Boca Raton Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
Facing federal prosecution is a serious matter that requires defense attorneys with significant results in high-stakes criminal cases. The lawyers on our federal defense team have a proven track record of successfully defending clients in Boca Raton and nationwide.
If you are being targeted by federal authorities, you need to do everything possible to avoid prosecution. Federal criminal statutes – including the attempt and conspiracy statutes, which do not require commission of a substantive offense – impose severe penalties, and a conviction could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and years of federal imprisonment. At Oberheiden, P.C., we have a proven record of avoiding charges in federal investigations in Boca Raton and nationwide, and our Boca Raton federal criminal defense lawyers have handled hundreds of criminal trials in federal district courts across the country.
Why Choose Oberheiden, P.C. in Boca Raton, FL?
Oberheiden, P.C. is a federal criminal defense law firm with a nationwide presence. We focus exclusively on representing clients in high-stakes federal matters, with particular emphasis on federal investigations, grand jury proceedings, and trials targeting allegations of fraud and other white-collar crimes. With a defense team that includes former U.S. Attorneys and former prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), we offer centuries of combined experience on both sides of federal cases, and our lawyers have a proven track record of success prior to and during trial. In addition to our senior attorneys, our defense team also includes several former federal agents, many of whom spent decades investigating high-profile criminal cases. This includes former Special Agents, Supervisory Special Agents, and Special Agents in Charge with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Division, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG). Learn more about our federal defense lawyers, experts, and consultants.
Proven Results in High-Stakes Federal Criminal Matters
Our experience spans investigations, grand jury proceedings, and criminal trials and appeals involving virtually all types of federal criminal allegations. As a result of our breadth of experience within the federal arena, once we are engaged as defense counsel, we are able to quickly assess the merits of the government’s case and build a defense strategy that is specifically tailored to the legal issues at hand. Our past investigative and prosecutorial experience allows us to view our clients’ cases from the government’s perspective and tailor our defense strategies to the specific agency or agencies involved. We represent individuals and corporate clients in Boca Raton in all types of federal criminal cases. This includes cases involving allegations of:
- Bank Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Intellectual Property Theft
- Money Laundering
- Tax Evasion
- Public Corruption and Bribery
- Theft of Government Property
- Drug Crimes
- Computer Crimes
- Attempt and Conspiracy
Defense Strategies for Federal Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions
Although successfully defending against federal criminal allegations requires a comprehensive understanding of the particular facts and legal issues involved, there are a number of defense strategies that, in our experience, have been proven to be effective at various stages of the federal criminal justice process. Of course, no outcome can ever be guaranteed. Depending on the circumstances involved and at what stage a client engages our firm to represent them, examples of the types of defenses and defense strategies we may be able to deploy include:
1. Procedural Deficiencies and Constitutional Violations
Federal agents do not have unlimited authority during the investigative process. Various protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution apply during federal criminal investigations, and this includes protections that apply well before you get charged. Failure to obtain warrants, failure to read suspects’ Miranda rights, and various other procedural errors and deficiencies can prevent prosecutors from using evidence in court – and bringing these errors and deficiencies to light can stop federal cases in their tracks.
2. Lack of Evidence
In all federal criminal cases, the government has the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Furthermore, at the grand jury stage, an indictment may only be issued upon probable cause. If the government’s evidence is lacking – and if you can convince the prosecutors assigned to your case that the government’s evidence is lacking – then you are entitled to walk free without the possibility of future prosecution.
3. Affirmative Defenses
In many types of cases, affirmative defenses can be used to avoid conviction even where there is evidence to suggest that the defendant took the steps necessary to commit a federal crime. While affirmative defenses can provide complete protection against criminal culpability, they must be asserted carefully in order to avoid making admissions that could end up being used against you in court.
4. Safe Harbors and Other Statutory Protections
The prohibitions in certain criminal statutes are subject to “safe harbors” that provide complete protection against prosecution. If your conduct falls within a statutory safe harbor (or other statutory protection), our Boca Raton federal criminal defense attorneys can use this to protect you.
5. No Criminal Conduct
As a criminal defendant, you are not required to prove your innocence. However, if you can prove your innocence, this can be the simplest and most-effective way to avoid prosecution. When you engage our firm to represent you, our attorneys will thoroughly scrutinize each and every element of the charges against you to determine if we can prove that the government’s case is misguided.
Q&A with the Oberheiden P.C. Defense Team: Avoiding Federal Prosecution in Boca Raton, FL
Q: When should I hire a lawyer?
Q: Will hiring a lawyer make it look like I have something to hide?
Q: How likely is it that I will face charges?
Q: If I get charged, what are the chances that I will be convicted?
Q: Aside from hiring a lawyer, what else can I do to protect myself?
Q: What are my options if I committed a federal crime?
Q: Is it possible to resolve a federal investigation without an indictment?
Contact Oberheiden, P.C. for a Free Consultation in Boca Raton, FL
If you are facing a federal investigation or federal charges in Boca Raton, Florida, we urge you to contact our Boca Raton federal criminal defense lawyers immediately for a free and confidential case assessment. Call 888-680-1745 or send us your contact information to discuss your case with a member of our federal healthcare fraud defense team 24/7.