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Atlanta Federal Criminal Defense

The federal criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. legally represent criminal defendants and suspects of federal crimes in Atlanta. With their help, numerous individuals and businesses in the Atlanta area have successfully fought off criminal charges, allegations, subpoenas, and investigations from the federal government.

Atlanta address – by appointment only:
691 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30312
404-738-6630

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If you or your company is under federal criminal investigation by any federal law enforcement agency, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to the Department of Justice (DOJ), reach out to the experienced senior lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. for effective legal representation that will protect your rights and interests. Contact us online or call our federal criminal law office at (404) 738-6630.

Why Do I Need a “Federal” Criminal Defense Attorney?

Atlanta is a big city. There are plenty of criminal defense lawyers in the area, and many of them are quite good. What sets the federal lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. apart from the other criminal defense firms in the region?

Oberheiden P.C. is different than the others in that it focuses its criminal defense practice solely on federal criminal cases and the federal criminal justice system. We fight against federal agencies that are investigating or have charged you or your business with a federal crime, or violation of federal law.

This difference is not just one of degree. Yes, federal law enforcement agencies have far more resources at their disposal to prosecute the allegations than state law enforcement departments do. And yes, violations of federal law are generally far more serious than violations of state criminal laws.

But the reason why you should trust Oberheiden P.C. with your defense in a federal criminal case is that it is one of the few criminal defense firms in the country that only defends federal cases. Around 95 percent of criminal charges are state offenses. These are pursued by state or local district attorneys or prosecutors. This means that other defense firms rarely handle federal cases. They rarely appear in federal court, hardly ever argue before a federal judge with life tenure, and do not interact with federal prosecutors.

These are not small issues. Federal offenses are a different beast than state offenses. Defending against them requires a completely different skill set.

The federal defense attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. have that skill set, as well as copious experience in using it to protect our clients from serious federal charges that are being prosecuted by the:

These are not lightweight agencies. Defending against their allegations of wrongdoing is a serious undertaking.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Founder

Attorney-at-Law

Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney

Partner

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)

What Charges Do We Handle?

The federal defense lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. handle a wide variety of criminal charges, though most federal offenses fall in the broad category of white collar crime. Some representative examples of the cases that we handle are criminal cases for:

These are just a small sampling of the types of cases that we handle. Federal law is very invasive and all-encompassing. We help our clients defend their rights and interests against all federal charges, no matter how big or small.

What Sets Oberheiden P.C. Apart from the Rest?

Our familiarity with federal court and federal criminal charges, though, are not the only thing that sets Oberheiden P.C. apart from the rest.

Unlike most other criminal defense law firms, we think that the senior attorneys that you hire to defend you or your company against a serious criminal offense should actually be the lawyers who you interact with on a regular basis. That is why, at Oberheiden P.C., we do not employ junior associates, secretaries, or paralegals. When you call us, you speak directly with a senior attorney who has the knowledge, expertise, and experience to answer your questions right away.

We do this for two reasons.

First, by communicating directly with the senior lawyer on your case, it eliminates the potential for your thoughts and concerns about your case from getting misinterpreted as it passes through other law office personnel. This can be a serious concern in some law firms. You call about your case and talk to a secretary, who then passes the news on to a junior attorney, who then notifies the senior attorney or partner who is handling your case. It is not uncommon for important details to get misinterpreted, downplayed, altered, or dropped completely during this process. Aware of this possibility, we have eliminated it from our law firm. When you talk to someone, you speak directly with the person who needs to know what you are saying.

Second, we know that your perception of the legal representation that you are receiving matters. Facing a criminal charge – for a federal offense, no less – is a stressful and nerve-wracking event. You should be confident that your case is at the forefront of your attorney’s mind. If you doubt that you are getting the attention that you are paying for and that you deserve, it can add to that emotional turmoil. We aim to alleviate it as much as possible.

Questions and Answers with the Federal Criminal Defense Team at Oberheiden P.C.

When is the best time to hire a federal criminal defense lawyer?

As soon as you can. You should absolutely hire a defense lawyer if you have been formally charged with a federal offense. Ideally, though, you should hire one well before then, when you first learn that you might face a criminal allegation. Having a lawyer at your side during the earliest stages of a federal investigation – whether it is a subpoena, investigation, audit, or any other interaction with law enforcement – can prepare your case from the beginning and prevent you from making an error that will come back to haunt you in the long run.

What legal defenses will you use?

There are numerous potential legal defenses that can be raised to protect your rights and interests. The one that is best for your circumstances will depend on the facts of your case. In some cases, federal law enforcement agents overreached and violated your rights during the investigation. If this is the case, we will raise the defense of entrapment or invoke your Fourth Amendment rights to get the evidence excluded. In other cases, there are serious factual problems with the allegations being levied against you. By pointing those out, we can prevent prosecutors from proving an essential element of the case.

Why doesn’t Oberheiden P.C. call itself the best federal criminal defense firm in Atlanta?

Because we prefer to let our experienced team and our case results do the talking for us. We only employ senior attorneys with extensive experience at Oberheiden P.C. and you only interact directly with them during the course of your case. Many of these lawyers have prior experience prosecuting the same types of cases that you are facing, right now. This insider knowledge of law enforcement’s tactics provides them with valuable insight that can keep your defense strategy one step ahead of the prosecution. Our case results show how valuable this can be. In many cases, we have actively opened a dialogue with the law enforcement agencies involved in your case and pointed out the weaknesses of the charges that they were about to file. When successful, we have been able to get our clients out of legal jeopardy even before they were in it.


Federal Criminal Defense in Atlanta

When you are accused of violating federal law, your case goes to federal court, not state court. These buildings are far more impressive and intimidating.

At the trial court level, the state of Georgia is divided into three districts:

  1. Southern District
  2. Middle District
  3. Northern District

Atlanta is in the Northern District. The District Court for the Northern District of Georgia is based in Atlanta, in the Richard B. Russell Federal Building at 75 Ted Turner Drive SW. There are three other divisions of this district, based in:

Depending on the county in which you were charged, your trial will be held in one of these locations. If you appeal the outcome of your case, it will go before the 11th Circuit Appeals Court. This court is located in Atlanta, as well, in the Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building at 56 Forsyth Street NW.

The federal criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. are licensed to practice in all of these courthouses, as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States. Call them at (404) 738-6630 or contact them online for help.

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