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Cleveland Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Zealous Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys with U.S. Department of Justice Experience Representing Clients in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland address – by appointment only:
5900 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

Our firm brings over 70 years of federal prosecutorial experience to representing individuals and businesses being targeted in investigations and facing federal charges in Cleveland, Ohio.

Several attorneys on our criminal defense team previously served long tenures with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). All of our defense lawyers focus their practice in federal criminal matters. If under suspicion or facing charges from the federal government, your legal counsel must be of the highest caliber. A defense attorney who primarily handles state cases may not have enough experience in cases like yours. Federal investigations, plea negotiation procedures, and court processes require a lawyer who specializes in these areas.

A single federal defense lawyer will likely not have the resources of the DOJ, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and any other agencies that may be involved in your case. To level the playing field, you need a team of federal criminal defense lawyers with significant experience in investigations and trials. You need the federal criminal defense team at Oberheiden, P.C.

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)

Meet Our Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our federal criminal defense team includes former DOJ prosecutors and experienced defense attorneys who have handled thousands of cases across the country, including Cleveland. We have extensive experience in the areas of:

  • Healthcare fraud,
  • Computer and internet crimes,
  • Financial and securities crimes,
  • Other white-collar crimes,
  • Allegations of drug crimes,
  • Conspiracy, and other serious federal offenses.

At Oberheiden, P.C., we take a unique team approach. It affords each client the full benefit of our senior attorneys’ collective experience. Your case will not be handled by a single attorney with an already overloaded caseload. Plus, we won’t pass off assignments to junior associates when your future is on the line.

Cases We Handle

Cleveland Federal DefenseWe have represented clients in federal cases involving almost all criminal offenses.

This includes:

  • Handling cases from the earliest stages of an investigation. This is our preference, as it gives us the greatest chance to help our client avoid charges.
  • Representing clients in grand jury proceedings and indictments,
  • Negotiating plea deals with federal prosecutors, and
  • Fighting forcefully to protect our clients against unjust prosecution at trial.

Our experience includes, but is not limited to, representing clients being investigated and charged under:

  • 18 U.S.C. 1341 – Mail fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. 1343 – Wire fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. 1347 – Healthcare fraud, including Medicare fraud and Medicaid fraud
  • 21 U.S.C. 841 – Distribution and possession with intent to distribute
  • 21 U.S.C. 846 – Conspiracy to distribute
  • 18 U.S.C. 924 – Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense
  • The Hobbs Act
  • The Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
  • The Anti-Kickback Statute
  • The Controlled Substances Act
  • The False Claims Act
  • As well as other federal statutes outlawing:

    • Public corruption,
    • Bribery,
    • Tax fraud,
    • Tax evasion,
    • Securities fraud,
    • Insider trading,
    • Ponzi scheme fraud,
    • Mortgage fraud, and other criminal offenses.

    How We Protect Our Clients at All Stages of Federal Criminal Cases

    We are trial attorneys who have a proven record of securing favorable verdicts in federal court. We emphasize resolving our clients’ cases as quickly as possible. Notably, we have resolved the majority of our clients’ cases without criminal charges ever filed. When you engage our federal criminal defense team to represent you, our services may include:

    • Fighting to Avoid Criminal Charges

      If at all possible, we want to protect you against facing federal criminal charges. If you contact us while your investigation is pending, we can intervene to assess the severity of your situation. Our goal is working your case against the government’s attorneys to achieve the best outcome.

    • Executing a Comprehensive Pretrial Defense Strategy

      When clients are facing trial on federal criminal charges, we pursue an aggressive pretrial strategy. We challenge the government’s evidence and assert any affirmative defenses available.

    • Arguing for Dismissal Prior to Trial

      The moment we take your case, we begin building and executing a comprehensive defense strategy. We focus on having your case resolved favorably without going to court. Ideally, this means no charges are even filed. However, our goal may also be to have charges that are filed dismissed prior to trial.

    • Seeking to Obtain Bond

      If you are detained and eligible for bond, obtaining it will be a critical early step in your case. While federal bonds present unique challenges, we have close to a 100% success rate in obtaining bond for our clients.

    • Strategic Bench Trial or Jury Trial Representation

      If your best option is going to trial, we will provide smart, and aggressive defense before a judge or jury. We have experience in what it takes to show that the government failed to meet its high burden of proof.

    Your Defense Team for When Good Isn’t Good Enough

    If you are facing large financial penalties and federal imprisonment for a criminal offense(s), you can’t afford to compromise on legal advice. You need a criminal defense team with strength in federal matters. One with the resources and intellect needed to protect you to the greatest extent possible. With our remarkable experience on both sides of federal criminal cases, we have the know-how to address your needs.

    FAQs: Defense Representation for Federal Criminal Matters in Cleveland, OH

    Q: Am I entitled to legal representation during a federal investigation?


    Yes, and it is critical that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. With few exceptions, such as during grand jury testimony, you are entitled to have an attorney present at all stages of the federal criminal process.

    Q: How important is prior experience in federal criminal matters?


    Prior experience is critically important. The prosecutors handling your case likely have years of experience. You need a legal team that can level the playing field. Your legal team should have strong federal credentials and specific experience in cases similar to yours.

    Q: Can I expect my charges to be dropped if I hire Oberheiden, P.C.?


    We cannot guarantee the outcome of any particular case. The majority of our clients never face trial, but your situation may be such that prosecution is certain. For a free assessment of your federal case, please contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.


    Schedule a Free and Confidential Consultation With Cleveland’s Decisive Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

    If you need legal counsel for a federal criminal matter in Cleveland, Ohio, schedule a free and confidential consultation. You can contact our offices 24/7. If we are not available, a member of our team will respond to you as soon as possible.

    Oberheiden, P.C. Compliance – Litigation – Defense 888-680-1745

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    This information has been prepared for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. While this information may constitute attorney advertising in some jurisdictions, merely reading this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Every case is different, any prior result described or referred to herein cannot guarantee similar outcomes in the future. Oberheiden, P.C. is a Texas limited liability partnership with its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Oberheiden limits his practice to federal law.

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