Santa Ana Criminal Trial/Litigation
When facing federal criminal charges in Santa Ana, CA, it is imperative to assert a strategic defense. A conviction could mean fines and imprisonment, and the consequences for your business or professional life could last a lifetime.
If you are under investigation or facing charges for a federal crime, the next few months could chart the course for the rest of your life. While mistakes could all but guarantee a conviction, executing a sound defense strategy could allow you to return to business as usual.
In federal criminal litigation, the best defense strategy depends upon the current stage and posture of the case as well as the accuracy and severity of the allegations against you. With extensive experience defending and prosecuting federal criminal cases, the attorneys on our federal litigation team know what it takes to secure a favorable outcome. From intervening in the government’s investigation to challenging the credibility of the government’s witnesses at trial, our Santa Ana criminal trial/litigation attorneys take an aggressive approach informed by decades of results. Everything we do is in furtherance of our objective of protecting our clients against conviction.
Regardless of the current status of your case, your next step needs to be to engage experienced legal representation. At Oberheiden, P.C., we represent clients in federal criminal litigation in Santa Ana, throughout California, and nationwide. We can help you, but only if you get in touch. To get started with a free and confidential consultation, call our Santa Ana criminal trial/litigation attorneys at (214) 692-2171 now.
Experienced Santa Ana Criminal Trial/Litigation Lawyers
During your initial consultation, one of the first pieces of information we will need to know is the current status of your federal case. Knowing where your case stands and what the U.S. Attorney’s Office has had the opportunity to do already will allow us to develop a defense strategy that is custom-tailored to the circumstances of your case.
Defense Strategies for All Stages of Federal Criminal Litigation
In federal investigations, prompt intervention is critical. You need to find out why you are under investigation, and you need to take appropriate steps to prevent the investigation from leading to criminal charges. When you engage our litigation team to represent you during a Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation, our respected Santa Ana criminal trial/litigation lawyers will promptly intervene in order to:
- Discover what triggered the investigation
- Uncover the specific factual allegations against you
- Halt any unconstitutional investigative or prosecutorial practices
- Work to keep the investigation civil in nature
- Convince the prosecutors handling the case that charges are unwarranted
2. Grand Jury
Grand jury proceedings begin with the issuance of a grand jury subpoena. Upon receiving a grand jury subpoena, it is necessary to begin formulating your response immediately. Do you have legal grounds to challenge the subpoena (either in whole or in part)? Is the subpoena requesting documents as well as testimony? If so, how quickly can you assemble your document protection, and do any documents need to be redacted? What questions do you need to be prepared to answer in front of the grand jury? This is just a small sampling of the questions our Santa Ana criminal trial/litigation attorneys can help you answer.
If the grand jurors believe that there is “probable cause” for the government to pursue charges, then they will issue an indictment. Once an indictment has been issued, your case will be set for trial and this will initiate the pretrial litigation process.
But, while you may have a court date, this does not mean that going to trial is a foregone conclusion. We have resolved numerous cases during the pretrial process. This includes negotiating plea bargains as well as having our clients’ charges dismissed entirely. In order to favorably resolve your case prior to trial, we will:
- Conduct strategic discovery
- File motions to suppress evidence and eliminate charges
- Expose weaknesses in the government’s case
- Use the leverage gained from these measures to negotiate for a favorable outcome
Aggressive pretrial litigation practice can also set the stage for trial. By limiting the evidence prosecutors can use and reducing the number of charges that are on the table, we can simplify the case for the jury. We can also use the information gathered about the government’s case during the pretrial stage to further hone our defense strategy. During trial, our proven Santa Ana criminal trial/litigation lawyers will vigorously dispute the government’s case, and we will execute a comprehensive and cohesive defense strategy designed to leave only one clear option in the minds of the jury.
The appellate litigation process provides an opportunity to continue fighting even after hearing a “guilty” verdict at trial. The appellate lawyers on our litigation team represent clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (which serves Santa Ana, CA). When we serve as trial counsel, we emphasize preserving all possible grounds for appeal. And when clients come to us after working with different trial attorneys, we work quickly to determine what grounds have been preserved.
Santa Ana Criminal Trial/Litigation Attorneys for White-Collar Criminal Defense
Our federal litigation practice focuses primarily on representing clients charged with serious white-collar criminal offenses. This includes representing physicians, pharmacists, and other health care providers charged with fraud and related offenses; representing business owners, executives, and board members charged with corporate crimes; and representing politicians and other public officials charged with corruption, bribery, tax fraud, and other crimes.
The attorneys on our defense team regularly represent clients at all stages of federal criminal litigation involving allegations of:
- Health care fraud (including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and Department of Labor (DOL) fraud)
- Federal drug crimes (including prescription and non-prescription drug offenses)
- Tax crimes
- Bank fraud, mortgage fraud, and insurance fraud
- Securities fraud and other forms of corporate fraud
- Mail and wire fraud
- Money laundering
- Public corruption and bribery
- Conspiracy and attempt
- All other white-collar federal crimes
Once again, regardless of where your case stands currently, engaging defense counsel now is the best way to mitigate the consequences and minimize your risk of a “guilty” verdict at trial. Our Santa Ana criminal trial/litigation lawyers are available by phone 24/7, and we can arrange to meet with you in-person in Santa Ana, CA, right away.
4 Ways to Defeat Criminal Charges in Federal Litigation
Due to factual differences and the complexities of the federal laws used to prosecute white-collar offenses, each case requires a highly customized and strategic defense. There are numerous potential defenses to all types of white-collar criminal charges, with most defenses falling into four broad categories:
- Challenging the Prosecution’s Evidence – Without evidence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office cannot convict you. As a result, a key defense strategy in many cases is to challenge the prosecution’s evidence; more specifically, the admissibility of the prosecution’s evidence in court. From issues of relevance to evidence that is “fruit of the poisonous tree,” there are several reasons why incriminating evidence may be deemed inadmissible in federal district court.
- Challenging the Sufficiency of the Government’s Case – Even if the government’s evidence is admissible at trial, is it enough to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt? All federal crimes consist of several “elements,” including actions, omissions, and a criminal state of mind (i.e., intent). And if the government’s evidence on any element is lacking, you do not deserve to be found guilty of the crime alleged.
- Asserting Constitutional Protections – Constitutional protections can provide defenses even in cases where the government has the evidence necessary to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Constitutional violations are serious issues, but they are also much more common than many people realize. If federal agents or prosecutors have violated your constitutional rights, we can use this to your advantage.
- Asserting Affirmative Defenses – Finally, in many cases, affirmative defenses will be available as well. Instead of focusing on the government’s evidence, an affirmative defense focuses on using other evidence to prove that, under the circumstances, you are not guilty of the crime alleged. Examples of affirmative defenses include coercion, duress, and statutory safe harbors and exceptions.
As we work to build your defense strategy, we will examine potential defenses in each of these categories in order to determine their applicability to the facts of your case. This methodologic approach ensures that we pursue every available opportunity to protect you.
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Inquire with Oberheiden, P.C., about Your Criminal Case in Santa Ana, CA
For more information about how our federal litigation team can assist at the current stage of your case and what we can do to fight for a “not guilty” verdict at trial, please contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We will arrange for you to speak with our Santa Ana criminal trial/litigation attorneys promptly.
Dealing with federal litigation is a burden, but a federal conviction is a burden that could last the rest of your life. Let us help you put your case to rest. Call (214) 692-2171 or request a consultation online now.