Dearborn Federal Criminal Defense
A Federal Lawyer for Wayne County, Michigan
Do you need a Dearborn federal criminal defense attorney? Imagine a lawyer that actually listens. Imagine a lawyer that cares about your side of the story. Imagine a lawyer that demonstrates in case after case that criminal charges can be avoided in the vast majority of federal investigations. Imagine a lawyer that current federal prosecutors and current special agents would call for legal advice when they themselves have to go through critical personal legal situations.
Meet Dr. Nick Oberheiden. Nick serves clients in Dearborn and Detroit and he is one of the few attorneys whose practice is limited to federal cases. Nick has represented clients in many of the country’s high profile FBI and DEA investigations — from representing a well-known business man in the investigation against President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to representing hundreds of physicians against allegations of opioid abuse, prescription fraud, Medicare fraud, and illegal kickbacks within and outside Michigan.
What makes Nick different to most lawyers is not just his diverse cultural background. Nick speaks five languages and has lived in several countries on various continents. It is his commitment to respect every client regardless of ethical background, religious beliefs, or culpability. But Nick doesn’t want to impress with words, he wants to impress with results.
Call (214) 692-2171 to Protect Your Rights
When you hire federal criminal defense Nick Oberheiden, you choose a lawyer with true federal experience. Unlike most lawyers, Nick will disclose to you every case result he every obtained—because he is proud of the track record he has built in hundreds of federal litigation matters. Calls with Nick are free and 100% confidential and they are not delegated to junior lawyers. Ready? Call (214) 692-2171!
10 FAQs Regarding Federal Criminal Defense in Wayne County, Michigan
The Eastern District of Michigan, which covers Dearborn, Detroit, Wayne County, Macomb County, Oakland County, zip code areas 48126, 48101, Clare County, Alpena County, Arenac County, Bay County, Cheboygan County, Genesee County, Gladwin County, Gratiot County, Huron County, Iosco County, Isabella County, Jackson County, Lapeer County, Lenawee County, Livingston County, Midland County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Ogemaw County, Oscoda County, Otsego County, Presque Isle, Roscommon County, Saginaw County, Saint Clair, Sanilac County, and zip codes 48124, 48128 is known for its relentless enforcement of federal laws. Federal prosecutors in Michigan are among the most trained government attorneys and they are known for combating federal fraud, federal financial crimes, computer offenses, and white-collar crimes, in particular health care fraud and prescription fraud. The following are among the questions clients from Dearborn, Michigan ask attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden the most.
What Are the Penalties for Medicare Fraud?
Detroit is home to the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, an elite Medicare fraud task force that investigates health care fraud in Dearborn and throughout Wayne County. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1347, Medicare fraud is punishable of up to 10 years imprisonment per count, but could trigger longer sentences if the patient was harmed through the fraud. If a patient dies as a result of the health care fraud conduct, federal law authorizes life-in-prison sentences if found guilty or convicted at trial.
What Are the Penalties for Opioid Prescription Fraud?
Criminal violations of the Control Substances Act are subject to 21 U.S.C. 841 and, if charged as a conspiracy with co-defendants, to 21 U.S.C. 846. These two statutes authorize federal prosecutors to petition the court for up to ten years of federal incarceration for each criminal violation and even a life sentence if the alleged misconduct has led to the death of a patient.
- 21 U.S.C. 846: Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances
- 21 U.S.C. 841: Criminal Violation of the Controlled Substances Act
- 18 U.S.C. 1347: Health Care Fraud
Don’t let this happen to you. If the DEA is after you or if your practice has been shut down by a DEA search warrant, you should immediately consult with an experienced lawyer to protect your rights and to avoid being found guilty. Most DEA cases are fixable! It’s your life, your livelihood. Make the right attorney decision and fight back.
What Are Michigan DEA Opioid Investigations All About?
Michigan, like the rest of the country, suffers from an opioid addiction crisis. To fight and combat the crisis, the Department of Justice instructed federal prosecutors across the United States to systematically and relentlessly prosecute those physicians, who prescribed alleged too many scripts of opioids, benzodiazepines, stimulants, sedatives, and muscle relaxants between 2014-2018. The government’s contention is that health care providers operated pill mills and contributed to the addiction of thousands of patients throughout Michigan. Since, hundreds of physicians have been prosecuted and are awaiting trial on charges of health care fraud and violations of the Controlled Substances Act for practicing outside the accepted standards of medicine.
Why Do Michigan Prosecutors Charge Federal Cases As a ‘Conspiracy?’
Bundling defendants in conspiracies allows the government to connect a wide variety of people in the same case and play them against each other. Strikingly, the law does not require that co-defendants actually worked together, talked with each other, or even know each other.
- Conspiracy to Commit Medicare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Accept or Receive Illegal Kickbacks (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7(b)(b); 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Obstruction of Justice (18 U.S.C. 1518, 1519; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Identity Theft (18 U.S.C. 1028A; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Make False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters (18 U.S.C. 1035; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances (21 U.S.C. 841; 21 U.S.C. 846)
- Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Theft or Embezzlement in Connection with Health Care (18 U.S.C. 669; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Attempt or Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1349; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1348; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Unlawfully Use Health Information (42 U.S.C. 1320d-6; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Use Identification Information (18 U.S.C. 1028(a)(7); 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Bribery (18 U.S.C. 201; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1341; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1343; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. 1357; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Tax Fraud (26 U.S.C. 7206; 18 U.S.C. 371)
What Are Common Health Care Fraud Charges in Dearborn, Michigan?
Given Dearborn’s proximity to Detroit (one of the country’s most heavily scrutinized regions with respect to Medicare fraud), health care fraud investigations in eastern Michigan and in Dearborn specifically are targeted against prescribers of opioids, physicians and business owners in the context of home health and hospice agencies, Medicaid providers, and cases involving billing fraud, the False Claims Act, Civil Investigative Demand matters, violations of illegal kickbacks to referring physicians, and health care fraud bribery.
How Do I Know If My Practice is Under DEA Audit?
There are different indications that your practice may be under DEA investigation. The obvious signals include correspondence from the government. If you receive a target later or a grand jury subpoena or a request to produce patient records by a commercial insurance company or the government itself, you should assume that there is a specific reason for them to contact you. In addition to government inquiries, federal agents showing up at your office, or the experience of a search warrant, you should stay alert if patients report to you that investigators approached them about you.
At What Point Should I Hire a Lawyer?
If you have any concerns that your business is on the government’s radar, you should not hesitate to call an experienced attorney for help. A lawyer truly familiar with government investigations can tell you whether there is an investigation and, if so, what your exposure may be if the government decides to move forward. Most importantly, the earlier you call the right attorney, the higher the chances to clarify and resolve things before the case gets out of control and the government makes a prosecution decision.
What Kind of Lawyer Should I Hire?
Not every surgeon is a spine surgeon and not every lawyer is a federal criminal defense attorney. If your case is a federal case, you should hire a federal lawyer. Just like you would not choose a dentist to replace your hip, you should not hire just any lawyer to “operate” on a complex federal government investigation, where your life and your livelihood and your family are at risk.
What Is Nick’s Experience in Federal Cases?
As stated before, Dr. Nick Oberheiden has served individual and corporate clients in hundreds of government investigations, federal litigation matters, and in particular health care fraud defense cases. Nick does not use junior lawyers, paralegals, or secretaries and all clients receive Nick’s personal attention. You should call Nick today at (214)692-2171 if you have questions about a federal situation. Ask Nick about his specific experience and past success rate in cases like yours and experience an honest, fully transparent (and proud of his track record) lawyer.
How Much Does It Cost to Defend My Case?
The price in any criminal case depends on your personal exposure, the litigation strategy, and the stage, in which your case is. For example, if the FBI just contacted you, but there is no court-filed case against you, there shouldn’t be a need for a bigger retainer. By contrast, if you are indicted, and you want Nick to take over your plea negotiations or your trial, Nick will work with you to find a compromise between the work that is needed to defend your case and your budget.
Call (214) 692-2171 to Defend Your Future
When you hire federal defense attorney Nick Oberheiden to handle your Dearborn federal criminal defense case, you select a lawyer with true experience. Unlike most lawyers, Nick will disclose to you his universe of health care law and health care fraud defense history—because he is proud of the track record he has built in hundreds of government investigations. And: calls with Nick are free and 100% confidential and they are not delegated to junior lawyers. Call or contact him online today.