Sacramento Criminal Trial/Litigation
Proven Sacramento Criminal Trial/Litigation Attorneys
Federal white-collar crimes and drug offenses carry substantial fines and long-term imprisonment. If you are being targeted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento, you need to seek legal representation immediately.
Federal authorities are aggressively targeting individuals in the Sacramento area for various types of criminal charges. From opioid diversion to Medicare fraud and from securities fraud to bribery and public corruption, if you are in a position to engage in criminal activity, you could very well already be in the crosshairs of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Our Sacramento criminal trial/litigation attorneys represent residents and business owners in all types of criminal matters. From federal health care fraud investigations to trials involving multiple counts of multiple offenses, we have defended clients at all stages of the federal law enforcement and criminal justice processes. But, regardless of the current status of your case, the key to protecting yourself is to take action as soon as possible. In order to maximize our ability to defend you, it is imperative that we start working on your case immediately.
If you are under investigation, if you have received a grand jury subpoena, or if you are awaiting trial on federal charges in Sacramento, your case will most likely be heard in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Eastern District has five courthouses, including one on I Street in downtown Sacramento. Our Sacramento criminal trial/litigation attorneys have significant experience representing clients in federal courts nationwide, and we can use this experience to execute a strategic defense during the pretrial and trial stages of litigation.
Our practice is devoted to federal defense, with a particular emphasis on health care, drug-related, and other white-collar criminal offenses. Call our Sacramento criminal trial/litigation attorneys now at (214) 692-2171 for a free and confidential assessment of your case involving allegations of:
- Health care fraud (including Medicare, Medicaid, or Tricare fraud)
- Federal drug crimes (including prescription drug or illegal drug offenses)
- Tax evasion or other crimes
- Bank fraud, mortgage fraud, or insurance fraud
- Corporate or securities fraud
- Public corruption or bribery
- Any other white-collar federal offense
Experienced Defense Attorneys for All Stages of Federal Criminal Litigation
1. Federal Agency Investigation
Most federal criminal cases start well before they get to court. Agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and special DOJ task forces routinely conduct investigations targeting individuals and corporate organizations suspected of engaging in criminal conduct.
Engaging defense counsel during the government’s investigation is the best way to avoid federal criminal litigation. When our Sacramento criminal trial/litigation attorneys have represented clients during the investigative process, we have terminated the majority of our clients’ investigations without criminal charges being filed.
2. Grand Jury Subpoena and Indictment Proceedings
If prosecutors believe that the evidence obtained during an investigation warrants criminal prosecution, the next step in the process involves appearing before a federal grand jury. The grand jury’s role is not to determine guilty or innocence, but rather to determine whether the U.S. Attorney’s Office has “probable cause” to prosecute the crimes alleged.
Once you are served with a grand jury subpoena, you need to begin preparing for your testimony, right away. You are not entitled to have your attorney present in the courtroom while you are questioned, so you need to be confidently prepared represent yourself effectively.
3. Post-Indictment Litigation Strategy
Following a grand jury indictment, the litigation process begins in earnest. To the extent that you have not gathered it already, at this point you will need to quickly determine:
- Why you are being targeted;
- Whether you are the only person being targeted; and
- The specific factual allegations against you.
These pieces of information are crucial to developing and executing a sound litigation strategy. Once you know what you are up against, then you can begin to strategize accordingly.
4. Negotiations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Facing an indictment does not necessarily mean that your case will go to trial. In fact, many federal cases are resolved through pretrial negotiations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. While these negotiations often result in plea deals (and, depending upon the circumstances involved in your case, negotiating a favorable plea deal could be your best option), our Sacramento criminal trial/litigation attorneysj8 have also convinced federal prosecutors to drop our clients’ charges entirely.
5. Pretrial Litigation Practice
Pretrial litigation involves conducting discovery, filing motions, responding to motions filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and attending hearings in federal district court. From your perspective as a defendant, the purpose of this stage of the process is to try to limit the scope of the government’s case as much as possible so that there is little, if anything, left to prosecute once your trial date arrives.
6. Trial and Sentencing
If pretrial negotiations and litigation do not result in the resolution of your case, then as your court date nears, you will need to make sure that you are prepared to go to trial. As your defense attorneys, we will have been meticulously preparing for your trial for months and we will be 100% ready to vigorously defend you in court.
If the jury finds you guilty, then your case will proceed to sentencing. In federal court, sentencing is its own separate process and there are defense strategies that apply specifically at the sentencing stage.
7. Appellate Litigation in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Finally, if you are convicted and sentenced in federal district court, you will have the opportunity to argue to have the outcome of your trial vacated or reversed on appeal. Appellate litigation is very different from trial litigation, and we have attorneys who focus their practice on federal appeals.
4 Key Defense Strategies in Federal Criminal Trial Litigation
Although the specific defenses available in any particular case will depend on the specific factual circumstances and criminal allegations involved, in most cases, there are four key types of defense strategies available. The attorneys on our federal defense team use these strategies at all stages of the litigation process to protect our clients against unwarranted prosecution and unjust punishment:
- Seeking to Have Incriminating Evidence Suppressed from Trial – There are a variety of reasons why the evidence the U.S. Attorney’s Office intends to be used against you could be deemed inadmissible in your trial. Whether the evidence is irrelevant to the specific allegations against you or it was obtained in violation of your constitutional rights, if there are grounds to argue for suppression, we can file a motion to have the evidence excluded so that it cannot be used against you.
- Preventing the U.S. Attorney’s Office from Meeting Its Burden of Proof – Having key evidence suppressed is one way to prevent the U.S. Attorney’s Office from meeting its burden of proof. But, it is not the only way. From challenging the credibility of the government’s witnesses to showing that the Assistant United States Attorneys prosecuting your case have failed to adequately address one or more elements of your alleged offense(s), our highly skilled Sacramento criminal trial/litigation attorneys will pursue every opportunity to convince the jury that the government has not proven your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Asserting Statutory and Common Law Affirmative Defenses – Affirmative defenses are those which provide justification for alleged criminal conduct or otherwise provide protection from prosecution notwithstanding the fact that you undertook acts which would constitute a crime under other circumstances. Self-defense is perhaps the most well-known example of an affirmative defense. But in white-collar cases, asserting an affirmative defense often involves demonstrating that a statutory “safe harbor” or exception applies.
- Using Constitutional Violations to Establish Additional Defenses – If federal agents secured evidence without a valid search warrant or probable cause, this could provide one opportunity to argue for suppression. Violations of your right to counsel, your right to remain silent, your right to a speedy trial, and other constitutional protections can provide additional defenses to federal criminal allegations as well.
About Oberheiden, P.C. | Federal Defense Attorneys for Criminal Litigation in Sacramento, CA
With multiple office locations in California and around the country, Oberheiden, P.C., is trusted litigation counsel for clients facing criminal charges nationwide. The attorneys on our federal litigation team have centuries of combined legal experience, including decades of experience as former criminal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Our Sacramento criminal trial/litigation lawyers offer aggressive, personalized legal representation and we use our experience to secure favorable outcomes for our clients as efficiently and discreetly as possible.
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If you are facing federal criminal charges our Sacramento criminal trial/litigation lawyers can help you, and we encourage you to contact us now to schedule your free and confidential case assessment with our federal litigation team. We are available 24/7, so call (214) 692-2171 or submit your case online now.