Omaha Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Aggressive Omaha Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys defending your rights in all FBI, OIG, IRS, & DEA investigations and prosecutions.
Our respected Omaha, Nebraska federal criminal defense lawyers represent clients in Omaha and throughout Douglas County. If you are under investigation, have been served with a grand jury subpoena, or are currently facing federal charges, give Oberheiden, P.C. a call at 888-680-1745 to schedule your free and confidential consultation.
Most crimes are prosecuted on the state level by state prosecutors. However, the federal government is also capable of bringing criminal charges against an individual or corporation. Typically, however, the federal government only brings criminal charges when the allegations are serious. If you face federal criminal charges in the District of Nebraska, you likely have many questions. How long do you have until the case goes to trial? What should you expect from the process? Should you reach out to federal prosecutors to work out a deal? What are you looking at if you are convicted? These questions are common, yet, they can weigh on you, adding to the stress you are already experiencing. At Oberheiden, P.C., our experienced team of Omaha federal defense attorneys are here to answer these questions and help you to develop a compelling defense to whatever charges you face.
At Oberheiden, P.C., we have assembled a team of veteran Omaha federal criminal defense attorneys. Before joining our team, many of our senior attorneys formerly investigated and prosecuted federal crimes in various high-ranking positions with the federal government. This gives us a unique perspective, insight and knowledge into the government’s case and how to best defend against the allegations. Regardless of the nature of the crime you are charged with, the punishment it carries, or your level of involvement, we can help. Oberheiden, P.C., handles cases involving investigations overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and other federal agencies.
Oberheiden, P.C. Handles All Types of Federal Crimes in Omaha, NE
If you face a federal crime, you need an experienced lawyer who is ready to fight for your rights at every stage of the process. However, the scope of federal crimes is incredibly broad, and these cases are often extremely complex. The result is that many criminal defense lawyers are ill-equipped to tackle these challenging cases. If your freedom is on the line, you deserve an attorney who has specific experience handling the very type of case you are facing.
At Oberheiden, P.C., our renowned Omaha federal criminal defense attorneys skillfully represent clients facing a broad range of crimes. Some of the cases we handle regularly include:
- Attempt offenses
- Bank fraud
- Bribery and public corruption
- Conspiracy charges
- Drug manufacture and distribution
- Healthcare fraud
- Identity theft
- Insider trading crimes
- Insurance fraud
- Intellectual property theft
- Mail and wire fraud
- Money laundering
- Mortgage fraud
- Securities fraud
- Tax evasion
- Terrorist activities
- Theft of government property
- White collar crime
At Oberheiden, P.C., our Omaha federal criminal defense lawyers are prepared to get involved in your case regardless of the stage it is in. If you are under investigation, we may be able to speak with investigators on your behalf to prevent an indictment. If you’ve already been indicted, we will immediately get to work developing a comprehensive defense strategy designed to minimize your exposure. Whatever your situation, Oberheiden, P.C., can help.
The Stages of a Federal Criminal Case
One of the most daunting aspects of facing federal charges in Omaha is unfamiliarity with the process. While most have a certain familiarity with the criminal justice process in state courts, the federal court system is very different. Most federal criminal trials follow the same process.
The Government Investigation
A federal criminal case typically begins when federal investigators receive a tip that a crime was committed or is being committed. A tip may come from a citizen, business partner, or another government agency, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Drug Enforcement Administration, or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The federal investigators immediately begin investigating the claim, keeping their investigation secret. Thus, well before you learn that you are under investigation, the federal government very likely has you on their radar.
Given the fact that federal prosecutors have a head start on you, it is imperative that you reach out to an Omaha federal criminal defense lawyer as soon as you realize you are under investigation.
Grand Jury Proceedings
When federal prosecutors feel they have enough evidence to file formal charges against you, they will convene a grand jury. A grand jury is a group of citizens, range between 16 and 23 in number, who hear the prosecutor’s case. No one else is present during the grand jury proceeding. Thus, even if you are the subject of the investigation, you still may not know you are under investigation. If the grand jury determines the prosecution has sufficient evidence that you committed the crimes in question, it will issue a “true bill.” This allows the prosecutor to formally indict you.
The Defense Investigation
Once you learn that you’ve been indicted, the next step is for you to reach out to an Omaha federal criminal defense lawyer who will conduct an in-depth investigation into the government’s case. Frequently, federal prosecutors are closed-lipped about their investigations, so determining exactly what evidence they have and which theory they are proceeding under takes a skilled attorney. However, understanding the government’s case is crucial to a successful defense. For example, a skilled Omaha federal criminal defense lawyer may look into the following:
- Did federal agents violate your constitutional rights when searching your home or business?
- Did federal agents take a statement from you in violation of your constitutional rights?
- Who provided federal investigators with the information they relied on to indict you?
- Is the evidence against you subject to multiple interpretations?
- Is there another more significant participant whom investigators failed to investigate?
At Oberheiden, P.C., we leave no stone unturned when investigating our clients’ cases.
Develop a Comprehensive Defense Strategy
After you have a detailed understanding of the government’s case, you can then sit down with your attorney to lay out an effective strategy for resolving the case. Often, this involves considering multiple options, playing each out in full. For example, if your attorney believes that certain evidence in the government’s case will be deemed inadmissible, this must factor into the plan. However, it is important that your attorney also has a contingency plan in case the judge admits the contested evidence.
While the possibility of a plea agreement is always on the table, at Oberheiden, P.C., we never rush to the negotiating table. In our experience, doing so only gives the prosecution all the bargaining power. Instead, we prefer to take an aggressive approach, looking for any weaknesses in the government’s case. As the trial nears, federal prosecutors are forced to look more closely at their own case, which may inform their willingness to offer a more favorable agreement.
If a case is not resolved through pre-trial motions or plea agreement, it will go to trial. However, this does not mean that you will be found guilty. There are many defenses to federal crimes, and an experienced Omaha federal criminal defense lawyer can help you understand which may apply in your situation. Your lawyer will also present evidence and witnesses on your behalf, cross-examine federal agents and government witnesses, and keep a close eye on prosecutors to make sure your rights are respected throughout the process.
Regardless of the stage that your case is in, there is always a benefit to reaching out to an attorney to discuss your options. At Oberheiden, P.C., we take the approach that no case is a lost cause and there is always something that can be done to improve your situation.
About the Oberheiden, P.C. Omaha Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
At Oberheiden, P.C., our team of veteran Omaha federal criminal defense attorneys has a national reputation for excellence. We have extensive, hands-on experience handling a wide range of federal criminal cases in Omaha and know what it takes to mount an effective defense to even the most serious allegations.
At Oberheiden, P.C., many of our Omaha federal defense lawyers used to work as federal investigators and prosecutors, giving us a unique insight into how the government prosecutes these cases. We use this knowledge to develop comprehensive defense strategies that are customized to each of our client’s unique situations. If you face federal charges in the District of Nebraska, the first step to favorably resolving your case is to contact an Omaha federal criminal defense attorney to schedule a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I cooperate with federal investigators?
Absolutely not. While there is a time and a place for cooperation with law enforcement, you cannot make an informed decision on what is best in your case without first speaking with an Omaha federal criminal defense lawyer. For example, when federal agents approach you, you cannot be sure what they know and who they’ve spoken to. If you omit any piece of information or innocently misstate a fact, you may create suspicion where there was none. Additionally, anything you tell to a federal investigator can later be used against you. If you’ve been approached by agents with the FBI or any other federal agents, politely decline to speak with them and instead contact an Omaha federal criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
What is a target letter?
When federal investigators are working on a case, they classify anyone who is potentially involved into one of three categories: witnesses, subject, and targets. A witness is someone who is not suspected of any wrongdoing but has information relevant to an investigation. A subject is someone who the government believes is possibly involved with a crime. Federal agents lack the evidence needed to pursue charges against a subject but are open to the possibility. Targets are those whom the government believed committed a federal crime. They are the target of the investigation. If you receive a target letter, it means that the government believes you violated a federal law and plans to indict you. If you find yourself in receipt of a target letter, it is imperative that you reach out to an Omaha federal criminal defense attorney immediately.
What is white collar crime?
White collar crime is a term used to describe a wide range of financial crimes. Most white collar crimes involve someone making a false or misleading statement intended to induce another into taking certain actions. There are many examples of white collar crimes, including embezzlement, wire fraud, mortgage fraud, healthcare fraud, tax evasion, insurance fraud and bank fraud. While there is a commonly held belief that white collar crimes are not taken as seriously as other types of federal offenses, this is not the case. In most cases, a conviction for a white collar crime carries the possibility of prison time. If you face allegations of white collar crime, do not take any chances and reach out to an Omaha federal criminal defense attorney for immediate assistance.
When should I reach out to an Omaha federal criminal defense attorney?
As soon as possible. Given the nature of how federal cases proceed, in most cases, you will not know you are at the center of an investigation until you are indicted. This puts you at a major disadvantage, as the prosecution has already built its case, developed a theory, and decided that you are guilty. If you are among the few who learn of an investigation before an indictment, reaching out to an Omaha federal criminal defense lawyer will give them the opportunity to discuss the case with prosecutors before they pursue an indictment. This can result in the withdrawal of charges. If you’ve already been indicted, the need to contact an attorney is even more pressing. However, do not conflate an indictment with a guilty verdict; there is always something that an experienced Omaha federal criminal defense lawyer can do to help mitigate the risks you face.
Schedule Your Free and Confidential Case Assessment at Oberheiden, P.C.
If you are facing federal criminal charges in Omaha, NE, call us at (888) 519-4897, or connect with us online and tell us your case. An Omaha federal criminal defense attorney on our defense team is standing by 24/7. We will do everything possible to help you defend against the serious allegations you face.