Boca Raton Federal Criminal Defense
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 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 MattersOur 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
- Terrorist Acts
- Attempt and Conspiracy
Defense Strategies for Federal Criminal Investigations and ProsecutionsAlthough 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 ViolationsFederal 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 EvidenceIn 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 DefensesIn 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 ProtectionsThe 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 attorneys can use this to protect you.
5. No Criminal ConductAs 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?
If you have been contacted by federal agents, you should speak with a federal criminal defense lawyer immediately. You need to execute a strategic defense, and you need to avoid costly mistakes that could make it more difficult for you to avoid prosecution. Our attorneys are available 24/7, and we can explain everything you need to know.
Q: Will hiring a lawyer make it look like I have something to hide?
No, this is a common misconception. Facing federal criminal charges is an extremely serious matter, and federal agents and prosecutors expect suspects, targets, and witnesses to engage attorneys to represent them. You have the right to legal representation during the government’s investigation, and you need to engage experienced defense counsel in order to give yourself a fighting chance to avoid an indictment.
Q: How likely is it that I will face charges?
It depends. Numerous factors will affect the likelihood of a federal investigation leading to criminal charges. These factors include: (i) how long the investigation has been ongoing, (ii) the current status of the investigation, (iii) the scope and severity of the allegations against you, and (iv) how promptly you engage defense counsel to deal with federal agents and prosecutors on your behalf.
Q: If I get charged, what are the chances that I will be convicted?
This is another question that we cannot answer (nor can any other attorney) without knowing the specific details of your case. While there is always a possibility that an indictment will lead to a conviction, there are various ways that experienced defense counsel will be able to mitigate your risk of a conviction both prior to and during trial.
Q: Aside from hiring a lawyer, what else can I do to protect myself?
Besides hiring a federal criminal defense attorney, the most important thing you can do upon learning that you are under investigation is to exercise your right to remain silent. Do not answer federal agents’ questions, no matter how innocuous or irrelevant they may seem. Federal agents are trained to solicit incriminating information, and many are extremely good at what they do. To protect yourself, you should not say anything except on the advice of legal counsel.
Q: What are my options if I committed a federal crime?
First and foremost, you should never assume that you are guilty of a federal crime. Until you hire an attorney to investigate the circumstances of your alleged offense, you don’t have the information you need to reach this type of conclusion. Second, even if you may have committed a federal offense, there are still numerous defenses our attorneys may be able to use to protect you.
Q: Is it possible to resolve a federal investigation without an indictment?
Yes, absolutely. While several of our federal defense attorneys have extensive trial records, we have resolved the majority of our clients’ cases without charges being filed. If you contact us during your investigation, our top priority will be to prevent your case from going before a grand jury. To ensure that you have every possible opportunity to avoid charges, contact us for your free initial consultation now.