Savannah Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
Getting charged with a federal offense, or learning that you are under federal investigation, is a pivotal moment in your life. Suddenly, your future is uncertain. You need to take the steps necessary to protect your interests or you risk facing a massive fine and potentially even prison time, as well as other significant setbacks and penalties. One of the biggest of those steps that you can take is to hire a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer.
The federal criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. legally represent corporate and individual defendants who are facing federal charges or an investigation in Savannah, Georgia. With their legal advice, numerous defendants in the area have invoked their rights and protected their future.
Our Practice Areas in Savannah
Oberheiden P.C. focuses its federal defense practice on white collar offenses, such as:
- Healthcare fraud
- Money laundering
- Mortgage fraud
- Tax evasion
- Insurance fraud
- Securities fraud
- Bank fraud
- Mail and wire fraud
- Criminal conspiracy
- Public corruption and bribery
A conviction for any of these offenses can carry:
- Criminal fines that frequently reach into the millions of dollars
- Substantial prison sentences, sometimes of multiple decades
- Strict probationary periods after release
- Restitution obligations
- Loss of any professional certifications or licenses that were used to commit the alleged offense
- Loss of reputation
Additionally, and to the surprise of many federal defendants, many of these cases can be pursued either criminally or civilly. Civil allegations, while they do not carry the potential for prison time, do still carry the huge financial penalties, the professional repercussions, and much of the reputational harm. More importantly, civil allegations do not need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, like a criminal charge has to be. The potential for facing a civil allegation needs to be on your mind as you mount a defense to the criminal charge, or else you risk weakening your civil defense and exposing yourself to the huge penalties that come with civil liability, all in the name of avoiding prison.
The federal defense lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. appreciate this complexity and aim to insulate our white collar clients from all forms of liability, both criminal and civil.
In addition to our white collar defense services, our federal defense lawyers also represent clients who have been accused of many violent crimes or drug crimes.
The Deeply Experienced Federal Defense Lawyers at Oberheiden P.C.
If you are facing federal charges or are being investigated by a federal law enforcement agency, it is essential for you to have a federal defense team. The differences between facing a state charge and a federal one are not restricted to where the case would be held or the higher penalties that tend to come with a federal conviction.
The biggest difference between a state and a federal case is one that many federal suspects or defendants do not appreciate because it can be difficult to see: The sheer amount of resources that the federal government has at its disposal when compared to a state or local law enforcement office.
When you are under investigation or get charged with a state case, the law enforcement agency will be the local district attorney’s office or, at most, the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia. Depending on the county or jurisdiction, the local district attorney’s office will likely have a few prosecutors and investigators to pursue the case and gather evidence. The Attorney General’s Office will likely have dozens of prosecutors and investigators on hand.
A federal law enforcement agency will have hundreds.
Depending on the federal offence that you are being charged with, the prosecutors and agents that will be gathering evidence against you will come from any of the following agencies, as well as others:
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
In many cases, multiple federal agencies will be working together to convict you.
Facing these agencies down is not for the faint of heart. That is why many, if not most, criminal defense lawyers in Georgia focus their practice in state court on state charges. They either do not have the time and the resources necessary to raise a good defense in federal cases, or have learned that it is not worth it for them.
Oberheiden P.C. is different.
The defense lawyers at Oberheiden P.C. focus on federal offenses, not on state ones. In fact, our national law firm has handled over 2,000 federal cases across the country, including many in Savannah, Georgia. In many of these cases, our defense lawyers have managed to secure positive outcomes like:
- Significant downward variations from federal sentencing guidelines after conviction
- Outright acquittals after trial
- Dropped charges
- Case dismissals
- Favorable plea deals
- Investigations closed with no charges filed
In many of these cases, our defense lawyers have benefitted from their prior positions within the federal law enforcement agencies pursuing the case. Many of our lawyers worked as investigators or prosecutors in federal agencies like the DOJ, the FBI, or the IRS. That prior experience gives us invaluable insight into how the agency is likely to move your case forward, letting us better prepare you for those developments before they happen.
5 FAQs About Federal Criminal Defense in Savannah, Georgia, and Oberheiden P.C.’s Legal Representation
1. What is a “National Law Firm”?
Oberheiden P.C. is a national law firm: We have law offices in most major American cities, though our firm is headquartered in Texas, where we have our main offices in Dallas and Houston. What this means for our clients in Savannah is that they have access to some of the most experienced federal defense attorneys across the country. Even if our most experienced and adept attorney for your needs is in another state and cannot represent you in Savannah, you can rely on their insight and advice being used in your own case.
2. What Makes Oberheiden P.C.’s Firm Different from Others?
There are numerous ways that Oberheiden P.C. is different from other criminal defense law firms. For example, we focus our practice in federal court rather than in state court.
Another example is in how we structure our law firm.
Other law firms have a hierarchy: The partners and the senior associates have extensive experience in their practice areas, but there are only a couple of them compared to the numerous junior associates and paralegals. Those junior associates and paralegals have much less experience and legal acumen, but they will be the ones doing most of the work on your case. The partners and the senior lawyers whose prior experience likely drew you to the firm will only play a minor supervisory role on the development of your case. It is not uncommon for clients at these firms to not see a senior attorney’s face until the very end of their case.
We do not do this at Oberheiden P.C.
Instead, all of our lawyers are senior level, with numerous years of experience defending clients against federal charges. We cannot delegate the work on your case to junior associates or to paralegals because we do not have any. All of the work is done by the lawyer whose experience drew you to Oberheiden P.C.
3. Will My Case Go to Trial?
The reality is that most federal cases do not go to trial. Precisely because law enforcement agents have the resources to conduct an extremely thorough investigation of your case, there are often very few facts in dispute by the time the trial date rolls around. As a result, the vast majority of these cases end with:
- A plea deal
- Dropped charges
- A case dismissal by the judge
Trials do still happen, though, and if it is your intent to take your case to trial rather than accept a plea deal, the defense attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. will mount the best defense possible and present it to the judge and jury.
4. What is a “White Collar Crime”?
A white collar crime is a nonviolent property crime that was motivated by a financial interest. It is usually a type of theft offense, and generally involves deceit of some kind. A couple of examples of white collar crimes are:
- Embezzlement, where someone entrusts you with their money but you pocket it for yourself
- Investment fraud, like lying about a business opportunity in order to get someone to invest in it
- Healthcare fraud, like deliberately double billing an insurance company
These cases are especially unlikely to go to trial because most of the evidence is documented, often in the form of emails or financial statements.
5. Why Doesn’t Oberheiden P.C. Call Itself the Best Federal Defense Firm in Savannah?
This is the sort of thing that we prefer to let our prior clients say about our firm. You can read their testimonials here.
Oberheiden P.C.: The Federal Defense Team You Need in Savannah, Georgia
If you are facing federal charges or scrutiny from a federal law enforcement agency, you need a criminal defense team that is accustomed to not just handling federal cases, but winning them.
You can find that criminal defense team at Oberheiden P.C. Call their national intake number at (888) 680-1745 or contact them online to get them on your side in Savannah, Georgia.