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Mesquite Federal Criminal Defense

Compelling Local Criminal Defense Lawyers for Mesquite Advocating for Your Future

Mesquite address – by appointment only:
3939 US-80
Mesquite, TX 75150

There are few things more disturbing than finding that powerful federal agents from the F.B.I., the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, or Internal Revenue Service have you in their sights. A tax audit, FBI investigation, or federal grand jury indictment could land you in criminal court facing real penalties. No one wants to be the target of a criminal investigation or grand jury proceeding. Facing criminal or civil sanctions in federal court has higher stakes and tougher opposition. Federal crimes are investigated aggressively by well-funded agencies. A conviction carries severe punishment that may include long prison terms, substantial fines, and other life-changing fallout.

Our firm serving Mesquite has several attorneys who have had esteemed careers within the federal government. Our lawyers have served in a wide range of roles as prosecutors including:

  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • Department of Justice, Antitrust Division Trial Attorney
  • Healthcare Fraud Coordinator for the North District of Texas
  • Trial Attorney, Department of Justice
  • Healthcare Fraud Lead Prosecutor
  • Federal Prosecutor
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney

Most people never expect a federal agent to contact them, but the government has never pursued criminal cases more aggressively. Federal authorities place a special emphasis on pursuing fraud, SEC violations, unpaid taxes, and other white-collar offenses. The highest importance is on recouping losses effecting the public. A focus on financial crimes gives the federal government few barriers in pursuing a range of criminal and civil actions. These actions not only cover the cost of litigation, but can also increase revenue for the federal government.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


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)

Oberheiden, P.C. – A Dallas Law Firm of Former Federal Prosecutors

Experience is the most important trait wanted in an attorney. The unique background of our Mesquite criminal defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C. involves a kind of experience beyond just defending cases in federal court. Our firm is a team of lawyers who have had esteemed careers working for federal law enforcement agencies before moving to criminal defense.

Such expertise means our attorneys anticipate what law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors are planning. Our lawyers have taken those same steps when they were prosecuting criminal cases for the government. Therefore, we know where to focus our attention when challenging federal searches, forensic tests, and interviews. Our Mesquite federal criminal defense lawyers are in a unique position to examine the government’s case. We identify weaknesses that can be exploited to reach a favorable plea agreement or to win at trial.

Oberheiden, P.C. has a national reputation based on our record in over a thousand grand jury cases and trials. People from all walks of life choose Oberheiden, P.C. because of the depth of our experience and a record of impressive results. Clients choose us based on several things, including but not limited to the following:

  • Success on a Nationwide Basis. Our attorneys are sought by those facing audits, investigations, grand jury subpoenas, and civil or criminal penalties in federal court. We have provided effective legal defense taking on the federal government in over half of U.S. states, including throughout Texas.
  • Unprecedented Results in Grand Jury Proceedings. Our Mesquite criminal defense lawyer have obtained dismissals in grand jury proceedings in both state and federal court. Dismissal of an indictment in federal court almost never occurs since a minimum of sixteen grand jurors must unanimously agree to return an indictment (i.e. document listing formal charges).
  • Preeminent Healthcare Fraud Defense. Our law firm is among the most sought after firms defending healthcare professionals and medical industry businesses. We work for any person or business facing civil or criminal charges of fraud and related offenses. We have remarkable experience and expertise handling cases involving the:
    • Anti-Kickback Statute,
    • False Claims Act,
    • Stark Law,
    • Federal Fraud Statute,
    • Drug Conspiracy, and
    • Other criminal and civil violations.
    Our lawyers have represented hundreds of healthcare professionals and entities in Medicare audits, federal healthcare fraud investigations, and grand jury indictments.
  • Protection of Professional Licenses. If you are a physician, pharmacy, or other practitioner, our law firm can help defend your professional license. Every client we have represented in healthcare audits maintained their license and avoided criminal sanctions.
  • Shielding Clients from Indictment on Criminal Charges. At Oberheiden, P.C., we believe in keeping our clients from being charged with a crime. Many of our audited or investigated clients were never charged with a single criminal offense.

Importance of Representation by a Federal Criminal Attorney

You can select any licensed attorney, but federal criminal defense differs from state criminal cases. Many criminal attorneys are in state criminal courts every day, but they rarely handle federal crimes. If you are under federal investigation, grand jury subpoena, or federal charges, the quality and quantity of your lawyer’s experience could determine your future.

Mesquite Federal Criminal DefenseOur Mesquite criminal defense attorneys rely on their experience handling thousands of federal cases. You might face a criminal investigation for committing an unlawful act across state lines or because you have violated a federal statute. Our lawyers represent clients through all phases of a criminal case. We defend against allegations of civil or criminal liability brought by federal agencies. When dealing with federal law enforcement, be aware of basic differences that can make federal criminal cases more complex.

Charging and Sentencing Policies

The severity of federal charges and sentencing differ greatly from state court criminal cases. Attorney General Jeff Sessions adopted a policy to limits prosecutor discretion in charging offenses that results in more severe sentencing. Announced in May 2017, Sessions unveiled a new policy that represented a departure from the sentencing reform advocated by former President Obama that was aimed primarily at easing penalties for some drug offenses.

Sessions’ approach directs federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges and penalties including full use of mandatory minimum sentences under federal sentencing guidelines. Sessions reversed prior AG Eric H. Holder’s policy urging federal prosecutors to avoid charging offenses that would trigger mandatory minimums. Under Sessions, prosecutors are to charge the most serious crimes, carrying the harshest sentences. If you are charged with a criminal offense related to drug trafficking in federal court, such as being part of a drug conspiracy, you must have a skilled and proven criminal defense attorney prepared to take your case to trial to counter these tough charging and sentencing policies. Federal sentencing guidelines tend to impose far harsher sentences than state law for comparable crimes even aside from the recently adopted policy.

Need for Experience in Complex Areas

If you are accused in a healthcare fraud scheme or unlawfully evading tax liability, the case often requires the use of experts. Fraud and other white-collar crimes often involve massive paper trails that can extend to tens of thousands of documents. Then there is e-discovery with its own massive amount of computer files. Federal law enforcement authorities like the FBI, DOJ, IRS, and others will have experts review these documents and data. That means you need your own experts to uncover favorable evidence and dissect government claims.

Most Skilled and Well-Funded Law Enforcement and Prosecutors

Although most law enforcement officers and prosecutors are proficient, the federal government attracts superior talent. Agents at federal law enforcement agencies receive special training and have access to the best investigation tools and techniques often not available to police officers at the state and local level. Prosecutors at the federal level are also highly skilled and experienced. Their performance is enhanced by the fact that they tend to handle a far smaller number of cases.

Exemplary Defense of Medical Industry and Pharmaceutical Professionals and Businesses

Our law firm has a well-established reputation for effectively representing:

  • Doctors,
  • Laboratories,
  • Compounding pharmacies,
  • Nursing homes,
  • Drug rehabilitation centers,
  • and other individuals and companies.

The risk of medical providers being subjected to a fraud investigation and prosecution have never been higher. The government recovered $2.4 billion through healthcare fraud settlements, judgments, and related proceedings during 2015.

In recent decades, the government has ramped up the pursuit of recoveries for healthcare fraud. Since the creation of the Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program, it has promoted the recovery of $29.4 billion to the Medicare Trust Funds. The Healthcare Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a collaboration between the Department of Justice, Health and Human Services, and the Office of Inspector General, has also played a major role in targeting medical professionals. The Dallas-based Medicare Fraud Strike Force is a powerful weapon wielded by HEAT with a collection of investigators, analysts, and prosecutors who target and prosecute fraud schemes.

Oberheiden, P.C. defends healthcare professionals and entities against actions brought under the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, Healthcare Fraud Statute, Exclusion Provisions, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law. If your future is obscured by the prospect of civil or criminal liability, our Mesquite federal criminal defense lawyers have proven experience taking on federal prosecutors in cases involving healthcare professionals and businesses. We have successfully defended against healthcare fraud allegations in a large variety of cases. We also have a great record of keeping medical practitioners and entities engaged in audits from being referred for a federal investigation or grand jury subpoena.

Proven Federal Defense Law Firm Skillfully Handling the Full Spectrum of Federal Cases in Mesquite

Because our Dallas-Mesquite law firm has successfully represented parties accused of federal crimes in thousands of cases across the U.S., we have the expertise and knowledge to handle federal crimes, such as:

  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
  • Mail Fraud
  • International Terrorism
  • Obstruction of a Federal Audit
  • Money Laundering
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Crimes Committed on Federal Property
  • Cybercrimes
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Counterfeiting
  • International Parental Kidnapping
  • Treason
  • Espionage Act
  • Possession of Narcotics
  • Federal Drug Crimes
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal Infringement of a Copyright
  • Bank Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Hate Crimes
  • Immigration Crimes
  • Federal Civil Rights Violations (Hate Crimes, Law Enforcement Misconduct)
  • Tax Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity Theft
  • Drug Smuggling
  • Insurance Fraud
  • False Statements Relating to Healthcare Matters
  • Environmental Scheme Crimes
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Insider Trading
  • Domestic Terrorism
  • Exportation of Drugs
  • Conspiracy
  • Computer Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Bribery/Public Corruption
  • Illegal Wiretapping
  • Crimes Across State Lines (e.g. kidnapper who crosses state lines with victim)
  • Tax Evasion
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Antitrust Violations
  • Patriot Act Violations
  • Bank Robbery

This is far from an exhaustive list of the cases the federal criminal defense attorneys from our Mesquite law firm handle.

Frequently Received Questions about Criminal Defense in Federal Courts

Q: What law enforcement authorities investigate and prosecute federal crimes?

Typically, agents with federal agencies like the ATF, Secret Service, IRS, FBI, DEA, ATF, and others investigate federal crimes. Frequently, state and federal law enforcement coordinate their efforts when handling federal cases. Most federal offenses are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the region where the crime was committed. Depending on the facts and details, a DOJ attorney or a prosecutor from a specific agency might prosecute the matter.

Q: Why did the federal government charge me, and not the state prosecutor?

The relationship between the state and federal government is a complicated one, especially when it comes to which offenses end up prosecuted in federal court. In some cases, federal prosecutors could charge someone in federal court, but choose not to because state prosecutors take over the case. However, federal prosecutors tend to keep cases that are the most serious, or that have significant implications. There are also a fairly large class of crimes that can only be brought in federal court. These are typically violations of federal statutes for which there is no state equivalent. If you are facing federal criminal charges, get in touch with a Texas federal criminal defense attorney right away to discuss your options.

Q: How should I respond if the federal government contacts me?

There are several ways you may be notified you are under the scrutiny of federal authorities. One way to learn that you are under suspicion is to receive a subpoena from a subpoena from a federal grand jury. When you appear before the grand jury, jurors will consider evidence and testimony to decide if there is sufficient reason to bring a charge or charges. Another method of providing notice is to receive a target letter. You may also be contacted by a federal agent to come in for an interview. Whatever the means of notification, you should not speak to federal agents without your attorney present. That attorney should be a proven Mesquite federal criminal defense lawyer. While you can’t have a lawyer with you in the grand jury room, your attorney can wait outside for consultation to guide you through the process.

Q: How long will my federal criminal case last?

Criminal cases in state court tend to move slowly, however, federal court cases move much more quickly. The Speedy Trial Act generally requires the government to pursue an indictment within 30 days of an arrest. In addition, the prosecutor must try a federal criminal case within 70 days from the time an indictment is returned or the date of arrest, whichever is later.

Passionate Defense Against Federal Charges in North Texas and East Texas Federal Courts!

When a shadow is cast over your future by the threat of prison or huge civil penalties, our experienced former federal prosecutors tenaciously fight for you. The attorneys of Oberheiden, P.C. have litigated many criminal trials. Call us at 888-680-1745 or request a free case evaluation online now to discuss your options.

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