Los Angeles Federal Defense
Reputable Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers and Former DOJ Attorneys Representing Individuals and Businesses in Los Angeles, California
If you, your business, or your professional practice is being targeted in a federal investigation, you likely have many questions.
- What are your legal rights?
- What are your legal obligations?
- What are the likely outcomes?
- When is it time to seek legal counsel?
These are all critical questions. And if you don’t know the answers, you could be setting yourself up for unjust prosecution and unwarranted criminal penalties.
At Oberheiden, P.C., we have a primary goal, that our clients do not face unnecessary consequences. With decades of experience as U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) trial attorneys and criminal defense litigators, we have seasoned experience to resolve a federal investigations. While we have experience in hundreds of trials, we have resolved thousands of cases without going to court, and the majority of our clients have been able to move on without facing formal charges.
Who We Are
Oberheiden, P.C. is a team of experienced federal defense attorneys and former DOJ prosecutors – who have a significant record of representing clients in Los Angeles and other major cities around the country. Limiting our practice exclusively to federal matters, we focus on the unique processes and procedures involved in complex federal matters – and we have experience defending individuals and corporate clients against allegations under essentially all federal criminal statutes.
We take the team concept of our practice to heart. Unlike other firms where your case is likely to be handled by a single attorney or worked on by a legion of junior associates, at Oberheiden, P.C. our senior attorneys work together on every case we handle. We do this because we have experience in how to address allegations from the DOJ and other federal agencies, and because we believe this is the best way to secure the most-favorable resolutions for our clients.
What We Do
Broad Federal Criminal Experience
We represent clients at all stages of federal criminal cases – from investigations to appeals – and we have experience in cases involving most serious federal offenses. If you are under investigation or facing charges for any of the following, we encourage you to contact us immediately to schedule a free case assessment:
- Computer and internet crimes
- Controlled substance offenses (federal drug crimes)
- Criminal conspiracy
- Health care fraud (including Medicare and Medicaid fraud)
- Mail and wire fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Public corruption
- Securities fraud (including insider trading)
- Tax fraud and tax evasion
- Any other serious federal offense
Proven Defense Strategies for Complex Federal Cases
Securing a positive outcome in a federal criminal case requires a strategic approach. With our extensive experience on both sides of federal cases, we have developed proven strategies for protecting our clients at all stages of the federal criminal process.
1. Intervening in the Government’s Investigation
Regardless of the scope and nature of the government’s inquiry, if you are under investigation, you need to engage legal counsel who can quickly intervene in the investigatory process. Intervening not only lets federal agents and prosecutors know that you are serious about your defense, but it also provides a critical opportunity to gain key insights into the investigation and to begin laying the groundwork for preventing charges from being filed.
2. Building a Comprehensive Defense
It only takes one successful defense to prevent federal prosecutors from meeting their burden of proof; but, this does not mean that you should put all of your eggs in one basket. When we defend clients in federal matters, we identify all potential defenses and then craft a comprehensive strategy that puts the full weight of the law on our client’s side.
3. Securing Bond
Securing bond is a critical step in federal cases that appear to be headed toward trial. Securing bond establishes that there are questions about the prosecution’s case, and it can prove crucial in subsequent proceedings. At Oberheiden, P.C., we have been successful in securing bond in almost every case that we have attempted to do so.
4. Fighting for Justice Prior to Trial
Contrary to popular belief, an indictment does not foreclose the possibility of having your case dismissed prior to trial. Although rare overall, our attorneys have been successful in taking federal matters from indictment to case closed without having to argue before a judge or jury in court.
5. Preventing Federal Prosecutors from Meeting Their Burden of Proof
When trial is our client’s best option, we meticulously prepare to provide vigorous courtroom representation. All of our senior attorneys are seasoned trial lawyers, and we use aggressive tactics to make clear that the prosecution is incapable of proving its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Federal Criminal Defense FAQs: Fighting Federal Charges in Los Angeles, CA
Q: What are some of the statutes most-commonly used to prosecute federal cases?
When it comes to criminal statutes, DOJ prosecutors have no shortage of options when it comes to finding ways to bring charges against the targets of federal investigations. While there are far too many federal criminal statutes to list, some of the more-common allegations we see fall under:
- 18 U.S.C. Section 924
- 18 U.S.C. Sections 1341, 1343, and 1347
- 21 U.S.C. Sections 841 and 846
- The Anti-Kickback Statute
- The Controlled Substances Act
- The False Claims Act
- The Hobbs Act
- The Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
Q: What are some examples of potential defenses to federal criminal charges?
The list of potential defenses is even longer than the list of criminal statutes. In addition to challenging the government’s evidence of each element of the crime alleged, other defenses our attorneys are frequently able to raise include:
- Constitutional protections (i.e., 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures);
- Statutory exceptions and safe harbors (such as safe harbors for certain types of transactions under the Anti-Kickback Statute); and,
- Procedural deficiencies in the prosecution’s handling of the case.
Q: If I hire you, can you guarantee that I won’t be charged?
No, absolutely not. There are no guarantees in federal cases, and you cannot be sure about the outcome of your case until you formalize a deal with the prosecution or reach the end of the judicial process. However, what we can guarantee is that we will do everything in our power to resolve your case as favorably and as quickly as possible – and that we will never recommend that you take a deal unless it represents the best possible outcome in light of the facts and law at hand.
Schedule Your Free Case Assessment in Los Angeles with Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorneys
If you would like to speak with our attorneys about your federal criminal case, please contact our Los Angeles office to arrange your free case assessment. We will make arrangements for you to meet with our federal criminal defense team as soon as possible; and, if you choose to move forward, we will begin working immediately to build your defense.
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