If you have been arrested or contacted by federal agents in Florida, or if you have been served with a search warrant or subpoena, you need to protect yourself at all costs. Our federal criminal defense lawyers can protect you. Call 888-519-4897 now.
If federal authorities are after you, they are not going to stop until they have exhausted every option for convicting you in court. Federal agents and prosecutors from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Attorney’s Office, and other federal agencies aggressively pursue criminal charges with vast resources at their disposal, and many of them have built their careers on putting away criminals for serious federal offenses.
Oberheiden, P.C. is a nationally-renowned federal criminal defense law firm representing clients in Florida. Our attorneys have been featured as guest commentators by media outlets in Florida and nationwide, and several of our attorneys served as government attorneys and prosecutors with the DOJ and the U.S. Attorney’s Office prior to entering private practice. Unlike other firms, we do not employ junior associates or paralegals; so, when you choose our firm to represent you, you will work with our senior attorneys throughout the entire duration of your case.
Cases We Handle
We represent clients facing allegations and charges involving all types of white-collar federal crimes. Our clients include public figures, politicians, licensed professionals, company executives, business owners, and other high-profile and high-net-worth individuals, and we handle cases in the Northern, Southern, and Middle Districts of Florida.
Fraud crimes involve obtaining money or other items of value through false or fraudulent pretenses, false promises, or misrepresentations or omissions of material information. The federal fraud statutes apply to fraud targeting banks, insurance companies, other private corporations, investors, consumers, and the federal government. We represent clients charged with federal fraud crimes including:
- Bank Fraud
- Health Care Fraud (including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and private insurance fraud)
- Insurance Fraud
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Securities Fraud
Financial crimes are a class of federal offenses that involve obtaining through improper means or paying money (or anything else of value) for illegal purposes. At the federal level, white-collar financial crimes include:
- Money Laundering
- Public Corruption and Bribery
- Theft of Government Property
- Tax Evasion
Other White-Collar Offenses
In addition to fraud and financial crimes, we represent clients facing a broad range of other federal offenses as well. This ranges from conspiracy and attempt (which can result in long-term imprisonment even if no substantive crime has actually been committed) to drug crimes and terrorist acts. If you are under investigation or facing charges for any of the following types of offenses, we urge you to contact us immediately:
- Drug Crimes
- Intellectual Property Theft
- Terrorist Acts
Understanding the Three Stages of Federal Criminal Prosecution
The federal criminal justice process can be broken down into three primary stages. We represent clients at each stage, deploying varying case strategies that are focused on the particular procedural, legal, and factual circumstances involved.
1. Federal Investigation
Most federal cases begin with an investigation. This investigation could last for days, weeks, or months, and it could involve one or multiple federal agencies and task forces. During the investigative stage, our primary goal is to prevent charges from being filed. If you aren’t charged, you can’t be convicted, and this means that you won’t be at risk for going to prison for a very long time.
2. Grand Jury Subpoena
At the federal level, criminal charges are issued through the grand jury process. Federal prosecutors must present their evidence to the grand jury, and the jurors are responsible for deciding whether there is “probable cause” to move forward with a criminal case. Executing a defense during the grand jury process is unique in many respects, and our attorneys have successfully defended numerous clients resulting in termination of the case without charges being filed.
3. Criminal Trial
If you get indicted by a federal grand jury, then your case will be set for trial. However, this does not necessarily mean that you will need to fight for your freedom in court. While we have an extensive federal trial record, our attorneys have also succeeded in getting indictments dismissed prior to trial and negotiating plea deals that have protected our clients from prison.
What to Do After a Federal Arrest in Florida: Dos and Don’ts
When facing federal criminal charges in Florida, there are both key steps you need to take and critical mistakes you need to avoid. If you are under investigation or facing charges:
DO: Speak with a Federal Defense Attorney Immediately
If you have had any contact with federal agents in regards to a possible investigation, you need to speak with a defense attorney immediately. If you get arrested, the only thing you should say to anyone is that you are requesting to speak with your attorney.
DON’T: Give a Statement or Answer Any Questions
Regardless of how innocent or guilty you think you are, you should not give a statement or answer any questions without your attorney present. Federal agents are experts at interrogation, and anything you say will only be used against you.
DO: Protect Your Constitutional Rights
As the target of a federal criminal investigation or a defendant in the federal criminal justice system, you are entitled to the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution. This includes the protections against unreasonable searches and seizure, the protection against self-incrimination, and the right to legal representation. If you believe that federal agents have violated these rights in any way, this is something you will absolutely want to discuss with your attorney, as it may mean that the government’s evidence is inadmissible in court.
DON’T: Cooperate with Federal Agents in Any Way
Unless otherwise advised by your defense attorneys, you should not cooperate with federal agents in any way. Be polite and do not resist arrest, but also make absolutely certain that you are not unnecessarily increasing your risk of prosecution.
DO: Start Working on Your Defense Right Away
By the time you find out that you are being targeted, the government is already several steps ahead of you. To level the playing field, you need to begin working on your defense right away.
DON’T: Ruin Your Chances of Asserting a Successful Defense
Speaking to federal agents, posting on social media, engaging in criminal conduct, missing court dates, and other mistakes can ruin your chances of asserting a successful defense. Our attorneys can help you avoid these mistakes while negotiating with the authorities on your behalf.
5 Reasons to Choose Oberheiden, P.C. in Florida
Several law firms offer legal representation for federal criminal matters in Florida. So, why choose Oberheiden, P.C.?
1. Nationwide Reputation
Our firm has earned a nationwide reputation for providing skilled, aggressive, and successful criminal defense representation for federal cases. Our attorneys have represented clients in federal jurisdictions across the country, and they have been interviewed by media outlets in all 50 states.
2. We Focus 100% on Federal Cases
Unlike other firms, our practice is devoted entirely to federal defense. State and federal cases are very different, and providing successful representation in federal cases requires intimate knowledge of the law as well as the procedural aspects of investigations, grand jury proceedings and federal district court trials.
3. More than 1,000 Investigations and 500 Trials Handled
Collectively, our attorneys have handled more than 1,000 federal investigations and 500 federal trials. We have helped numerous clients avoid charges during the investigative process, we have protected clients against grand jury indictments, we have had indictments dismissed, and we have won favorable verdicts in open court.
4. Our Team Includes Several Former Federal Prosecutors
Our criminal defense team includes several attorneys who previously served as federal prosecutors. This experience provides unique insight into the government’s approach to criminal investigations and prosecutions, and it allows us to anticipate the government’s moves by viewing our clients’ cases from the government’s point of view.
5. Your Initial Consultation is Free and Confidential
At Oberheiden, P.C., every case starts with a free and confidential consultation. We offer free initial consultations because we want you to choose our firm based on our merit, not the fact that you have already invested in preliminary legal advice. If you choose our firm to represent you, our attorneys will begin working on your case immediately, and they will be available to speak with you about your case 24/7.
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Are you under investigation or facing federal charges in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, or any other part of Florida? If so, our attorneys can help you avoid unnecessary and life-altering consequences. To speak with a member of our federal criminal defense team about your case in confidence, call 888-519-4897 or tell us how to reach you online now.