Indianapolis White Collar Crime Attorneys
Some of the most significant criminal charges in the United States stem from federal white-collar crime allegations. Many individuals and businesses must defend themselves against these accusations, often spending months and years trying to protect their livelihoods and reputations. With a conviction, the federal government can push for an individual to spend decades in prison or require a company to pay significant fines that could cripple its operations.
Our white-collar crime defense lawyers are here to defend and represent individuals and corporations against these accusations in Indianapolis and across the country.
How Is Oberheiden P.C. Different?
You might think that all federal white-collar criminal defense firms are the same, but that is not true. At Oberheiden P.C., we have set ourselves apart from other firms across the country.
- We only take on federal criminal and civil cases
- Our investigators and lawyers have extensive experience with these cases
- All legal representation is conducted by senior attorneys
We Are a Federal Crime Defense Law Firm
Generally, most criminal cases are filed in the state courts, meaning they are prosecuted by a state attorney with a state judge presiding over the case. Also, the state appellate courts will interpret all statutes to ensure both sides adhere to these laws. While some attorneys may believe that federal cases are not much different than those state ones, they are sadly mistaken.
Those attorneys who spend time in state courts do not have the experience to handle these federal-level cases. They may be a great attorney handling state-level crime, but the federal courtroom is very different. First, the stakes are much higher in these cases. Usually, the federal government will spend time and money on an investigation and use all the available resources to ensure a conviction. That means the most powerful law enforcement agencies and highly skilled federal prosecutors will work together to find evidence and bring those charges to court. Anyone without the skills to maneuver through the federal legal process will hurt their clients’ chances of an acquittal.
When a client has the possibility of spending decades in prison, this is not the time to allow a novice lawyer to work on the case. Some aspects may seem similar, but the smallest mistakes could mean enormous consequences for the client.
You want a team of lawyers who understand all the nuances of the federal court system. At Oberheiden P.C., our attorneys have extensive experience working as federal prosecutors in the Department of Justice and other government entities. We understand what it takes to defend our clients against many of these charges.
All Our Lawyers and Investigators Have Experienced Backgrounds
Many defense firms in Indianapolis, Indiana, will talk about the background and experience of their legal defense teams. However, at Oberheiden P.C., we are unmatched in the white-collar defense field. All our lawyers are highly experienced in prosecuting or defending against these serious charges. Most of the legal team have experience working on both sides of the federal court system. When you work with us, our attorneys bring that insight to help your criminal case.
Our attorneys are not the only ones with extensive careers. We have a support staff of former law enforcement agents and trial consultants who will thoroughly investigate your case. They will determine the facts about what happened and not rely on the evidence presented by a federal law enforcement agency. Many of our investigators are retired members of these federal agencies, providing you with their experience to help uncover evidence and fact patterns in your case.
Only Senior Attorneys Handle These Cases
While many law firms have lawyers with an extensive background to handle these cases, you will not have access to these individuals. The junior associates on staff will handle most of the legal work and address your concerns. Even some paralegals may do research on these cases.
When you hire Oberheiden P.C., only a senior attorney will work on your case. Our firm does not even have junior associates on staff. You can access the attorney throughout the investigation and trial process. We believe that you need to be able to have all concerns and needs addressed by only those attorneys with the appropriate level of experience.
What White-Collar Crimes Do You Defend Against?
White-collar crimes often bring serious accusations of fraudulent activity and financial misconduct, harming your personal and professional reputation. There are numerous types of white-collar crimes. We can defend all white-collar crimes across the country. Some of the most common cases include:
- Healthcare Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Mail Fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Mortgage Fraud
- Currency Schemes
- Securities Fraud
Here Are a Few Frequently Asked Questions About Oberheiden P.C.
What Is White-Collar Crime?
There is no broad definition of a white-collar crime, but the term refers to any financial crime. Common examples include corporate fraud, extortion, money laundering, embezzlement, and investment fraud. White-collar crimes are not violent, but federal prosecutors do take these offenses very seriously. In many cases, the prosecutors seek the harshest sentences possible under the law. If you have been accused of committing a federal white-collar crime or believe you are under investigation for one, you need to reach out to the federal criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden P.C.
Can I Be Charged With Criminal and Civil Offenses?
In many cases, it is possible for an individual to face both criminal and civil charges. Federal law enforcement agencies have the option to pursue a criminal or civil case. Sometimes, they may not have enough evidence for a criminal conviction after they conduct an investigation. With those cases, federal prosecutors can pivot towards civil charges against the defendant. Additionally, some inexperienced attorneys may try to avoid a conviction for their client, but in the process, that can leave the individual open to civil liabilities. Finding a law firm that understands the importance of protecting clients against both civil and criminal charges is crucial.
Does a Conviction Always Mean Prison Time?
The penalties for a conviction will depend on the type of offense. In some cases, the individual may have prior criminal convictions in their background. Any prior criminal record can increase the penalties for a white-collar crime. Not all white-collar crimes are the same, and the sentences do have a wide range of severity. For example, mail and wire fraud can carry up to 20 years in federal prison for a single conviction. Many of these crimes will have a potential prison sentence of at least one year. Plus, all of them are felonies that will go on your criminal record. Along with prison, a conviction can lead to restitution payments, criminal fines, and probation hearings.
Who Investigates White-Collar Crimes?
Federal agencies handle many white-collar investigations. That means that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, or any other federal agency can conduct an investigation into your personal or business dealings. In most cases, these law enforcement agencies will use their full resources to talk to witnesses, uncover any incriminating evidence, and analyze your financial statements. Sometimes, these agencies can violate your rights. If you believe these federal agencies may have violated your rights during an investigation, you need to talk to an attorney at Oberheiden P.C.
Do I Need a Federal Defense Lawyer?
No one should take on these federal crime cases by themselves. You will not be able to talk to the federal agents with the hope that these charges will go away. If there is a federal investigation, the government is spending time and resources to pursue criminal charges against you. When you learn about an investigation, you need to immediately talk to a federal defense lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. When you get us on board, we can begin the process to strengthen your case. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to turn the case in your favor.
Are You the Best Federal White-Collar Defense Firm?
Many law firms will call themselves the best, but we like to let our track record of successes speak for itself. Everyone on our team has extensive backgrounds working on the defensive and prosecution sides of the legal process. Plus, our investigators have performed many intensive investigations, bringing that experience to your case. We know what it takes to litigate and win cases in the federal court system. Over the years, we have helped numerous clients across the United States successfully defend themselves against these accusations of white-collar crimes. You don’t want to delay. Make sure to contact us. Our reputable and skilled attorneys will work hard to help find a favorable resolution to your federal white-collar criminal or civil case.
Reach Out To Oberheiden P.C. for Federal Crime Defense
Federal white-collar crimes carry serious consequences. A conviction can mean years in federal prison and the possibility of paying astronomical fines. If you or your business is under investigation or have been charged with any of these white-collar offenses, you need to contact a reputable and skilled defense law firm immediately.
Reach out to our federal white-collar defense attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. Let our years of experience help guide you through this legal process. Schedule a free consultation by calling 888-680-1745 or filling out the online contact form.