Riverside Criminal Defense
At Oberheiden, P.C., we provide strategic representation backed by centuries of legal experience in high-stakes federal matters. If you are facing criminal charges in Riverside, CA, call our highly experienced Riverside criminal defense lawyers at (214) 692-2171 now to discuss your defense.
If you are under investigation or facing criminal charges in Riverside, you need to do everything possible to defend yourself. A conviction could change the rest of your life. And if you own a business or rely on your public reputation, facing prosecution can have drastic consequences regardless of the final outcome of your case.
Trust us, we know. With multiple office locations in California and across the country, we have represented business owners, licensed professionals, public figures, and other clients in high-stakes federal criminal cases nationwide. With experience in thousands of federal investigations and grand jury proceedings, we have seen it all when it comes to the motives and tactics behind federal prosecution and we know what it takes to assert an effective defense. If you are under investigation or facing charges, you are facing extreme consequences. But, you also have the opportunity to defend yourself. At Oberheiden, P.C., our Riverside criminal defense lawyers can help ensure that the consequences of your run-in with federal authorities are no greater than absolutely necessary.
Decisive and Strategic Legal Representation for Federal Criminal Cases in Riverside, CA
We focus our practice on federal criminal defense, with particular emphasis on representing physicians, business owners, politicians, and other licensed professionals and high-profile individuals accused of white-collar and drug-related crimes. Our skilled Riverside criminal defense lawyers get involved at all stages of the criminal justice process (although we prefer that our clients engage us as early as possible in order to provide the greatest opportunity for a favorable pretrial resolution).
1. Federal Agency Investigations
With a defense team that includes several former senior prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we have been involved on both sides of well over 1,000 federal investigations. This includes investigations conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Office of Inspector General (OIG), as well as various other teams and task forces.
In federal investigations, prompt intervention is the key to mitigating your risk of prosecution. Our Riverside criminal defense lawyers focus on resolving our clients’ investigations without charges being filed. In order to do so, we utilize defense strategies which include:
- Limiting the scope of the government’s investigation
- Challenging false allegations and faulty assumptions
- Identifying constitutional violations and other improper practices
- Selectively disclosing favorable evidence
- Maintaining pressure and making our presence known at every turn
2. Grand Jury Subpoenas and Testimony
If you have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, you need to begin preparing your response, right away. There are grounds to challenge grand jury subpoenas (although these grounds are limited). And if it is in your best interests to file a motion in federal district court or seek to negotiate to reduce the scope of your subpoena, there is substantial leg work that must get underway immediately.
When testifying before a federal grand jury, you are not entitled to legal representation in the courtroom (although you can speak with your attorney outside of the grand jury’s presence). As a result, it is imperative that you prepare thoroughly; once again, this is a process that requires as much time as possible. If, based on your testimony, the grand jury finds that there is “probable cause” to believe you have committed a federal crime, an indictment will issue and your case will be set for trial.
3. Pretrial Litigation Practice
The pretrial litigation phase is just as important (if not more important) than the trial itself. The pre-litigation phase presents substantial opportunities not only to position your case favorably for trial, but also to resolve your case without going to court. Our Riverside criminal defense lawyers have effectively negotiated with prosecutors during pretrial litigation, with results ranging from favorable plea deals that avoid prison time to complete dismissal of our clients’ charges.
4. Trial and Sentencing
Federal criminal trials begin with the U.S. Attorney’s Office presenting its case in chief. The defense goes next and our proven federal criminal defense trial attorneys present. Then both sides rest, the case is handed over to the jury for a verdict. Of course, with federal trials lasting anywhere from days to weeks, there are many, many intermediate steps involved. Each of these steps represents an opportunity to sway the jury (or the judge) in your favor.
If the jury concludes that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has met its burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, then your case will proceed to sentencing. At this stage, our sole focus is on minimizing the consequences of your conviction to the greatest extent possible.
5. Federal Criminal Appeals
Under federal law, criminal convictions and sentences are subject to appeal on a variety of different grounds. Our Riverside criminal defense lawyers represent clients in trial and appellate litigation. If you have been convicted in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Riverside, we can determine whether you have grounds to challenge your conviction or sentence in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Learn More about Your Case
Facing criminal charges in federal court presents many challenges, and most people (including most attorneys) find the criminal justice process intimidating and confusing. To gain a basic understanding of what you can expect during your federal investigation or trial in Riverside, CA, we encourage you to read:
- What are Conditions for Pretrial Release? – There are certain effective strategies for seeking pretrial release. If you are detained pending trial, our attorneys can help you determine the best path forward.
- Federal Grand Jury Subpoena Defense – Federal grand jury proceedings are very different from any other aspect of the criminal justice process. Learn what you need to know about responding to a federal grand jury subpoena and preparing to testify in court.
- 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 nationally-renowned federal defense lawyer, Dr. Nick Oberheiden.
- What Is the Burden of Proof in Federal Criminal Cases? – What does this mean to prove someone’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”? Find out how the jury will determine your guilt if your case goes to verdict in federal district court.
- How to Prepare for a Criminal Trial – If your case is headed to trial, everything from posting on social media to destroying evidence can have an impact on your ability to defend yourself successfully. Learn about some steps to take (and mistakes to avoid) as your court date approaches.
- How Can I Prepare for My Sentencing Hearing? – In federal district court, sentencing is a separate stage of trial that follows the jury’s determination of guilt. Learn how our attorneys will continue fighting for you if you get convicted at trial.
Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions about Defending Federal Charges in Riverside, CA
Q: What are some possible defenses to federal criminal charges?
There are various defenses (and defense strategies) that can apply under different circumstances. When our Riverside criminal defense lawyers represent you, we will use a methodological approach to identify the defenses you have available and develop a comprehensive and cohesive strategy to protect you against conviction. Some of these potential defenses include:
- Unlawful arrest
- Unlawful search or seizure
- Denial of the right to counsel or the right to remain silent
- Lack of evidence
- Coercion, entrapment, and other affirmative defenses
- Statutory “safe harbors” and exceptions
Q: What should I do if I have received a target letter or subpoena?
If you have received a target letter or subpoena, you need to speak with an attorney promptly. You are at risk for being charged with a federal crime (or, potentially, multiple federal crimes). At this point, even simple mistakes could have severe consequences.
Q: How can your attorneys determine my risk of conviction and sentencing?
Determining the risk of conviction and sentencing in a federal criminal case requires critical assessment of a variety of different factors. From the agency (or agencies) involved in your investigation to the facts underlying the government’s decision to target you, every detail has potentially significant implications. When you engage Oberheiden, P.C., to represent you, the Riverside criminal defense lawyers attorneys on our federal defense team will work quickly and decisively to gather the information necessary to assess your potential exposure and determine the best defense strategy to protect you.
Q: Does your firm represent clients in Riverside, CA?
Yes. We are a federal criminal defense law firm with a nationwide presence. We have offices around the country, including one in Los Angeles. And we are able to efficiently and cost-effectively represent clients facing prosecution in Riverside, CA.
Discuss Your Case in Confidence
If you need legal representation for a federal investigation in Riverside, CA, or for criminal charges pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, call (214) 692-2171 or contact us online now to schedule a free and confidential case assessment. The Riverside criminal defense attorneys on our defense team are available 24/7.