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Portland, Oregon Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

The trustworthy federal criminal defense lawyers and local counsel of Oberheiden, P.C. boast more than a century of combined experience. Our attorneys represent clients in Portland, Eugene, Medford, Pendleton, and throughout the rest of Oregon. If you have been detained, arrested, subpoenaed by a grand jury, are under investigation, or are otherwise facing federal criminal charges, call 888-680-1745 for a free and confidential consultation.

At Oberheiden, P.C., our clients choose us for our zealous defense of federal criminal charges. Our team of expert criminal defense attorneys hail from the United States Department of Justice, various United States Attorneys’ Offices, and other federal agencies, as well as prestigious national firms. Our former federal trial attorneys will timely assess your case and, if retained, begin developing a robust and comprehensive defense from the outset of the engagement. Our lawyers and local counsel are licensed to practice in all Oregon federal courts, including courts in Portland, Eugene, Medford, and Pendleton.

Our attorneys are experts in defending against all manners of federal criminal charges. In the past, we have successfully defended against charges of conspiracy, fraud, bribery, public corruption, securities crimes, computer crimes, narcotics charges, firearms charges, kidnapping, and robbery, as well as charges of violating the False Claims Act and the RICO Act.

Are You the Subject of a Government Investigation?

If you’ve been detained or arrested or if you’ve received either a target letter or a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, it’s important to contact a federal criminal defense attorney right away to discuss your legal options and obligations. Obviously, it’s quite difficult to ignore an arrest or detention. But it’s much easier to misplace or put off a target letter or subpoena. Still, doing so can have disastrous legal consequences. Thus, whether you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime or are simply the subject of an investigation, it’s critical to your defense to contact a federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Trusted & Resolved

The federal criminal defense attorneys of Oberheiden, P.C. have a proven track record over their more than 100 years of combined experience. Many of our litigators previously served in various senior capacities in the federal government, including lead trial counsel and supervisory positions. Transitioning into defense work, our attorneys leverage their unique backgrounds and special insights into the process of federal criminal prosecutions to achieve superior results for our clients.

Our senior attorneys regularly achieve positive results for our clients, including:

  • Avoiding criminal charges in the first place;
  • Achieving dismissal of grand jury indictments;
  • Achieving acquittal at trial; and
  • Mitigating sentences

Furthermore, our attorneys and local counsel have:

  • Tried more than 500 criminal cases to verdict
  • Navigated over 1000 grand jury subpoenas
  • Disposed of more than 1000 federal criminal cases

Who Will Represent Me?

At Oberheiden, P.C., we seek to set ourselves apart from other law firms by the people we employ. For this reason, our firm does not hire first-year associates, and we do not train lawyers on the job. Rather, each one of our clients is represented by a senior defense attorney with a proven track record of success in federal criminal litigation.

Our Process

Receiving a grand jury subpoena or target letter does not invariably mean that an indictment will follow. Nevertheless, it is important to diligently follow up on any process that you do receive. Often times, the key to defeating criminal charges lies in responding to preliminary process in a quick and sophisticated manner. By contrast, failing to acknowledge receipt or, worse, responding dishonestly, dramatically increases the chances of indictment. Our senior attorneys will help you get out in front of the prosecution before it really begins, ultimately putting you in the best position for success.

In this vein, our attorneys typically employ the following techniques as part of a comprehensive defense of federal criminal charges:

  • Avoiding charges altogether. Our attorneys’ intricate knowledge of federal criminal prosecutions often helps our clients avoid criminal charges altogether. Communicating with federal investigators in a knowledgeable, respectful, and authoritative manner many times leads to investigations closing before any charges are even filed.
  • Obtaining pretrial release. The process of obtaining pretrial release can vary dramatically from state to federal court. We are proud to achieve pretrial release for nearly 100% of our clients.
  • Achieving dismissal. On multiple occasions, and owing in no small part to their vast federal experience, our attorneys have achieved outright dismissal of federal charges after an indictment has been returned. While such a result is rare, our attorneys will fully leverage their knowledge and experience at every stage of a federal criminal prosecution to achieve favorable results for our clients.
  • Comprehensive defense strategies. All criminal offenses require the government to prove a set of elements-i.e. pieces of conduct that constitute a crime-beyond a reasonable doubt. The government’s failure to prove even one element is fatal to the prosecution. Although criminal defendants in the United States bear no burden to disprove any element of a crime, there are certain defenses that defendants can introduce to justify their conduct. Our experienced, senior attorneys not only know which affirmative defenses to raise and when to raise them, but also the most effective strategies for pursuing those defenses.
  • Prevailing in Court. The government must prove to a unanimous jury every element of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Thus, our defense attorneys need only to place reasonable doubt in the mind of one juror to win an acquittal. While more easily said than done, this nuance is foremost in our attorneys’ minds when formulating case strategies and trying cases. Employing these proven strategies, we have successfully appeared in federal courts throughout the United States.

Portland, Oregon Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

We are Dedicated Trial Lawyers

At Oberheiden, P.C., we select our lawyers for their courtroom skills. But so much of a criminal prosecution takes place outside the courtroom. Rest assured, we do not overlook these skills, either, and our lawyers are just as versed in the pretrial process as they are in trying cases in court.

Perhaps the most critical component of the pretrial process is the process of plea bargaining. Approximately 90% of federal criminal cases that proceed past the dismissal stage are ultimately resolved via plea bargain. Despite these odds, our attorneys take on every case with the mindset that they will ultimately try the case the verdict. We will never recommend a bad plea bargain. This attitude frees our attorneys’ thinking and allows them to develop the most effective approach based on the unique facts of every case.

Our firm has a reputation for zealous, ethical, and effective defense techniques and strategies. For this reason, our name carries some weight in federal court, and many prosecutors think twice before taking us on.

Why Oberheiden, P.C.?

1. Our Federal Concentration

Many criminal defense attorneys take whatever case walks into their office, whether it’s a murder case, burglary, DUI, or anything in between. And because most criminal prosecutions take place in state court, many local criminal defense attorneys lack the federal court experience necessary to effectively defend their clients against federal criminal charges. Our firm, however, exclusively handles federal criminal defense cases. Our senior attorneys are former federal officials and federal prosecutors, and federal court is where their expertise lies.

Defending against federal criminal charges can be quite different than defending against charges of violating state law. Federal prosecutors are better-funded, and federal investigative and law enforcement agencies have nearly limitless resources at their disposal. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience dealing and negotiating with these federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the FBI, the IRS, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. We put this experience to use to stop unlawful and abusive investigations and to protect our clients’ rights.

2. Our Results

Our boutique firm frequently outperforms global firms when it comes to the results we achieve for our clients. Our focus on hiring only the most talented senior attorneys with years of federal experience already under their belts is what sets us apart. We’ve helped our clients avoid criminal charges altogether, achieved dismissal of criminal charges, successfully negotiated with federal prosecutors and investigators, and won jury trials. Even after taking over for other firms, we’re often able to improve the prognosis of our clients’ cases and achieve more favorable results.

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)

3. Our Attorneys and Local Counsel

Oberheiden, P.C. employs only senior litigators who come to us with a wealth of professional contacts and experience. Our attorneys backed up their strong academic performances in law school with success litigating high-stakes cases in the real world. Our attorneys, local counsel, and in-house team of litigation support experts throw their full weight behind each new client we take on to defend.

When Should I Retain an Attorney?

If you become the subject of an investigation or are charged with a crime, you should retain an attorney soon as possible. If you’ve received a target letter or grand jury subpoena, it is critical to act on it quickly, and the first step should always be to contact a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney to discuss your legal position. Putting off hiring an attorney only gives the government more time to investigate and to prepare its case. Our attorneys will ensure the government does not overstep its bounds and vigorously defend your rights from the outset.

Portland, Oregon Defense FAQs

Should I talk to federal investigators if they ask to speak with me about my case?


No. Regardless of what federal investigators tell you about their investigation, you cannot be sure that what they are saying is true. Federal agents often approach subjects as a part of their investigation in hopes of getting the subject to open up and provide them with information. Even if you are not the focus of their investigation, anything you tell them may shift the focus of the investigation onto you. If federal agents have enough evidence to arrest you, they can secure a warrant. If they don’t have a warrant, you can politely ask them to leave. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t see them again. Thus, it is important to reach out to a Portland federal criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.

What should I do if I receive a subpoena?


If you receive a subpoena, the first thing you should do is reach out to a dedicated Portland, Oregon federal criminal defense attorney to determine the best way to respond. The subpoena will either demand you testify in front of grand jury or require you provide federal prosecutors with certain evidence. In either case, your actions can frame the course of the investigation. In either case, you cannot afford to take any chances that your response will raise additional suspicion. A knowledgeable Portland federal criminal defense attorney can help you learn more about the pending investigation, what information the government has, and how you can effectively respond to the subpoena.

Can I ignore a grand jury subpoena?


Technically, you can choose to do nothing in response to a subpoena; however, if you refuse to comply with a subpoena, you risk the judge holding you in contempt of court. Outright noncompliance will also signal to prosecutors that you have something to hide. The better option is to reach out to a Portland, OR federal criminal defense attorney to determine the validity of the subpoena and, assuming it is valid, help you determine the best strategy for responding to the subpoena.

Do You Need Federal Criminal Defense in Portland? Call Oberheiden, P.C. Now!

If you are facing federal criminal charges in Portland, Oregon, our former federal prosecutors are available 24/7 for a free case consultation. Whether you’ve already been arrested or are only a person of interest in an investigation, our attorneys are eager to help. Case consultations create no obligation on your part and are always 100% confidential.

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