Dade County Criminal Defense
Dade County, also known as Miami-Dade County or simply “Greater Miami,” is the most populous county in the state of Florida and one of the biggest metros in the country. It is also the site of ongoing federal audits, investigations, and raids. Federal agents working for the IRS, FBI, DEA, and OIG have identified Dade County as one of the nation’s top targets for federal criminal investigations. Accordingly, a growing number of businesses and working professionals are being targeted in high-stakes investigations. If you are being investigated, suspect you might be investigated soon, have recently learned of information that could implicate you or your company, or if criminal charges have already been filed, you should take urgent action to protect yourself. Speak to an experienced federal criminal defense attorney immediately. Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal criminal defense law firm with a national presence and a robust record of results. We represent individuals and businesses throughout Dade County in federal criminal matters of all kinds. Our firm offers 100+ years of combined experience in federal law, including several former U.S. prosecutors who left the federal government to become private defense lawyers instead.
Are You Being Investigated by the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA in Dade County?If you are being targeted by the FBI, DEA, IRS, or HHS – OIG in Dade County, Florida, everything you say and do from this point forward could have an impact on your case. For this reason, it is in your best interest to immediately consult with a criminal defense lawyer who has specific experience in handling these agencies. It is important that your attorney have a track record of intervening during a federal investigation and preventing charges from being filed. That is the outcome you need to fight for, because it makes all the difference. The penalties for a federal crime are extremely serious. They’re nothing to play around with. Do not delay. Everything is on the line. At Oberheiden, P.C.:
- We fight to Avoid Charges in Every Case. If you have not yet been charged, this means you still have the opportunity to avoid prosecution. We have resolved the majority of our clients’ cases without charges being filed, and avoiding charges is our primary goal in every investigation we handle.
- We Rely on Extensive Federal Experience to Execute Strong Defense Strategies. Because of our extensive experience on both sides of FBI, OIG, DEA, and IRS investigations, we are able to execute strong defense strategies for our clients. We have refined our approach over decades of practicing exclusively in the area of federal defense. Our work is well established, and we have worked with many of these major federal agencies across years of effective advocacy for our clients.
- We Help Our Clients Make Confident and Informed Decisions. Do you need to answer a federal officer’s questions? What happens if you are late in responding to a civil investigative demand (CID) or administrative subpoena? What should you do if you are aware of self-incriminating information? Questions like these aren’t uncommon. You aren’t the first business owner or white-collar professional in Dade County to find yourself unexpectedly confronted with these intimidating and potentially dangerous questions. We can help you answer them wisely and in compliance with the law.
- We Focus on the Unique Aspects of Each Individual Case. The details matter. In fact, they might be the very thing to bring your investigation to an end. That’s why we ask you the rights kinds of questions from the very beginning – there may be a crucial fact being overlooked that turns the whole investigation on its head. Legal elements of proof are highly specific, so facts become our tools in thwarting the government’s effort to meet its burden of proof. You can count on us to turn over every stone.
- We Never Give In. Rather than rushing into the easiest plea bargain or settlement, we set our sights on a better future for our clients: going home free and clear with zero charges filed. While we can’t guarantee a specific outcome in advance, our philosophy for criminal defense is an aggressive one. We put a foot on the pedal and press down hard, refusing to ease off the gas until our clients are cleared.
Federal Defense Lawyers for All Criminal Matters in Miami-Dade CountyNo matter what kind of criminal matter you might be facing in Dade County, Oberheiden, P.C., is here to help– from white-collar criminal matters (such as healthcare fraud, money laundering, stockbroker fraud, etc.) to drug busts, drug diversion investigations, and even highly sensitive accusations of sexual crimes or internet-related offenses. Our experience in criminal defense includes:
- Medicare & Medicaid fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Other forms of healthcare fraud
- Drug trafficking or possession
- Drug diversion
- Other violations of the Controlled Substances Act
- Mail, wire, bank, or credit card fraud
- Conspiracy or Attempt at the federal level
- Counterfeiting / Embezzlement / Money laundering / Theft
- Stockbroker fraud / Financial advisor fraud
- Tax violations
- Public Corruption
- Sex crimes
- Internet crimes
- Violent crimes
Why Am I Being Investigated by the…
…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?The FBI is the primary agency responsible for enforcing federal laws in the United States. Specifically, the FBI is tasked with investigating: terrorism, computer crimes, internet crimes, organized crime, public corruption, and drug crimes. (Learn more about the FBI’s investigative mission.) The FBI is extremely active in Dade County, so it may be involved in any number of state and/or federal investigations.
…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?The official mission of the OIG is “to protect the integrity of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries.” Accordingly, the OIG exists as a subset of HHS. In terms of criminal law, the HHS – OIG is primarily interested in investigating healthcare providers suspected of Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and Department of Labor (DOL) fraud. Dade County is home to one of the country’s nine Medicare Fraud Strike Force offices, and the OIG is one of the key players in those investigations, which frequently result in criminal prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). If you think you might be under investigation for healthcare fraud in Dade County, take action right away.
…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?While most people think of the IRS as an agency principally interested in collecting money, the agency also has a substantial criminal enforcement division. First and foremost, the IRS polices individuals (and businesses) that it suspects of underreporting income, underpaying taxes, or otherwise violating the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). But the IRS also helps the FBI and other federal agencies in cases of money laundering and other financial crimes.
…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?The DEA plays both a regulatory role and a law enforcement role. As a law enforcement agency, the DEA is responsible for investigating drug-related offenses at the federal level. Most people associate the DEA with illegal street drugs. But the DEA also polices prescription drugs. In fact, one of the DEA’s top priorities at the moment is diversion control (that is, thwarting the unlawful distribution of opioids and prescription painkillers). Dade County has typically been home to a very large number of drug-related federal charges.
Q&A with a Federal Defense Attorney
Q: Am I really guilty of a federal crime?
It is far too early to make this type of determination. Assuming you are guilty is a common mistake – but a grave mistake. If you have not been adjudicated guilty, then you are not legally guilty at this point. In fact, if you’re still under investigation, then the government doesn’t even have enough evidence yet to formally accuse you of a crime. So there is still an opportunity to avoid a charge, let alone a conviction. But investigations can move quickly, so don’t delay. Even if you think you broke the law, you might be surprised to learn the law doesn’t say what you think it says. What it actually says is what matters. And we can help. We offer confidential, judgment-free consultation, so call us or contact us online. We’re here 24/7/365, even on holidays.
Q: What are the penalties for federal crimes?
The penalties vary significantly, depending on the crime and the circumstances. But when you’re talking about federal crime, you’re almost always talking about serious consequences: from years to decades of imprisonment and from thousands to millions of dollars in fines. Companies can face criminal liability, too, and those consequences can effectively end the business. Professionals can lose their licenses. Citizens can lose some of their rights. It’s an extremely serious matter.
Q: Can your firm represent me in Dade County?
Yes. We maintain a national presence and our attorneys are able to represent clients nationwide. We have represented clients in 21 states and counting, including Florida. We can conduct your complimentary case assessment by phone or video conference, and our attorneys can travel to Dade County on a moment’s notice.