Fresno California Criminal Trial/Litigation
Winning Fresno California Criminal Trial/Litigation Attorneys
If you are facing federal criminal charges in Fresno, CA, defending yourself starts with engaging experienced legal representation. Our Fresno California criminal trial/litigation attorneys have a long track record of representing criminal defendants in federal district court.
When you have been accused of a federal crime, everything you say and do matters. Anything you say can be used against you, and anything you do can impact your ability to present a successful defense at trial. These impacts can be negative (e.g., if you violate the terms of a grand jury subpoena) or they can help protect you against a lifetime of negative consequences (e.g., if you make the right choice about your legal representation).
Our firm’s Fresno California criminal trial/litigation attorneys are comprised entirely of senior defense attorneys. When you choose Oberheiden, P.C., to represent you, each attorney working on your case will bring substantial experience and insights to the table. Unlike other firms, we do not employ junior associates or paralegals to handle the bulk of the work. Several members of our team are highly experienced former prosecutors who spent decades pursuing federal charges on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
If you have been charged with a federal crime in Fresno or if you have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, we can protect you. But it is important that you contact us immediately. To get started with a free and confidential case assessment, call (214) 692-2171 now.
Federal Litigation Attorneys for Criminal Cases in Fresno, CA
Defending against federal criminal charges is a process that starts (and often ends) well before your case even gets close to going to trial. We rely on our federal litigation attorneys’ extensive experience (which includes representing clients in more than 500 criminal trials) to strategically pursue favorable outcomes at each stage of the process:
Defense Strategies for Each Stage of the Federal Criminal Justice Process
1. Grand Jury
Although the ideal scenario is to resolve federal allegations before they end up in front of a grand jury, many of our clients first contact us upon receiving a federal grand jury subpoena. A grand jury proceeding is the process by which prosecutors obtain approval to pursue charges in federal cases. If prosecutors can convince the jurors that they have “probable cause” to pursue charges, then the grand jury will issue an “indictment” to start the formal federal criminal justice process.
When you are subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, the issuance of an indictment is not a foregone conclusion. There are defense strategies that are specific to fending off charges during grand jury proceedings, and we have helped numerous clients avoid indictments.
If you have been indicted by a federal grand jury, you need to learn as much as you can about the government’s case against you as quickly as possible. At this point, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has the advantage (in that federal agents and prosecutors have already devoted scores of hours to your case), and you need to take proactive measures to level the playing field.
In order to begin building your litigation strategy, it will be necessary to determine the answers to questions such as:
- What triggered the government’s investigation? Are you the only person being targeted?
- What are the specific allegations against you (i.e., it is not enough simply to know that you are being targeted for “health care fraud”)?
- What evidence does the U.S. Attorney’s Office already have in its possession?
- Were appropriate procedures followed before, during, and after your arrest and the issuance of any warrants or subpoenas?
- Do you have any other grounds to challenge the government’s prosecution tactics or to seek to have incriminating evidence excluded from your trial?
3. Plea Bargain (or Dismissal) Negotiations
Like civil litigation, criminal cases in federal court are often resolved through negotiated settlements. In the context of a criminal prosecution, these settlements are known as “plea deals” or “plea bargains.” Once we have gathered the necessary information about your case, then we can build and execute a strategy designed to negotiate a favorable pretrial resolution.
Critically, when it comes to pretrial resolutions, a plea bargain is not the only option. Our Fresno California criminal trial/litigation attorneys have also resolved clients’ cases by securing dismissal of charges prior to trial.
4. Pretrial Practice
Formal pretrial practice involves conducting discovery, filing motions, responding to motions filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and attending hearings in federal district court. These steps are taken in tandem with plea bargain or dismissal negotiations. Oftentimes, results obtained through pretrial practice (e.g., filing a successful motion for the suppression of incriminating evidence) will provide the leverage necessary to negotiate a favorable deal.
If you are not satisfied with the best deal that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has to offer, then you will need to take your case to trial. All members of our federal litigation team are experienced trial lawyers who have represented numerous criminal defendants in federal district court. During your trial, our highly skilled Fresno California criminal trial/litigation attorneys will challenge the government’s case from all angles, and we will present a comprehensive defense strategy focused on securing a “not guilty” verdict from the jury.
In federal district court, sentencing is a separate proceeding from the trial on the merits of your case. At the time you get convicted in federal court, the penalties resulting from your conviction are still very much up in the air. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines provide for a broad range of punishment for most serious federal offenses, and our Fresno California criminal trial/litigation attorneys will argue for the mitigation of your sentence to the absolute greatest extent possible.
Importantly, even if you are sentenced to federal prison, this still is not the end of your federal case. You have the right to file an appeal, and our attorneys have substantial experience representing clients in both trial and appellate litigation.
Experienced Legal Representation for Serious White-Collar Federal Offenses
We have achieved favorable results (including favorable plea deals, dismissals, and acquittals at trial) on behalf of clients facing a broad range of federal criminal charges, particularly in cases involving charges for:
- Health care fraud
- Federal drug crimes
- Tax crimes
- Bank fraud
- Securities fraud
- Public corruption and bribery
- Other white-collar federal offenses
Regardless of the charge (or charges) against you, the key to success is to give yourself as much time as possible to develop and execute an effective defense strategy. When you contact us, we will schedule your free initial consultation right away, and we can arrange for you to meet with one of our Fresno California criminal trial/litigation attorneys, as soon as possible.
4 Key Types of Defenses in Federal Criminal Litigation
Defenses can arise due to a variety of different factual circumstances, and they can come into play at various stages of the federal criminal litigation process. Four key types of defenses we will typically assert on behalf of our clients include:
- Lack of Evidence – In federal criminal litigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has the burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If we can show that the government lacks the evidence necessary to meet this burden, then you do not deserve to be convicted in court.
- Inadmissibility of Evidence – One particular way to prevent the government from proving its case is to have its evidence deemed inadmissible at trial. There are several legal grounds to have evidence suppressed, and our attorneys can file motions to suppress both prior to and during your trial.
- Affirmative Defenses – Affirmative defenses apply to certain types of federal charges. And by asserting an affirmative defense, you are effectively arguing that even if what the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges is true, the circumstances are such that you do not deserve to be held criminally responsible.
- Constitutional Defenses – Constitutional defenses apply in all federal criminal cases. If you were subjected to an unlawful search or seizure, if you were denied your right to an attorney, if federal agents failed to read you your rights, or if you experienced any other violation of your constitutional rights, we can use this to your advantage.
About Oberheiden, P.C. | Fresno, CA Federal Criminal Trial Lawyers
Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal litigation law firm that represents clients in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and other federal district courts nationwide. If you are facing federal charges, our Fresno California criminal trial/litigation lawyers can use their vast trial litigation experience to protect you against unwarranted prosecution and punishment.
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