Charlotte Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our federal attorneys provide strategic and aggressive defense representation for individuals and corporate clients in Charlotte, NC. If you are being targeted by the DEA, DOJ, FBI, IRS, OIG, USPIS, or any other federal agency or task force, call 888-680-1745 now for a free and confidential consultation.
Federal authorities have their crosshairs set on Charlotte, North Carolina. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) field office in southwest Charlotte to the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit assigned to North Carolina’s Middle District, multiple federal agencies and task forces are specifically targeting Charlotte residents and businesses for drug crimes, financial crimes, fraud-related offenses, and other serious white-collar crimes.
Charlotte Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers for High-Stakes Criminal Cases
While federal investigations often culminate with raids and large-scale takedowns, most investigations begin long before individuals and businesses find out that they are being targeted. By the time federal agents contact you or you catch wind of an investigation, there is a very good chance that prosecutors are already well on their way to building a case against you. As a result, if you are aware that you are being targeted in a federal investigation, it is imperative that you engage experienced defense counsel immediately. By effectively intervening in the government’s investigation, you may be able to resolve your case before charges get filed.
At Oberheiden, P.C., we have a long and established track record of protecting clients against federal charges. Our team of career defense attorneys and former DOJ prosecutors brings centuries of combined experience to protecting clients in high-stakes federal cases. While our lawyers have extensive experience in grand jury proceedings and federal criminal trials, we have successfully resolved the majority of our clients’ cases during the investigative process. By focusing on prompt intervention and strategic dismantling of the government’s case, we have protected well over 1,000 clients against any form of civil or criminal liability.
We Handle All Types of Federal Criminal Cases Involving All Federal Agencies and Task Forces in Charlotte
From the procedures involved to the penalties that are on the table, federal criminal cases differ from state-level cases in many ways. As a result, when choosing defense counsel, it is important to choose a team of Charlotte federal criminal defense attorneys who focus their practice on high-stakes federal matters. At Oberheiden, P.C., our practice is devoted to federal defense, and our defense team is comprised entirely of senior attorneys who have substantial experience in federal investigations, grand jury proceedings, trials, and appeals.
We represent clients in Charlotte who are under investigation and facing charges for all types of federal crimes. This includes Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) investigations involving allegations of:
- 18 U.S.C. § 1349 – Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. § 1347 – Healthcare Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. § 1035 – False Statements Relating to Healthcare Matters
- 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(2) – Payment of Illegal Remuneration
- 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(1) – Receipt of Illegal Remuneration
Prescription Drug Fraud
- 21 U.S.C. § 846 – Conspiracy to Distribute
- 21 U.S.C. § 841 – Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics
Financial and Other White-Collar Crimes
- 18 U.S.C. § 201 – Bribery and Public Corruption
- 18 U.S.C. § 1030 – Computer Fraud and Abuse
- 18 U.S.C. § 1033 – Insurance Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. § 1341 – Mail Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. § 1343 – Wire Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. § 1346 – Bank Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. § 1349 – Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud or Wire Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. § 1951 – Extortion
- 18 U.S.C. § 1956 – Money Laundering
- 26 U.S.C. § 7201 – Tax Evasion
- 39 U.S.C. § 3001 – Nonmailable Matter
- 21 U.S.C. § 841 – Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics/Opioids
- 21 U.S.C. § 846 – Conspiracy to Distribute Furanyl Fentanyl, Carfentanil, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Marijuana, Cocaine, and Other Controlled Substances
- 21 U.S.C. § 846 – Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance
Our Clients Include Licensed Professionals, Business Executives, Public Officials, Public Figures, and Other High-Profile and High-Net-Worth Individuals
With our focus on high-stakes federal criminal cases, we routinely represent licensed professionals, business owners, public figures, and other high-profile and high-net-worth clients. As a result, we are particularly attuned to the issues involved in defending these types of clients, from maintaining confidentiality to mitigating the professional and business consequences of an investigation or criminal trial. In Charlotte, throughout North Carolina, and nationwide, our practice extends to representing clients including:
- Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, 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
- Laboratories, telemedicine companies, marketing groups, and other entities involved in the healthcare industry
- Public officials and public figures (including athletes and celebrities)
- Private and publicly-traded corporations
- Company executives, board members, and owners
- Other individuals and organizations
Are You Facing a Federal Investigation or Federal Charges in Charlotte? Here’s What You Need to Know
1. Federal Agents and Prosecutors are Coming After You
If you are being targeted for a federal crime (or multiple federal crimes), the federal agents and prosecutors handling your case are not going to stop pursuing your case until either: (i) a judge issues a ruling in court; or, (ii) you convince them that further pursuit of the case is unwarranted. Many federal agents and prosecutors are extremely passionate about what they do, and the DEA, DOJ, FBI, and other federal agencies have virtually unlimited resources to pursue criminal cases.
2. Multiple Federal Agencies May Be Involved in the Investigation
Oftentimes, multiple federal agencies will work together to pursue an investigation. Whether operating independently or as part of a joint task force (such as the Medicare Fraud Strike Force or the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit), the DEA, DOJ, FBI, and other agencies routinely pool their resources to aggressively conduct large-scale investigations. Agencies such as the IRS and USPIS may get involved as well if there is evidence to suggest that a crime such as tax evasion or mail fraud has been committed.
3. Different Investigative Techniques Require Different Defense Tactics
Responding to a target letter is a very different matter from responding to a federal grand jury subpoena. Likewise, dealing with federal agents informally is very different from challenging investigators’ actions during the execution of a search warrant. When we represent our clients, we tailor our representation not only to the specific facts and allegations at hand, but to the current stage of the government’s investigation as well.
4. Facing a Federal Grand Jury is a Serious Matter
While the ideal scenario is to resolve the government’s investigation without going before a grand jury, if you are subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, you need to prepare yourself thoroughly. If prosecutors are able to establish probable cause during the proceedings, then you will be charged with a federal crime (or, more likely, multiple federal crimes).
5. Being Indicted Does Not Necessarily Mean Going to Trial
If you get indicted (or if you have been indicted already), then your case will be set for trial. However, based on our vast experience, we know that an indictment is not necessarily a precursor to trial. In the past, we have been successful in resolving clients’ cases prior to trial by obtaining dismissals, convincing federal prosecutors to drop our clients’ charges, and negotiating favorable plea deals that protected our clients’ freedom and financial stability.
6. The Penalties for Federal Crimes are Severe
What are the risks of going to trial on federal criminal charges? The outcome of a criminal trial is never certain; and, depending on the specific charges against you, you could easily be facing hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars in fines and the potential for decades of federal imprisonment. Even the federal attempt and conspiracy statutes carry substantial fines and multi-year prison sentences, and these statutes apply in cases where no substantive criminal offense was actually committed.
7. Your Choice of Defense Counsel Matters
All of these facts mean one thing: Your choice of defense attorneys matters tremendously for the outcome of your case. If you do not take aggressive measures to protect yourself, federal prosecutors will pursue charges, and you will be nowhere near prepared to defend yourself at trial. At Oberheiden, P.C., our federal criminal defense attorneys work as a team, putting their centuries of combined federal experience to work for our clients and constantly reassessing and reevaluating our clients’ cases in order to continuously pursue a favorable resolution.
Frequently Asked Questions, Answered by a Charlotte Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
What should I do if the FBI shows up at my house?
If federal agents with the FBI, DEA, OIG or IRS show up at your door, you should politely tell them that you are not interested in speaking to them. If they have a warrant, you should let them inside after verifying that the address on the warrant is correct, but your cooperation should stop there. If they do not have a warrant, don’t let them in. Anything you say to federal agents can later be used against you. And while FBI agents may tell you that not cooperating will make you look bad, nothings looks worse that accidentally providing them with incriminating evidence that may shift the focus of an investigation onto you. If federal law enforcement agents show up at your door, immediately call an experienced Charlotte federal criminal defense attorney to learn more about what it might mean and what you can do to protect yourself.
What is a grand jury?
A grand jury is an investigative body that determines whether federal prosecutors have enough evidence against you to bring federal charges. When the federal government thinks you committed a crime, it cannot indict based on that belief alone; prosecutors must first present the case to a grand jury. A prosecutor can indict you only if the grand jury agrees that there is probable cause to believe that you committed the crime. If you’ve recently learned that you are being indicted, the most important thing you can do is to reach out to a respected Charlotte, North Carolina federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will conduct their own investigation into the allegations and help you develop an effective defense strategy, regardless of the charges you face.
Should I try to negotiate a plea agreement or take the case to trial?
While negotiating a plea agreement makes sense in some cases, most defendants who are interested in a plea agreement are better off waiting to approach prosecutors asking for an offer. The problem with seeking an offer too early on in the process is multi-faceted. First, you cannot possess a comprehensive understanding of the government’s case until you have a knowledgeable North Carolina federal criminal defense attorney look into the case. Oftentimes, even the most intimidating cases have holes in them which can end up resulting in an acquittal. The other problem with pursing plea negotiations too early is that it gives prosecutors all the bargaining power. Instead, you should contact an experienced Charlotte, NC federal criminal defense attorney to conduct their own investigation. This may open up your possibilities or result in a more favorable agreement down the road.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation about Your Federal Case in Charlotte
If you are facing a federal investigation or federal charges in Charlotte, you need experienced legal representation. To discuss your case with a Charlotte federal criminal defense lawyer on Oberheiden, P.C.’s federal criminal defense team, call 888-680-1745 or request a free initial consultation online now. We are available 24/7.