Louisiana Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
Our Louisiana federal criminal defense lawyers represent clients in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and throughout Louisiana. If you are under investigation, if you have been served with a grand jury subpoena, or if you are facing federal charges, you can call 888-680-1745 for a free and confidential consultation.
Facing charges for federal crimes is an extremely serious matter. You could be facing years or decades of imprisonment and potentially hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in fines, and a conviction could impact all aspects of your personal, family, and professional lives. Fraud crimes, financial crimes, drug crimes, and other crimes all carry severe penalties under federal law, and federal prosecutors aggressively pursue all charges through trial, sentencing, and appeal. At Oberheiden, P.C., we provide strategic and aggressive representation backed by centuries of experience in federal criminal matters. Our federal criminal defense team includes nationally-renowned defense attorneys and former federal prosecutors who have handled thousands of cases throughout Louisiana and nationwide. Whether you have just been contacted by federal agents, you have been arrested or served with a subpoena, or you are awaiting a criminal trial in federal district court, our defense team can execute a comprehensive defense strategy designed to secure as favorable a result as possible in light of the circumstances at hand.
Cases We Handle
Our federal criminal defense practice consists of representing clients in matters involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Attorney’s Office, and all other federal agencies. We have successfully defended public figures, politicians, licensed professionals, company executives, business owners, and other high-profile and high-net-worth individuals in cases involving allegations of virtually all major federal offenses. Our attorneys are available to represent clients facing prosecution in the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana for charges including:
Fraud is among the most-common allegations in federal criminal investigations. We handle cases involving government benefit program fraud (i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare fraud), government contract fraud, and fraud targeting financial institutions and other private parties. Our Louisiana federal criminal defense attorney is intimately familiar with the statutes federal prosecutors use to pursue charges and the defenses that are available for offenses including:
- Bank Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Securities Fraud
Financial crimes involve obtaining money, securities, debt, and other things of value through unlawful means or for illegal purposes. Individuals and organizations can face prosecution for bribery, Internal Revenue Code (IRC) violations, and a broad range of other offenses under a litany of federal laws. We have particular experience in cases involving allegations of:
- Money Laundering
- Public Corruption and Bribery
- Theft of Government Property
- Tax Evasion
Other White-Collar Offenses
Our attorneys also have experience on both sides of cases involving a broad range of other white-collar offenses. This includes the “inchoate” offenses of conspiracy and attempt, as well as drug crimes such as manufacturing and distribution, business crimes, and terroristic threats. If you are under investigation or facing charges for any of the following, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel immediately.
- Drug Crimes
- Intellectual Property Theft
- Terrorist Acts
Understanding the Three Stages of Federal Criminal Prosecution
The federal prosecutorial process has three primary stages, and each stage requires its own unique strategy and approach. We provide custom-tailored representation for clients at all stages of the process, whether we are engaged at the start of the government’s investigation or on the eve of trial.
1. Federal Investigation
Federal investigations often involve multiple federal agencies; and, in many cases, they will start out civil in nature. Most investigations become criminal when federal agents find evidence of intent, and when this happens the posture of the case shifts entirely. We have secured favorable results for numerous clients during the investigative process, in many cases terminating the government’s investigation with no civil or criminal liability for our client.
2. Grand Jury Subpoena
In federal cases, prosecutors must obtain an indictment in order to pursue formal charges. This is done through the grand jury process. While targets of federal investigations are not entitled to legal representation in the grand jury room, thorough preparation with an attorney is critical, and targets can request to speak with their counsel outside of the presence of the grand jury.
3. Criminal Trial
Following an indictment, the case then gets set for trial. At this stage, while going to trial is a possibility, it is also still very possible to achieve a favorable pre-trial resolution. Our federal criminal attorneys have had federal indictments dismissed prior to trial, we have reduced felonies to misdemeanors and negotiated favorable plea deals that have kept our clients out of prison, and we have successfully argued for “not guilty” verdicts in federal district court.
Q&A with the Louisiana Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C.
Q: What is a target letter?
When the prosecutors at the Department of Justice believe that someone either committed a federal crime or has information relevant to their investigation of a federal crime, they will send that person a target letter. Therefore, if you received a target letter, it means federal law enforcement believes you are—on some level—involved in a federal crime. Tour response to a target letter can have a major impact on the course of the investigation; thus, it is important for anyone who receives a target letter to immediately contact a Louisiana federal criminal defense.
Q: What does it mean to be targeted as a “coconspirator” in a federal conspiracy?
Q: What is the burden of proof in federal criminal cases?
Q: What should I do if I have been contacted by the DOJ, DEA, FBI, OIG regarding a criminal investigation?
Q: What is a grand jury?
A grand jury is a group of citizens that the government impanels to determine whether it can bring charges against a defendant. Grand juries are used before charges are filed, which is different from trial juries that determine whether a defendant is guilty of the charged crime. The prosecution will present evidence to the jury without informing the subject of the investigation and, if the grand jury believes there is probable cause to bring charges, it will issue a “true bill,” which allows the government to bring criminal charges. If you recently received a grand jury indictment, it is in your best interest to consult with an Alaska federal criminal defense attorney immediately to get started on your defense.
Q: If I am facing charges for a federal offense, what are the chances that I will be sent to prison?
5 Reasons to Choose Oberheiden, P.C. in Louisiana
When facing federal charges, your choice of legal representation can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Here are five reasons why clients in Louisiana and nationwide trust Oberheiden, P.C.’s federal criminal defense team:
1. Nationwide Reputation
We have a nationwide reputation for securing favorable results in complex and high-stakes federal matters. Our federal criminal defense attorneys have secured favorable results for clients at all stages of the process, and they have been asked by media outlets to comment on federal cases in all 50 states.
2. We Focus 100% on Federal Cases
Our practice focuses exclusively on federal cases. Federal and state cases are more different than they are similar, and unlike most other firms we do not spend the majority of our time in state court.
3. More than 1,000 Investigations and 500 Trials Handled
With centuries of combined experience, our attorneys have handled more than 1,000 investigations and 500 trials. This extraordinary volume of experience allows us to anticipate key issues and offer advice based upon past real-world results.
4. Our Team Includes Several Former Federal Prosecutors
Several of our attorneys are in their second careers after spending years or decades as federal prosecutors. Our team includes former DOJ trial attorneys, former U.S. Attorneys’ Office prosecutors, and former Special Assistant United States Attorneys.
5. Your Initial Consultation is Free and Confidential
We offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients. We want you to make informed decisions, and we want you to choose us based upon our merit rather than the fact that you have invested in an initial consultation.
Speak with Our Louisiana Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
To speak with a member of our federal criminal defense team in confidence, please call 888-680-1745 or contact us online. We can conduct your free initial consultation over the phone, and our attorneys can arrange to be on the ground in Louisiana immediately if necessary.
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