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Raleigh Federal Criminal Defense

Respected Raleigh Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers defending your rights in all FBI, OIG, IRS, & DEA investigations and prosecutions

Raleigh Federal Criminal Defense

Our experienced Raleigh federal criminal defense lawyers represent clients in Raleigh and throughout the surrounding areas. 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.

The mere thought of federal law enforcement officers knocking on the door is enough to make anyone uncomfortable. Yet, each year, thousands of people face this very reality. Federal authorities in Raleigh investigate and prosecute individuals for a wide range of federal crimes, including drug manufacturing and distribution, tax evasion, money laundering, extortion, bribery, fraud, and many others. If you recently learned that you are under investigation or were arrested for a crime, you may not know where to turn for help. What is the government claiming you did wrong? What evidence do prosecutors have, and how did they obtain it? What punishments are you facing if you are found guilty? At Oberheiden, P.C., our experienced team of Raleigh, North Carolina federal defense attorneys can answer these questions and work with you to develop a compelling defense to whatever charges you face.

As veteran federal defense lawyers, we have come to learn that one of the most important things we bring to the table is an element of certainty. Our experienced trial attorneys have hundreds of years of combined experience handling a wide range of federal criminal cases. Many of our lawyers previously worked for the government prosecuting the very crimes we now defend. This gives us a unique perspective, insight and knowledge into the government’s case and what can be done to resolve your situation as favorably as possible. Regardless of the nature of the offense, 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 agencies.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice

Local Counsel

Joanne Fine DeLena
Joanne Fine DeLena

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney & Former District Attorney

Local Trial & Defense Counsel

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former Federal Prosecutor

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (OIG)

Michael Koslow
Michael Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Chris Quick
Chris Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Kevin M. Sheridan
Kevin M. Sheridan

Former Special Agent (FBI)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Dennis A. Wichern
Dennis A. Wichern

Former Special Agent-in-Charge (DEA)

The Types of Federal Criminal Cases Oberheiden, P.C. Handles in Raleigh, N.C.

At Oberheiden, P.C., our veteran federal criminal defense attorney skillfully represents clients facing all types of crimes. Some of the cases we handle regularly include:

  • Attempt offenses
  • Bribery and public corruption
  • Conspiracy charges
  • Drug manufacture and distribution
  • Intellectual property theft
  • Money laundering
  • Tax evasion
  • Theft of government property
  • Various types of fraud (healthcare, bank, insurance, mail and wire, mortgage, securities, and more.)

Federal authorities typically limit their involvement to the most serious case. Often, these cases involve multiple possible defendants and involve months-long investigations. At Oberheiden, P.C., we can get involved in your case at any stage. While every case is unique, we have had success wrapping up investigations without any charges being filed. However, if the government has already charged you, we are ready to hit the ground running.

The Federal Criminal Process

Most people who face federal charges are unfamiliar with how these cases proceed. Below is a brief explanation of the federal criminal trial process.

Federal Investigation

Before you receive word of an investigation and well before charges are filed, federal authorities begin an in-depth investigation into the allegations. Unlike their state counterparts, federal prosecutors tend to conduct the entire investigation before bringing charges. Thus, by the time you learn that the government is bringing federal criminal charges against you, federal prosecutors already have their theory of the case developed.

This can put an unsuspecting subject of an investigation in a challenging place in that they are well behind the prosecution in terms of preparation. It is for this reason that it is critical you reach out to an Oberheiden, P.C. Raleigh federal defense attorney as soon as you learn about an investigation.


An indictment is an official document charging you with a crime. The federal government routinely uses indictments to bring charges in federal criminal cases. If the government secures an indictment, it typically means that the U.S. Attorney’s Office successfully presented evidence to a grand jury that found “probable cause” to implicate you or your business in a federal crime.

The Defense Investigation

While, in some cases, you may learn of an investigation before the issuance of an indictment, it is common that you only learn of the charges against you once the indictment is issued. Once you receive word of an indictment, the next step is to contact an experienced Raleigh federal criminal defense attorney. You and your attorney will then conduct an extensive investigation into the government’s allegations. This may include:

  • Determining whether federal law enforcement followed the proper procedures in issuing and executing a search warrant;
  • Determining whether anyone else is subject of the government’s investigation;
  • Identifying the specific information that the federal government received that triggered the investigation; and
  • Identifying the source of the allegations the government relied on when deciding to bring an investigation.

Develop of Pre-Trial Strategy

Once you have an idea of the government’s case and your attorney has conducted their own investigation into the allegations, the next step is to come up with a pre-trial strategy for resolving the case. For example, this may be a time to approach federal prosecutors with mitigating information in an attempt to get them to withdraw certain charges or offer an acceptable resolution to the case. In other cases, your attorney will begin to identify weak points in the government’s case to sow the seeds of reasonable doubt.

Pre-Trial Litigation

If negotiations are not in your best interest or do not appear fruitful, the next step is to focus on the pre-trial motions that will set the scene for the trial. The prosecution may file certain motions seeking to admit evidence that could be harmful to your case. Your attorney will respond to these motions as well as submit motions on your behalf. For example, a skilled Raleigh federal defense lawyer may seek to exclude physical evidence or statements you made to federal authorities during the investigation. Depending on the outcome of these motions, the federal government may have no choice but to drop certain charges. Even when that isn’t the case, successfully resolving pre-trial motions can cause the federal government to reconsider the strength of its case, potentially leading to a more favorable climate for negotiations.


If the case cannot be resolved through pre-trial motions or negotiations, there may be no choice but to take the case to trial. However, merely because your case is going to trial does not mean that you are guilty and certainly doesn’t mean that you will be found guilty. Federal prosecutors must prove each element of an offense beyond a reasonable doubt before a jury can convict you. Your Raleigh federal criminal defense lawyer will aggressively defend your interests at trial by delivering compelling opening remarks, cross-examining government witnesses, presenting evidence on your behalf, and keeping an eye on the prosecution to prevent them from slipping any improper evidence into the case.

It is essential to keep in mind that there is always a benefit to consulting with an experienced Raleigh federal defense lawyer, no matter what stage in the process your case is in.

About the Oberheiden, P.C. Raleigh Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

At Oberheiden, P.C., our Raleigh federal criminal defense attorneys take pride in our national reputation of success for our federal litigation defense work. Led by our founding attorney, Dr. Nick Oberheiden, our law firm boasts an impressive record of federal litigation experience. Many of our attorneys are former prosecutors who understand what is necessary to obtain a favorable result in a case against the government. Call our Raleigh federal criminal defense lawyers for a free assessment today.

Our attorneys can help you develop an effective strategy to protect you from federal allegations of fraud or other misconduct. We have centuries of combined experience handling cases at every step in the process, including pre-trial, trial and sentencing. The first step towards protecting your future and your freedom is to schedule a free consultation.

Schedule Your Free and Confidential Case Assessment at Oberheiden, P.C.

Call us at (888) 519-4897, or connect with us online and tell us how to reach you if you are facing federal charges in Raleigh, North Carolina. A Raleigh federal criminal defense attorney on our defense team is standing by 24/7, and we will work hard to help you regain or protect your freedom and way of life.

Why Clients Trust Oberheiden P.C.

  • 1,000+ Cases Handled
  • Available Nights & Weekends
  • Experienced Trial Attorneys
  • Former Department of Justice Trial Attorneys
  • Former Federal Prosecutors, U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Former Agents from FBI, OIG, DEA
  • Cases Handled in 48 States
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