Orlando Criminal Defense
Committed Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyers
Our Orlando federal criminal defense lawyers have helped many individuals, corporations, and business executives in the face of high-stakes criminal investigations or terrifying federal charges.
If you are being prosecuted or investigated for any federal offense in Central Florida or the greater Orlando area, please call (888) 519-4897 right away and schedule a free, confidential case review.
Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal criminal defense law firm comprised of trial-tested attorneys and former federal prosecutors who spent years working for the very agencies and offices we now fight against – including the Department of Justice.
Regardless of the charges you’re facing, the stage of the investigation, or any mistakes you might have made so far, we urge you not to delay any further. Many federal crimes present the risk of long-term imprisonment and/or unaffordable monetary fines.
If you are at risk for criminal prosecution or conviction by the federal government, you deserve to have an aggressive attorney team in your corner, protecting you against the many dangers of dealing with the federal government.
Our law firm has helped many people and businesses avoid the threat of decades-long prison sentences and thousands to millions of dollars in fines. We understand the situation is scary, but the decision you make in this moment could be the most important of your life. The right law firm can make all the difference. Contact the skilled Orlando federal criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C., for smart and aggressive legal defense in Orlando, right away.
A Decisive and Proven Federal Defense Team for All Stages of Criminal Cases in Orlando, FL
While we are available to get involved in any stage of the criminal justice process, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible. Generally speaking, the earlier our proven Orlando federal criminal defense lawyers are involved, the more options we have.
The federal government is extremely active in Orlando. Agencies like the FBI, DEA, DOJ, OIG, IRS, and USPIS conduct investigations of their own all throughout Central Florida. They also partner with Florida state law enforcement, the Orange County Police Department, the Orlando Police Department, and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (which conducts investigations across jurisdictional boundaries throughout the federal 9th circuit, including Orange and Osceola Counties, Orlando, Kissimmee, and beyond).
Even before an indictment or a formal allegation, we can intervene in your federal investigation and begin working aggressively to prevent charges from being filed in the first place. Our winning Orlando federal criminal defense lawyers are proud to say that the majority of the clients who have hired us during a DOJ, DEA, FBI, IRS, or OIG investigation were able to avoid charges altogether.
2. Grand Jury
A federal grand jury is the process by which federal prosecutors obtain an indictment, and it is usually the final step before the government begins to formally pursue criminal charges. If you have received a grand jury subpoena in Orlando, you should talk to an attorney about it, right away. Your lawyer can help you determine how to comply, mistakes to avoid, and whether you have any grounds for challenging the subpoena (in whole or in part). It is very important that you not submit the wrong kinds of information to a grand jury, but you must not refuse or ignore a subpoena without an attorney’s guidance either. You should never approach a grand jury proceeding alone.
If you have already been charged, the next stage of the defense process involves seeking to secure a favorable resolution before the trial. Pretrial defense is a significant part of federal criminal litigation, and it is the stage at which most charges are resolved – either by plea bargains or by convincing the U.S. Attorney’s Office to drop charges entirely.
While some law firms see an indictment and immediately begin to focus on trial preparation, our highly experienced Orlando federal criminal defense lawyers understand that there are still many other opportunities at this stage: opportunities to suppress evidence, negotiate with the prosecution, and advance strategies for getting the charges dismissed, if at all possible.
If, for some reason, negotiations are not successful during the pretrial phase or if it becomes apparent that going to trial is your best (or only) option, then your defense strategy must turn toward preventing the prosecution from meeting its burden of proof. This can be done in a number of ways:
- Seeking to have evidence excluded from trial
- Cross-examining the government’s expert witnesses
- Challenging the veracity of the government’s evidence or the sufficiency of its overall case (e.g., has it failed to address a key element of the charge or charges against you?)
- Presenting affirmative defenses that insulate you from criminal liability
Our experienced and proven criminal defense trial lawyers can help you through this stage.
If you are found guilty on any charge at trial, your case will proceed to a sentencing hearing. Even after a guilty verdict, there is still work to be done. Your sentencing hearing is a chance for you to minimize your penalties. In many cases, the sentence can be reduced substantially.
Once again, working with an skilled and established federal defense attorney in Orlando will give you the best opportunity to protect yourself from unfair or excessive sentencing.
Finally, regardless of your sentence, if you were found guilty in federal criminal court, you have the right to file an appeal. However, the grounds for an appeal are limited. For this reason, it is absolutely critical that your federal defense team not forget about the possibility of an appeal, even during the trial. They must be very careful to keep the door open for potential appellate arguments.
Oberheiden, P.C., maintains a full-service appellate practice. Representing, not only our own clients, but also clients who were represented by other attorneys at trial. We are available to handle federal criminal appeals in Orlando and throughout Florida.
Learn More about Your Case
The federal criminal justice system can seem confusing and overwhelming. Certainly, it is complex, and you are not expected to understand all the ins and outs. But learning about some of the basic legal principles and procedures will help you make informed decisions throughout your case.
For more information about defending against federal criminal charges in Florida, our Orlando federal criminal defense lawyers encourage you to read these resources from our website:
- What Are Conditions for Pretrial Release? – If you are detained pending trial, getting you out of prison will naturally become a top priority for you and your lawyers. Fortunately, there are certain strategies that have been effective for us in seeking pretrial release for our clients in the past. Our lawyers can help you decide which strategies to pursue.
- Federal Grand Jury Subpoena Defense – A federal grand jury is entirely different from the ordinary “petit jury” you may know from state court. And as outlined earlier, a grand jury subpoena is unlike any other type of investigative tool. Learn what you need to know about responding to a federal grand jury subpoena.
- What Are My Options after Being Federally Indicted? – If you have been indicted, what does this mean for your defense? Find out what to expect as you prepare for trial from a nationally-renowned federal defense lawyer from Oberheiden, P.C.
- What Is the Burden of Proof in Federal Criminal Cases? – Learn what it takes for federal prosecutors to prove your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt” from the federal criminal defense attorneys of Oberheiden, P.C.
- How to Prepare for a Criminal Trial – Not only is your sentence determined separately from your guilt or innocence, but it is actually determined in a separate legal proceeding. Learn about four ways you can help protect yourself while you await your sentencing hearing.
- How Can I Prepare for My Sentencing Hearing? – Your sentence will be determined separately from your guilt or innocence, and it is determined in a separate legal proceeding. Learn about four ways you can help protect yourself while you await your sentencing hearing.
FAQs: Facing a Federal Investigation or Federal Criminal Charges in Orlando, FL
Q: What should I do if I have received a subpoena or target letter?
A: If you have received a subpoena or target letter from a federal agency (such as the DOJ, DEA, FBI, IRS, or HHS – OIG), you must proceed very carefully. You may now be the subject of a federal investigation. Anything you say or do can be used against you. It is in your best interest to call a lawyer without any delay whatsoever. This situation is serious and urgent. Your next step should be too.
Q: How do I know if my investigation or charges are civil or criminal in nature?
A: Determining whether you are being investigated on a civil or criminal basis can be surprisingly difficult. For that matter, the distinction isn’t always clear. Even if the government begins an investigation with a view toward civil enforcement or fines, the investigation could be referred for criminal prosecution at any time (or vice versa). State and federal authorities work together fluidly, so you should be cautious in any dealings with the government. If you are being investigated in the Orlando area but aren’t sure whether it is a civil or criminal matter, call us. Our Orlando federal criminal defense attorneys can use their experience and insights to help determine what is at stake in your case.
Q: If I have been indicted, do I have any chance of avoiding a conviction at trial?
A: Absolutely. We can’t reiterate this enough. In fact, our Orlando federal criminal defense lawyers have even achieved a dismissal of criminal charges in the majority of the federal cases we’ve handled. Even if there is no way to avoid some form of sentencing, you may be able to negotiate a plea deal that significantly minimizes the scope or severity of your initial indictment.
Q: Can you provide criminal representation during an investigation in Orlando, even if there are no charges yet?
A: Yes. Our federal criminal defense lawyers are available to travel throughout Orlando, FL, to represent our clients whenever and wherever needed.
Q: What can I expect during a free case assessment?
A: When you schedule a free case assessment at Oberheiden, P.C., you are scheduling an in-depth, one-on-one consultation with a senior federal defense lawyer. Your attorney will help you understand what you need to know in order to avoid critical mistakes and develop a strategic plan for moving forward.
Contact Oberheiden, P.C.
If you need a federal criminal defense lawyer in Orlando, we encourage you to contact our Orlando federal criminal defense attorneys immediately to schedule your free case assessment. To discuss your case in confidence, call us at (888) 519-4897 or send us your contact information online now.