Southern CA Criminal Trial / Litigation
Experienced Southern CA Criminal Trial / Litigation Attorneys
If you have been arrested on federal charges in Southern California or if you have received a target letter (formally notifying you that the government believes you have committed an offense or helped someone else to do so), you need to start preparing for the possibility of a criminal trial.
The federal criminal defense attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C., have a significant record of achieving favorable outcomes in federal criminal litigation, and we are available to represent clients in all Southern California federal courts.
Facing a federal criminal trial is very serious. The penalties for federal crimes are extremely severe. Many white-collar offenses are punishable with years or even decades in federal prison (life sentences in some cases, such as drug trafficking, sex abuse, and fraud – depending on the specific charges and circumstances).
Criminal fines, ranging from the thousands or millions of dollars, can be imposed in lieu of or in addition to prison sentences. And conviction usually means the loss of professional licenses and various privileges. Moreover, there is no chance of parole in federal criminal matters. (Parole exists in state systems, but not in the U.S. criminal justice system.)
By the time a target letter or notice of charges arrives (or any communication from the federal government suggesting you might be implicated in a criminal matter), you have no choice but to devote all your efforts to protecting your future. Immediately, this must become the most pressing and important matter in your life. The rest of your life may depend on it.
At Oberheiden P.C., we represent criminal defendants in trials and litigation throughout Southern California as well as nationwide. Our team of highly experienced Southern CA criminal trial / litigation attorneys (which includes former federal prosecutors) is available nationwide and admitted to practice in these and other federal courts:
- United States District Court for the Southern District of California
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Aggressive and Strategic Defense Lawyers for Federal Criminal Trials in Southern California
We believe in aggressive legal defense for our clients. The stakes are too high to treat this matter as anything other than absolutely urgent. We must mount a vigorous, full-fledged defense on every available front. That means simultaneously preparing for a trial while also exploring all possible opportunities for getting charges dismissed before going to trial.
Our law firm has convinced federal prosecutors to completely drop charges in many cases – even in some cases where the government had built a case and gotten a grand jury to issue a formal indictment. In other cases where dismissing the charges was not an option, our Southern CA criminal trial / litigation attorneys have been able to negotiate favorable plea bargains for our clients.
You can always count on us to share our honest guidance and unfettered insight, ensuring you are never left in the dark. In the face of such dangerous and terrifying allegations, you deserve to have an experienced advocate watching your back and fighting by your side.
6 Major Steps of Federal Criminal Litigation
An indictment is a criminal accusation, and it initiates the government’s formal case against you. So even though the case has probably been building against you for quite some time prior to the indictment, for purposes of our discussion about federal criminal trials and litigation, the indictment is a fitting place to start. If you have been indicted, it means the U.S. Attorney’s Office has already presented its evidence to a grand jury and the grand jury has determined there is “probable cause” to believe you are guilty of one or more violations of the U.S. criminal code.
2. Your Defense Attorney’s Investigation
At this point, the government may have more evidence and information against you than you realize. It also knows a lot more about the status of your case. Some of the information the government has could be extremely useful to your defense. In fact, the government might even have made serious errors in the process of investigating your case, and those errors could make a meaningful difference in the outcome (perhaps even bringing your case to an end). For that reason, your defense lawyer will need to begin investigating your case immediately upon being hired.
Questions we ask at Oberheiden, P.C., include:
- Why did the government begin investigating you? How were you implicated?
- Have you made any statements to the federal government thus far? If so, in what form?
- Did the government violate your rights in the process of obtaining those statements?
- Was covert or undercover surveillance involved? Was the evidence lawfully obtained?
- Were appropriate procedures followed before, during, and after the issuance of any warrants or subpoenas?
- Is the government targeting anyone else in your case?
3. Forming a Pretrial Strategy
Being arrested or indicted is not the same thing as being tried or convicted. Do not assume you are legally guilty. For that matter, do not assume your case will even go to trial. While you do need to begin preparing vigorously for that very real possibility, your Southern CA criminal trial / litigation attorneys will also have many opportunities to fight for the dismissal or reduction of charges throughout the protracted pretrial process. Right away, we begin to chip away at the government’s case and develop strategies for turning your case around in your favor.
4. Negotiating with the Federal Prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Much of the pretrial process is anchored in negotiation with the Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to your case. The federal criminal trial lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C., have the experience it takes to capably negotiate with the aggressive federal prosecutors in Southern California.
5. Pretrial Litigation Procedures
At the same that we are engaging the U.S. Attorney’s Office in negotiation, we also tend to all the formal steps of the pretrial process: hearings, motions, responses, filings, etc. The formal side of this pretrial period is just as critical because it often represents the best opportunity to get evidence thrown out prior to the beginning of a trial. When the prosecutors’ evidence is ruled inadmissible, it gives us considerable leverage in negotiating plea agreements, reduced charges, or dismissed charges for our clients.
Finally, if your case is still pending as your scheduled court date approaches, your attorneys will need to begin rigorously preparing for every aspect of a formal trial. This includes being ready to challenge and/or object to the government’s arguments and evidence in the courtroom, having trial motions at the ready, cross-examining witnesses, preparing a compelling case for the jury, and being ready to respond to the judge at any time.
You should know, however, that it is possible to reach a plea deal or dismissal at any time, even during the very late stages of a trial. For example, new evidence, arguments, or precedent could come to light at any time. Our advocacy continues both inside and outside the Southern California federal courtroom – right up to the time of a verdict. Even then, if for some reason you should be found guilty despite all efforts, we will still have an opportunity to protect your interests at the sentencing hearing (which happens after the trial), and you will also have the opportunity to appeal the outcome later.
Federal Criminal Cases We Handle in Southern California
Through years of experience in federal criminal cases, we have developed significant experience both in negotiation and at trial.
In fact, when you hire our firm, you can rest in the confidence of knowing that only senior attorneys will be working on your case. The outcome of your case is too important to trust to less experienced hands. We do not utilize the services of junior attorneys or paralegals in these matters.
Our senior Southern CA criminal trial / litigation lawyers are capable of handling a wide range of complex criminal matters, including:
- Health care fraud
- Federal drug crimes
- Tax crimes
- Bank fraud
- Securities fraud
- Public corruption and bribery
Potential Defenses to Federal Criminal Charges
We use the same proven defense methodologies in every case we handle, always oriented toward the same goal: defeating the charges and protecting our clients’ future.
These defenses and strategies include:
- Disputing the Government’s Evidence – Typically, one of the more effective strategies for defense is to make it impossible for the government to use its strongest evidence in court. Federal agents frequently make mistakes when investigating cases, and we have effectively used this defense in many cases in the past. If evidence is inadmissible as hearsay or “fruit of the poisonous tree,” for example, our Southern CA criminal trial / litigation attorneys gain considerable leverage in negotiations and we may be able to thwart the case against you entirely.
- Asserting Affirmative Defenses – Most defenses are based on rebutting the government’s facts, arguments, or evidence. An affirmative defense, on the other hand, is an argument or set of facts raised by the defense. An affirmative defense is one that mitigates your guilt or the evidence against you.
- Asserting Constitutional Violations – If our Southern CA criminal trial / litigation lawyers can demonstrate that prosecutors or law enforcement officers violated certain Constitutional rights in preparing their case or collecting evidence (for example, an unlawful search or arrest, or a failure to read Miranda rights at the proper time), it may be possible to get the entire case dismissed as a result.
- Challenging the Sufficiency of the Government’s Case – Federal crimes require the prosecution to prove multiple “elements.” Each and every element must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt – a very high standard, indeed. This high burden of proof can afford us an opportunity to argue that at least one element has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt (even if all the others are). Successfully challenging the sufficiency of the prosecutors’ case on just one element is enough to strike the entire respective criminal charge.
About Oberheiden, P.C. | Southern CA Criminal Trial / Litigation Attorneys
Oberheiden, P.C. is a federal defense law firm with a national presence. Our team is comprised entirely of senior-level attorneys, many of whom had extensive tenures as former prosecutors in the U.S. Department of Justice or other federal offices prior to transitioning to private defense work. Today, they use that inside perspective to our clients’ benefit.
No matter how sensitive or disturbing the allegations might be, no matter how strong the government’s case might seem, and no matter how high the stakes are, we urge you to contact us for a confidential consultation today.
Individuals or corporate entities in Southern California can turn to us for custom-tailored strategies designed to protect their futures.
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If you are facing federal charges in Southern CA, we urge you to contact us and talk to our defense team, right away. You can contact our Southern CA criminal trial / litigation lawyers 24/7. If you wish to speak directly with one of our senior lawyers and one is not available immediately, we will schedule an appointment for you to have a confidential conversation with them as soon as possible. Additionally, our attorneys can travel to Southern California at a moment’s notice. We do have an Emergency Defense Package available for urgent legal situations. Please call (214) 692-2171, or tell us how to reach you online now.