Massachusetts Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
Our federal defense attorneys have a robust track record in Boston, in Worcester, in all of Massachusetts, and nationwide. Call our Massachusetts federal criminal defense lawyers (888) 680-1745 now for a free and confidential consultation.
At Oberheiden P.C., we have Massachusetts federal criminal defense attorneys who can represent clients facing various allegations of federal crime. If you’re being investigated, have received a grand jury subpoena, or have been charged, contact us through (888) 680-1745 to talk to one of our senior attorneys. Our initial consultations are free and highly confidential. If you’re facing federal criminal investigations or charges, it’s a matter you shouldn’t take lightly. The penalties if proven guilty are extremely severe: years or decades in prison and potential fines ranging from thousands to millions of dollars. These can significantly and negatively affect your professional, personal, and family life. Drug crimes, financial crimes, fraud crimes, and other offenses carry substantial penalties under federal law, and prosecutors are always determined to pursue all charges to ensure the individuals or entities involved get penalized.
Oberheiden P.C.’s Experienced Federal Defense Attorneys at Your Service
Oberheiden P.C. is a reputable law firm that offers suitable legal representation services in Massachusetts and nationwide. We’re always aggressive and strategic when it comes to getting a favorable outcome for our clients, backed by many years of experience in federal matters. The team that provides federal criminal defense here includes senior attorneys and individuals who worked previously as prosecutors with various departments such as the Attorney’s Office, where they handled thousands of cases in Massachusetts and throughout the country. Whether federal agents have contacted you, you’ve been arrested or subpoenaed, or you have a criminal trial awaiting you in federal district court, our experienced team can be a great asset to your fight for desirable results. We can evaluate the circumstances at hand and develop a comprehensive defense approach to protect you.
The Cases We Handle at Oberheiden P.C.
We handle all types of federal criminal cases in matters involving different agencies such as the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the FBI, the DOJ, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). We have effective and successfully defended company executives, politicians, business owners, public figures, licensed experts, and many other high-ranking individuals and entities. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to represent clients facing these and other charges:
This is one of the most common federal criminal allegations. We handle fraud cases concerning government benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare, government contracts, and fraud targeted at financial organizations and other private entities. Our Massachusetts federal criminal defense attorney is intricately familiar with the statutes used by federal prosecutors to pursue charges, and they can use that knowledge on your behalf. We handle other types of fraud such as:
- Insurance fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Bank fraud
- Mail fraud and wire fraud
- Securities fraud
- Healthcare fraud
The financial crime area is quite broad, but it generally involves getting securities, money, debt, and other valuable things through illegal ways, or for unlawful purposes. Both organizations and individuals can be prosecuted for violating the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), bribery, and a wide variety of other offenses under federal law. Our attorneys are particularly experienced in accusations concerning:
Theft of government property
- Public corruption and bribery
- Tax evasion
- Money Laundering
Apart from fraud and financial crimes, we can also handle white-collar offenses. We have represented many previous clients in these kinds of offenses and achieved great outcomes. They may include the “inchoate” conspiracy and attempt crimes, as well as terrorism, business crimes, and drug-related offenses such as producing and selling controlled substances. If federal authorities are investigating or want to charge you for the following, get the help of a qualified attorney immediately. It’s critical.
- Intellectual property theft
- Terrorism activities
- Drug crimes
Understanding the Federal Criminal Prosecution Process and Its Three Stages
The process of federal prosecution involves three major stages. These stages are all different, and each one requires unique strategies and approaches. We offer personalized defense representation services at all stages, whether our clients have hired us at the beginning of the investigation, or the trial stage.
1. Federal Investigation
There are several federal agencies involved during investigations, and in most cases, these investigations start as civil. They transition to criminal when investigative agents discover the offense was committed deliberately, and when that happens, things start getting serious. Our attorneys have achieved favorable outcomes for many different clients during federal investigations, in many cases without any civil or criminal liabilities.
2. Grand Jury Subpoena
Prosecutors must first obtain a grand jury subpoena before they can start the process of pursuing formal charges. Even though crime suspects are not entitled to an attorney while appearing before the grand jury, prior preparation is critical. A crime suspect can also request to talk to their legal counsel outside the grand jury’s presence. The purpose of this part of the process is determining if there is adequate evidence or “probable cause” to charge the persons involved.
3. Criminal Trial
If the prosecutor succeeds in proving there is probable cause, the case gets set for trial. Even though it’s possible the case may go to trial, there are still chances to obtain a favorable outcome before that happens. Our federal criminal lawyers in Massachusetts have had charges dropped before trial, successfully negotiated for the reduction of felonies to mere misdemeanors, and negotiated desirable plea deals to help our clients avoid prison. And for cases that have gone to trial, we have achieved many “not guilty” results.
Q&A With Oberheiden P.C.’s Massachusetts Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
Q: What does the term “co-conspirator” mean in a federal conspiracy allegation?
Under federal conspiracy statutes such as 21 U.S.C. § 846, 18 U.S.C. § 1349, 18 U.S.C. § 371, and others, you can face penalties even if you didn’t commit the substantive federal crime in question. You can be charged as a “coconspirator” if it’s proven that you played a role in a plan to commit the federal crime, especially if one or more individuals involved took an “overt act” towards the crime’s commission. The needed evidence to prove each aspect of conspiracy is minimal, and sometimes the conspirators may end up facing the same penalties as they would have if they succeeded in committing the actual offense.
Q: What does the burden of proof mean in a federal criminal case?
For both state courts and federal district courts, the burden of proof means the same, and it indicates “beyond a reasonable doubt.” What this means is that for you to be convicted, the prosecutors must prove to the jury that they’re more than 99% certain you are guilty. Even though this may seem like a tough task, prosecutors are extremely good at what they do, and you shouldn’t underestimate the allegations leveled against you. Establish a good line of defense to increase the chances of obtaining favorable results.
Q: What should I do if I receive a subpoena?
If you receive a subpoena, the first thing to do is to determine what the subpoena is seeking. Some subpoenas demand your physical presence. If you receive this type of subpoena, you are required to appear at the provided location on the stated date. Others require you to produce tangible evidence, like documents, videos, pictures or bank records. If you receive this type of subpoena, you must be careful what you provide to the government, as it could expand the scope of their investigation to you or your business. You probably have many questions if you or someone in your company has received a grand jury subpoena. Contact a Massachusetts federal criminal defense attorney today to discuss your case.
Q: What should I do if I’m indicted?
An indictment is a formal charging document used to bring federal charges. Prosecutors cannot issue indictments without first presenting their case to a grand jury. A federal prosecutor can only file an indictment if the grand jury finds that there was probable cause that you committed the charged crimes. Therefore, if you received an indictment, it means that the federal government’s case is fully prepared and they are ready for trial. However, you may have only just learned that you were the target of a federal investigation. Given this reality, the first thing to do after receiving an indictment is to contact a Massachusetts federal criminal defense lawyer to discuss your case.
Q: What action should I take if the OIG, DEA, FBI, or DOJ have contacted me concerning a criminal investigation?
The first and most crucial step is speaking to a qualified federal criminal defense attorney. Responding to a criminal allegation alone and without legal guidance is very risky. Get a lawyer; it’s your right. Even if federal agents are terming it as an “interview” and referring to you as a witness instead of a suspect, assume they will use anything that you say against you.
Q: What are the chances that I’ll go to prison if I am facing federal criminal charges?
The process of federal sentencing is extremely complex. Even though imprisonment is possible, you can avoid it even if it’s dictated by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The risks of imprisonment depend on the circumstances at hand, and to determine your level of exposure, we must first assess your specific situation.
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Oberheiden P.C. in Massachusetts to Represent You
If you’re under investigation or facing charges, the legal representative of your choice plays an integral role in the outcome. Let’s look at five reasons why clients in Massachusetts and countrywide have trusted Oberheiden P.C. over the years to handle their federal criminal cases.
- An excellent countrywide reputation – Oberheiden P.C. law firm is well-known throughout the country for its expertise in handling federal criminal cases. We have handled complicated and high-risk situations and secured desirable outcomes for our clients.
- Our attorneys are devoted 100% to handling federal cases – Unlike other law firms, we don’t spend most of our time in state courts. Our practice majorly focuses on federal cases.
- We’ve handled more than 500 trials and over 1000 investigations – Handling situations as many as these has given us the necessary experience, and we can use it to fight on your behalf.
- We have former federal prosecutors in our team – Our team consists of former Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys, former prosecutors in the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, and trial attorneys who previously served with the Department of Justice.
- A free and highly confidential consultation – Our representation process always starts with a consultation to know exactly what we’re dealing with. These initial consultations are free to show our commitment to helping you. We want you to choose us based on merit, not because you paid for your initial consultation.
Contact Us to Talk to a Massachusetts Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Today!
If you have a pending criminal case or you’re under investigation, call us through (888) 680-1745 to speak to a member of our team, or schedule your consultation online. You can consult with us over the phone, and we can arrange a meeting in Massachusetts for a thorough evaluation of your situation.
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