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International Criminal Law Firm

Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick Oberheiden
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Glenn Karabeika
Glenn Karabeika
International Criminal Team Consultant
Former HSI Special Agent
  • International criminal law is a component of public international law and governs the responsibility of individuals charged with international crimes.
  • Specifically, international criminal law deals with various aspects of the investigative process and international litigation including the procedures and laws for individual liability, defenses, and court rules, as some examples.
  • International criminal laws vary depending on the jurisdiction, though many international crimes are similar in each jurisdiction.
  • There are many types of international criminal crimes such as war crimes, aggression, human trafficking, money laundering, espionage, and bribing foreign officials—as some examples.
  • Consider hiring an international criminal law firm that is qualified to handle the procedural and substantive issues involved with crimes and criminal laws that cross multiple borders and multiple jurisdictions.

Experienced International Criminal Law Defense Team

If you need advice on international criminal law, it is time to get in touch with a team of international criminal defense attorneys today.

The awe of technological advances and increases in globalization have unfortunately resulted in additional international crimes. This, in turn, has produced escalated federal and international policing efforts.

It is critical to retain counsel that understands not only international crimes but also the basics of public international law. When crimes touch upon multiple borders and involve multiple jurisdictions, laws are bound to differ—thus mandating dedicated and thorough representation.

At Oberheiden, P.C., our team of international criminal attorneys are competent to handle legal matters regarding crimes that touch upon multiple borders and jurisdictions.

Our attorneys are experienced in dealing with international extradition cases, mail and wire fraud across multiple jurisdictions, money laundering, illegal offshore banking transfers, and other international crimes.

Do not wait to get in touch with a qualified team of international criminal law attorneys today.

Put Oberheiden, P.C. on your side to advise you on these international challenges regarding cross-border crimes.

What is International Criminal Law?

International criminal law is a component of public international law. Public international law governs the actions of countries (referred to as “states” in the international law sense) and how these “states” interact with other and their citizens. It also deals with the principles and obligations of states.

International criminal law governs the responsibility of individuals charged with international crimes. These crimes are deemed “international” because they involve multiple countries or cross multiple jurisdictions.

Specifically, instead of dealing with matters such as state responsibility, international criminal law deals with individual responsibility. This body of law includes the procedures and laws for individual liability, defenses, cooperation issues, evidence gathering tools, court rules, and mutual legal assistance, as some examples.

It is important to note, however, that there is no universally accepted definition of what constitutes international crimes. This is because different countries or “states” define international crimes according to the laws of their own jurisdiction. Therefore, what is regarded as permissible or legal in one country may not be lawful behavior in the next country.

Types of International Criminal Crimes

International criminal laws vary depending on the foreign jurisdiction. However, even though the nature of the international crime varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, there are certain international crimes that are similar in many jurisdictions.

Below we provide a list of international crimes:

  • war crimes
  • aggression
  • genocide
  • torture
  • crimes against humanity
  • crimes against children and women
  • international child abduction
  • human rights violations
  • drug trafficking and other drug offenses
  • human trafficking
  • financial crimes involving cross-border transactions
  • money laundering
  • counterfeiting
  • certain internet crimes and cybercrimes
  • mail, bank, and wire fraud
  • tax evasion
  • espionage
  • illegal offshore bank transfers
  • bribing foreign officials

International Criminal Matters We Handle

Our international criminal defense attorneys are competent to handle a variety of matters regarding cross-border crimes, including the following:

  • assisting, organizing, and in some cases fighting extradition requests to and from the United States;
  • organizing mutual legal assistance treaties (“MLATs”), which are agreements between two or more countries for obtaining assistance in the investigative process or prosecution of criminal offenses;
  • advising our clients on prison transfers and the procedures thereof;
  • organizing international evidence gathering techniques such as international depositions, international requests for discovery, and witness testimony;
  • handling post-conviction issues such as habeas corpus petitions and appeals;
  • coordinating investigative procedures with regulatory agencies and local foreign counsel in foreign countries;
  • explaining the intricacies of foreign law to our clients and our clients’ family members;
  • providing advice to our clients on requests for information from a foreign regulatory authority in connection with the alleged international crime; and
  • dealing with the seizure of foreign-owned assets.

This above list is only a sample of the matters our law firm handles.

If you have any questions regarding additional international criminal issues, contact our firm as soon as possible.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

U.S. Prosecution for International Crimes

Prosecuting international crimes in the United States is handled primarily by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”). This is true even if the crime was committed in a foreign jurisdiction. Federal law in the United States allows for extraterritorial application in certain circumstances, making U.S. prosecution even more likely.

Being prosecuted in the United States—especially if this is not your home country—can be very daunting. Cross-border investigations and prosecutions often involve extradition requests for those individuals who are outside the United States.

A federal prosecution for international crimes can result in substantial penalties and fines as well as lengthy imprisonment terms. The monetary amount of the fines and length of the imprisonment terms will vary depending on the severity of the international crime.

In addition to the DOJ, other federal agencies may also become involved in the cross-border investigation and prosecution, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”).

Need Advice Regarding International Criminal Law?

If you need advice regarding international criminal law and how it affects you and your business, you need the advice of a skilled attorney right away.

The domestic process is very different than the procedural rules used to undergo an international criminal investigation and international litigation. Further, international criminal laws are intricately complicated and can be difficult to navigate.

It is imperative to retain the appropriate counsel as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of success.

The defense attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C. give our clients the best chance of success through our dedicated work ethic and aggressive defense strategies designed to lessen the impact of the investigative process and achieve the best results for our clients.

In addition to the notable experience in federal criminal law that our defense attorneys offer, Oberheiden, P.C. is also proud to provide its clients with international criminal defense on matters that transcend national borders and encompass multiple countries’ laws and jurisdictions.

Call us today at 888-680-1745 or contact our office for a free consultation to advise you on how to proceed regarding international criminal law cases, procedures, and rules.

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