East Virginia Federal Criminal Defense (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)
East Virginia Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
From Alexandria and Tyson’s Corner to Roanoke and Newport News, health care providers and other businesses throughout eastern Virginia are at risk for being targeted in federal criminal investigations. If you have been accused of fraud, prescription drug diversion, public corruption, or any other serious federal offense, you need Oberheiden, P.C.’s proven East Virginia federal defense lawyers on your side.
Few moments in life compare to the moment you find out that you are under investigation for a federal crime. From drug crimes to health care fraud and public corruption, all federal crimes carry significant penalties, including the potential for long-term imprisonment. When charged with multiple counts of multiple offenses (which is not uncommon, particularly in fraud-related investigations), you can also be facing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in fines and other financial penalties.
At Oberheiden, P.C., we represent health care providers, politicians, business owners, and other clients in high-stakes federal cases in east Virginia. Our East Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers is comprised entirely of highly experienced senior attorneys, many of whom worked for decades as federal prosecutors before entering private practice. We strongly encourage anyone who is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to contact us immediately so that we can intervene in the investigation and work to prevent charges from being filed. However, we also have an extensive trial record in federal courts in Virginia and across the country, and our proven East Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers can focus our defense strategy on securing a “not guilty” verdict in court, if necessary.
Defense Representation for FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA Matter in East Virginia
While there are numerous federal agencies that can launch and participate in criminal investigations, most investigations targeting businesses and professional practices involve the FBI, OIG, IRS, and/or DEA. We have experience on both sides of FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA matters, and many of our former federal prosecutors worked directly with these agencies while representing the government during their stints with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Our background as DOJ prosecutors and our exclusive focus in federal matters sets us apart from other law firms, and our trusted East Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers provide personalized and unwavering legal representation focused on securing a favorable result as quickly and discreetly as possible.
When you choose Oberheiden, P.C., for your federal case in east Virginia:
- We Will Intervene in Your Case Immediately. Once you engage our firm to represent you, we will begin taking the necessary steps to intervene in the government’s investigation immediately. Our highly experienced East Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers want the agents and prosecutors handling your case to know we are involved, and we want to gather key intel about the government’s case as soon as possible.
- We Will Work Closely with You to Develop a Personalized Defense Strategy. Fending off federal allegations requires a detailed and personalized defense strategy. Our attorneys work closely with our clients on an individual level in order to craft defenses that use the relevant facts and law to their advantage.
- We Will Not Hand Your Case Off to a Junior Associate or Paralegal. All members of our federal defense team are highly experienced senior attorneys. You will work with these attorneys throughout your case, and no aspects of your case will be handled by junior associates or paralegals.
- We Will Help You Make Smart Decisions and Avoid Costly Mistakes. The government will try to use your inexperience in federal criminal matters to your disadvantage. We can help you understand what you need to watch out for, and we can help you avoid mistakes that could prove costly to your defense.
- We Will Keep the Pressure on Until Your Case is Resolved. Until now, the pressure has been on you. Now, it is time to turn the tables in your favor. Our East Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers will relentlessly execute your defense strategy until your case is resolved.
East Virginia Federal Defense Attorneys with Extensive Experience in Fraud and Other White-Collar Investigations
In order to take on the federal government with the same level of aggression and fervor as the prosecutors who want to convict you, you need to have substantial experience in federal cases and keen insights into how these prosecutors handle high-stakes criminal cases. Our East Virginia federal criminal defense attorneys have handled more than 1,000 federal investigations and 500 criminal trials, and we can use this experience to protect you against unnecessary consequences.
We represent clients in east Virginia in all federal criminal matters, including investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of:
- Bank Fraud, Insurance Fraud, and Securities Fraud
- Conspiracy and Attempt
- Federal Drug Charges
- Health Care Fraud
- Internet and Computer Crimes
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Public Corruption and Bribery
- Tax Violations
- Theft, Counterfeiting, and Embezzlement
- Other White-Collar Crimes
Understanding Your Federal Criminal Case
1. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Investigations
The FBI investigates matters involving a broad range of allegations of criminal conduct. This includes allegations of terrorism, computer and internet crimes, public corruption, organized crime, and drug-related offenses, as well as allegations of large-scale criminal conspiracies. FBI investigations can lead to grand jury indictments and criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which is the criminal prosecution division of the DOJ.
2. Office of Inspector General (OIG) Investigations and Prosecutions
Several federal agencies have an Office of Inspector General. However, when you are talking about an OIG investigation involving allegations of a federal crime, in most cases, you are talking about the OIG of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The DHHS OIG is jointly responsible for investigating and prosecuting allegations of health care fraud targeting federal benefit programs (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare), including Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, and False Claims Act violations.
3. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Audits and Investigations
Many IRS matters start out as seemingly innocuous and relatively low-stakes audits. However, when an audit reveals evidence of impropriety (or appears to reveal evidence of impropriety), the IRS’s criminal enforcement division will step in and aggressively pursue criminal charges. The IRS’s criminal enforcement division also frequently gets involved in DOJ and OIG matters involving allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes, as these cases will often involve alleged tax crimes as well.
4. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Health Care and Non-Health Care Matters
The DEA targets two primary categories of individuals and organizations: (i) those involved in the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of illegal drugs, and (ii) health care providers who prescribe and dispense controlled-substance medications. The Controlled Substances Act and other federal statutes impose severe penalties for health care and non-health care drug crimes, and the DEA is currently aggressively targeting providers and other individuals and entities allegedly involved in prescription drug diversion.
FAQs: Avoiding Conviction Once You Have Been Contacted by Federal Agents in East Virginia
Q: What should I do if I have been contacted by agents from the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA?
If you have been contacted by agents from the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA, you need to take steps to protect yourself immediately. The good news is, if you are under investigation, you haven’t yet been charged. This means that you still have the opportunity to prevent a criminal indictment.
But, in order to do so, you need to make smart decisions. This starts by engaging a defense team that is highly experienced in federal criminal matters.
Q: What should I do if I am aware of incriminating documents or communications?
First, do not assume that they are “incriminating.” The federal criminal statutes are highly complex; even if you think you have committed a crime, this does not necessarily mean that you actually have.
However, if you do have incriminating documents or records of communications in your possession, you need to be very careful about how you deal with them. You should not destroy them, but you should not hand them over to federal prosecutors, either. Contact us, the experienced East Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers for more information.
Q: Should I be preparing myself to hear a verdict read in court?
At this point, no. While it is always best to prepare for all possible contingencies, you do not need to weigh yourself down with the idea of waiting to hear a judge read your fate in court. You will have numerous opportunities to avoid prosecution in the weeks and months ahead.
Q: If someone has accused me (or my business) of a federal crime, is it my word against theirs?
While investigations triggered by whistleblowers and anonymous informants are common, in this type of scenario, it is not simply a matter of your word against theirs. From challenging the whistleblower’s or informant’s credibility to disputing the government’s other evidence and presenting affirmative defenses, we can use a variety of strategies to protect you.
Contact Our East Virginia Federal Defense Attorneys about Your FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Matter
Have you been contacted by agents from the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA in eastern Virginia? If so, the federal criminal defense team at Oberheiden, P.C., can protect you. To get started with a free and confidential case assessment, call our East Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers at (888) 519-4897 or contact us online now.
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