San Diego White Collar Crime Attorneys
Any allegations of white-collar crimes are serious matters for you and your business. A conviction can lead to long-term imprisonment, substantial fines, and a damaged reputation. If you face these criminal charges, reach out to the white-collar defense attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. We work hard to protect the rights of individuals and businesses accused of committing federal crimes in San Diego and across the United States.
Are You Facing Federal Crime Prosecution?
White-collar federal crime allegations can result in a wide variety of charges. Once you know about a federal white-collar crime investigation, you need to work with a team of attorneys who can execute a solid defense strategy. Often, the government does not divulge any information about the investigation. It is up to your legal team to take steps to protect your rights, livelihood, and reputation. Failing to protect yourself can leave you vulnerable to civil and criminal charges.
With our skilled and experienced federal defense team working on your case, we can fight back against federal prosecutors and agencies. We will work tirelessly to protect you and your company from serious legal liabilities, ranging from civil to criminal allegations.
Federal agents and prosecutors work to establish these charges. Any type of federal allegation is serious and can lead to federal imprisonment, hefty fines, and other penalties.
The majority of federal white-collar criminal investigations center around:
- Antitrust violations
- Bank fraud
- Computer fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Currency schemes
- Mail fraud
- Money laundering
- Insider trading
- Insurance fraud
- Securities fraud
- Tax fraud
- Wire fraud
However, the above list is by no means exhaustive. Even within the categories, the specific allegations levied against you can vary. For example, bribery cases can focus on payments to state or local officials, while securities fraud cases may be related to stockbroker fraud. In any case, it is crucial to understand the specific nature of the charges to mount a strong defense.
With our former federal agents and prosecutors guiding you through the investigation process, our legal team targets your case’s specific allegations so that you are not left vulnerable to additional federal charges.
How Oberheiden P.C. Is Different from Other Law Firms
The federal defense lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. work differently than others. First, our attorneys deal exclusively with federal offenses. While other law firms may handle everything from personal injury to federal defense, our legal team will only take on those federal charges. There is a distinct difference between federal and state courts. Some charges may seem similar, but the federal court system has certain nuances that only those with experience in the courtroom should handle. Many lawyers without that experience can quickly find themselves over their heads, especially when facing the prosecutorial power of the United States federal government.
Secondly, when you hire Oberheiden P.C., you will only work with senior attorneys and staff members. Unlike other firms, junior associates will not work on your case. You will speak with an experienced senior lawyer when you call our office. With that, you can ensure your case is handled with the utmost importance. You will not have any communication breakdowns between you and your legal team at Oberheiden P.C.
We will defend our clients during federal white-collar investigations, grand jury proceedings, and the trial process. As previously mentioned, we have experience crafting federal defenses for individuals and businesses. When government agents and prosecutors build a strong case against you, it is crucial to have a solid legal team on your side. Along with experienced former federal prosecutors, our investigators have experience with cases involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and various other federal agencies.
Frequently Asked Questions About Federal White-Collar Crimes
Can White-Collar Crime Allegations Turn Into Civil Cases?
Many believe that the ordeal ends once they have been charged with a federal crime. However, many white-collar crimes can lead to civil charges. The only difference between these charges is the potential for jail or prison time. Federal defense attorneys must defend their clients against criminal allegations. At the same time, they cannot leave them vulnerable to civil prosecution. In many white-collar crimes, such as healthcare or securities fraud, civil penalties can lead to significant monetary penalties. Defending against these white-collar crimes means working to protect clients from both criminal and civil charges. Experienced federal defense teams have the foresight to protect you and your business against these charges.
How Do Many White-Collar Investigations Begin?
Unfortunately, even a simple mistake or innocent comment can kick off a federal investigation. Several factors can trigger a federal white-collar crime investigation. For example, your business’s public disclosure may have gained attention from federal agents. A client, employer, or another party may have filed a whistleblower complaint with a federal agency. Unfortunately, some agencies conduct their own audits, such as the SEC, that could raise red flags, triggering an investigation.
When this happens, it can be a significant inconvenience for you and your company. To determine whether the federal government has you or your company under investigation, you must contact a federal prosecutor or agent assigned to the case. Contacting a federal agency by yourself is not advisable. Allow an experienced legal team to handle this step. When you reach out to Oberheiden P.C., we will determine whether you are under investigation or not. After that, we start structuring the proper defense against any allegations. Since we have experience with all major federal law enforcement agencies, we use our experience to your advantage.
Once a white-collar investigation begins, federal law enforcement agencies will inspect millions of pages of documents, scrutinizing all of your actions. They use data algorithms and allow programs to look for any signs of suspicious activity. With those methods, there is always a chance of detecting a false positive, which can be detrimental to you and your business.
Whistleblowers are sources of frustration for many companies. Generally, these ex-clients or ex-employees have claimed to have incriminating evidence against your business. Even if the claims are groundless, these individuals may have exaggerated the evidence. In turn, it opens you and your business to a federal criminal investigation. Once again, these baseless allegations are an inconvenience and leave you with the threat of legal liability.
What Are Some Penalties for Federal White-Collar Convictions?
Depending on the specific allegations, there is a wide range of potential penalties for white-collar crimes. If you have any other criminal convictions in the past, they can lead to enhanced penalties. Typical, white-collar crimes are felony offenses that may carry several years in federal prison. Some crimes, like mail or wire fraud, tend to carry 20-year prison terms. Along with that, you may need to pay restitution and other fines. Even the possibility of probation remains on the table after you have finished a prison sentence. Returning to everyday life is challenging after being convicted of a federal white-collar crime.
When Should I Hire a White-Collar Crime Defense Lawyer?
Getting ahead of any charge is essential to your federal criminal case. As soon as you learn about an investigation or the potential for one, make sure to secure federal legal representation. With that, your legal team will have time to develop an effective defense, prepare for any potential charges, and work with the prosecutor to persuade them to drop the investigation or charges. Even if the changes are a surprise, you will want to hire an experienced defense team immediately to protect your legal rights in these cases.
Should I Speak with Federal Investigators?
You should never reach out to a federal investigator without contacting an attorney. You may believe you have “nothing to hide,” but some agents will take your words and pursue criminal charges. White-collar criminal statutes are complex, you may feel you are innocent, but there could be law violations. Remember, those federal investigators will not show all of their evidence against you in the early investigation stages. If a federal investigator reaches out to you, they often need additional evidence to seek an indictment. Speaking to them could help them fill in any gaps, leading to a charge. When federal agents contact you, you need to call the dedicated white-collar criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. to discuss your case.
Why Don’t You Call Your Law Firm the Best White Collar Defense Firm?
At Oberheiden P.C., we want our successful track record to speak for our legal team. We have the experience and background to handle your federal criminal defense case. All our attorneys and investigators have a high level of experience defending, investigating, and prosecuting these types of crimes. Many of our investigators have experience working as law enforcement agents, often working for the same agencies investigating you. Also, many of our criminal defense lawyers have worked as white-collar crime prosecutors for the federal government. With our insider experience, we understand how these types of cases are handled, providing you with a considerable advantage over other federal defense firms in the city. As a result, we are better equipped to protect our clients from any legal liability in both civil and criminal cases.
Contact Oberheiden P.C. for Trusted White-Collar Defense in San Diego
If you suspect that you are under federal investigation or have been charged with a white-collar crime, you need experienced legal representation. Protect your legal rights as soon as possible. Reach out to the federal white-collar defense team at Oberheiden P.C. by contacting us online or calling 888-680-1745 today.