North Carolina Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Oberheiden, P.C.’s federal criminal defense lawyers have a long and established track record in investigations, grand jury proceedings, and trials. If you are facing allegations of a federal crime in Greensboro, Durham, or elsewhere in North Carolina, call 888-680-1745 to put centuries of legal experience on your side.
Whether you have just been contacted by federal authorities or you have been indicted and are awaiting trial in federal district court, facing criminal allegations is a serious matter that requires prompt attention, strategic intervention, and focused defense. Most federal crimes carry the potential for substantial fines and years (if not decades) of imprisonment, and any delays in implementing a strategic defense can increase your chances of facing a conviction at trial.
At Oberheiden, P.C., our defense lawyers bring centuries of combined experience and a proven track record to defending clients in federal cases in North Carolina. We represent clients in North Carolina’s Eastern, Middle, and Western districts, and we handle cases involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and all other federal agencies and task forces. In addition to career defense lawyers, our team includes several former federal prosecutors who previously worked with these agencies in high-profile criminal matters.
Experienced, Focused, and Strategic Defense Representation for Federal Criminal Cases in North Carolina
Regardless of the current status of your case, acting quickly is likely to be critical to minimizing the potential consequences of the government’s investigation. If the investigation is ongoing, acting quickly may allow you to terminate the investigation without charges being filed (a result which our attorneys have achieved in the majority of federal investigations we have handled). If you have been served with a grand jury subpoena, you will need to prepare extensively (and determine whether you have grounds to challenge the subpoena) in order to protect yourself against an indictment. If you have already been indicted, you need to give your defense team as much time as possible to work out a favorable pre-trial result while also maintaining a parallel track toward trial.
When you choose Oberheiden, P.C. to represent you, our North Carolina federal criminal defense attorneys will work efficiently as a team in order to quickly achieve a favorable result. Whether that means aggressively intervening in the government’s investigation, preparing your grand jury testimony, or preparing your case for trial, we will use our vast experience and prosecutorial insights to your advantage. You will work closely with our firm’s senior attorneys every step of the way (unlike other firms, we do not assign our clients’ matters to junior associates or paralegals), and we will ensure that you are making confident and informed decisions with your personal interests in mind.
Our Oberheiden, P.C.’s Federal Criminal Defense Practice in North Carolina
1. Cases We Handle
We represent clients in investigations, grand jury proceedings, pre-trial proceedings, and trials involving all serious federal criminal allegations. We also have experienced appellate lawyers who provide seasoned representation for federal criminal appeals. Our track record includes successfully representing clients in matters involving the DOJ, DEA, FBI, IRS, OIG, USPIS, and other agencies, and our attorneys are available to represent clients facing allegations of:
- Bank Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud (including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and Department of Labor (DOL) fraud)
- Insurance Fraud
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Public Corruption and Bribery
- Theft of Government Property
- Tax Evasion
- Drug Crimes
- Mail Crimes (including depositing “nonmailable matter” with the USPS)
- Intellectual Property Theft
Once again, when facing the potential for a federal indictment or a criminal conviction in federal district court, the importance of acting quickly cannot be overstated. Federal agents and prosecutors are diligently pursuing your case, and they are not going to stop unless and until you convince them to devote their resources elsewhere. Our North Carolina federal criminal defense lawyers can do this for you, but only if you contact us as soon as possible. To get started with a free and confidential case assessment, call 888-680-1745 now.
2. Clients We Represent
The clients we represent are as diverse as the federal cases we handle. We represent individuals and businesses, and our clients range from North Carolina residents charged with drug crimes and financial crimes to corporations accused of defrauding consumers and government programs. We have the compassion, understanding, and practical mindset to represent individuals facing their first federal charges, and we have the resources, savvy, and experience to successfully defend large corporate organizations. Our clients include:
- Physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers
- Lawyers, accountants, and other licensed professionals
- Healthcare organizations (including hospitals, clinics, hospices, and home health agencies) and durable medical equipment (DME) companies
- Private and publicly-traded corporations
- Executives, board members, and company owners
- Public officials
- Public figures (including athletes and celebrities)
- Other individuals and organizations
3. Outcomes We Achieve
In every case, our sole priority is to protect our client as quickly, thoroughly, and efficiently as possible. Whether this means convincing federal agents to drop their investigation or convincing a jury to render a “not guilty” verdict at trial, we tailor our representation to the unique circumstances at hand as well as the current posture of the investigation or litigation. Depending upon when we get involved and the events leading up to our involvement, the outcomes we can achieve for our clients include:
- Terminating the government’s investigation without charges being filed
- Negotiating for prosecutors to pursue a civil case instead of criminal charges
- Avoiding charges as the result of a grand jury subpoena
- Having criminal charges dismissed post-indictment
- Negotiating a favorable plea deal prior to trial
- Providing strategic trial defense to avoid a conviction or minimize sentencing
- Successfully challenging a federal criminal conviction or sentence on appeal
Q&A with the Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C.
Q: What should I do if I have been contacted by federal agents in North Carolina?
If you have been contacted by agents from the DOJ, DEA, FBI, IRS, OIG, USPIS, or any other federal agency, you need to take extreme precaution to protect yourself. Even if the agents claim to be investigating someone else, (i) this may or may not actually be the case; and, (ii) if you provide incriminating information, you could also become a target of the investigation. You should decline to voluntarily answer any questions or provide any records without your attorney present; and, if they present you with a search warrant or subpoena, you should contact a North Carolina federal criminal defense attorney immediately. Learn more: What to Do When Federal Agents Come to Your Home or Business.
Q: What is a grand jury subpoena?
A grand jury subpoena is a formal document issued by the United States’ Attorney’s Office that demands an individual either appear in person or produce the documents outlined in the subpoena. If you received a grand jury subpoena, it essentially means the federal government believes that you either committed a federal crime or have knowledge of what the government believes is important to their investigation. It may be unclear what the federal government’s intentions are, however, as federal investigators typically don’t share details about an investigation until they’ve presented evidence to a grand jury. If you received a grand jury subpoena, how you handle the situation is critical because a wrong move can raise suspicion where there may have been none to begin with. Therefore, it is imperative you reach out to an experienced North Carolina federal criminal defense attorney to review your options immediately.
Q: If federal prosecutors have incriminating evidence, can your attorneys keep it from being used against me at trial?
Maybe. While federal agents are extremely good at collecting and preserving evidence in such a way that it will be admissible in court, they do make mistakes, and defendants can often use these mistakes to their advantage. As part of our case assessment, we will carefully scrutinize the government’s investigation tactics and techniques to determine whether any incriminating evidence may be inadmissible at trial. If so, we can use this to try to convince the prosecutors handling your case that it is not worth pursuing charges since they will not have the evidence they need to prove their allegations in court. Learn more: When May Evidence Be Suppressed from Use at Trial?
Q: I didn’t mean to commit a federal crime. Am I still guilty?
As a general rule, in order to obtain a conviction, federal prosecutors must present evidence of your “criminal intent.” While this is a substantial (and subjective) burden, challenging the government’s evidence of intent is not always as easy as it sounds – even if you are absolutely certain that you had no intention whatsoever of committing a federal crime. Our attorneys are deeply experienced in defending clients on the basis of lack of criminal intent; and, if this is a viable defense in your case, our North Carolina federal criminal defense attorneys will pursue it aggressively to protect you. Learn more: What is Criminal Intent?
Q: Why am I being accused of participating in a federal “conspiracy”?
The federal conspiracy statute is extraordinarily broad, and it allows federal prosecutors to pursue charges under a broad range of circumstances – including circumstances in which there is no evidence that a substantive crime has actually been committed. Conspiracy cases can be challenging, and it is important that you speak with a federal criminal defense attorney immediately. Learn more: What Is a Federal Criminal Conspiracy?
Q: What are my chances of avoiding trial?
Your chances of avoiding trial will depend on a multitude of factors, from the allegations against you to the amount of time federal prosecutors have already devoted to your case. That said, even if you have already been indicted, it may still be possible to achieve a favorable result without having to fight for your freedom in court. Learn more: Pre-Trial Motions in Federal Criminal Cases.
Schedule a Free Initial Case Assessment at Oberheiden, P.C.
If you are under federal investigation or facing federal charges in North Carolina, contact our North Carolina federal criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C. now for a free and confidential case assessment. To speak with a senior member of our federal defense team in confidence, call 888-680-1745 or inquire online now.
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