Orange County Federal Criminal Defense (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)
Respected Orange County Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
A criminal charge might be the most frightening thing a white-collar professional will experience in his or her life. Most working professionals suppose that it’s something that will never happen to them.
But from Santa Ana and Irvine to Huntington Beach and Anaheim, the feds are hard at work in Orange County, California. Not even the home of The Happiest Place on Earth is immune from the aggressive hands of Uncle Sam.
In fact, the FBI, DEA, IRS, and OIG have been extremely active in Orange County over the last few years, arresting health care providers and other white-collar professionals in record numbers. For that reason, our Orange County federal criminal defense attorneys are sounding the alarm.
If you are being investigated by a federal agency or if you have been arrested on federal charges, you need to seek immediate legal representation. Don’t take another step, make another statement, or wait another second without talking to a lawyer. Specifically, you should seek the counsel of a legal team with deep experience in federal criminal defense. Not all criminal defense lawyers have dealt extensively with complex, high-stakes criminal investigations (a category to which most white-collar criminal investigations belong) or federal agencies such as the FBI, IRS, OIG, or DEA.
Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal defense law firm with a national presence and a long record of achieving favorable outcomes in major federal criminal investigations.
Several of the lawyers on our defense team have experience as federal prosecutors, so they understand first-hand how these investigations unfold, how evidence is gathered and used, and how the government negotiates charges.
Some criminal defense firms adopt a “get the best plea possible” approach. We follow a different philosophy. While there are some situations in which a plea bargain might represent the best possible outcome, our highly skilled Orange County federal criminal defense attorneys prefer to fight to avoid the filing of charges in the first place. (Or, if charges have already been filed, to get them dropped before a conviction can happen.) We’ve been able to achieve this outcome in the vast majority of our clients’ cases.
We are here to tell the people and businesses of Orange County: if you haven’t been charged or convicted yet, it isn’t too late.
Are You Being Targeted by the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA in Southern CA?
Most federal investigations begin as something very small. It is relatively rare for agents to make an arrest without doing a lot of legwork first. By the time you learn you are being investigated, it is likely that federal officers have been gathering information for some time. For this reason, you should reach out to a federal criminal defense lawyer and make them aware of the FBI, IRS, DEA, or OIG’s involvement right away.
Ideally, the firm representing you should have a history of successfully resolving matters involving the same agencies that are investigating you.
Even if you haven’t been named as a target yet, but you have recently discovered an issue or error that could present criminal liability in the future – or if you are connected to someone who has recently been targeted or arrested – it is in your best interest to take immediate action.
At Oberheiden, P.C.:
- We Fight to Avoid Charges in Every Investigation. You deserve a law firm that is committed to pursuing the optimal outcome in your legal matter. Your freedom, your financial stability, and your reputation are simply too important to gamble on a quick compromise. At Oberheiden, P.C., our Orange County federal criminal defense lawyers get involved as early as possible and start fighting to prevent charges from ever being filed. In some cases, we have even managed to persuade the government not to file charges after an indictment from a grand jury. Even against those long odds, we did not back down or assume defeat – and we succeeded. That’s how serious we are about our no-charges approach. We believe it’s this attitude that has defined our firm as an aggressive advocate for the clients we serve.
- We Help Our Clients Make Confident and Informed Decisions. Communicating with federal agents can be treacherous. They do not have your best interest at heart, and anything you say or do can (and likely will) be used against you. Having an experienced hand to guide you can make all the difference. Count on us for sound advice, protection, and peace of mind.
- We Focus on the Unique Aspects of Each Individual Case. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to legal representation; especially not to criminal defense. Every detail matters. Indeed, it is often the details that make the critical difference between avoiding charges and being convicted. You can count on us to understand your situation inside and out while exploring every possible strategy for success.
- We Rely on Extensive Federal Experience to Execute Strong Defense Strategies. Because several of our Orange County federal criminal defense attorneys have experience on both sides of federal investigations, our firm has insight into the strategies and tactics that federal agents employ most frequently. We believe this insight can make a meaningful, even decisive difference to our clients.
- We Never Give In. Oberheiden, P.C. adopts an aggressive approach for every client and in every case. While we cannot promise specific results, we always fight tirelessly toward a favorable outcome. Our goals are always to prevent charges, avoid fines, save your professional licenses, defend your reputation, and keep you out of prison.
Federal Defense Lawyers for All Criminal Matters in Orange County, California
While many of our clients are health care providers, corporate officers or entities, public officials, or licensed professionals, we also provide full-service criminal defense in a wide swath of other federal matters.
From charges under Title 18 of the U.S. Code or the Controlled Substances Act to health care violations under the Stark Law or Anti-Kickback Statute and beyond, we are available to assist with any complex or high-stakes federal investigation.
Our criminal defense experience spans across numerous industries and includes:
- Health care fraud (Medicare fraud, false claims, Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, etc.)
- Counterfeiting / Forgery
- Credit card fraud / Bank fraud
- Drug charges
- Federal conspiracy charges
- Insurance fraud
- Internal Revenue Code violations (tax crimes)
- Internet crimes / Computer crimes
- Mail fraud / Wire fraud
- Public corruption
- SEC Matters
- Sex crimes
- Stockbroker fraud / Financial advisor fraud
- Theft, embezzlement, and money laundering
- Title 18 issues
- Violent crimes (e.g., assault, battery, rape, manslaughter, murder)
- Whistleblower cases
- White-collar criminal charges
Why Am I Being Investigated by the…
…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?
The FBI is well known as the United States’ primary law enforcement agency. While the FBI can be involved in almost any federal investigation, its purview is primarily fixed on: terrorism, internet and computer crimes, sex crimes involving minor children, public corruption charges, organized crime, racketeering, or federal conspiracies. Any FBI investigation should be taken very seriously.
…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?
As the primary law enforcement office within the Department of Health & Human Services, the OIG is principally involved in investigating health care fraud schemes that target Medicaid, Medicare, TRICARE, the Department of Labor, or other federal health benefits programs. Examples of health care fraud include overbilling, phantom billing, upcoding, submitting false claims, engaging in illegal marketing practices (for example, kickbacks), physician self-referrals, and so on.
…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?
The IRS is both a tax collection agency and a law enforcement agency. As with any other federal enforcement agency, IRS agents are resourceful and aggressive. Many violations of the Internal Revenue Code carry serious criminal penalties. Accordingly, you should be as cautious when dealing with the IRS as you would be with the FBI. They have the power to investigate you, make arrests, and refer your case for criminal prosecution. For that matter, the IRS works directly with the FBI and other agencies in some cases.
…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?
If you work in health care, you’re no stranger to DEA oversight. But do not be lulled into complacency. Even a routine DEA review or audit can quickly turn into a criminal investigation. Indeed, the DEA is always on the lookout for evidence of criminality, even during routine procedures, and it will seize on such evidence aggressively. In addition to policing street drugs, the DEA has made diversion control a priority, focusing closely on health care providers who may be suspected of drug diversion. Oberheiden, P.C., can assist with any DEA investigation, whether it pertains to prescription medications (such as opioids) or illicit drugs (such as marijuana, methamphetamine, heroine, or cocaine).
Q&A with One of the Orange County Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C.
Q: How Soon Is Too Soon to Contact a Defense Attorney?
A: As a general rule, without the intervention of an attorney, a criminal investigation is likely to get worse as it progresses – not better. That’s why we prefer to get involved as early as possible in the life of an investigation, whether we’re dealing with the FBI, DEA, USPIS, HHS – OIG, IRS, or any other agency. The earlier the stage, the wider the window for avoiding charges. And that is always our aim: avoiding charges. So while it is never too late to contact a lawyer (in fact, we have an Emergency Defense Package available specifically for crisis situations), it’s also never too early. Waiting is in the government’s best interest, not yours. Even if you aren’t being investigated yet but believe you might be soon, there is still real benefit in talking to a federal defense lawyer, right away.
Q: How Long Do Federal Investigations Last?
A: There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Many investigations span months. Some go on for years. On the other end of the spectrum, there have certainly been instances of the government receiving a tip, staging a raid, making an arrest, and pressing charges all within a matter of days or less. When a corporation or individual hires my law firm, one of the very first things we do is to actually contact the investigating agency – be it the FBI, IRS, DEA, or whatever the case may be. Our experienced Orange County federal criminal defense lawyers try to find out, first thing, exactly what the nature of the investigation is: what is being investigated, how far along are agents, what are they really looking for, and are charges imminent? We have a real reputation of credibility with these agencies, even though we oppose them.
Generally speaking, the earlier the stage of investigation, the greater the chances of intervening with an effective defense strategy that will completely avoid all charges. We’ve achieved that goal in the overwhelming majority of our cases. Again, that is why we urge people (and business entities) not to delay in calling us.
Q: Does Your Law Firm Represent Clients in Orange County, CA? Will You Travel here?
A: Yes and yes. We maintain a national practice, and our attorneys are able to represent clients nationwide. We have represented clients throughout 21 states and counting, including California. Typically, our Orange County federal criminal defense attorneys will begin by conducting a free case assessment via telephone or video conference. After that, if you hire us, our attorneys are available immediately to travel to Orange County on a moment’s notice whenever needed.
Talk to a Federal Defense Lawyer about Your FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Investigation in Orange County, CA
The federal defense attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C., have substantial experience in high-stakes criminal investigations. If you are being targeted, we can leverage our extensive experience from both sides of a DEA, FBI, OIG, or IRS investigation on your behalf.
In every case, our goal is to avoid charges (or get them dismissed if already filed). You can count on our defense team to fight to protect your freedom and save your professional licenses. That means keeping you in business, out of prison, and away from disastrous fines. We’re standing by to help the people and businesses of Orange County (Anaheim, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach and the coastal cities, the OC attractions area, and beyond) when you need us most.
For more information and legal advice relevant to the specifics of your investigation, please set up a free and confidential case assessment with our Orange County federal criminal defense attorneys, right away. Simply call (214) 692-2171 or tell us how we can help online. Please do not delay.