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Brownsville Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Want the Most Experienced for Your Federal Case in Rio Grande Valley, Texas?

Brownsville address – by appointment only:
4002 Paredes Line Rd.
Brownsville, TX 78526
888-680-1745

 Federal Criminal Defense Attorney - Brownsville, Texas picThere truly is no shortage of lawyers in Brownsville-Harlingen, and Cameron County, Texas. But, how many can you find who only practice federal law and have avoided criminal charges in hundreds of federal criminal investigations involving the FBI, DEA, IRS, OIG, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice?

Meet Brownsville Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden. Nick offers clients nothing but federal experience. Featured for his federal litigation practice by media outlets throughout Texas, Nick is an attorney who only takes federal cases. As a result, Nick’s experience is vast. Plus, he has a 92% rate of avoiding criminal charges for clients in federal investigations. Here are some recent case outcomes:

  • United States v. Client: Dismissed.
  • United States v. Client (Qui Tam Action): Dismissed.
  • DEA Search Warrant (Controlled Substances): No Charges.
  • DEA Opioid Investigation (Physician): No Charges.
  • DEA Overdose Investigation (Physician): No Charges.
  • FBI Healthcare Fraud Case: No Charges.
  • OIG Medicare Fraud Investigation: No Charges.
  • Grand Jury Subpoena (Kickbacks): No Charges.
  • Grand Jury Subpoena (Controlled Substances): No Charges.
  • FBI Severe Computer Crime Case: Probation.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Founder

Attorney-at-Law

Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney

Partner

Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

FAQs: Federal Crimes in Brownsville, Texas

Prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brownsville and throughout the Valley have greatly intensified federal investigations in South Texas. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions clients from Brownsville and throughout Texas pose to federal criminal defense lawyer Dr. Nick Oberheiden.

What Are Federal Offenses?

In general terms, the United States is divided into state and a federal criminal justice systems. State laws are enacted by state legislators and enforced by district attorneys. It is Congress that defines federal offenses. Although hundreds of federal offenses exist, many federal statutes are fairly obscure and rarely enforced. Among the federal criminal offenses that receive the most attention are the following:

  • Controlled Substances Investigations (21 U.S.C. 841)
  • Healthcare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347)
  • Bribery (18 U.S.C. 201)
  • Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1341)
  • Wire Fraud 18 U.S.C. 1343)
  • Computer Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1030)
  • Tax Fraud (26 U.S.C. 7206)
  • Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344)
  • Counterfeiting (18 U.S.C. 2320)
  • Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. 1956)
  • Credit Card Fraud (U.S. Secret Service)
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Investment Fraud
  • Securities Fraud (15 U.S.C. 78j, 78jj; 18 U.S.C. 1348)
  • Obstruction of Justice (18 U.S.C. 1512)
  • Perjury/ False Statement (18 U.S.C. 1001)
  • Intellectual Property Crimes
  • Other Computer Crimes

How Do I Know That I am Under Investigation?

There are different ways to find out if you are under federal investigation. The most obvious way is to receive notice from the Brownsville U.S. Attorney’s Office. They may ask for records or inform you that you are the target of a federal investigation. Federal agents may also try to contact or interview subjects of an investigation. Any of these events should prompt you to seek legal advice right away. Less obvious are the early stages of an investigation when rumors circulate about a potential case. Only an experienced federal attorney may be able to put the pieces together. Your lawyer can tell you if an investigation exists or is likely, and advise on how to avoid prosecution.

Who Is Involved in Federal Cases?

Generally, the chances your phone is wiretapped are very small if you’re not part of an organized crime case. Because wiretapping requires the approval of a federal judge and infringes on your constitutional right to privacy, phone monitoring doesn’t usually apply in an ordinary federal investigation. Nonetheless, you should always act, write, and talk as if your conversation is being monitored. That means caution is in order and nothing is more damaging than implicating text messages.

Will My Phone Be Wiretapped?

Generally, the chances your phone is wiretapped are very small if you’re not part of an organized crime case. Because wiretapping requires the approval of a federal judge and infringes on your constitutional right to privacy, phone monitoring doesn’t usually apply in an ordinary federal investigation. Nonetheless, you should always act, write, and talk as if your conversation is being monitored. That means caution is in order and nothing is more damaging than implicating text messages.

Why Is the DEA Prosecuting Doctors in the Valley?

Physicians and pharmacies in Brownsville are targets of federal prosecutions. The Justice Department formally instructed prosecutors to identify and prosecute the highest opioid prescribers in the country. DEA agents across the valley, Texas, and the United States have raided, arrested, and prosecuted controlled substances prescribers of all specialties. The basic allegation is that these physicians have violated 21 U.S.C. 841 and 21 U.S.C. 846 by unlawfully dispensing controlled substances lacking medical necessity. The government’s contention is that unnecessary and excessive opioid prescriptions caused the national opioid crisis.

What Is a Federal Conspiracy?

A federal conspiracy is an agreement between two or more people to commit an unlawful act. Under federal law, an explicit agreement or cooperation among the different conspirators is not required. Prosecutors in Brownsville frequently use the charge of conspiracy because it only requires the government to show that each defendant contributed something to the overall success of the scheme in order to meet its burden of proof.

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances (21 U.S.C. 841; 21 U.S.C. 846)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Medicare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Accept or Receive Illegal Kickbacks (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7(b)(b); 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Obstruction of Justice (18 U.S.C. 1518, 1519; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Identity Theft (18 U.S.C. 1028A; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Make False Statements Relating to Healthcare Matters (18 U.S.C. 1035; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Theft or Embezzlement in Connection with Healthcare (18 U.S.C. 669; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Attempt or Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1349; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1348; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Unlawfully Use Health Information (42 U.S.C. 1320d-6; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Use Identification Information (18 U.S.C. 1028(a)(7); 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Bribery (18 U.S.C. 201; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1341; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1343; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. 1357; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Tax Fraud (26 U.S.C. 7206; 18 U.S.C. 371)

What Are Penalties in Federal Cases?

The harshness of the federal justice system is no secret. Unlike state law, almost all federal offenses are felony charges and carry sentences from 0 to 10 years (e.g. healthcare fraud, bank fraud) or even from 0-20 years (e.g. many forms of drug conspiracies, money laundering, mail fraud). Please call 888-680-1745 if you have questions about a specific offense.

What Should I Do When I Receive a Grand Jury Subpoena?

A grand jury subpoena’s purpose is to obtain records for the government and grand jury to determine if a target or subject should be indicted. If your business or you personally receive a grand jury subpoena notice, you may be the subject of a federal investigation. Before you produce any documents, or communicate with the government in any way, contact an experienced Brownsville grand jury lawyer with a record of making sure clients don’t end up with criminal charges.

Should I Talk to the Feds?

Never speak to federal law enforcement without first consulting and obtaining qualified legal advice. Remember, if federal agents want to speak with you, you may be part of a case no matter what they tell you. If even remotely part of a federal criminal inquiry, it is prudent to first learn about your alleged role in the case. Then, with counsel, prepare your defense. If your lawyer encourages you to speak to the FBI or other law enforcement agencies, and you don’t know why and what was negotiated, you may have hired unqualified counsel.

What Should I Do If I Am Under Investigation?

No matter the reason you may be targeted, and even if you consider yourself innocent, the investigation will not go away. If you are under investigation, or think you may be, contact an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer serving Brownsville, Texas to get reliable advice about the process and your defense options.

How Can I Find a Good Attorney?

Of the many good lawyers in Brownsville, not every one practices federal law or offers you experience in such cases. If you are under investigation for alleged opioid fraud and abuse, ask your lawyer candidate how many cases like yours he/she has handled and with what outcomes. Don’t hire any lawyer simply because the lawyer has a law license. Ask specific questions and don’t engage an attorney until you are satisfied this is the federal criminal defense lawyer you can trust and who is respected and considered competent in Department of Justice and FBI circles.


Call 888-680-1745 to Speak to Nick Today

If you are the subject of a federal case or have questions about an investigation, don’t wait to seek counsel. Once you are on the government’s radar, you need an experienced federal defense lawyer who knows how to advise clients effectively and how to protect your interests in a federal case. Brownsville federal criminal defense attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden is available to discuss your situation free of charge and 100% confidential. Oberheiden, P.C. also offers other kinds of Criminal Defense representation. Call for more information.

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