Los Angeles Criminal Trial/Litigation

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Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Going to trial against prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office requires skill, confidence, deep insights, and an unwavering commitment to protecting your future. At Oberheiden, P.C., our Los Angeles criminal trial/litigation attorneys have what it takes to protect you against life changing consequences.

If you are going to trial in federal court on criminal charges, your future hangs in the balance. You are facing the potential for financially crippling fines and years or decades of federal imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Many federal crimes, including drug trafficking and healthcare fraud resulting in death, carry a potential life sentence. Even if you avoid the harshest possible sentence, you are still looking at consequences that will affect the rest of your life.

At Oberheiden, P.C., we represent clients in federal trials and litigation involving a broad range of criminal offenses. Whether you have been charged with a drug crime or any of the various forms of fraud criminalized by federal law, our Los Angeles criminal trial/litigation attorneys have handled numerous cases similar to yours. But, while your charges may be the same, we know that the unique facts and circumstances – the details – make all the difference. And we can use the details of your case to seek a favorable outcome in federal court.

The United States District Court for the Central District of California is a dangerous place for criminal defendants. The criminal prosecutors who handle cases there are highly skilled, and the judges who preside over federal criminal matters have little patience or sympathy for those who have violated the law. If you have been arrested or indicted on federal charges in Los Angeles, you need to protect yourself. This starts with putting an experienced criminal trial team on your side.

Highly Experienced Los Angeles Federal Criminal Litigation Attorneys

We represent clients in Los Angeles who have been charged with all types of federal criminal offenses. With experience in more than 500 criminal trials, our attorneys know what it takes to mitigate the risk of life changing consequences following a federal arrest. Additionally, with a team that includes several former federal prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), our Los Angeles criminal trial/litigation attorneys understand why and how government attorneys seek convictions in federal district court and we use these unique insights to our clients’ advantage.

Our Los Angeles federal criminal trial attorneys have significant experience in cases involving allegations of:

  • Healthcare fraud
  • Federal drug crimes
  • Tax crimes
  • Bank fraud
  • Securities fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Public corruption and bribery
  • Conspiracy and attempt
  • All other white-collar federal crimes

No matter what you have been accused of and no matter how true or false you believe the allegations against you may be, it is critical that you engage experienced litigation counsel as soon as possible. With offices on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and in downtown San Diego near the United States District Court for the Central District of California, we are available when and where you need us. Our Los Angeles criminal trial/litigation attorneys can begin building your defense strategy immediately.

What to Expect as You Await Your Federal Criminal Trial

1. Indictment

In federal cases, the first formal courtroom procedure is the indictment. An indictment is issued by a grand jury. And in order for an indictment to be issued, federal prosecutors must convince the grand jurors that there is “probable cause” to pursue federal charges.

While the grand jury is itself an investigative process (prosecutors will typically use grand jury subpoenas in order to solicit documentary evidence and testimony from targets and third-party witnesses), an indictment will typically follow a lengthy investigation involving federal agents from the DOJ, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and/or any of the various federal task forces that have been assembled and assigned to target individuals and organizations suspected of federal crimes.

2. Investigation

Once you have been indicted, the investigative process continues. Remember, a grand jury indictment is based upon “probable cause” to pursue charges. In order to obtain a conviction, federal prosecutors must prove your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” As a result, following your indictment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and your defense team will continue to investigate in order to gather the evidence necessary to achieve a favorable result at trial.

Ideally, you will have engaged legal counsel during the pre-indictment investigative process. But, if not, your defense attorneys’ first step at this stage will be to gather information such as:

  • What triggered the government’s investigation? What charges are being pursued?
  • What information have you (or your employees) already provided to federal prosecutors?
  • How did the government request this information (e.g., by obtaining a grand jury subpoena, or by sending federal agents to your office to question you in person)?
  • Were appropriate procedures followed before, during, and after the issuance of any warrants or subpoenas? If not, could the government’s mistakes provide you with a defense?
  • Is the government targeting anyone else in your case (if so, this may mean that you will need to defend against conspiracy charges in addition to defending against any allegations of substantive criminal offenses)?

3. Pretrial Strategy

Since the legal standard for an indictment (probable cause) is much lower than the burden of proof for a criminal conviction (beyond a reasonable doubt), the fact that you have been indicted is not necessarily an indication that you will need to defend yourself in court. In the months leading up to your court date, your defense team will argue your case and negotiate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in order to resolve your case in your favor prior to trial.

4. Negotiations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office

Depending upon the evidence in your case, negotiations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office can require one of several different strategies. If the government’s case is weak and you can show that the grand jury’s determination of probable cause was misguided, it may be possible to have your charges dismissed entirely. On the other hand, if the Assistant United States Attorneys who are assigned to your case believe they have the evidence they need to convict you, your best option could be to negotiate for reduced charges or reduced sentencing.

5. Pretrial Litigation Practice

In addition to negotiating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, your defense team will also engage in pretrial litigation practice. This includes conducting discovery, attending pretrial conferences, and filing various motions in order to have evidence suppressed and limit the scope of the government’s case at trial. While these are formal processes focused on getting ready for trial, they can also be used strategically to gain leverage in plea deal negotiations with the prosecution.

6. Trial

If you have not accepted a plea deal prior to your court date, your case will proceed to trial in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Here, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will present its case to the jury, and you will have the opportunity to question the government’s witnesses, present your own case in chief, and argue that the entire process has been for nothing. If the government does not meet its burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, then the only just outcome is for you to walk out of the courtroom and resume your normal life.

Federal criminal cases can, and often do, result in negotiated outcomes during the trial process. As your trial progresses, your Los Angeles criminal trial/litigation attorneys will continue to look for leverage to convince the U.S. Attorney’s Office not to continue forward. Additionally, even if you are convicted, this is not the end of the process. You still have the opportunity to protect yourself at the sentencing stage, and you also have the right to file an appeal.

Learn more: What Are My Options after Being Federally Indicted?

About Oberheiden, P.C. | Federal Criminal Litigation Lawyers with Offices in Los Angeles, CA

Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal defense law firm with a nationwide presence. Our criminal litigation attorneys are licensed to practice in U.S. District Courts around the country, and we have represented thousands of clients at all stages of the federal litigation process. Our Los Angeles criminal trial/litigation lawyers are vigorous and committed advocates for our clients, and we rely on decades of experience as former DOJ prosecutors to help our clients overcome the allegations against them.

If you are facing federal charges in Los Angeles, as experienced criminal defense trial lawyers, we can help you. But it is important that you contact us right away. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can intervene in the government’s case and the more opportunities we will have to protect you against injustice.

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