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Georgia Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our federal defense lawyers have centuries of experience in federal cases. They have handled thousands of investigations, grand jury proceedings, and trials across the country. Are you being targeted for federal criminal prosecution in Atlanta, Augusta, or anywhere in Georgia? Call 404-738-6630 to speak with a member of our defense team confidentially.

Georgia address – by appointment only:
691 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30312

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Facing a federal criminal investigation in federal courts is a serious matter. Most likely, federal agents and prosecutors are coming after you for multiple related and unrelated offenses. You could be at risk for millions of dollars in fines and decades of federal imprisonment. Sounds severe? It is. Sounds far-fetched? It isn’t. Federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spend a lot of resources on criminal investigations. Federal law such as the mail and wire fraud statutes (18 U.S.C. Sections 1341 and 1343) and the anti-money laundering statutes (18 U.S.C. Sections 1956 and 1957) will apply in most federal cases regardless of the specific charges. It’s scary stuff.

At Oberheiden, P.C., our federal defense lawyers provide aggressive and determined legal representation for individuals and companies facing the federal criminal justice system in Georgia. Are you the target of an active investigation? We’ll step in and try to prevent charges from being filed. Did you receive a federal grand jury subpoena? We’ll do everything possible to protect you from being indicted.

If you have been charged and are awaiting trial, we’ll work tirelessly to secure a favorable result out of federal court. We will use our attorneys’ centuries of collective experience to provide top-notch representation at trial. Whatever your case’s status, getting legal representation immediately maximizes your chances of a favorable result.

As soon as you hire us, our Georgia federal criminal defense attorneys start working. They’ll determine the scope and nature of the charges against you. Through teamwork, they’ll develop an efficient defense strategy. We want a good outcome just as much as you do. Our team includes several former federal prosecutors. That means we can examine your case from the government’s point of view. We use our experience on both sides of plea negotiations and federal criminal trials to pursue a positive outcome no matter the situation.

We Handle Federal Cases in Georgia Involving All Types of Serious Federal Criminal Allegations

Our federal criminal defense law firm represents individuals and companies in investigations, grand jury proceedings, pre-trial proceedings, trials, and appeals involving serious federal crime charges. We’ve been on both sides of cases involving charges ranging from illegal drug manufacturing to Medicare fraud. We’ve helped the majority of our clients avoid criminal penalties entirely.

We handle cases in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia. We work on federal court cases involving the DEA, DOJ, FBI, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and all other federal agencies and task forces. This includes (but is not limited to) cases involving allegations of:

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Our Strategic Approach to Federal Criminal Defense

Our federal lawyers have represented the government and the targets of federal court investigations in thousands of cases. We know what we’re doing! We offer you strategic and focused defense representation based on decades of real-world experience. We know prompt intervention is one of the keys to success in your case. We know close, high-level attorney-client interaction is crucial to get your case dismissed or acquitted. That’s why, in every case, our approach to federal crimes defense involves:

  • Immediate contact with the federal agents or prosecutors involved. Once you have defense counsel, you want the federal government to know. This lets the agents and prosecutors handling your case know you’re serious about defending yourself. It also lets them know they’ll need to deal with your legal counsel from now on. At Oberheiden, P.C., we intervene in your case as soon as we can. We want to prevent overreaching in the government’s investigation. We begin working toward a favorable pre-charge or pre-trial resolution right away.
  • Direct consultation between our senior federal criminal attorneys and our clients (or their senior personnel). While we will deal with the federal government for you, you still need to play an active role in your defense. Our senior federal defense lawyers work closely with you and leadership teams. They uncover relevant facts, identify strong defenses, and help you make informed decisions about your overall defense strategy.
  • Aggressive and unrelenting pursuit of pre-charge or pre-trial success. Once we intervene, we don’t ease up until the case is over. This aggressive approach makes sure federal agents and prosecutors can’t build the government’s case unchecked. We’ll be prepared to strike at every available opportunity for pre-charge or pre-trial success.
  • Parallel tracks toward pre-trial dismissal or settlement and trial representation. While working to secure a good out-of-federal court resolution, we’ll also prepare for a trial. This means we’ll be fully prepared to present a convincing case for acquittal if or when the time comes. It also lets the government’s attorneys know we’re serious about protecting you.
  • Constant evaluation and reevaluation of defense strategies based upon new developments. In federal criminal cases, success is a moving target. We don’t develop an initial case strategy and then keep our heads down in a vacuum. Our defense lawyers constantly evaluate and reevaluate your case’s circumstances. We go for a tailored and effective strategy to protect you as much as we can.

Federal Agents from the DEA, DOJ, FBI, IRS, OIG, or USPIS Contacted You? What Do You Need to Know?

1. What Should You Do if Federal Agents Come to Your Home or Office?

Never speak with federal agents without your attorney present. If federal agents come to your home or office, politely decline their request for an interview. Remind them of your right to legal counsel. Even if they say you are not the target of their investigation. This is because what they say may or may not be true. You could become a target if you share information that makes you look guilty. Learn more: What to Do When Federal Agents Come to Your Home or Business.

2. When Can Evidence Be Kept Out of a Federal Criminal Cases?

Evidence found during a federal court investigation may not be allowed in federal criminal cases. There are many reasons this could happen. During the government’s investigation, it’s important to be aware of these reasons. Do you have any reason to believe federal agents violated your legal or constitutional rights? If you do, speak with your Georgia federal criminal defense lawyer. Learn more: When May Evidence Be Suppressed from Use at Trial?

3. What Does it Mean to Have “Criminal Intent”?

A key difference between federal civil prosecution and federal criminal prosecution is the element of intent. Intent is different from motive, but both concepts focus on your mental state at the time of the alleged federal crimes. Learn more: What is Criminal Intent?

4. What Does it Mean to Be Implicated in a Federal “Conspiracy”?

The federal conspiracy statute is one of the federal government’s strongest weapons. Under this statute, it can charge you with federal crimes even if no substantive offense was committed. Even if you were not personally involved in the planning stages for contemplated potential federal crimes.

Learn more: What Is a Federal Criminal Conspiracy?

5. Is it Possible to Resolve a Federal Criminal Case Without Going to Trial?

The ideal scenario is to end an investigation before charges get filed. Can’t avoid an indictment? Then you’ll need to re-focus your efforts on the pre-trial process. Even at this stage, it’s possible to resolve a federal criminal case without going to trial. Our attorneys have a high record of success during the pre-trial process. Learn more: Pre-Trial Motions in Federal Criminal Cases.

Georgia Federal Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if the FBI shows up at my house?


Is the FBI knocking at your door? The first thing to do is to find out why they are there. Sometimes, FBI agents stop by someone’s home or business to ask questions about an investigation. If this is the case, you aren’t required to speak with them. You can politely decline. If they have enough evidence to suggest a crime was committed, FBI agents may show up with a search warrant. In this situation, you need to let the FBI agents search your home or business. But, again, you don’t need to speak with them. In fact, you shouldn’t without first consulting a Georgia federal criminal defense attorney.

What is white-collar crime?


White-collar crime refers to a wide range of financial crimes. The government most often brings these charges against politicians, executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals. White-collar crime includes corporate fraud, embezzlement, extortion, money laundering, investment fraud, and many other offenses. Many people believe a conviction for a white-collar federal crime is taken less seriously than those for “street crimes.” That’s not true. Being convicted of these offenses often means jail. You could suffer many other serious and potentially lifelong consequences too. White-collar crimes are complex. You want an experienced federal criminal defense lawyers are on your side.

What is a grand jury subpoena?


A grand jury subpoena is a formal document issued by the United States’ Attorney’s Office. It demands you either appear in person or produce specific documents. Receiving a grand jury subpoena means one of two things. The government believes you committed a federal crime or that you have knowledge important to the case. However, it’s not always clear what the federal government’s intentions are. Federal investigators typically don’t disclose investigation details until they’ve presented evidence to a grand jury. They can be sneakily thorough like that.

Received a grand jury subpoena? How you handle the situation is vital. A wrong move can raise suspicion where there wasn’t any before. So, it’s important you reach out to an experienced Georgia federal criminal defense attorney to go over your options ASAP.

What should I do if I’m indicted?


Been indicted for federal crimes? Your sole focus should be on finding an experienced Georgia federal criminal defense attorney. Ideally, you would’ve secured a lawyer before the charges were filed. But it’s not too late. By the time you learn of an indictment, federal prosecutors have already conducted a thorough investigation. They’ve established there was probable cause you committed the crime by presenting their case to a grand jury. This means the prosecution has a head start. You should act quickly to get a Georgia federal criminal defense attorney. But it doesn’t mean you will be found guilty.

Should I try to negotiate a plea agreement or take the case to trial?


Deciding whether to fight federal criminal charges or seek a plea agreement? This is a very important decision. Don’t make it without speaking to a Georgia federal criminal defense lawyer. In some cases, the government’s case is weak or you can keep the evidence it plans to use out of trial. It may not make sense to plead guilty in those situations. In other cases, accepting some level of responsibility can result in the U.S. Attorney offering a much lighter sentence than you could expect if you took the case to trial and lost. Recently learned you’re being charged with a federal crime? Reach out to us to discuss your options.

When should I speak with a Georgia federal criminal defense attorney?


As soon as possible. In a federal investigation, you might not know you are being looked into until you’re charged. If you learn of an investigation before you face charges, take advantage of it. Talk to a Georgia federal criminal defense attorney right away. Your federal law attorney may be able to meet with prosecutors to clarify your lack of involvement. They can also address the concerns of the federal law prosecutors. Even if charges are likely, the sooner your attorney develops a defense strategy, the better your chances.


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Georgia Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys

Facing a federal law investigation in Georgia? Have you been served with a grand jury subpoena? Facing an indictment? Contact our Georgia federal criminal defense lawyers now to discuss your case. To speak with a senior federal criminal defense attorney at Oberheiden, P.C., call 404-738-6630 or request a free initial consultation online now. Other state pages can be found here.

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