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Irvine Federal Criminal Defense (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)

Federal law enforcement is currently cracking down on white-collar crime in Irvine and all across Orange County, CA.

In fact, authorities are targeting individuals and business throughout the state of California for intensive, high-stakes criminal investigations. The current administration has made white-collar crime a priority, which means successful businesses, business owners, and hardworking professionals in Irvine have become ripe targets for a take-down.

Complicating matters, the government is also actively incentivizing whistle-blowers who have a financial incentive to accuse their former bosses, coworkers, or business partners of a crime. Increasingly, we are seeing federal criminal cases grow out of seemingly minor situations: harmless errors and unintentional mistakes.

Whatever the accusations might be, if you are currently under suspicion, investigation, or arrest for a federal crime, you need to take immediate action to protect your freedom and your career.

Oberheiden, P.C.‘s Irvine federal criminal defense lawyers can help. We are a criminal defense law firm with a national presence, representing individuals and businesses in Irvine (and beyond) in a wide range of criminal issues.

Our team has extensive experience handling investigations and/or allegations stemming from the:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (HHS – OIG)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Virtually every other federal law enforcement agency.

Our Irvine federal criminal defense lawyers have more than 100 years of cumulative experience in federal criminal matters. And because several of them used to work as former federal prosecutors, we have valuable insight into the feds’ strategy, playbook, and approach.

We are a law firm that offers serious, experienced, aggressive, and strategic legal defense – from routine investigations and negotiations to can’t-afford-to-lose trials.

Are You Being Targeted by the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA in Irvine?

If you are currently being targeted by a federal law enforcement agency, these are the highest stakes you will face in your life. It is critical that you grasp the potential consequences: imprisonment, a criminal record, crippling fines that are all but impossible to pay, a ruined reputation, the loss of your professional licenses, the end of your career, and so on.

These aren’t scare tactics; they are reality. The federal government is extremely aggressive and will stop at nothing to add another conviction to its tally marks. Our federal criminal defense lawyers see it again and again.

For companies, a single criminal case can mean the end of your business. It is often impossible for businesses to bounce back from the financial liability or impaired public perception that a criminal case brings.

It is equally critical that you grasp just how important a strong legal defense can be. Hiring the right law firm can make all the difference. Everything you say and do from this point on can fundamentally affect your future. That includes the choice you make about legal representation, and it begins the moment you make a mistake or learn you are under suspicion.

At Oberheiden, P.C., our proven Irvine federal criminal defense lawyers can help you navigate the inordinate complexities of federal investigations and protect you in any direct communications with federal agents and prosecutors. Don’t wait for charges to get filed or for the situation to get worse. Call us now.

  • We Fight to Avoid Charges in Every Investigation. No matter how scary your situation looks, if you haven’t been formally charged with a crime yet, there is still a chance for you to avoid prosecution. While we can’t make guarantees in advance, we are proud of our track record. Our highly experienced Irvine federal criminal defense lawyers have resolved the overwhelming majority of our clients’ cases without charges ever being filed. And make no mistake: avoiding charges is the very best outcome available. It is always our primary goal.
  • We Rely on Extensive Federal Experience to Execute Strong Defense Strategies. Criminal defense is all about insight and strategy. Our law firm offers the benefit of insight from both sides of FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA investigations. We use those insights to inform our defense strategies. In other words, we put our experience to use for our clients’ benefit (refined over the course of decades spent working both for and against the feds).
  • We Focus on the Unique Aspects of Each Individual Case. Every case is different, and every situation presents its own paths toward resolution. Through experience, we have come to understand the right questions to ask, the right information to gather, and the right way to custom-develop a defense strategy geared toward optimal outcomes.
  • We Help Our Clients Make Confident and Informed Decisions. Facing a criminal case is extremely frightening. First and foremost, our clients want to make the situation go away. But they also want someone who can answer their questions and tell them how to react. Should you answer federal agents’ questions? What happens if you miss a deadline for a civil investigative demand (CID) or administrative subpoena? What should you do if you are aware of evidence that could be used against you? These aren’t questions you can’t ask just anyone. But out trusted Irvine federal criminal defense lawyers are here with confident and confidential guidance at every step along the way.
  • We Never Give In. We believe in taking an aggressive approach to defending our clients. From the moment we get involved, we keep our foot on the gas pedal. We don’t hit the brakes until we’ve done everything possible to end the investigation and make the charges go away.

Federal Defense Lawyers for All Criminal Matters in Irvine

There is no federal criminal case we can’t handle. Much of our practice is devoted to common white-collar criminal cases, which typically target doctors, corporate officers, corporations themselves, public officials, and licensed professionals.

The truth, though, is that the government will arrest anyone it can, using any statute available to it. The feds are zealous and resourceful. The public needs a defense team that can level the playing field. That’s what our skilled Irvine federal criminal defense lawyers are here for.

Our experience at Oberheiden, P.C., extends to a wide range of federal investigations and criminal issues, including:

  • Anti-Kickback Statute violations
  • Bank fraud
  • Conspiracy and Attempt
  • Controlled Substances Act (CSA) violations
  • Counterfeiting
  • Embezzlement
  • Federal drug charges
  • Health care fraud (including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, etc.)
  • Insurance fraud
  • Internet & computer crimes
  • Mail fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Public Corruption and Bribery
  • Securities and Exchange Act crimes / Securities fraud
  • Sex crimes
  • Tax violations
  • Theft
  • Title 18 of the U.S. Code issues
  • Violent crimes
  • White-collar crimes / financial crimes
  • Wire fraud

Why Am I Being Investigated by the…

…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?

The FBI is the primary agency responsible for enforcing federal laws in the United States. Specifically, the FBI is tasked with investigating: terrorism, computer crimes, internet crimes, organized crime, public corruption, and drug crimes. (Learn more about the FBI’s investigative mission.) The FBI also works directly with other state and federal agencies, meaning it may also be involved with investigating a wide range of other federal crimes.

…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?

The official mission of the OIG is “to protect the integrity of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries.” Accordingly, the OIG exists as a subset of HHS. In terms of criminal law, the HHS – OIG is primarily interested in investigating health care providers suspected of Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and Department of Labor (DOL) fraud.

…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?

While most people think of the IRS as an agency principally interested in collecting money, the agency also has a substantial criminal enforcement division. First and foremost, the IRS polices individuals (and businesses) who are suspected of underreporting their income, underpaying their taxes, or otherwise violating the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). But the IRS also helps the FBI and other federal agencies in cases of money laundering, securities fraud, Medicare fraud, and other financial crimes.

…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?

The DEA plays both a regulatory role and a law enforcement role. As a law enforcement agency, the DEA is responsible for investigating drug-related offenses at the federal level. Most people associate the DEA with illegal street drugs, but the DEA also polices prescription drugs. In fact, one of the DEA’s top  priorities at the moment is diversion control(that is, thwarting the unlawful distribution of opioids and prescription painkillers).

Q&A with a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Q: Am I really guilty of a federal crime?

A: Never assume that you’re guilty – even if you believe you committed an illegal act. Criminal law is more complex than you may realize. Criminal statutes typically require multiple elements of proof. To convict you, the government must have proof beyond a reasonable doubt of each element. If our Irvine federal criminal defense lawyers can challenge even one element beyond a reasonable doubt, it means you are not guilty of the crime. Too many people have panicked and assumed that because they feel guilty, they are guilty. Don’t let your emotions mislead you. The fact that you are still under investigation means that the federal government has not collected enough evidence to file charges yet. You still have numerous opportunities to defend yourself.

Q: Why are federal agents targeting Irvine?

A: The truth is that the federal government has ramped up its enforcement efforts nationwide, with a particular focus on white-collar crime. But agents turn much of their attention to areas like Irvine, which are proximate to a very large metropolis and which are a hotbed of corporate activity. Hundreds of companies are headquartered in Irvine, including dozens of large corporations. This draws federal attention to the area and also means whistleblowers are more common. Additionally, nearby Los Angeles is one of just nine cities in the country to have a designated Medicare Fraud Strike Force, meaning all of Orange County (including Irvine) is under intensified scrutiny when it comes to health care fraud.

Q: Does the federal government negotiate plea bargains?

A: Absolutely. It happens all the time. But whether a plea bargain represents the best strategy in your case depends on the specific circumstances of your situation. As Irvine federal criminal defense attorneys, our first priority is always to prevent charges from being filed in the first place. But if, for some reason, that isn’t possible (or if you have already been charged with a crime), we will explore other options, which may include negotiating a plea bargain. However, our defense team has convinced prosecutors to drop charges in many cases even after a grand jury indictment. So you should not conclude that a plea bargain is your only option.

Q: Can your firm represent me in Irvine, CA?

A: Yes. We maintain a national presence and our attorneys are able to represent clients nationwide. We have represented clients in 21 states and counting, including California. We can conduct your complimentary case assessment by phone or video conference, and our attorneys can travel to Irvine on a moment’s notice.


Speak with a Irvine Federal Defense Lawyer about Your FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Investigation

Oberheiden, P.C.’s federal defense team has significant experience in high-stakes federal investigations. If your business, practice, or reputation is at risk, our Irvine federal criminal defense lawyers can use our experience on both sides of FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA investigations to develop a tailored strategy. Our one and only goal is protecting you. That means keeping you in business, out of prison, and away from the financial destruction that a federal criminal fine could bring.

For more information and legal advice relevant to the specifics of your investigation, please set up a free and confidential case assessment with our office, right away. Simply call our Irvine federal criminal defense attorneys at (888) 519-4897 or tell us how we can help online now.

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