Fort Worth Federal Criminal Defense
Skilled Fort Worth Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Advocating for Individuals Facing FBI Investigations and Indictments
Fort Worth is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and with approximately 850,000 inhabitants among the 20 largest communities in the country. With the rapid expansion of Fort Worth and surrounding communities, Fort Worth has also received more attention by federal law enforcement, in particular the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the DEA, the IRS, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and other agencies that report back to federal prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in downtown Fort Worth, located at 801 Cherry Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
If you have discovered you are the target of a criminal investigation in Fort Worth or you have been federally arrested or indicted, your reputation and liberty may hang in the balance. Federal law enforcement agencies have extensive financial resources, and federal prosecutors are exceptionally skilled. Individuals who have received a target letter from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, or a subpoena from a federal grand jury need experienced federal criminal defense lawyers in Fort Worth with a track record of success and extensive federal jury trial experience. Clients come to DFW law firm Oberheiden, P.C. because they want the benefits of representation by several former Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors and high-level partners, not junior lawyers or paralegals.
- Former Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Prosecutors
- Highly Respected Federal Trial Attorneys
- Local & Available to Meet 7 Days a Week
When you discover you are being scrutinized by the federal government, or you have been the subject of a federal arrest or grand jury indictment in Fort Worth, Oberheiden, P.C. provide tenacious federal criminal defense based on decades of trial experience.
Why Targets of Federal Investigations, Grand Juries, and Federal Indictments Trust Us with Their Federal Criminal Defense in Fort Worth
With federal, state, and local governments focused on reducing financial fraud to replenish public coffers, the potential of being subject to a federal grand jury indictment, federal search warrant, or arrest for a federal crime has never been greater. Fraud schemes that deplete public funds have become a focus of federal law enforcement agencies, especially allegations of fraud against Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and other federal health care programs. The national attention has been concentrated on the following:
- Health Care Fraud (Kickbacks, Conspiracy & Medicare Fraud)
- Financial Fraud (Tax Fraud, Financial Institution Fraud, Embezzlement, Securities Fraud, SEC violations)
- Conspiracies to Distribute Narcotics (Methamphetamine, Fentanyl, Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana)
- Federal Computer Offenses
- Prescription Opioid Prosecutions
Oberheiden, P.C. is a team of former Department of Justice lawyers that assists clients in Fort Worth and throughout North Texas. With more than 100 years of federal litigation experience and prominent case results, Oberheiden, P.C. is one of the most trusted law firms when it comes to effectively defending businesses and individuals against FBI, OIG, or DEA investigations.
The Fort Worth federal criminal defense lawyers in our law firm have achieved the following accomplishments and experience when zealously pursuing the best outcome for our clients:
- Representation in more than a thousand federal cases
- Over 500 criminal trials
- High success rate at avoiding escalation to a grand jury indictment
- More than a thousand grand jury proceedings
Our Dallas North Texas office has extensive experience working with federal law enforcement agencies and handling criminal prosecutions in Fort Worth federal court. Many years handling thousands of prosecutions have allowed us to develop insider knowledge that can give you a strategic advantage when facing federal investigations, grand juries, and criminal prosecutions. While many law firms handle federal criminal cases, Oberheiden, P.C. focuses almost exclusively on handling criminal cases in federal court.
Do Federal Law Enforcement Authorities Have You in Their Crosshairs?
Although you might hear rumors that you have been targeted for an investigation by federal law enforcement or regulatory authorities, most people discover that they have fallen under a cloud of suspicion through written notice, an arrest, or the arrival of federal authorities.
Written Notification: Written notification of an investigation could take a couple distinct forms. Under the federal grand jury system, the decision to indict an individual for a federal crime falls upon a pool of 16 to 25 citizens serving on a federal grand jury. The grand jury must reach a unanimous decision that sufficient evidence exists to support a formal criminal charge through the issuance of an indictment. The grand jury has the power to serve subpoenas on individuals or entities to gather evidence supporting a charging decision. Receipt of such a subpoena can provide notification that you might be a target of a grand jury. The other form of written notice comes in the form of a target letter that will be sent if the government has already reached a decision that you personally, or in concert, have committed a federal crime. Receipt of a target letter can be disturbing. However, our experienced Dallas Fort Worth federal criminal defense attorneys often exploit the opportunity to intervene early by exposing unknown facts and challenging criminal procedures to preempt filing of formal charges or to influence the severity or number of charges.
Arrest: An arrest by agents with the FBI, DEA, or another federal law enforcement agency clearly is the most frightening way to learn you are the subject of a federal investigation. Federal agents often show up at the door of a target in the early morning hours to slap on the cuffs and take the target into custody. If you have been arrested by federal law enforcement agents or fear an imminent arrest, you should immediately seek legal advice from an experienced Fort Worth federal criminal defense lawyer. The attorney can protect your constitutional rights against procedural violations during the pendency of the investigation and your criminal prosecution. While an arrest is a disturbing experience, this undesirable event does not mean you have committed a crime. Our seasoned and dedicated federal criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C. tenaciously defend your legal rights while preventing overreaching by the government.
Government Interview: Individuals should never participate in an interview with federal agents even if the federal agents indicate that they are not a target. Law enforcement authorities can legally lie to you during the process. Federal agents are skilled interrogators who frequently obtain incriminating and contradictory statements that might make your situation worse. IMPORTANT: You should never agree to talk to federal agents without a proven and seasoned federal criminal defense lawyer present to protect your interests and legal rights.
Tougher Enforcement and Prosecution Necessitates Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Trial Attorneys in Fort Worth
The Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice announced a new policy in May 2017 that made the specter of federal charges even more threatening. In a Memorandum from the Attorney General articulating the harsh new policy, prosecutors in Fort Worth, TX have been directed to charge the most serious offense that can be proven. The Memorandum clarifies that the “most serious offense” means the crime that will result in the harshest punishment under the federal sentencing guidelines, which includes mandatory minimums.
Even if a federal prosecutor wishes to depart from this draconian principle in a particular case, any exception requires the approval of a supervising attorney with the rationale clearly articulated in the file. Given the harsh sentences recommended under the federal sentencing guidelines, including tough mandatory minimums, the risk of lengthy terms of imprisonment in a federal penitentiary has never been higher.
In the wake of this new policy, Fort Worth and surrounding areas have seen an increasing number of raids, investigations, federal grand jury subpoenas, arrests, and criminal prosecutions. This increase has involved an array of federal law enforcement authorities that include the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in Fort Worth, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense, Internal Revenue Service, and Drug Enforcement Agency. Because of this focus on pursuing the most serious charges that carry staggering sentencing terms, targets of federal investigations retain our attorneys with hundreds of years of collective experienced defending individuals charged with federal crimes.
Handling Serious Criminal Fraud and Conspiracy Charges
Our track record in federal criminal defense extends to all federal felonies, but our law firm has built its national reputation handling federal fraud and conspiracy charges, such as:
- Possession with Intent to Distribute/Distribution of Narcotics (21 U.S.C. 841)
- Narcotics Drug Conspiracy (21 U.S.C. 846)
- Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (21 U.S.C. 846)
- Conspiracy to Distribute Furanyl, Fentanyl, Carfentanil, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Marijuana, Cocaine, etc. (21 U.S.C. 846)
- Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1343)
- Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. 1956)
- Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1349)
- Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1341)
- Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1343)
Health Care Fraud Crimes
- Health Care Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347)
- Payment of Illegal Remuneration (1320a- 7b(b)(2)
- Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1349)
- False Statements Relating to Health Care Billings (18 U.S.C. 1035)
- Receipt of Illegal Remuneration (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)(1)
Other Fraud Charges
- Securities and Commodities Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1348)
- Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344)
These federal felonies carry punishments that include lengthy jail terms. While each offense carries its own punishment, the following sentencing terms apply:
- Health Care Fraud (0-10 years)
- Mail and Wire Fraud, Money Laundering (0-20 years per count)
When you experience exposure to criminal liability with the potential for a lengthy prison term, our team of former DOJ attorneys tenaciously advocate for our clients involved in federal investigations and criminal proceedings.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Fort Worth Federal Criminal Defense at Oberheiden, P.C.
How do I proceed if I learn I am the target of a grand jury?
The function of a grand jury proceeding is to decide whether sufficient evidence exists to merit bringing criminal charges against the target. If you receive a subpoena from a grand jury, you could be the target of the potential charges. Even if you are told that you are a witness and not a target, no one will protect your interest unless you have legal representation from a skilled Fort Worth criminal defense attorney. We can anticipate the prosecutor’s strategies and protect your legal rights. Our federal criminal defense lawyers have handled over a thousand grand jury matters. We have even accomplished the very rare goal of obtaining the dismissal of a federal grand jury indictment that has already been issued.
Who will be assigned to my federal criminal case?
Only senior lawyers with substantial federal experience will work on your case. The law firm of Oberheiden, P.C. understands the importance of timely communication and collaboration with our clients. This commitment to customer service means that our clients are not passed off to junior lawyers or support staff. Our clients rely on the advice and guidance of their experienced federal criminal defense trial attorney.
Should I wait to retain an attorney until I know exactly what charges I am facing?
When individuals delay seeking legal advice and representation, they often help the prosecutor develop the case. When you have retained an experienced Fort Worth federal criminal defense lawyer, he or she can shield you from questions designed to elicit incriminating information. Our lawyers also will analyze the factual and legal issues to develop a defense strategy before you have been lured into missteps that harm your criminal case.
What federal offenses does your law firm handle beyond the offenses highlighted above?
- Computer Crimes
- Investment Fraud
- Corporate Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Corporate Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Federal Procurement Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Mortgage Fraud
- Environmental Crimes
- Intellectual Property Crimes
- Stealing Government Property
- Customs Violations
How Our Fort Worth Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm Can Protect You
The special skills of federal prosecutors, substantial financial litigation resources, lack of plea negotiations, and rigid, harsh federal sentencing guidelines make your choice of a defense attorney important. Some of the reasons our Fort Worth clients retain Oberheiden, P.C. include the following:
Practice Focused on Federal Cases: Although some state criminal defense attorneys appear in federal court from time to time, our law firm is focused almost exclusively on federal cases. Few law firms have the experience we have in handling federal health care fraud and federal criminal defense. Federal criminal defense involves more than trying cases in a different court system. Rather, federal cases are characterized by higher conviction rates, different procedures, harsher sentences, and specially trained law enforcement units like the Violent Crime Unit and the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.
Extensive Prosecutorial Experience: Since we have a team of former federal prosecutors and attorneys with long distinguished careers inside the Department of Justice, we can anticipate the litigation strategies that will be utilized by federal prosecutors. We also know the types of law enforcement procedural errors that might open the door to an effective defense strategy.
Criminal Trial Attorneys: While many criminal defense attorneys have some trial experience, few law firms have defense lawyers that have handled over 500 criminal trials and a thousand grand jury proceedings. Since plea bargaining is comparatively rare in federal criminal cases, you need an attorney who is prepared to provide a persuasive defense at trial.
National Expertise Regarding Health Care Fraud: Our law firm devotes a substantial percentage of our practice to federal health care fraud cases. We have familiarity with the federal agencies that pursue health care fraud and have achieved an enormous amount of success in these cases. All our clients facing a federal investigation or Medicaid audit were able to keep their professional license.
Shield You from Mistakes: There are many mistakes that occur when targets do not have a skilled attorney to protect their interests. Statements made during interviews often become an intricate part of the prosecutor’s case. If you have legal representation from an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer, the attorney also can help you avoid lying. While you are not required to talk to the agents, many people end up being prosecuted for lying during an interview with a federal agent rather than the underlying offense.
Speak to a Knowledgeable Fort Worth Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Today!
Whether you are the target of a federal investigation or facing a federal grand jury indictment, we urge you to assert your rights not to speak to federal agents without an attorney present to protect your rights. Our attorney can assess your situation and construct a defense strategy. We invite you to call us at 214-469-9009 or request a free case evaluation online now, so we can explain your options.