Oklahoma City Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Accused, Afraid, Arrested? Call (214) 692-2171
Oklahoma City has become a hotspot of federal law enforcement. Physicians, heroes and saviors one day, are declared opioid abusers the next day. Business owners fueling the economy yesterday, are confronted with search warrants, grand jury subpoenas, and other federal investigative tactics the next day. What is going on?
Indeed, the wave of enforcement in OKC is unprecedented. Following instructions from the Justice Department D.C. headquarters, federal prosecutors and FBI/DEA agents in Oklahoma City have targeted large groups of people, among them pain specialists, family doctors, psychiatrists, dentists, health care business owners, pharmacies, and many good Oklahomans in an effort to deliver aggressive law enforcement results. Specific offenses investigated in OKC:
- Opioid Fraud Cases (Overdose, Search Warrant, Arrest)
- Medicare Fraud
- Tricare Fraud
- False Claims Act Cases
- Civil Investigative Demand
- Illegal Kickbacks
- Money Laundering
- Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Bank Fraud, Tax Fraud
- Federal Conspiracy Charges
- Computer Crimes
If you find yourself in the middle of this enforcement wave, you can’t experiment. Whether you are innocent or whether you can’t agree that you have done anything wrong—you need to defend yourself, or else go down. The federal justice system does not work (anymore) for those who simply sit back and wait for justice to arrive by itself.
Proven Defense Against FBI, DEA, OIG, and IRS Investigations
Oklahoma City is covered with attorneys. There truly is no shortage of excellent criminal defense attorneys in OKC. But, is this what you really need?
Dr. Nick Oberheiden is one of the few attorneys nationwide that only handles federal government investigations and federal criminal cases. His reasoning is simple. “I would not want to have a dentist perform knee surgery on me, so why would I choose a lawyer that does not EXCLUSIVELY handles federal cases when I am in the middle of a federal case?”
Events in Federal Cases:
- Agents Showing Up at Office/House
- DEA Opioid Cases
- DEA Drug Diversion
- DEA Opioid Overdose Cases
- DEA Drug Distribution
- OIG & FBI Health Care Fraud
- White-Collar Offenses
- Computer Crimes
- Grand Jury Subpoena
- OIG Subpoena
- Target Letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office
- DEA or FBI Search Warrant
- Arrest & Indictment in Federal Court
- Government Investigations
Nick has served as lead counsel in hundreds of federal cases and offers clients in OKC a track record in federal cases second to none. Nick has avoided criminal charges in FBI and DEA cases in a stunning number of cases (roughly 90%) and he has argued cases in federal courts across the whole country. Nick has obtained “NO CRIMINAL CHARGES” outcomes from virtually every federal agency including the FBI, the IRS, the DEA, the U.S. Secret Service, the Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal law enforcement agencies in charge of prosecuting federal offenses. Compare Nick’s recent case outcomes:
- United States v. Client: Dismissed!
- United States v. Client: Dismissed!
- DEA Search Warrant: No Charges.
- DEA Opioid Investigation (Physician): No Charges.
- DEA Overdose Investigation (Physician): No Charges.
- FBI & OIG Health Care Fraud Case: No Charges.
- Grand Jury Subpoena: No Charges.
- Grand Jury Subpoena: No Charges.
- Target Letter: No Charges.
- FBI Computer Crime Case: Probation.
Hire experience. Hire federal OKC attorney Nick Oberheiden. Call today and get a free consultation or ask Nick to meet you to discuss the best strategy. Call (214) 692-2171 to speak to Nick directly, including on weekends.
This Is What You Should NOT Do in an OKC Federal Case
As stated, state law and federal criminal defense have very little in common when it comes to effective case resolution strategies. What may work in juvenile and OKC state court may cause charges or even a conviction in federal court. Many clients approach Nick because their case is not going very well and they are looking to switch lawyers or to get a second opinion. Almost all frustrated clients share one of the following three flaws in their cases.
- Mistake No 1: Coming from the state court system, many lawyers only occasionally handling federal cases import the strategy of “waiting it out.” Waiting does not work in an FBI case. Promised. If you hesitate in a federal investigation, your future becomes predictable.
- Mistake No 2: For many lawyers appearing before the FBI is a career highlight. However, it is almost never a good option (and most certainly not your legal obligation) to accept a request to be interviewed by the FBI. Client after client reaches out to Nick because they volunteered for an interview with law enforcement (based on their lawyer’s advice) and are now surprised to learn that the government will use self-incriminating information to turn these clients from “witnesses” to now “targets” of the investigation. Don’t ever meet with the FBI unless you understand exactly what to expect, what your benefits are, and how the case will go from there.
- Mistake No 3: If you receive a government subpoena, don’t think that simply producing requested records is the appropriate strategy. Instead, your lawyer must explore the scope and purpose of the investigation with the government, educate you, instruct you which documents to filter, and how to deal with possibly incriminating information. Mere production will lead to mere disaster.
Save yourself from these and other mistakes. Federal prosecutors will not give you a second chance. Find out how to defend a federal case. Call (214) 692-2171 today. You will not speak to a junior lawyer or a secretary. Promised.
Q & A With OKC Federal Attorney Nick Oberheiden
Will Nick Take My Case?
Call (214)692-2171 today and realize that Nick will have the time to discuss your questions and concerns about any of these types of cases.
- Conspiracy to Commit Medicare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Accept or Receive Illegal Kickbacks (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7(b)(b); 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Obstruction of Justice (18 U.S.C. 1518, 1519; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Identity Theft (18 U.S.C. 1028A; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Make False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters (18 U.S.C. 1035; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances (21 U.S.C. 841; 21 U.S.C. 846)
- Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Theft or Embezzlement in Connection with Health Care (18 U.S.C. 669; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Attempt or Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1349; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1348; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Unlawfully Use Health Information (42 U.S.C. 1320d-6; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Use Identification Information (18 U.S.C. 1028(a)(7); 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Bribery (18 U.S.C. 201; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1341; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1343; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. 1357; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344; 18 U.S.C. 371)
- Conspiracy to Commit Tax Fraud (26 U.S.C. 7206; 18 U.S.C. 371)
Why Does the DEA Target Doctors in OKC?
The Drug Enforcement Administration is reviewing physicians in OKC for prescribing addictive pain medication to chronic pain patients between 2014 and 2017/2018. Executing instructions from the D.C. Justice Department, OKC DEA field agents are instructed to raid, prosecute, and arrest physicians and pharmacy owners who have dispensed “medically unnecessary” controlled substances or operated “pill mills” and thus contributed to the national opioid epidemic.
“What Penalties Could Oklahoma City Physicians Face in Opioid Investigations?
Prescription violations under 21 U.S.C. 841 and 21 U.S.C. 846 (Controlled Substances Act) can significantly expose prescribers and pharmacies. Health care providers found guilty of unlawful prescriptions may not just lose their medical and DEA license, but may also face up to 10 years in federal prison. Oklahoma physicians are among the country’s top prescribers of addictive opioids. The DEA is very serious about drug diversion and accidental overdoses. With hundreds of physicians arrested in recent months, any OKC doctor with a history of regularly prescribing controlled substances should get an immediate compliance assessment.
What Should I NOT Do When Agents Come to My Office?
Most people (and most lawyers) don’t know that withholding or misrepresenting information in conversations with federal agents (FBI, DEA, OIG etc.) constitutes a felony under 18 U.S.C. 1001. What you should never do, even if you feel compelled to be chatty, is to talk about a case with law enforcement without your attorney-of-choice being present.
Call (214) 692-2171 to Defend Your Future
Dr. Nick Oberheiden limits his practice to federal law. He is admitted in the Western District of Oklahoma (covering OKC) and many other federal courts nationwide. If you would like to speak with Nick or meet him, contact him online or call him directly on his mobile phone, including on weekends, at (214) 692-2171. All consultations are free and 100% confidential.