Long Beach Federal Criminal Defense (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)
Private citizens, business owners, licensed professionals, and companies of all kinds are being targeted for complex criminal investigations in Long Beach, California.
If you have been named in an allegation, asked to participate in an investigation, or charged with a crime, you are not alone. But you must be careful about how you proceed next. Our experienced Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C., can help.
The first thing you need to realize is that federal agents are extremely good at what they do, and in any interaction with them, the stakes are extremely high.
By the time you become aware of an investigation, it may already be well underway. Even if you’ve only been asked to aid in the investigation of someone else, the agents’ scope could quickly expand to include you within it.
Everything you say and do matters. The end result can mean prison time, impossible criminal fines, the loss of your professional license, and more. The consequences of a criminal charge against a business entity can be equally crippling. You need to take the matter seriously and talk with experienced Long Beach federal criminal defense counsel, right away.
Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal defense law firm with a national presence and a robust track record. We represent clients in Long Beach (and throughout the country) in a wide range of serious and complex criminal matters. Together, our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers offer over 100 years of cumulative experience in federal criminal matters. Among them are former federal prosecutors, giving our team invaluable insight into the feds’ strategy, their playbook, and their approach.
Are You Being Targeted by the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA in Long Beach?
We cannot emphasize enough the seriousness of a federal investigation. What might seem routine can quickly become a nightmare.
You should understand that federal agents enter your situation with a job to do: find evidence, make arrests, and produce charges. At this point, everything you say or do can impact the rest of your life. Having sharp and aggressive legal representation in your corner can make all the difference. The right law firm will help you navigate the complexities of an investigation, make wise decisions, avoid traps, and embark on a strategy designed to protect you. At Oberheiden, P.C.:
- We Fight to Avoid Charges in Every Investigation. The best way to defeat a criminal charge is to avoid it in the first place. It is often still possible to do that even after the alleged conduct has transpired and while an investigation is still ongoing. If you haven’t been charged yet, there’s still a chance to avoid it. In fact, our law firm has resolved the overwhelming majority of our clients’ cases with no charges ever being filed. Our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers have even dissuaded prosecutors from filing charges after a grand jury indictment. While we cannot make specific guarantees in advance, our track record is strong – avoiding charges is always our paramount goal.
- We Rely on Extensive Federal Experience to Execute Strong Defense Strategies. The attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C., aren’t just experienced defense lawyers; many of our attorneys were once former federal prosecutors, too. Their experience counts for a lot. It means we have a window into the way the FBI, IRS, OIG, and DEA handle investigations (their strategies, their tactics, their goals, their willingness to negotiate, etc.).
- We Focus on the Unique Aspects of Each Individual Case. Every single situation is different. Often, it is the small or technical aspects of a fact scenario that end up being the decisive factors in our clients’ victories. Our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to learning your story inside and out and exploring every path to success, including those that might not seem obvious at first.
- We Help Our Clients Make Confident and Informed Decisions. If you are being targeted by the FBI, DEA, IRS, OIG, or another federal agency in Long Beach, you’ll probably find yourself asking questions you never thought of before. Things like: “How should I prepare my employees for the possibility of a federal raid?”; “What if I know of evidence that could incriminate me?”; “What should I be doing (or not doing) right now to protect my interests during a pending investigation?” Federal criminal cases are terrifying for those targeted. Even if you’re just a witness, you need protective guidance and strong advice. We are here to answer your questions with shrewd and thoughtful answers, confidentially, and with your best interests in sight.
- We Never Give In. We aren’t a “cross your fingers” law firm. Our philosophy for criminal defense is an aggressive one. We put a foot on the pedal and press down hard, refusing to ease off the gas until our clients are cleared. Our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers will do everything we can to reach an optimal outcome instead of a “quick compromise” that would represent far less than you deserve.
Federal Defense Lawyers for All Criminal Matters in Long Beach
While our legal advocacy is largely focused on white-collar defense – financial crimes, health care fraud investigations, tax violations, and so on – we are also available for a wide range of other criminal matters.
Federal agents have arrested people in Long Beach on all kinds of charges. Even white-collar professionals find themselves accused of terrifying or deeply embarrassing crimes, some of which have nothing to do with their professional lives. In any of these cases, we are ready to provide experienced and passionate legal defense.
Our experience in criminal law includes:
- Anti-Kickback Statute violations
- Bank fraud
- Conspiracy and Attempt
- Controlled Substances Act violations / Federal drug charges
- Insurance fraud
- Internet & computer crimes
- Mail fraud / Wire fraud
- Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and other health care fraud charges
- Money laundering
- Public corruption
- Securities & Exchange Act / Securities fraud
- Sex crimes
- Tax violations
- Theft / Embezzlement
- Title 18 of the U.S. Code issues
- Violent crimes (e.g., assault, battery, rape, manslaughter, murder)
- White-collar crimes
Why Am I Being Investigated by the…
…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?
Because the FBI is the country’s primary federal law enforcement agency, it is involved in a wide range of criminal investigations. Indeed, the FBI could play a part in investigating any violation of federal law. That said, the FBI is most commonly involved in investigating internet and computer crimes, drug crimes, terrorism, public corruption charges, and organized crime, including federal criminal conspiracies. (Learn more about the FBI’s mission.)
…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?
There are several different Offices of Inspector General (OIG) in the federal government. In terms of criminal investigations in Long Beach, the most relevant of these is the OIG of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The HHS-OIG is primarily interested in investigating health care providers who are suspected of defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, or the Department of Labor (DOL). (Alternatively, if you are being investigated in connection with a mail-related crime, you may be investigated by the OIG of the USPIS, which is the law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service.)
…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?
The IRS doesn’t just collect taxes. It also investigates criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Even a routine IRS audit could turn into a criminal investigation if the IRS finds evidence of wrongdoing or suspects criminal intent. If you are being investigated by the IRS in Long Beach, you may be suspected of under-reporting your income, underpaying your taxes, or otherwise violating federal tax law. Additionally, the IRS assists in FBI and other federal investigations that might involve tax claims (e.g., money laundering, securities fraud, Medicare fraud, white-collar financial crimes, etc.).
…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?
The DEA is responsible for investigating drug-related offenses at the federal level. If you are a health care provider, the DEA may be investigating drug diversion (i.e., the misappropriation of prescription medications), particularly with respect to opioids, painkillers, and other addictive medications. If you are a white-collar professional being investigated by the DEA but do not have a connection to the health care industry, you may be under investigation for possessing, buying, selling, or conspiring to distribute illegal street drugs.
Q&A with a Federal Defense Attorney for Long Beach
Q: How long does a federal investigation last? When will I be charged?
A: It depends. The earlier in the investigation, the better your lawyer’s chances of intervening and avoiding charges. (The longer an investigation goes on, the greater the likelihood of agents finding evidence they will use to build a case.) If an investigation has been going on for a while, however, charges could be imminent. Unfortunately, you might not know how long the IRS, FBI, DEA, or OIG have been at work. They often work quietly, covertly, and behind the scenes. When we enter a case, one of the first things we determine is: at what stage is the investigation currently in? However, you should never assume that it’s too late. For that matter, you should never assume you are guilty. There is a difference between legal guilt and the feeling of guilt you might be carrying around in your gut. We have been able to end investigations in a great many of cases – often even late in the investigation. So never hesitate to call.
Q: Why are federal agents targeting Long Beach?
A: While federal agents truly have a national purview, for practical reasons, they focus much of their investigative activity in bigger metropolitan areas. This is especially true for white-collar crime (focusing their attention on areas with a large corporate population or a nexus of high-net-worth individuals) and health care fraud (with the DOJ, FBI, IRS, and HHS – OIG all working together in conjunction with the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which has one of its nine offices in nearby Los Angeles). Of course, crimes of any kind can happen in Long Beach, and our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers have seen federal agents bring virtually every kind of charge in this area.
Q: I’m running out of time and need a lawyer now. Can you help?
A: Yes. We can deploy our Emergency Defense Package whenever necessary. While we always prefer to get involved as early as possible, we understand that legal emergencies exist and we are ready for them. In fact, if you are facing an urgent legal crisis, now is exactly the time you should call us. Don’t wait another second. Our office is standing by 24/7.
Q: Can your firm represent me in Long Beach, 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. Our Long Beach federal criminal defense lawyers will come to you. We typically begin by conducting a free case assessment via telephone or video conference, and then our attorneys are available to travel to Long Beach on a moment’s notice.
Speak with a Federal Defense Lawyer about Your FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Investigation in Long Beach
The Long Beach federal criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C. have substantial experience in high-stakes criminal investigations. If you believe you may be targeted, we can use our experience on both sides of DOJ, DEA, FBI, OIG, and IRS investigations to develop a customized strategy. Our goal is to avoid charges (or get them dismissed if already filed), protect your freedom, and save your professional licenses. That means keeping you in business, out of prison, and away from the financial destruction that federal criminal liability 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 Long Beach federal criminal defense attorneys at (214) 692-2171 or tell us how we can help online now.