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Our Experience

In federal criminal cases, experience can make all the difference. Knowing how to take action immediately, knowing what prosecutors are thinking, and knowing how to achieve success at all stages of the process can significantly reduce the risk of facing charges and sentencing at trial. At Oberheiden, P.C., our attorneys have handled well over 1,000 federal cases at all stages from the issuance of subpoenas and target letters to criminal trials and appeals, and we have resolved the vast majority of our clients’ cases with no civil or criminal liability.

If you are facing a federal investigation or federal charges, we can use this experience to your advantage. Working as a team, our attorneys will quickly assess your potential exposure and develop a comprehensive and cohesive defense strategy. We will make contact with the federal agents or prosecutors handling your case to determine what the government is planning next, and we will utilize the insights our attorneys have gained from centuries of combined federal experience to mitigate your risk of fines, imprisonment, and other penalties.

Proven Results in High-Stakes Federal Matters

When you choose our federal defense team to represent you, you will be choosing a team of attorneys who have:

1. Avoided Civil and Criminal Penalties in Every False Claims Act Investigation

Much of our practice is devoted to representing health care providers and other clients in federal fraud investigations under the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act broadly prohibits the submission of any “false or fraudulent” claim for federal program reimbursement, and it allows for both civil and criminal prosecution. To date, we have resolved every False Claims Act investigation that we have handled without any civil or criminal liability for our client.

2. Resolved Countless Civil and Criminal Investigations Without Charges Being Filed

If you are under investigation by federal authorities, at this point your primary focus should be on resolving the investigation without charges being filed. Avoiding charges means avoiding the risk of a judgment or conviction at trial, and it means getting back to business as usual with minimal disruptions and negative publicity (if any). Although no result is ever guaranteed, when clients get us involved during the investigative process, we are usually able to resolve the investigation with no civil or criminal charges.

3. Dismissed Federal Indictments Prior to Trial

If federal prosecutors are intent on pursuing criminal charges, then the next step after an investigation is for the case to go before a grand jury. If the grand jury finds “probable cause” to believe a crime has been committed, then the court will issue an indictment. While many clients (and attorneys) believe this means they need to prepare to fight for their freedom in court, we have had success getting clients charges dismissed prior to trial.

4. Represented Clients in More than 500 Criminal Trials

Despite our pre-trial success in many cases, our attorneys are no strangers to the courtroom. We have represented clients in more than 500 criminal trials in federal jurisdictions across the country, often securing “not guilty” verdicts or minimal sentencing (such as probation) when all hope appeared to be lost. By taking a meticulous and aggressive approach to trial representation, we are able to strategically attack the government’s case from all angles, and we are frequently able to fend off multiple charges.

5. Obtained Sentences Below the Federal Sentencing Guidelines’ Standards

In federal criminal cases, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) establish a uniform policy for punishing defendants who are convicted at trial. Despite the heavy weight the Federal Sentencing Guidelines carry, our attorneys have been successful in obtaining sentences well below the ranges established in the Guidelines. This includes obtaining probation in cases where multiple years of federal incarceration were on the table.

Defense Counsel for Federal Matters Involving All Agencies Nationwide

Our attorneys’ experience spans decades and includes representing clients in federal jurisdictions in more than 40 states from coast to coast. Our firm has successfully represented individual and corporate clients in audits, investigations, grand jury proceedings, and prosecutions involving agencies including (but not limited to):

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Department of State (DOS)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Additionally, in their prior experience as prosecutors and trial lawyers with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DOJ, several of our attorneys previously worked with these agencies to prosecute high-profile targets and defendants. Today, this experience provides key insights that inform our defense stages at all stages of the process.

Defense Counsel for Federal Matters Involving All Agencies Nationwide

Our attorneys’ experience spans decades and includes representing clients in federal jurisdictions in more than 40 states from coast to coast. Our firm has successfully represented individual and corporate clients in audits, investigations, grand jury proceedings, and prosecutions involving agencies including (but not limited to):

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Department of State (DOS)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Additionally, in their prior experience as prosecutors and trial lawyers with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DOJ, several of our attorneys previously worked with these agencies to prosecute high-profile targets and defendants. Today, this experience provides key insights that inform our defense stages at all stages of the process.

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