an audit also kept their professional license.

Our seasoning, legal acumen, and extensive litigation resources have equipped our firm to handle the broad scope of federal crimes, such as:

  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Obstructing Federal Audits
  • IRS/Tax Offenses
  • Major Drug Crimes
  • White-Collar Crimes
  • Corruption/Bribery
  • RICO
  • Lying to a Federal Agent
  • Federal Weapons Offenses
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Manslaughter/Murder
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Destroying Corporate Audit Records
  • Stark Law Violations
  • Federal Civil Rights Offenses/Hate Crimes
  • Importing/Exporting Narcotics
  • SEC Violations
  • Embezzlement
  • Subornation of Perjur
  • Wire Fraud
  • Computer Crimes
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Environmental Offenses Against Corporations
  • Money Laundering
  • Misrepresentations Regarding Healthcare Matters
  • Arson
  • Crimes Across State Lines
  • Mail Fraud
  • Witness Tampering
  • Conspiracy
  • Weapons Charges

FAQs Regarding Defense Against Federal Crimes and Civil Penalties

What is a target letter?



If you received a target letter, it means that the federal believes that you are involved on some level with the commission of a federal crime. Typically, this means federal authorities think you either committed a crime or have information relevant to the crime they are investigating. A target letter may inform you if you are the focus of the investigation, but even if it doesn’t, you should not assume that it is safe to speak with government lawyers without having your own attorney present. If you recently received a target letter from the U.S Department of Justice, the first step to protecting your rights and freedom is to contact an experienced Colorado Springs federal criminal defense attorney before speaking to anyone else about the case.


What is a grand jury subpoena?



A grand jury subpoena is a tool used by federal prosecutors to investigate a possible federal crime. Typically, a grand jury subpoena requires you either appear in person or provide federal prosecutors with the documents or other evidence outlined in the subpoena. Compliance with a grand jury subpoena is not optional, and you can be found in contempt if you ignore the subpoena. Generally, you want to provide as little information or evidence as possible without raising the ire of the federal prosecutors. However, given the breadth of most grand jury subpoenas, determining exactly what you need to provide can be a challenge. If you recently received a grand jury subpoena, you should immediately contact a Colorado Springs federal criminal defense lawyer to discuss what it may mean and how you can best respond to the government’s demands.


Should I try to clear things up by talking to federal investigators if I have not done anything wrong?


No! State and federal prisons are overflowing with people that relied on this strategy. Even if you think you have not committed a criminal offense, you might have engaged in conduct or an arrangement that could expose you to civil or criminal liability. Further, misrepresentations to a federal investigator could subject you to criminal liability independent of the underlying charge. The best practice is never to speak with law enforcement officers or federal agents without an experienced and skilled Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney present to protect your rights.

Our Leading Federal Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorneys Will Fight for You

Whether you are the subject of a returned federal indictment or merely an ongoing investigation, a Colorado Springs federal criminal defense lawyer in our law firm tenaciously fight for the rights of the criminally accused in pursuit of the best possible outcome for our clients. At Oberheiden, P.C., our attorneys our experienced federal criminal defense trial lawyers. Call us at 888-680-1745 or request a free case evaluation online now to discuss your options.

Why Clients Trust Oberheiden P.C.

  • 1,000+ Cases Handled
  • Available Nights & Weekends
  • Experienced Trial Attorneys
  • Former Department of Justice Trial Attorneys
  • Former Federal Prosecutors, U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Former Agents from FBI, OIG, DEA
  • Cases Handled in 48 States
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