Pittsburgh Federal Defense
Aggressive Criminal Defense Team with Former U.S. Department of Justice Attorneys Representing Clients in Federal Investigations and Prosecutions in Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaBeing targeted in a federal criminal investigation is an extremely serious matter. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors – and attorneys with other federal law enforcement agencies – vigorously pursue charges against individuals and entities suspected of committing federal crimes. Prosecution for federal offenses is no small matter – as they can result in substantial financial penalties and long-term imprisonment. It’s important to remember that the longer a case goes on, the more likely it is to lead to trial, and the more difficult it can become to convince the government’s attorneys that their efforts have been misguided. Yet, at Oberheiden, P.C., we hold a significant record of securing favorable results at all stages of federal criminal cases. We are routinely able to intervene in federal investigations early – and implement our goal to prevent charges from ever being filed. What about trial? Make no mistake, we consider ourselves trial attorneys above all else. We have an extensive trial record. When we need to go to court to protect our clients, we lay the groundwork in advance. Then we execute a meticulously-crafted trial strategy designed to challenge as much of the government’s evidence as possible. While the government has the burden of proof, there are also various aspects of the federal court process that work to the prosecution’s advantage. Our goal is to turn the tables in our client’s favor. We have represented numerous clients in trials resulting in findings of no criminal culpability.
Facing a Federal Investigation: What You Need to KnowIf you are under investigation by the DOJ, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO), or any other federal agency – you need to begin taking steps immediately and establish an active role in the process. If you do nothing and allow the investigative process to go unchecked, it may happen that your investigation will lead to an indictment and federal charges. You need to avoid costly mistakes as well. Both sharing too much information and ignoring your legal duties to disclose information to the government (i.e., in response to a grand jury subpoena) can significantly impair your ability to mount a successful defense.
About Oberheiden, P.C.Oberheiden, P.C. is a federal criminal defense law firm representing clients across the country. We routinely represent clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania. With our team approach, each client receives the full benefit of the combined 70+ years of experience that our senior attorneys have inside the DOJ. We do not assign cases to junior attorneys or associates who lack the experience needed to take on prosecutors who have dedicated their careers to serving the federal government.
Federal Criminal Investigations: Q&A with the Defense Lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C.
Q: Does past government experience really matter in a federal criminal investigation?
Yes, absolutely. From why federal authorities decide to investigate to how they gather information about the targets of their investigations, every aspect of a federal criminal case is guided by long-standing policies within the DOJ. Our federal criminal defense attorneys executed these policies for decades (and helped craft them in many respects), and we are able to use this past experience to make informed and strategic decisions during the investigatory process.
Q: What will happen if I ignore my investigation?
As the process goes on, it will become increasingly difficult to ignore your investigation. But, if you choose to do nothing, you can expect that the government will continue to pursue the investigation until it has the evidence needed to secure an indictment and take you to trial. The risks of complacency are too great to ignore, and it is imperative that you hire experienced attorneys to intervene in the investigation as soon as possible.
Q: What are some of the most common allegations that trigger federal investigations?
Any serious federal offense has the potential to trigger an investigation. In major metropolitan areas such as Pittsburgh, healthcare fraud, tax fraud, and securities fraud investigations are all common – as are investigations involving suspected drug crimes, computer crimes, and various other white-collar offenses. And when an investigation focuses on one of these types of offenses, prosecutors will frequently file charges somehow related to the main offense: such as mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and the like.
Q: How likely is it that my case will be resolved prior to trial?
We cannot realistically assess the risks in your case until we have a firm grasp of the details involved in the government’s investigation. What we can tell you, however, is that most clients who contact us during their investigations are able to move on with their lives without ever facing formal charges. Additionally, even if you are charged, there may be a chance that we will be able to either (i) convince the DOJ to dismiss the charges prior to trial, or (ii) negotiate a plea deal that protects you against the inherent risk of trying a federal case in front of a judge or jury.
Q: What are some potential defenses to federal criminal charges?
In most cases, targets of federal investigations and criminal defendants will have numerous defenses available. In addition to Constitutional protections that prevent prosecutors from using illegally-obtained evidence, other types of defenses we assert on behalf of our clients include:
- Challenging the government’s evidence of intent (a key element in federal criminal cases)
- Challenging the government’s evidence of other substantive elements of the crimes alleged
- Challenging misguided interpretations of the facts or law involved in the case
- Asserting affirmative defenses and safe harbors that insulate our clients from criminal culpability
5 Reasons to Choose Oberheiden, P.C.Here are five reasons why clients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania trust the criminal defense team at Oberheiden, P.C.:
- Our decades of experience as former federal prosecutors
- Our track record in avoiding charges
- Our team approach that puts multiple senior attorneys on each client’s side
- Our commitment to protecting our clients’ interests above all else
- Our unparalleled trial results in complex federal cases
Contact Our Savvy Federal Criminal Defense Team in Pittsburgh NowFor more information about your case and how we can help defend you against the government’s accusations, we encourage you to contact us right away. We will arrange for a free and confidential case assessment with our defense team as soon as possible; and, if you choose to engage our services, we can begin working immediately to build your defense.
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This information has been prepared for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. While this information may constitute attorney advertising in some jurisdictions, merely reading this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Every case is different, any prior result described or referred to herein cannot guarantee similar outcomes in the future. Oberheiden, P.C. is a Texas limited liability partnership with its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Oberheiden limits his practice to federal law.