Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
Experienced Federal Criminal Lawyers Representing Individual and Corporate Clients in White Collar Investigations and Prosecutions Nationwide
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- Federal Criminal Defense & White Collar Crime Trial Lawyers Representing Individual and Corporate Clients in Investigations and Prosecutions Nationwide
- Why Choose Oberheiden, P.C. for Federal Criminal Defense & Litigation Cases
- Cases We Handle
- Potential Issues in Federal Criminal Cases
- Potential Penalties in Federal Criminal Cases
- Q&A with the Federal Criminal Lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C.
- Speak with an Experienced Federal Defense Lawyer in Confidence
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Are you being punished for your success? You have worked very hard to build your business. You have contributed to your community, and you have helped to improve the lives of your employees and customers. You never had criminal intent. Your employees and vendors have a job because of you. You pay high taxes so that everyone else can benefit. And now comes the federal government and threatens to jeopardize everything you have accomplished? Isn’t it true that the government really wants to punish you for being more successful than others? Well, we think so. That’s why we have put together the A-Team of White Collar Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys for you. Contact a federal defense lawyer from our firm today.
- We Don’t Surrender, We Fix.
- Top Trial Team: No Junior Lawyers, No Paralegals.
- Former FBI, Former DOJ Staff, Former U.S. Attorney.
- No One Beats Our Track Record: 45 States (1,000+ Cases).
Call Dr. Nick Oberheiden at 888-680-1745 if you had no intent to do anything wrong.
“Most white collar crimes are charged at the federal level, and they carry severe penalties, including the potential for insurmountable fines and long-term imprisonment.”
– Dr. Nick Oberheiden
At Oberheiden, P.C., our experienced federal criminal defense attorneys and trial lawyers bring centuries of combined experience to defending individual and corporate clients in high-stakes federal criminal cases and related matters. Our federal criminal defense lawyers have handled thousands of federal court cases, and we have helped the vast majority of our clients secure favorable results prior to trial.
If you are being targeted by federal authorities, you need to figure out why, and you need to do so as soon as possible. While you may think you know why you are under investigation or facing a grand jury subpoena, right now you cannot afford to make any mistakes that could jeopardize your legal rights. When you engage a federal criminal attorney from Oberheiden, P.C. to represent you, our federal criminal defense lawyers will work quickly to determine the nature and scope of the allegations against you, and then we will build and execute a custom-tailored defense strategy focused on protecting you as completely as possible.
Have you received a target letter or subpoena? Have you been served with a search warrant or placed under arrest? If so, you do not have any time to waste. To speak with our federal criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible, call 888-680-1745 now.
Why Choose Oberheiden, P.C. for Federal Criminal Defense & Litigation Cases
Federal cases can be extraordinarily complex, and there are significant differences between facing accusations in state and federal court. At Oberheiden, P.C., our federal criminal defense attorneys focus their practice exclusively on federal defense in order to ensure that we remain fully abreast of the legal issues affecting our clients. From U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) initiatives to precedential case decisions, developments happen constantly, and we make sure that we are aware of these developments so that we can address them in our representation.
Another critical aspect of our practice is that many of our defense attorneys are former prosecutors and trial lawyers with the DOJ and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Several of our federal attorneys prosecuted criminal cases for decades prior to entering private practice. By relying on the insights gained from this federal criminal defense attorney experience, we are able to anticipate a prosecutor’s strategies during investigations and prosecutions, and we are able to proactively assert defenses in order to mitigate our clients’ risk of facing a conviction and sentencing at trial.
Over their lengthy careers, our federal criminal attorneys have handled thousands of federal investigations and more than 500 federal trials. When you hire a federal criminal attorney from Oberheiden P.C., you will be represented exclusively by senior attorneys. Our federal criminal defense attorneys will work collaboratively to build your defense, and we will strategically, methodically, and aggressively fight to protect you against unnecessary consequences.
When you choose Oberheiden, P.C. to defend you in your federal criminal case:
- We will promptly intervene in the government’s case. Federal criminal cases can proceed quickly, and promptly intervening in the government’s investigation can be critical to presenting an effective defense. As soon as you engage our firm to represent you, our federal defense attorneys will begin working to protect you.
- We will use our past DOJ experience to your advantage. With more than 70 years of prior DOJ experience, our team of defense attorneys is well-versed in the government’s investigative tactics and prosecutorial strategies. We will use this knowledge to your advantage.
- We will quickly assess your potential exposure. Are you facing fines? Restitution? Probation? Federal imprisonment? One of the primary purposes of promptly intervening in the government’s investigation is to determine the allegations against you and the penalties that are on the table.
- We will build and execute a custom-tailored defense strategy. As soon as we have gathered the necessary information, we will build and execute a custom-tailored defense strategy focused on overcoming the government’s allegations in light of the specific factual and legal circumstances at hand. We will utilize statutory defenses, constitutional protections, safe harbors, and all other available means to try to prevent the possibility of a conviction at trial.
- We will be prepared at all stages of prosecution. From the investigation through trial, sentencing, and appeal, each stage of the federal prosecutorial process requires a different strategic approach. Regardless of the current status of your case, our federal criminal attorneys will be thoroughly prepared to defend you.
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Cases We Handle
Our experienced federal criminal defense practice consists of representing individual and corporate clients accused of fraud, financial crimes, drug crimes, and other serious white-collar offenses. Our clients include business owners and executives, board members, healthcare providers and other licensed professionals, politicians, public figures, and companies ranging from small businesses to multi-national corporations, and we handle cases involving all federal agencies and task forces. While federal criminal cases can involve a broad array of allegations under a multitude of different statutes, some of the most-common charges our federal criminal lawyers handle include:
- Bank Fraud – 18 U.S. Code § 1344
- Healthcare Fraud – 18 U.S. Code § 1347
- Insurance Fraud – 18 U.S.C. § 1033, 18 U.S.C. § 1039
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud – 18 U.S. Code § 1343
- Mortgage Fraud – 18 U.S.C. § 1343
- Securities Fraud – 18 U.S. Code § 1348
- Intellectual Property Theft – 18 U.S.C. § 1832, 18 U.S.C. § 2320, 18 U.S.C. § 2319, 18 U.S.C. § 1343, 18 U.S.C. § 1028A, 18 U.S.C. § 1831
- Money Laundering – 18 U.S.C. § 1956, 18 U.S.C. § 1957
- Tax Evasion – 26 U.S.C. § 7201
- Public Corruption and Bribery – 18 U.S.C. § 201
- Theft of Government Property
- Drug Crimes – 21 U.S.C. § 846
- Terrorist Acts
- Attempt – 18 U.S.C. § 1113, 18 U.S. Code § 1349, 21 U.S.C. § 846, 26 U.S.C. § 7201, 18 U.S.C. § 201
- Conspiracy – 18 U.S. Code § 371
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Potential Issues in Federal Criminal Cases
Various issues have the potential to arise during the course of a federal criminal defense case, and you need the best Dallas federal criminal lawyers to handle them. When taking timely and effective action can mean the difference between avoiding allegations altogether and facing a conviction at trial, you need to make sure that you are doing everything possible to resolve your federal case as quickly and strategically as possible. Here is just a small sampling of the issues that can arise during a criminal case at the federal level:
1. Illegally-Obtained Evidence
When conducting an investigation, federal agents and prosecutors do not have free reign. Their actions are limited by the protections afforded in the U.S. Constitution; and, when they violate suspects’ or defendants’ constitutional rights, any evidence obtained as a result of the violation may be deemed illegally-obtained.
Illegally-obtained evidence is inadmissible in federal court (subject to certain limitations). However, if you wish to keep illegally-obtained evidence out of your case, it is up to you to do so. Unfortunately, many people who lacked experienced defense attorneys have been convicted on evidence that should have been deemed inadmissible in court.
2. Conspiracy Allegations
Under the federal conspiracy statute, 18 U.S.C. § 371, you do not have to commit a substantive offense in order to face substantial fines and long-term imprisonment. Various other federal statutes contain conspiracy provisions as well; and, due to the breadth of these statutes, they are among federal prosecutors’ most-potent tools in investigations and prosecutions. If a prosecutor can argue that you were party to a formal or informal agreement to commit a crime and any of your alleged co-conspirators executed an “overt act” toward the commission of a federal crime, this can be enough to warrant prosecution in federal district court.
3. Attempt Allegations
Under federal law, the targets of federal investigations can also face charges for attempt in the absence of evidence of a completed criminal offense. Often, charges for attempt carry the same penalties as charges for the allegedly-attempted offense. Due to the potential for attempt accusations, individuals and organizations being targeted for federal prosecution must be extremely careful to avoid relying on defense strategies that could expose them to prosecution for an “unsuccessful” crime.
4. Multiple Related and Unrelated Charges
While certain federal statutes target specific substantive offenses (such as healthcare fraud or drug trafficking), other statutes impose severe penalties for acts taken in furtherance of – or in conjunction with – specific criminal conduct. As a result, in federal cases it is not unusual for defendants to face multiple charges for both related and unrelated crimes.
For example, some of the most-common accusations in federal cases are mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. Under the broad language of the mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering statutes, almost any criminal conduct will have the potential to trigger prosecution under these statutes. In a healthcare fraud case, providers will often face allegations of multiple healthcare-related offenses; and, in securities fraud cases, companies will often face charges for multiple corporate crimes. Various other alleged “criminal enterprises” can trigger multiple federal accusations as well.
5. Confidential Informant or “Co-Conspirator” Testimony
Another risk in federal criminal cases is the risk of a federal prosecutor obtaining testimony from a confidential informant or an alleged co-conspirator. If someone else who has a vested interest in the outcome of your case testifies against you, you will need to overcome this testimony as part of your defense.
6. Sentencing Guidelines
In most federal criminal cases, the potential sentences are outlined in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (the “Guidelines”). While the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are not binding, prosecutors and judges will often rely on the Guidelines in determining what penalties to seek and impose in the event of a conviction at trial. However, often it will be possible to obtain a below-guideline plea deal or sentence (assuming penalties cannot be avoided entirely); and, a federal criminal defense lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C. has significant experience protecting clients against the penalties prescribed by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
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Potential Penalties in Federal Criminal Cases
While the Federal Sentencing Guidelines establish a range of potential fines and prison sentences for most crimes, various federal statutes impose additional penalties as well. Depending upon the specific charge (or charges) involved, the potential penalties can be severe, which is why you need the best federal defense attorney to support you. The penalties in a federal criminal case may include:
- Federal Imprisonment – Most serious federal crimes carry the potential for a minimum of several years of incarceration. Various factors can increase the potential prison sentence that is on the table; and, when prosecutors pursue multiple counts of multiple charges, defendants can easily be at risk for being sentenced to decades behind bars.
- Probation – If penalties cannot be avoided entirely, in many cases, the best defense strategies focus on securing probation in lieu of a term of imprisonment.
- Fines – Statutory fines vary for individual and corporate defendants; however, in all cases, the aggregate fines imposed for federal offenses can far surpass what most people and companies can afford to pay.
- Restitution, Recoupments, and Other Financial Penalties – Defendants convicted of certain crimes may be sentenced to restitution, recoupments, and other financial penalties as well.
- Other Statutory Penalties – In certain types of cases, defendants can also face additional statutory penalties. Some examples include Medicare and Medicaid exclusion (in cases of healthcare fraud) and loss of eligibility for DEA or SEC registration (for prescription and securities-related offenses, respectively).