Oregon Federal Criminal Defense
Are you facing federal criminal charges in Portland, Salem, or elsewhere in Oregon? Our federal criminal defense attorneys represent individuals and organizations that are being targeted in federal investigations in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. If you need legal representation, call 888-680-1745 now for a free initial consultation.
Oberheiden, P.C. is a federal criminal defense law firm with a national presence that is comprised entirely of senior attorneys. With a team that includes nationally-recognized career defense lawyers and former federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice (DOJ), we offer centuries of experience in complex and high-stakes federal matters.
As a result of this experience, we have successfully represented clients in more than 1,000 federal investigations and more than 500 criminal trials. We have resolved investigations without charges being filed, we have fended off federal indictments, we have had charges dismissed following indictments, and we have secured not-guilty verdicts in federal district court. When necessary, we have also negotiated favorable plea deals that have kept our clients out of prison, and we have successfully argued for sentences that fell below the minimum sentences specified in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
If you are facing a federal investigation or federal charges in Oregon, having an experienced defense team could mean the difference between going home and going to prison. If you are serious about protecting yourself, your business, and your family, call 888-680-1745 now to get started with a free initial consultation.
Defense Attorneys for Serious Federal Allegations in Oregon
Our federal criminal defense team represents clients in cases involving serious white-collar criminal allegations under federal law. This includes alleged offenses such as:
Fraud crimes are among the most-common allegations in federal cases, and it is not unusual for federal prosecutors will pursue multiple fraud-related charges. This is true in cases focused specifically on alleged fraudulent practices (such as healthcare fraud or securities fraud), as well as other cases where suspects’ activities will almost invariably have implications under the extraordinarily-broad mail fraud and wire fraud statutes. Our experience includes obtaining successful outcomes in cases involving allegations of:
- Bank Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Securities Fraud
Along with various forms of fraud, allegations of financial crimes are common in federal criminal prosecutions as well. We routinely represent clients in investigations, grand jury proceedings, and federal criminal trials who have been accused of financial crimes including:
- Money Laundering
- Public Corruption and Bribery
- Theft of Government Property
- Tax Evasion
Other White-Collar Offenses
Along with fraud and other financial crimes, our attorneys also have significant experience on both sides of federal cases involving a wide range of other white-collar offenses. For example, we have particular experience in cases involving:
- Drug Crimes
- Intellectual Property Theft
- Terrorist Acts
Understanding the Three Stages of Federal Criminal Prosecution
There are three primary stages to the federal criminal justice process. We represent clients at all three stages, and at each stage we deploy defense strategies that are specifically tailored to the legal issues and procedural posture of the case at the relevant point in time.
1. Federal Investigation
Getting our defense team involved at the investigative stage affords us the greatest opportunity to secure a favorable resolution without going to trial. Once our firm has been engaged, our attorneys will promptly intervene in the investigation in order to learn the details of the government’s case against you. This will allow us to assess your potential exposure, assemble a defense strategy that is tailored to the particular allegations against you, and work toward quickly and discretely securing a favorable outcome.
2. Grand Jury Subpoena
If the federal prosecutors handling your case are intent on pursuing charges, then once they believe they have gathered sufficient evidence they will push forward with seeking an indictment. This involves taking the evidence before a grand jury and trying to convince the jurors that there is “probable cause” to charge you with a crime (or multiple crimes). The federal grand jury process is unique in many ways, and testifying before a grand jury requires thorough and intensive preparation. Our attorneys can get you ready to testify while continuing to aggressively pursue a favorable out-of-court resolution.
3. Criminal Trial
If you are indicted, then your case will be set for trial in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. However, this still does not necessarily mean that the outcome of your case will be determined in court. While our federal criminal defense team has an extensive trial record, we have also secured favorable pre-trial outcomes in many cases (including having grand jury indictments dismissed), and at this stage we will pursue parallel tracks of working toward a pre-trial result while also preparing to present your defense in court.
What to Do After a Federal Arrest in Oregon: Dos and Don’ts
If you are facing a federal investigation or federal charges, what you do and what you don’t do are equally important. While there are affirmative steps targets and defendants can (and generally should) take to aid in their defense, there are also several critical mistakes they need to avoid.
DO: Speak with a Federal Defense Attorney Immediately
First and foremost, engage experienced defense counsel immediately. The longer you wait, the more time federal prosecutors will have to build their case against you uninterrupted.
DON’T: Give a Statement or Answer Any Questions
Do not volunteer any information under any circumstances, unless explicitly advised otherwise by a member of your federal criminal defense team. If you give away incriminating information, federal prosecutors will use it against you.
DO: Protect Your Constitutional Rights
If you believe that you have been subjected to an unreasonable search or seizure, coerced into providing self-incriminating information, or denied your right to counsel, this is something that you will want to discuss with your defense team right away.
DON’T: Cooperate with Federal Agents in Any Way
Cooperating in hopes of securing a favorable deal is among the most-common mistakes people make during federal criminal cases. Unless advised otherwise, let your defense team interact with federal authorities on your behalf.
DO: Start Working on Your Defense Immediately
Once you find out you are under investigation, the government is already several steps ahead. To maximize your chances for a favorable outcome, you need to start working on your defense immediately.
DON’T: Ruin Your Chances of Asserting a Successful Defense
From talking to federal agents to posting about your case on social media, there are numerous mistakes that can threaten your ability to present a successful defense. The seriousness of your situation cannot be overstated, and you should not be doing anything in relation to your case unless specifically advised by one of your attorneys.
Q&A with the Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C.
Q: How can I avoid answering federal agents’ questions during a DOJ, DEA, FBI, or OIG investigation?
Federal agents are trained to utilize a variety of different methods to solicit information from the targets of criminal investigations. Most likely, at some point you will feel pressured to answer their questions. However, you need to avoid doing so, and in all circumstances your only answer should be that you are exercising your right to legal counsel.
Q: If I get convicted of a federal crime, will I go to prison?
Maybe. All serious federal crimes carry the potential for prison time; however, there are also various defense strategies our attorneys can use to mitigate your risk of incarceration. To assess your risk and the specific defenses you have available, we will need to learn the details of your case.
Q: Can Oberheiden, P.C.’s federal criminal defense team represent me in Oregon?
Yes. Through our attorneys’ bar admissions and our relationships with local counsel, we are able to represent clients in most federal jurisdictions, including the Federal District of Oregon.
5 Reasons to Choose Oberheiden, P.C. in Oregon
If you need legal representation for a federal criminal case in Oregon, why should you choose Oberheiden, P.C.?
- Nationwide Reputation – Our firm has a nationwide reputation for securing favorable results in complex and high-stakes federal cases.
- We Focus 100% on Federal Cases – Unlike other firms (many of which focus their practices primarily on state court representation), our practice is focused 100% on federal matters.
- More than 1,000 Investigations and 500 Trials Handled – Together, our attorneys have handled more than 1,000 investigations and 500 trials. We can use this experience to your advantage.
- Our Team Includes Several Former Federal Prosecutors – Several of our attorneys spent years or decades as trial attorneys and prosecutors with the DOJ and the U.S. Attorney’s Office prior to entering private practice.
- Your Initial Consultation is Free and Confidential – We want you to meet with our attorneys and feel confident in our ability to defend you before you make a choice about your legal representation.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Case
To speak with one of our federal criminal defense attorneys about your case in Oregon, call us at 888-680-1745 or contact us online now. We will schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible.