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Criminal Defense

Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Representing Individual and Corporate Clients in Investigations and Prosecutions Nationwide

Most federal crimes carry severe penalties, including the potential for insurmountable fines and long-term imprisonment. Whether you have been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking, your business is under investigation for tax evasion, or your medical practice is being targeted for health care fraud, you have no choice but to take your situation extremely seriously. At Oberheiden, P.C., our defense lawyers bring centuries of combined experience to defending individual and corporate clients in high-stakes federal matters. We have handled thousands of federal 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 Oberheiden, P.C. to represent you, our attorneys 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 a member of our federal defense team as soon as possible, call 888-519-4897 now.

Your Criminal Defense Team

Why to Choose Oberheiden, P.C. for Federal Criminal Defense

Federal cases can be extraordinarily complex, and there are significant differences between facing charges in state and federal court. At Oberheiden, P.C., we focus our 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 defense attorneys prosecuted criminal cases for decades prior to entering private practice. By relying on the insights gained from this experience, we are able to anticipate prosecutors’ 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 attorneys have handled thousands of federal investigations and more than 500 federal trials. When you hire our defense team, you will be represented exclusively by senior attorneys. Our attorneys will work collaboratively to build your defense, and we will strategically, methodically, and aggressively fight to protect you against unnecessary consequences.

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I found Dr. Nick Oberheiden online and the moment I spoke with him, I knew he is a true federal law expert. Nick outlined a defense strategy that was so thought through and so out of this world--and he executed and delivered like I would never have imagined. Nick is unbelievably good!! Nick is the very best of the best lawyers. Hire Nick if you want a classy, smart, and extremely successful lawyer.read more
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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 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 attorneys will be thoroughly prepared to defend you.

More about Our Federal Criminal Defense Practice

Cases We Handle

Our 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, health care 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 we handle include:

  • Bank Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Intellectual Property Theft
  • Money Laundering
  • Tax Evasion
  • Public Corruption and Bribery
  • Theft of Government Property
  • Drug Crimes
  • Terrorist Acts
  • Attempt
  • Conspiracy

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Potential Issues in Federal Criminal Cases

Various different issues have the potential to arise during the course of a federal criminal case. With our attorneys’ high-level experience in complex federal matters, we are fully prepared to address these issues as and when they arise. When taking timely and effective action can mean the difference between avoiding charges 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 federal criminal case:

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 counsel 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 prosecutors 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. In many cases, charges for attempt carry the same penalties as charges for the allegedly-attempted offense. Due to the potential for attempt charges, 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 health care 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 is not unusual for defendants to face multiple charges for both related and unrelated crimes.

For example, some of the most-common charges 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 health care fraud cases, providers will often face charges for multiple health care-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 charges as well.

5. Confidential Informant or “Co-Conspirator” Testimony

Another risk in federal criminal cases is the risk of federal prosecutors 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, in many cases it will be possible to obtain a below-guideline plea deal or sentence (assuming penalties cannot be avoided entirely); and, at Oberheiden, P.C., we have significant experience protecting clients against the penalties prescribed by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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 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, defendants will need to focus their defense strategies 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 health care fraud) and loss of eligibility for DEA or SEC registration (for prescription and securities-related offenses, respectively).

Speak with an Experienced Federal Defense Lawyer in Confidence

If you need to speak with a federal defense lawyer, please contact us to schedule a free and confidential case assessment. Members of our defense team are available 24/7, so call 888-519-4897 or request an appointment online now.

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 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, defendants will need to focus their defense strategies 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 health care fraud) and loss of eligibility for DEA or SEC registration (for prescription and securities-related offenses, respectively).

Speak with an Experienced Federal Defense Lawyer in Confidence

If you need to speak with a federal defense lawyer, please contact us to schedule a free and confidential case assessment. Members of our defense team are available 24/7, so call 888-519-4897 or request an appointment online now.

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