Puerto Rico Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
Our federal defense attorneys represent Puerto Rico residents and non-residents in white-collar criminal investigations, grand jury proceedings, and trials. If you are being targeted for prosecution in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, contact Oberheiden, P.C. to discuss your case for free.
Are you the subject of a federal criminal investigation in Puerto Rico? Have you been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury? Are you awaiting trial on federal criminal charges? If so, your future is in jeopardy, and you need to speak with a highly-experienced federal criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
A Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm with Proven Results
At Oberheiden, P.C., we provide nationwide defense for federal criminal matters. Our attorneys represent Puerto Rico residents and non-residents who are being targeted on the island, and we rely on centuries of experience as defense counsel and as former federal agents and prosecutors to build and execute effective defense strategies. If you need legal advice or defense representation, we can help you. We can help you understand what is at risk in your case, and we can walk you through everything you need to know about defending against federal criminal charges.
We focus our practice on federal white-collar criminal defense, and we have particular experience representing licensed professionals, corporate clients, and others who stand to lose everything if convicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Contact us to learn more about the successful results we have obtained for clients including:
- – Physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers
- – Lawyers, investment advisors, and other licensed professionals
- – Business owners, executives, and board members
- – Government officials, public figures, and other high-profile individuals
- – Government contractors
- – Businesses and practices that are subject to registration with the SEC, DEA, and other federal agencies
- – Other individuals and businesses
Cases We Handle in Puerto Rico
Our attorneys have significant experience in cases involving a broad range of serious white-collar federal offenses. This includes experience as defense counsel and as prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. We also have several non-lawyer former federal agents who provide critical insights for cases involving the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and other agencies. Meet the federal defense team at Oberheiden, P.C.
As a result of our attorneys’ and former federal agents’ vast experience on both sides of federal criminal matters, we offer deep insights and a unique perspective for handling investigations, grand jury proceedings, and criminal trials. We have helped our clients avoid charges, indictments, trials, and guilty verdicts in cases involving allegations of:
What is at Risk if You are Being Targeted for a Federal Crime in Puerto Rico?
All of the federal crimes listed above carry severe penalties. While this minimally includes fines and imprisonment, a federal conviction can have various other direct and indirect consequences as well. When our federal defense attorneys evaluate your case, we will assess the penalties that are on the table, and we will advise you regarding the results that we believe we can achieve on your behalf. To date, we have been successful in helping the majority of our clients avoid charges entirely; and, in the limited number of cases in which our clients have been charged, we have achieved favorable results ranging from pre-trial dismissals to not-guilty verdicts in court.
What is at risk in your case? Depending on the specific charge (or charges) involved, potential penalties and other adverse consequences may include:
1. Statutory Fines
Fines for individual federal offenses range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, with the fines imposed for corporate defendants often double those imposed for individuals. However, in federal criminal cases, prosecutors will often pursue multiple counts of multiple charges, and this can easily add up to create exposure to millions of dollars in statutory fines.
2. Restitution, Recoupments, and Other Financial Penalties
In addition to fines, federal criminal defendants will often face liability for restitution, recoupments, and other financial penalties as well. For example, in cases involving health care fraud, providers accused of overbilling Medicare or another benefit program may be ordered to repay the overbilled amounts. Likewise, individuals and corporate entities convicted of securities fraud may be required to pay restitution to their victims.
3. Federal Imprisonment
Imprisonment is a potential sentence for most white-collar federal offenses, and health care providers, investment advisors, corporate executives, and others are often shocked to learn that they are at risk for spending years or decades in prison. However, this risk is very real; and, in criminal cases, one of our top priorities is fighting to keep prison time off of the table.
4. Federal Probation
When prison time is a possibility, one potential defense strategy is to seek probation in lieu of incarceration. When we represent clients in plea deal negotiations with prosecutors and at the sentencing stage in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, we seek probation whenever it is in our client’s best interests to do so.
5. Loss of Federal Eligibility or Registration
Another major consideration for government contractors, health care providers, registered and exempt corporations, and various other individuals and entities is the risk of losing federal eligibility or registration. For example, in cases involving allegations of Medicare or Medicaid fraud, providers can be at risk of losing their program eligibility. Loss of DEA registration, loss of SEC registration, and loss of eligibility to bid on government contracts are potential consequences of federal criminal convictions as well.
6. Professional Discipline
For licensed professionals in all industries, facing a federal criminal investigation can also have the ancillary effect of triggering disciplinary action. Professional ethics rules are often stricter than federal criminal statutes, which means that professionals can face license suspension or revocation even if they are not ultimately convicted of a federal crime. Many licensing boards also require professionals to self-disclose investigations regardless of whether or not the allegations involved ultimately rise to the level of federal criminal conduct.
7. Reputational Harm
Beyond these direct and immediate consequences, professionals, executives, and business owners can also face severe reputational harm simply as a result of being identified as a suspect in a federal criminal investigation. In many cases, the DOJ will issue press releases announcing charges, and word of criminal allegations can quickly spread through the news and social media. In addition to fighting to protect our clients against federal penalties and professional licensing action, we also work with the federal authorities handling our clients’ investigations to keep matters confidential for as long as possible.
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Why Should You Choose Oberheiden, P.C. for Federal Criminal Defense in Puerto Rico?
The consequences of a federal criminal conviction can be devastating. If you are being targeted for prosecution, you need to do everything possible to defend yourself, and you need to rely on the advice and representation of experienced federal criminal defense counsel. Here are five reasons why clients nationwide choose Oberheiden, P.C.:
- Prior Federal Investigative and Prosecutorial Experience – Our firm’s former DOJ prosecutors; U.S. Attorneys; Assistant U.S. Attorneys; and DEA, FBI, IRS, and OIG agents have decades of combined experience pursuing federal criminal cases for the government. This allows us to offer unparalleled insight into the federal investigative and prosecutorial processes.
- Defense Team Comprised Entirely of Senior Attorneys – All of our defense attorneys have significant experience in federal criminal matters. We do not employ paralegals or junior associates, and with our team approach you are guaranteed to have decades of experience on your side at all times.
- Consistent Track Record of Securing Favorable Results – We have a 95% success rate, and the majority of our clients have never been formally charged. We terminate investigations, we avoid indictments, we dismiss charges, and we win not-guilty verdicts at trial.
- Nationwide Representation and Round–the-Clock Availability – We make ourselves available when and where our clients need us. We have easy access to Puerto Rico from our main offices in Texas, and our attorneys are prepared to travel at a moment’s notice.
- Relentless Commitment to Protecting Our Clients – When you hire us to represent you, we will work tirelessly on your behalf. We will relentlessly pursue a favorable outcome at every stage, and we will do what it takes to stay one step ahead of the agents and prosecutors who are working just as hard to convict you.
Speak with an Attorney about Your Federal Criminal Case in Puerto Rico
For more information about our federal defense services in Puerto Rico, please contact us to speak with one of our attorneys. To discuss your case in confidence, call 214-692-2171 or request a free initial consultation online now. You can reach us 24/7.