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Hamilton Arendsen
Former DOJ
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Aaron Wiley
Former State &
Federal Prosecutor

S. Amanda Marshall
Former U.S. Attorney

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Founder

Lynette Byrd
Former Assistant
U.S. Attorney

San Francisco Federal Criminal Defense (FBI, OIG, IRS, DEA)

Trusted San Francisco Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys

From Del Norte to San Francisco, the federal government is prosecuting persons and corporate entities throughout California. Regardless of whether you or your business is currently undergoing an active investigation or have already been placed under arrest, you need the highly experienced national defense team of Oberheiden, P.C., in your corner.

Federal prosecution presents unique and potentially significant consequences. Whether you are a corporate CEO, physician, health care professional, or similar high level business executive, you could face prison time, costly fines, bankruptcy, or revocation of licensure. When it comes to federal investigations, time is of the essence. No matter the type or stage of allegations you are facing, the competent, accomplished defense counsel of Oberheiden, P.C., stands ready to assist you.

Oberheiden, P.C., is a specialized federal defense law firm with a nationwide presence that offers clients throughout California responsive and vigorous representation in litigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Our legal team boasts well over a collective century of federal criminal experience, with several of our seasoned attorneys having served as federal prosecutors before transitioning to private practice.

Are You Being Targeted by the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA in San Francisco?

If you are facing charges from the FBI, OIG, IRS or DEA; if you suspect you might be the subject of a federal investigation; or if you have just discovered a matter that may put your business or practice at risk of federal prosecution; every action you take from this moment can potentially win or lose your case. Consequently, you need to seek out a sophisticated defense counsel who can assist you in navigating the intricacies of federal lawsuits and who can offer you protection when communicating directly with federal officials. At Oberheiden, P.C.:

  • We Fight to Avoid Charges in All Cases. If the government has not yet brought formal charges, you still have a chance of avoiding prosecution. We have reached resolutions in the majority of our clients’ matters while avoiding charges being filed – which is our main goal in all cases we undertake.
  • We Prioritize Securing Bond in Federal Courts. Our attorneys tirelessly work to identify and expose potential holes in the government’s case to secure bond for our clientele, when necessary. Our team has an outstanding track record of securing bond for our clients in federal criminal cases.
  • We Seek Dismissal Following Indictment. Indictment is not the end of your chances for a favorable outcome. We attempt to either negotiate a plea deal to minimize your consequences or convince the prosecution that the indictment lacks sufficient evidence for the case to proceed and should be dropped altogether. We have achieved both outcomes for numerous clients using strategic litigation skills garnered over decades of experience.
  • We Create a Comprehensive Defense for Trial. Whenever possible, we attempt to favorably settle our client’s issues outside of court. However, our team is always prepared to provide zealous defense on our client’s behalf at trial, if necessary.
  • We Hold Federal Prosecutors Accountable. We aggressively approach each and every case and will not cease working until every possible avenue towards a favorable resolution has been exhausted. At the end of the day, the government needs to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Our experienced litigators specialize in exposing weaknesses in the prosecution’s case to maximize your chances of success.

Federal Defense Lawyers for All Criminal Matters in San Francisco

Oberheiden, P.C., represents clients facing all stages of federal investigations. Even though a majority of our clientele is in the health care sector, we still represent clients facing high-stakes federal investigations in numerous areas. Our lawyers represent companies and individuals charged with offenses under Title 18 of the U.S. Code along with other federal statutes like the Controlled Substances Act, Securities and Exchange Act, and Anti-Kickback Statute.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in federal investigations and prosecutions, involving allegations of:

  • Bribery, Embezzlement & Public Corruption
  • Computer & Internet Crimes
  • Controlled Substance Offenses
  • Conspiracy & Attempt
  • Fraud (Mail, Wire, Health Care, Securities, Tax & Mortgage)
  • Racketeering
  • Robbery, Theft & Counterfeiting
  • Tax Evasion
  • Additional White-Collar Crimes

Why Am I Being Investigated by the…

…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?

The FBI is the primary federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating cases involving computer crimes, internet crimes, public corruption, drug crimes, and acts of terrorism. The FBI regularly collaborates with additional federal and state law enforcement entities to prosecute individuals or organizations suspected of federal criminal activity.

…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?

The OIG operates as the law enforcement branch of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its primary responsibility is preserving the integrity of HHS initiatives as well as safeguarding the recipients of health and welfare programs. It mainly targets fraudulent health care providers suspected of Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare and Department of Labor regulatory infractions to accomplish these objectives.

…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?

The IRS is perhaps the federal government’s most highly-publicized and largest entities. The IRS boasts a significant criminal enforcement division that actively pursues individuals and corporations committing tax fraud and associated crimes implicating the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Cases involving accusations of money laundering, securities and Medicare fraud, and similar financial wrongdoings are often handled by the IRS in conjunction with other federal law enforcement groups.

…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?

The DEA leads all federal investigations related to suspected federal drug crimes including manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances (cocaine, methamphetamine. and heroine, etc.) and prescription medications. The DEA’s current priority is diversion control and preventing illegal distribution of opioids and prescription drugs.

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs): Federal Criminal Defense in San Francisco, CA

Q: If convicted, what are the penalties for federal crimes?



Penalties vary in these types of cases, and there is no one-set rule. You could face a few years to decades in a federal penitentiary plus thousands in fines. To determine your exact risks, you would need to meet with an attorney from our law firm for a no-obligation case evaluation. Only then could we estimate your potential penalties if convicted.

Q: How do I know if I'm guilty of committing a federal crime?



There is no need to worry about guilt at this point. Even if you are indicted, that does not mean you are guilty. The prosecution carries the burden of proof in any criminal case. This means they must show that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; that is what matters the most here. Right now, you have an opportunity to defend yourself from these charges and move on with your life.

Q: When will I be officially charged with a crime?



This question is hard to answer because it will depend on the agency investigating you and their progress in the investigation. Hiring a defense attorney as quickly as possible can help determine if you would even face charges. Often, an attorney can intervene before the grand jury is summoned, which means you might not be indicted at all. Our lawyers know whom to contact to find out what stage the investigation is in and the likelihood of an indictment. If your case is already headed toward indictment, we have an Emergency Defense Package ready to deploy so that we can get started on finding an ideal outcome.

Q: Can I negotiate a plea bargain with the federal government?



As with any criminal case, you can negotiate a plea deal. However, this is not something you should see as your sole option. Instead, work alongside a defense attorney to find out what options you have, because your attorney might get the case dropped without the need for bargaining anything.

Q: Can your firm represent me in San Francisco, California?



Absolutely. Our firm has a national presence, and we have represented clients in 21 states, including California’s major metropolitan areas. We conduct the initial consultation over the phone. Then our team is ready to deploy immediately to your location.

Speak with our San Francisco Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys about Your FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Investigation

Our experienced San Francisco Federal criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C., is prepared to assist you with your FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA investigation. If your corporate entity or personal reputation are under attack, we can utilize our invaluable insight into the complexities of federal litigation to establish an effective strategy to safeguard your interests.

For additional details and personalized legal advice specifically fit to your unique case, please contact Oberheiden, P.C., to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. To speak with our responsive, customer-focused team, please call (888) 519-4897 or tell us how we can help online now.

All website terms, conditions, and disclaimers apply to this information and are hereby fully incorporated. Specifically, this information has been prepared (1) For informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice; (2) This information may constitute attorney advertising in some jurisdictions; (3) Merely reading this information does not create an attorney-client relationship; (4) Attorneys of Oberheiden P.C., are not licensed in all states but are only licensed to practice in the states mentioned in their respective biographies. Nothing contained in here is meant to constitute the unauthorized practice of law or a suggestion of physical presence in the state; (5) Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes in the future.

Who Will Handle Your Case

When you hire us, you will not work with paralegals or junior lawyers. Each lawyer in our Health Care Practice Group has handled at least one hundred (100) matters in the health care industry. So, when you call, you can expect a lawyer that immediately connects with your concerns and who brings in a wealth of experience and competence. For example, you need someone like Lynette S. Byrd, a former federal prosecutor in health care matters, who recently left the government and who is now sharing the valuable insights she gained as a health care prosecutor with our clients.

Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Dr. Nick
OBERHEIDEN

Lynette S. Byrd

Lynette S.
BYRD

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