Ft. Lauderdale Federal Criminal Defense (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)
From New River to the Cypress Creek and Osborne Reef, federal authorities are targeting individuals and businesses throughout Ft. Lauderdale in high-stakes investigations. Whether you are under investigation or have been formally accused of a federal crime, you deserve a strong and experienced legal defense. Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal criminal law firm with a national presence and a robust record of results. 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 Ft. Lauderdale?Please understand the extreme risks posed by a federal investigation, no matter which agency is involved. The penalties for many white-collar felonies include substantial fines (often impossible to pay) and/or years in prison (decades in many cases), not to mention the loss of professional licenses and the basic rights of U.S. citizenship. Everything you do from this point forward matters. Choosing the right firm can make all the difference. At Oberheiden, P.C., we set our sights on avoiding charges or getting them dismissed. We have a reputation for intervening in investigations while they’re still underway, even in the very early stages, and making a difference. We also offer an Emergency Defense Package for urgent legal crises that arise unexpectedly. Here’s what we promise as legal defense attorneys for the people and businesses of Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
- We fight to Avoid Charges in Every Case. The earlier we can engage the FBI, DEA, IRS, or OIG, the better. If the government has not filed charges against you yet, there is still a clear opportunity for avoiding charges altogether. As a matter of fact, at Oberheiden, P.C., we have resolved the overwhelming majority of our clients’ cases with zero charges filed. Avoiding charges is always the best outcome, and it is always our goal.
- We Rely on Extensive Federal Experience to Execute Strong Defense Strategies. Criminal defense hinges on insight and strategy. Insight comes from experience. We have the benefit of insight on both sides of the federal equation, thanks to the veteran experience of Oberheiden, P.C.’s former federal prosecutors. We put their insight to work for you.
- We Help Our Clients Make Confident and Informed Decisions. If you are being targeted by the FBI, DEA, IRS, OIG, or another federal agency in Fort Lauderdale, you may have important questions that you can’t easily ask anyone else. For example: “How should I prepare my staff for the possibility of a federal raid in our office?”, “What if I know of evidence that could incriminate me?”, “What should I be doing (or not doing)right now to protect my interests?”, “What if I think I’m guilty?” Our federal criminal defense lawyers are here to answer your questions with shrewd, informed, and confidential guidance.
- We Focus on the Unique Aspects of Each Individual Case. At the beginning of any legal crisis, we focus on getting to the heart of the situation. It’s essential that we understand every element of the case as well as every fact that might be of interest to the government. We ask the right questions from day one, always with an eye toward the small details that can make a decisive difference.
- 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 Fort LauderdaleNo matter what kind of criminal matter you might be facing in Ft. Lauderdale, 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 Targeted by the…
…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the United States government’s primary law enforcement agency. If you are being targeted by the FBI in Ft. Lauderdale, you should know that the FBI can be involved in virtually any federal investigation. However, it is most interested in the primary areas of investigation assigned to the Bureau. These include: computer crimes, internet crimes, terrorism, public corruption, bribery, organize crime, federal conspiracies, and drug crimes.
…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?The Office of Inspector General serves as the law enforcement arm of the national Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Most HHS – OIG investigations pertain to allegations of healthcare fraud targeting a federal benefits program. Because it is part of the Miami metro, Ft. Lauderdale is home to a large number of Medicare & Medicaid recipients. So if your practice submits claims for payment to these or other federal healthcare programs, you should proceed very cautiously and under an attorney’s guidance.
…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?The Internal Revenue Service is the nation’s tax collection agency, but it also serves as the designated law enforcement agency for most tax-related crimes. Accordingly, IRS investigations usually pertain to a violation of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Many such violations are criminal in nature, such as intentionally underpaying taxes or underreporting income. However, the IRS also assists the FBI and other such agencies in a broader range of tax-related criminal investigations.
…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?The DEA is the agency chiefly responsible for regulating and enforcing the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA) that governs the possession and distribution of drugs in this country – both medications and illicit “street” substances. Accordingly, DEA investigations in Ft. Lauderdale might be aimed at healthcare providers suspected of drug diversion, at high-level professionals suspected of possessing a large quantity of illegal drugs or playing some small role in a drug conspiracy, or at drug dealers accused of pushing illegal drugs.
Q&A with a Federal Defense Attorney
Q: Am I really guilty of a federal crime?
Never assume you’re guilty – even if you believe you committed an illegal act. Criminal law is much more complex than you might realize. Criminal statutes typically require multiple elements of proof. To convict you, the government must have proof beyond a reasonable doubt on each element. If we can challenge even one element beyond a reasonable doubt, it means you are not legally guilty of that crime. Too many people have panicked and assumed that, because they feel guilty, they are guilty. Don’t let your emotions mislead you. Federal agents will pounce on your fear and use it as a tactic, pressuring or intimidating you into acting against your own interests. The fact that you are still under investigation means the federal government has not yet collected enough evidence to file charges. I assure you, they aren’t simply waiting around for your benefit. There are still meaningful opportunities to defend you and put this nightmare to rest without charges getting filed.
Q: Can your firm represent me in Ft. Lauderdale, FL?
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 an initial case review over the phone. After that, our attorneys are available to travel to Fort Lauderdale on a moment’s notice.
Q: Why are there so many federal investigations in Ft. Lauderdale?
The FBI, DEA, HHS – OIG, and IRS are all very active in Ft. Lauderdale. This reflects the large population, the heavy concentration of medium and large-sized corporations, and the proximity to Miami, which has become one of the country’s key metros. Miami is one of the nine U.S. cities with a designated Medicare Fraud Strike Force, for example, meaning healthcare fraud cases are popping up all over Ft. Lauderdale. But that’s just one example. Agents are actively investigating all manner of federal criminality throughout Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County.