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Chicago Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

Decisive Criminal Defense Attorneys with Decades of U.S. Department of Justice Experience Handling Federal Cases in Chicago, Illinois

Federal investigators and prosecutors are aggressively pursuing charges against individuals and businesses in Chicago for a wide range of federal offenses. This includes federal law enforcement priorities such as healthcare fraud and drug crimes, as well as a variety of other offenses carrying substantial fines and long-term imprisonment.  When prosecutors bring charges for conspiracy, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, and other “add-on” crimes that are common in complex cases, criminal defendants can easily face hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars in fines and decades in federal prison. You need an experienced Chicago federal criminal defense lawyer on your side.

At Oberheiden, P.C., we do not want any of this to happen to you. Our Chicago federal criminal defense attorneys are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights in the criminal justice system. While we have had success at trial, the majority of our clients have had their cases resolved without charges being filed. We take a strategic, aggressive approach to criminal defense that attacks the government’s case from all angles, and we rely on decades of prior experience within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to anticipate the government’s prosecution.

Decades of U.S. Department of Justice and Private Practice Experience

The attorneys on our federal criminal defense team offer a significant amount of federal government and private practice experience. Our senior attorneys collectively spent 70 years representing the United States government in federal cases before turning to criminal defense; and combining our experience on both sides of the courtroom, our attorneys have handled well over 1,000 grand jury proceedings and many trials. Our team approach ensures that you will benefit from our attorneys’ collective knowledge and insights, and our track record should give you confidence that we will do everything in our power to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

How Our Chicago Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Help Our Clients Avoid Prosecution and Conviction

Our goal in every case is to achieve a favorable resolution before charges get filed. When this is not an option, we aggressively attack the government’s case. This strategy is aimed at our goal of obtaining either a complete dismissal, or the best possible deal in light of the facts and law at hand. Our strategic approach to federal criminal defense includes:

  • Intervening in the Investigation. When you engage our firm, we will intervene in your investigation as soon as possible. This puts the government on notice that you are represented, and it allows us to collect key information we need in order to build a comprehensive and custom-tailored defense.
  • Attacking from All Angles. When we provide representation in a federal matter, we seek to attack the government’s case from all angles. We make sure your constitutional rights are protected, and we make sure you are not unfairly prosecuted due to misinterpretations of the evidence or statutory provisions involved in your case. We challenge the prosecution’s proof, and we assert exculpatory defenses that can shield our clients from criminal punishment.
  • Obtaining Bond. The bond hearing is a critical step in the criminal justice process, and we vigorously pursue bond on behalf of our clients. In fact, we have close to a 100% success rate obtaining bond in federal criminal cases.
  • Fighting for Post-Indictment Dismissal. While many defense attorneys believe that a federal indictment means it is time to start thinking about a plea deal, we have had success getting our clients’ federal charges dismissed prior to trial.
  • Using the Trial Process to Your Advantage. While trial is generally a last resort, when we go to trial, we use the process to our client’s advantage. The prosecution has the burden to prove each element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. That is a very high burden, so we focus on giving the factfinder plenty of reasons to return a verdict in our client’s favor.

Chicago Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

We use this approach in every case we handle. This includes cases involving allegations of:

  • Antitrust violations
  • Computer and internet crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Drug crimes
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Public corruption and bribery
  • Robbery
  • Securities fraud
  • Tax fraud and tax evasion
  • Wire fraud
  • Other white-collar federal offenses

Answers to FAQs: Facing Federal Investigations and Charges in Chicago, IL

Q: Why is the federal government investigating me?


If you are asking this question, you are not alone. While we often assume that the government targets known criminals in its investigations, the reality is that many – if not most – targets of federal investigations have no reason to suspect that they are at risk for being prosecuted. The DOJ, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and other federal agencies use a variety of methods to select targets for prosecution, ranging from data analysis in healthcare cases to whistleblower claims for alleged securities fraud.

Even if you suspect that you may know why you are being targeted, it is imperative that you find out for certain before you begin to make any decisions or assumptions about your case. When you engage our firm, one of our first steps will be to contact the prosecuting attorneys involved in order to discern the scope and nature of the allegations against you.

Q: If I am guilty, should I still hire an attorney?


Yes. But, more importantly, never assume that you are guilty of a federal offense. Our nation’s criminal laws and criminal justice system are extraordinarily complicated; and even if you think you may have committed a federal offense, you may very well be wrong. Furthermore, even if you have taken the steps necessary to commit a federal crime, you may still could have a variety of defenses available to you that entitle you to a “not guilty” verdict at trial.

Q: What are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines?


The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are a set of federal court rules that establish mandatory ranges of punishment for most federal criminal offenses. If you are likely to face conviction, it is critical to understand how the Federal Sentencing Guidelines apply to your case. With the potential to face multiple charges each with multiple counts, criminal defendants’ exposure in federal cases can be substantial, and you need to know what you are up against in order to make informed decisions.

Q: Does your firm handle cases involving all federal law enforcement agencies?


Yes, we do. Our Chicago federal criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience on both sides of federal cases involving:

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO)
  • Various other federal agencies’ Offices of Inspector General (OIG)

Why Choose Us for Federal Criminal Defense in Chicago, IL?

With your finances, your freedom, and your future on the line, why should you choose Oberheiden, P.C. for your federal case in Chicago, IL? We believe the answer is clear.

  • We have decades of experience in federal criminal cases, including 70 collective years of experience working inside the DOJ.
  • We take a unique team approach that brings the full weight of our firm’s intellectual capital and legal resources to bear.
  • Our Chicago federal criminal defense attorneys are experienced in complex federal matters, and we have a significant record of securing favorable outcomes prior to trial.
  • Our firm’s practice is devoted to federal defense. Unlike attorneys in other firms, the our Chicago federal criminal defense lawyers do not split their time between federal and state cases.
  • We will never recommend a bad deal. We are experienced in what is a just result in your case; and if we cannot convince the prosecutors or the judge to dismiss your charges, we will only recommend a plea deal if it represents a better alternative than going to trial.

Contact our Skilled Federal Criminal Defense Team in Chicago for a Complimentary Case Assessment

If you need a Chicago federal criminal defense attorney in Illinois, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary case assessment at Oberheiden, P.C. immediately. You do not have time to waste, and we are prepared to take action as soon as you decide to engage our services.

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This information has been prepared for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. While this information may constitute attorney advertising in some jurisdictions, merely reading this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Every case is different, any prior result described or referred to herein cannot guarantee similar outcomes in the future. Oberheiden, P.C. is a Texas limited liability partnership with its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Oberheiden limits his practice to federal law.

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