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What Is Our “Emergency Defense Package” (EDP)?

When your liberty and reputation are at stake, every second preparing a comprehensive defense strategy will count. Years of experience have helped us to develop an “Emergency Defense Package (EDP)” for each new client. The goal of the EDP is to immediately start taking control over the case and to educate you about your options. The EDP addresses your most pressing questions (e.g. Will I go to prison? Should I go to trial? Should I plead guilty? Is it safe to use my phone? What happens next in my case?). You can expect a relief of much of the stress you and your loved ones encounter.

  • Instant Free Consultation
  • Immediate Knowledgeable Case Analysis
  • Sophisticated Answers to Your Questions
  • Immediate Action Plan
  • No Paralegals, no Junior Lawyers
  • 24/7 Access to Senior Lawyers
  • Family Member Support

Whether you were just arrested, are innocently accused of a crime or whether you are facing trial and sentencing— from the moment you call us you will notice that we treat your problem as our own. You will not waste your time with paralegals or junior lawyers. You have real concerns, and we have real solutions. The moment you call us, you will talk to actual lawyers. If you find us a good match, we immediately activate our EDP and start turning your case around. Call now; the initial consultation is free.

How Do You Know That Your Case Is Federal?

Put simply, you will be charged with a federal crime if you violate federal law. The attorneys in charge of federal criminal cases are federal prosecutors, who are called Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) and who work for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Federal agents of the FBI, the DEA, ICE, or the Department of Homeland Security assist the U.S. Attorney’s Office in investigating and prosecuting federal offenses. If you are contacted by a federal agency or if you receive a target letter, an indictment, or simply a request to appear from these agencies—your case is federal.

Is Punishment More Severe Under Federal Law?

It is often said that penalties under federal law are more severe, and for the most part that stands true. For example, under federal law there is no parole, while most state laws routinely release sentenced prisoners long before their actual sentence is over. Also, many federal crimes contain minimum prison sentences of 10 years and more. Life in prison, which is a rare punishment under state law and primarily reserved for murder cases, is imposed even for non-violent crimes such as drug trafficking, sex abuse, and certain fraud cases within the federal judiciary system.

At What Point Should You Hire an Attorney?

Clients call us for help in different stages of their case. Some new clients just discovered that they are targets of an investigation, whereas other new clients are about to face trial or sentencing and want to switch to the defense lawyers of our Firm. Regardless of the stage your case is in, our experienced criminal defense lawyers know how to effectively address your concerns without wasting time. But keep in mind: while it is never too late to hire experienced criminal defense counsel, there is also no reward for hesitation in the federal criminal system.

Which Federal Crimes Do We Handle?

While the list of federal offenses is long, the following five crime categories represent some of the most prosecuted federal crimes in the United States.

Drug Charges & Conspiracy

Drug trafficking and conspiracy are the most frequently prosecuted federal crimes. While drug offenses are also prosecuted under state law, federal law often comes into play when alleged activities were committed across state lines or involved the manufacturing of drugs.

Fraud, Money Laundering & Counterfeiting

Among the most serious federal fraud charges are Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Bank Fraud, and Medicare Fraud. Because all of these offenses are considered felonies, it is important to quickly and aggressively build a defense to show that the alleged conduct was not done willfully but was simply an innocent human error.

Sex Crimes

When your good reputation suffers from heinous sex crime allegations, you should contact defense attorneys that can handle delicate situations. We represent clients accused of rape, aggravated assault, molestation, Internet and child pornography to make sure your innocence is proven and your reputation restored.


To some, the dream of living in the United States begins with facing border patrol officers and federal prosecutors. If you enter illegally or commit crimes on U.S. soil as a foreign national, you may face severe federal charges and/or deportation proceedings. Call us today so that your dream of living in the United States as a free citizen becomes reality.
If you are associated with Money Laundering, you have no time to lose. You must act fast. Hire the defense team that will represent your interest zealously before the government has its case prepared.

Computer Crimes

Internet and computer crimes have become a focus of federal law enforcement investigations in recent years. Whether alleged online sex offenses, drug trafficking over the Internet, hacking, or online harassment and copyright violations — cybercrimes are severely punished with often more than five years minimum prison sentence.

What Makes Our Firm Different: We Only Handle Federal Cases

If you are facing federal charges and your freedom is at risk, you want someone with experience and knowledge to get your case dismissed. In fact, you want someone that does nothing but federal cases, someone that knows the federal system like no other to find the loopholes to get your case dismissed. Compare us to other firms and you will find that, with few exceptions, our firm is different because it only handles federal criminal cases. Doing so gives us the advantage of knowing all about federal cases—and how to dismiss them. Benefit from our experience and reputation. Experienced criminal defense attorneys and a former federal prosecutor are waiting for your free consultation.

Success Stories of Our “Federal Defense Group (FDG)”

The Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP limits its criminal practice to defend clients in federal matters. Lynette S. Byrd is a former federal prosecutor and leads the firm’s Federal Defense Group (FDG) together with managing partner Dr. Nick Oberheiden.

Recent Success Stories Include:

  • Exposure to 45 years in federal prison (Drug Charges)
    Result: no charges.
  • Exposure to 20-30 years in federal prison (Sex Crimes)
    Result: 2 years (expected)
  • Arrest and threat of deportation (Immigration Crime)
    Result: no charges.
  • Investigation by Department of Defense (Fraud)
    Result: no charges.
  • Investigation by Department of Justice (Medicare Fraud)
    Result: no charges.

Contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers to discuss your case.

Note that each case is different and results vary.
No guarantee of equal results.

Who Will Handle Your Case

When you hire us, you will not work with paralegals or junior lawyers. Each lawyer in our Healthcare Practice Group has handled at least one hundred (100) matters in the healthcare industry. So, when you call, you can expect a lawyer that immediately connects with your concerns and who brings in a wealth of experience and competence. For example, you need someone like Lynette S. Byrd, a former federal prosecutor in healthcare matters, who recently left the government and who is now sharing the valuable insights she gained as a healthcare prosecutor with our clients.

Bill C. McMurrey

Bill C.

Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Dr. Nick

Lynette S. Byrd

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Glenn A. Harrison

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