Long Beach Criminal Defense
Long Beach may be “The International City.” But when it comes to criminal charges or a federal investigation, you need a law firm with specific and extensive experience in U.S. federal law.
The Long Beach criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C., have a proven track record of favorable outcomes for individuals and corporate clients in California (as well as nationwide).
Call (214) 692-2171 for a free and confidential consultation, right away.
Federal criminal matters are extremely serious. Prosecutors and law enforcement agents are notoriously aggressive. They will work very hard to find evidence and use it against you, seeking the harshest penalties possible.
In many cases, those penalties can be devastating, with years or decades of imprisonment on the table (life sentences in some cases).
Even without a conviction, criminal fines can result in millions of dollars in liability to the government, which can be impossible for companies to overcome, let alone individuals.
Furthermore, it is not unusual for the Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Long Beach to charge a defendant with multiple crimes at once (and multiple counts of each).
If you are at risk for federal criminal prosecution and sentencing, you need skilled, passionate, and aggressive Long Beach criminal defense attorneys by your side. Let Oberheiden, P.C., fight for your future.
Our law firm is comprised of trial-tested defense lawyers and highly experienced former federal prosecutors. We will only put senior-level attorneys on your case – no junior lawyers or paralegals.
Whatever the status of your case might be, our proven Long Beach criminal defense attorneys are ready to help – from preliminary federal law enforcement investigations or grand jury proceedings to pretrial negotiation, trial litigation, and appeal. In the majority of our cases, we have managed to avoid all charges for our clients. In many others, we have been able to substantially reduce the charges or sentencing to protect our clients’ best interests and their future.
A Decisive and Proven Federal Defense Team for All Stages of Criminal Cases in Long Beach
Below, we explain the various stages of a typical federal criminal case in Long Beach. Oberheiden, P.C., has deep experience at each stage and is available to get involved at any time, whatever the status of your investigation might be. That said, the sooner our Long Beach criminal defense attorneys can intervene, the more effective we can be – so please don’t delay.
The first opportunity to defend against a federal criminal case comes during the preliminary law enforcement investigation.
The most common investigating agencies in Long Beach criminal matters include the:
- Department of Justice (DOJ)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Office of Inspector General (OIG)
- United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
At Oberheiden, P.C., we understand that investigations, though extremely serious and potentially dangerous, are also opportunities for proactive criminal defense: protecting your interests, countering evidence, and engaging the government in negotiations before there is a trial.
We are proud to say that the majority of the clients who have hired us during a federal law enforcement investigation were able to avoid having any charges filed in the first place.
2. Grand Jury
There is a lot of confusion and mystery surrounding the grand jury process. If you have been subpoenaed by a grand jury in Long Beach, you should understand the seriousness of the matter and consult with a lawyer, right away.
Grand juries convene at the request of a federal prosecutor. Their purpose is to decide whether the government’s evidence against you is enough to believe you committed a crime. While the standard of proof in a grand jury proceeding is much lower than in a criminal trial, you should be alarmed by the mere fact that a grand jury has convened and is interested in the information you have.
You should never approach a grand jury proceeding alone. Whether submitting documents or providing testimony, you do not want to (and are not required to) provide any information or testimony that will be self-incriminating or subject to the attorney-client privilege.
If we are hired by a client who has already been charged with a federal crime in Long Beach, then our top priority becomes getting the charges dismissed. If that is not possible for some reason, we will strategize to negotiate a favorable plea bargain and/or a substantial reduction of charges. The best way to do this is by obtaining leverage through hearings, motions, answers, and other pretrial procedures. Most federal criminal charges are ultimately resolved pretrial – either by plea bargains or by convincing the U.S. Attorney’s Office to drop the charges entirely. In most cases (though not all), a trial will not represent your best option. So at this stage, you should not hire a law firm that typically focuses most of its efforts on trial alone. At Oberheiden, P.C., our criminal defense attorneys never take going to trial for granted.
If it becomes apparent that going to trial represents your best interest (or is otherwise inevitable), then your Long Beach criminal defense attorneys must prepare thoroughly. Strategy counts for a lot at this stage. The goal is to keep the prosecution from overcoming its burden of proof. This can be done in a number of ways, including:
- Seeking to have evidence suppressed at trial
- Cross-examining the government’s expert witnesses
- Challenging the government’s fact patterns
- Challenging the veracity of the government’s evidence or the sufficiency of its overall case (e.g., has it failed to address a key element of the charge or charges against you?)
- Presenting affirmative defenses that insulate you from criminal culpability
Though much of our defense work is done pretrial, make no mistake: the defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C., have extensive courtroom experience and are seasoned criminal trial attorneys with a robust record of favorable outcomes, including acquittals.
If for some reason, despite all efforts, you are found guilty on any charge at trial, then your case will proceed to a sentencing hearing. This happens in a separate proceeding, typically at a later date. Never underestimate a sentencing hearing as the severity of the sentence can, in many cases, vary considerably.
Even if you have been convicted, there is still a real opportunity to argue for minimal or substantially reduced sentencing. Here again, working with experienced Lon Beach criminal defense lawyers will give you the best opportunity to protect yourself from excessive or unduly harsh sentencing.
Finally, regardless of your sentence, if you were found guilty in federal criminal court, you have the right to file an appeal. However, the grounds for an appeal are limited. For this reason, it is absolutely critical that your federal defense team not forget about the possibility of an appeal – even during the trial. They must be very careful to keep the door open for potential appellate arguments. Because by the time the verdict arrives, it may be too late to go back and preserve those arguments. Oberheiden, P.C., maintains an active appellate practice, representing not only our own clients, but also clients who were represented by other attorneys or law firms during their trial. Our skilled Long Beach criminal defense attorneys have a substantial record of achieving appeals as well.
Learn More about Your Case
The federal criminal justice system can seem confusing and overwhelming. Certainly, it is complex, and you are not expected to learn it all. You have enough on your plate as it is.
That said, taking some time to familiarize yourself with some of the basic legal principles and procedures will help you make informed decisions throughout your case.
For more information about defending against federal criminal charges in Long Beach, we encourage you to read these resources from our website:
- What Are Conditions for Pretrial Release? – There are specific effective strategies for seeking pretrial release. If you are detained pending trial, our knowledgeable lawyers can help you determine the best way forward.
- Federal Grand Jury Subpoena Defense – Federal grand jury proceedings are very different from any other aspect of the criminal justice process. Learn what you need to know about responding to this type of subpoena and how to prepare to testify in court.
- What Are My Options after Being Federally Indicted? – You have been indicted. What now? Find out what to expect during the remainder of your federal case in this helpful guide, written by an experienced federal defense lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C.
- What Is the Burden of Proof in Federal Criminal Cases? – Learn what it takes for federal prosecutors to prove your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
- How to Prepare for a Criminal Trial – If your case is headed to trial, everything from posting on social media to destroying evidence can have an impact on your ability to successfully defend yourself. Learn steps to take (and mistakes to avoid) as your court date approaches.
- How Can I Prepare for My Sentencing Hearing? – In federal district court, sentencing is a separate stage of trial that follows the jury’s determination of guilt. Learn how the federal defense attorneys of Oberheiden, P.C., will continue fighting for you if you get convicted at trial.
FAQs: Facing a Federal Investigation or Federal Criminal Charges in Long Beach, CA
Q: What should I do if I have received a subpoena or target letter?
A: If you have received a subpoena or target letter from a federal agency (such as the DOJ, DEA, FBI, IRS, or HHS – OIG), you have become the subject of a federal investigation or you may become one very soon. You should contact a Long Beach criminal defense attorney to immediately discuss your legal rights and obligations. Everything you do from this point on matters.
Q: If I have been indicted, do I have any chance of avoiding a conviction at trial?
A: Yes, absolutely. We have even achieved a dismissal of criminal charges in the majority of the federal cases we’ve handled. Better yet, our lawyers have persuaded prosecutors not to file charges or to drop the charges – even after a grand jury indictment. Our Long Beach criminal defense attorneys are also proud of our track record at trial, including many acquittals for our clients. Additionally, there is the option of negotiating a plea deal, which can considerably minimize the penalties you are facing.
Q: How do I know if my investigation or charges are civil or criminal in nature?
A: It isn’t always clear at first. In fact, a civil investigation may become a criminal investigation with relative fluidity. Even a routine audit (such as those performed by Medicare auditors) can be referred from a civil or private contractor to a criminal law enforcement agency. When you hire Oberheiden, P.C., we will use our extensive experience in this field to get to the bottom of your legal matter: what’s at stake, where the investigation stands, and whether it is currently in a civil or criminal posture.
Q: Can you provide criminal representation during an investigation in Long Beach, even if there are no charges yet?
A: Yes. Our criminal defense attorneys are available to travel throughout Long Beach and California, to represent our clients, whenever and wherever needed.
Q: What can I expect during a free case assessment?
A: When you schedule a free case assessment at Oberheiden, P.C., you are scheduling an extensive, one-on-one consultation with a senior federal defense attorney. Your attorney will help you understand what you need to know in order to avoid critical mistakes as well as develop a strategic action plan for moving forward.
Contact the Proven Long Beach Criminal Defense Lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C.
If you need a federal criminal defense lawyer in Long Beach, we encourage you to contact us immediately to schedule your free case assessment. To discuss your case in confidence, call our Long Beach criminal defense lawyers at (214) 692-2171 or send us your contact information online now.