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Federal White-Collar Defense for Aurora, Colorado

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick OberheidenAurora, Colorado White Collar
Criminal Defense Team Lead
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Aurora is the third-largest city in Colorado, and it is one spot where federal law enforcement agencies have stepped up their investigation efforts, especially involving white-collar crime. While the primary focus is on Colorado Springs and Denver, federal authorities take accusations of white-collar crimes seriously throughout the state.

Federal white-collar crime allegations can potentially damage individuals or businesses throughout the state. Many of these alleged crimes are tied to corruption or financial fraud. The potential consequences of a conviction can be devastating for defendants, causing a lasting impact on their financial and personal lives. When you need a legal team to protect your livelihood, rights, and reputation, turn to Oberheiden P.C.

The white-collar crime defense attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. understand the seriousness of these accusations. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal defense for individuals and corporations facing these charges across the country, including in Aurora, Colorado. Federal laws are different from those at the state level. You want to choose a law firm that understands these complex laws and regulations. Since Oberheiden P.C. has opened, we have effectively defended clients against these serious allegations. Whether we negotiate with prosecutors or take the case to trial, our senior-level attorney will work diligently to protect your rights and interests.

Effective White-Collar Defense for Your Case

At Oberheiden P.C., our white-collar criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience defending individuals and corporations against all alleged allegations. We thoroughly understand the complex laws and regulations governing these crimes. No matter your federal legal situation, we will help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Some of the criminal allegations we can defend you against include the following:

Antitrust Violations

Federal law enforcement agencies have recently stepped up their efforts to regulate anticompetitive behavior and break up large corporations that have grown too dominant in their respective industries. This renewed focus on antitrust law has led to increased investigations and enforcement actions against companies that engage in various forms of conduct that can lead to civil or even criminal liability.

Within the antitrust laws, dozens of different types of conduct can be considered illegal. Some of these actions can include:

  • Price-fixing occurs when companies collude to set prices artificially high.
  • Bid-rigging occurs when companies conspire to manipulate the outcome of a bidding process.
  • Agreements not to compete with potential competitors happen when companies collude to limit competition in a particular market.
  • Tying or bundling arrangements require customers to purchase a product with another one.

Recently, enforcement agencies have been paying more attention to mergers and acquisitions that consolidate market shares to a few companies. This type of conduct can lead to a reduction in competition and higher prices for consumers.

Financial Fraud

Federal securities laws regulate financial professionals and firms, meaning they are subject to investigations for securities fraud. This alleged conduct can include the following:

  • Insider trading occurs when an individual uses non-public, material information to make trades.
  • Embezzlement is the unauthorized use of funds or assets by a person in a position of trust.
  • Fraudulent misrepresentation or omission of material information occurs when an individual or company makes false or misleading statements or fails to disclose important information to investors.
  • Investment fraud is using false or misleading information to induce investors to make decisions that result in financial harm.

Investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into these types of conduct can lead to professional sanctions and substantial civil penalties. In addition, the SEC may refer cases to other federal agencies for criminal prosecution.

Healthcare Fraud

Healthcare fraud is a type of white-collar crime that involves defrauding a healthcare program, often by engaging in fraudulent billing practices. Some examples of healthcare fraud include:

  • Billing for services that were not actually rendered, such as charging for a medical procedure that was never performed.
  • Upcoding is the practice of charging for services that are more expensive than what was actually provided, such as billing for a more complex procedure than was performed.
  • Providing medically unnecessary care, such as ordering unnecessary tests or procedures to increase a billing.
  • Falsifying patient records to make the care appear medically necessary, such as falsifying diagnoses or symptoms to justify medical treatment.

When the government operates the healthcare program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, federal law enforcement agencies, like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), can pursue civil or criminal penalties through the False Claims Act or other federal laws.

White-Collar Offenses are Generally Federal Offenses

These and other white-collar offenses are frequently filed by federal law enforcement agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in federal court.

Most importantly, this means that you will be facing the full authority of some of the most powerful law enforcement agencies in the world. Agencies like the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have well-deserved reputations as formidable opponents. With them on the other side of the courtroom, you need an effective and strong legal defense team that is so used to facing them that they do not flinch.

It also means that your case will be heard by a federal court rather than a state one. In Aurora, this means that your case will go before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. This district court has five locations. However, cases that originate in Aurora will generally be heard by one of the two courthouses located in Denver:

  1. The Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse at 901 19th Street, Denver, CO
  2. The Byron G. Rogers Courthouse at 1929 Stout Street, Denver, CO

These district courthouses will handle your case, from arraignment through trial and, if you are convicted, they will handle your sentencing hearing as well.

If you get convicted for the white-collar offense, you can appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. This appellate courthouse is located right next to the district courts in downtown Denver, in the Byron White Courthouse at 1823 Stout Street.

Should the 10th Circuit affirm your conviction, you can request a rehearing of your case with a larger panel of appellate court judges, or you can petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review your case.

Count on the Oberheiden P.C. Difference

Oberheiden P.C. is a federal defense law firm that stands out from other white-collar legal practices for three main reasons:

  1. We focus on handling federal offenses. Unlike many other defense firms, which tend to handle more state cases than federal ones, Oberheiden P.C. focuses on federal white-collar crimes. With that, our attorneys are familiar with the intricacies of federal law and the specific nuances of the federal court system, which is critical when defending against these types of offenses.
  2. Our attorneys and investigators have extensive federal white-collar defense backgrounds. Many of our attorneys have many years of experience defending against these types of offenses or prosecuting them. Additionally, our support staff of investigators includes retired members of the country’s most prominent federal agencies.
  3. You will only deal with senior attorneys. At Oberheiden P.C., you will have direct access to our senior attorneys throughout your case, not just at the start of the trial. Our law firm ensures that the appropriate person addresses all of your needs and concerns. Additionally, all of our attorneys have the necessary experience and skills to handle your case.

At Oberheiden P.C., we have the experience, background, and resources to provide the best possible defense for our clients facing any federal white-collar criminal charges.

Get the Answers to Your White-Collar Defense Questions

Q: Will Speaking to Investigators Hurt My Case?

In most cases, yes. Even if you have done nothing wrong, you will want to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who understands white-collar criminal law. Remember that actions taken with innocent intent may still violate the law. Additionally, it is not advisable to engage in discussions with federal investigators without the guidance of legal counsel. Sometimes, these interactions may inadvertently provide the federal government with incriminating evidence. Always seek advice from the attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. to assess your situation and develop an appropriate course of action.

Q: What Steps Should I Take When Learning About an Investigation?

If you or your organization are under investigation for a white-collar crime, you will want to take swift action to protect your rights and interests. For that reason, you should seek the services of our qualified federal defense law firm. We will develop a comprehensive defense strategy to combat the government’s allegations. At Oberheiden P.C., our team of experienced white-collar criminal defense attorneys is ready to work with you to create a customized defense plan that addresses the specific risks and challenges in your legal situation.

Q: What Qualities Do I Want in a Federal White-Collar Crime Defense Law Firm?

Whether you are facing an allegation of wrongdoing or are under federal investigation, you need the help of a federal white-collar defense team. You want to select a law firm with extensive experience handling similar cases. That law firm should also understand the federal court system. You should also choose a law firm with a record of success in helping clients reach fair and just outcomes in similar cases. At Oberheiden P.C., we meet these criteria. Find out how our legal team can help your case. Schedule a consultation with a senior-level attorney today.

Q: Are These Cases Considered Criminal or Civil?

It depends. White collar offenses are generally criminal in nature of there was the requisite intent to defraud. Just because there was no intent, though, does not mean that law enforcement will drop the case. If negligent or even accidental conduct led to unlawful financial gains, then prosecutors can still pursue those losses. Take, for example, a hospital that engages in healthcare fraud. If it is the hospital’s policy to deliberately miscode a certain procedure for a more expensive one, then it will likely lead to criminal charges. However, if the miscoding is accidental, the hospital can still face civil liability and be made to repay the extra money that it obtained through the mistake. Many white-collar cases start as civil or administrative investigations and later turn into criminal cases if evidence of illegal activity is discovered. In some cases, it is also possible for a case to start as a criminal investigation and later be resolved through a civil settlement. This is why it is crucial to hire a skilled federal defense team that can help you navigate the complexities of a white-collar investigation and minimize the potential escalation of the case.

Schedule Your Free Consultation With the Oberheiden P.C. Team in Aurora, Colorado

If you are facing federal white-collar criminal charges, seek legal assistance immediately. When you delay in assembling a team for your legal defense, it could cause significant damages to your case. You want to choose a law firm with the skills and knowledge to represent you effectively throughout these legal proceedings. Now is the time to reach out to Oberheiden P.C. Our experienced attorneys are available to provide skilled legal help for your case. To get in touch with our white-collar criminal defense law firm, you can call us at 888-680-1745 or contact us through our online contact form.

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