Virginia Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Trusted Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Richmond, Norfolk, and All of Virginia
From NOVA to the Shenandoah Valley, federal authorities are targeting individuals and businesses across Virginia in high-stakes investigations. Whether you are under investigation or under arrest, you need Oberheiden, P.C.’s federal defense team on your side.
Federal investigations present extreme risks. Individuals (including corporate CEOs, healthcare providers, and other high-level personnel) can face fines and jail time, and businesses can face insurmountable financial liability, loss of registration or licensure, and other penalties. Regardless of the allegations against you, you need to mount a successful defense. This means that you need to engage experienced defense counsel as soon as possible.
Oberheiden, P.C., is a federal defense law firm with a national presence that represents clients throughout Virginia in matters 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 Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers have well over a century of combined experience in federal criminal matters, and many of our attorneys served as federal prosecutors before entering private practice. Our federal defense practice is led by founding partner, Dr. Nick Oberheiden, who is has significant experience in high-stakes federal matters.
Are You Being Targeted by the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA in Virginia?
If you are being targeted by the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA; if you think you may be the subject of a federal investigation; or if you have recently uncovered an issue that could expose your business or practice to federal charges; everything you say and do from this point forward could potentially impact your case. For this reason, you need to work with experienced defense counsel who can help you navigate the inordinate complexities of federal investigations and who can protect you in any direct communications with federal agents and prosecutors. At Oberheiden, P.C.:
- We Fight to Avoid Charges in Every Investigation. If you have not yet been charged, this means that you still have the opportunity to avoid prosecution. Our skilled Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers have resolved the majority of our clients’ cases without charges being filed, and avoiding charges is our primary goal in every investigation we handle.
- We Rely on Extensive Federal Experience to Execute Strong Defense Strategies. We rely on extensive experience on both sides of FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA investigations to execute strong defense strategies for our clients. We have experience in effective strategies, and we have refined out approach over decades of practicing exclusively in the area of federal defense.
- We Focus on the Unique Aspects of Each Individual Case. The details matter. When our Virginia federal criminal defense attorneys represent you, we will ask the right questions so that you can provide the information we need in order to develop a custom-tailored defense strategy.
- We Help Our Clients Make Confident and Informed Decisions. Do you need to answer federal agents’ questions? What happens if you are late in responding to a civil investigative demand (CID) or administrative subpoena? What should you do if you are aware of self-incriminating information? We can help you answer these types of difficult – and potentially dangerous – questions.
- We Never Give In. We take an aggressive approach to defending our clients in federal matters. From the moment our Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers get involved, we never once take our foot off of the gas and we will not stop working until we have secured a favorable resolution.
Federal Defense Lawyers for All Criminal Matters in Virginia
While much of our practice is devoted to representing healthcare providers, other licensed professionals, corporate officers and entities, and public officials in complex white-collar federal cases; our practice includes representing individuals and businesses charged with all types of federal offenses under Title 18 of the U.S. Code and various other federal criminal statutes. This includes general criminal statutes such as the Controlled Substances Act, as well as laws such as the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Securities and Exchange Act that target specific industries.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in federal investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of:
- Healthcare Fraud
- Federal Drug Charges
- Tax Violations
- Bank Fraud, Insurance Fraud, and Securities Fraud
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Theft, Counterfeiting, and Embezzlement
- Money Laundering
- Public Corruption and Bribery
- Internet and Computer Crimes
- Conspiracy and Attempt
- Other White-Collar Crimes
Why Am I Being Investigated by the…
…Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)?
The FBI is the chief federal law enforcement agency. The FBI is specifically tasked with investigating cases involving terrorism, computer and internet crimes, public corruption, organized crime, and drug crime. It routinely works in cooperation with other federal agencies to target individuals and entities suspected of having involvement in a broad range of federal crimes.
…Office of Inspector General (OIG)?
The OIG is the law enforcement arm of the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s mission is “to protect the integrity of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries.” It seeks to fulfill this mission primarily by targeting healthcare providers suspected of engaging in Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and Department of Labor (DOL) fraud.
…Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?
The IRS is one of the federal government’s most well-known agencies, and it is also one of the largest. The IRS has a substantial criminal enforcement division that aggressively targets individuals and businesses suspected of underreporting income, underpaying taxes, and committing other violations of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Federal investigations targeting allegations of money laundering, securities fraud, Medicare fraud, and other financial crimes will often include the IRS and other federal agencies. This is why you may need a Richmond federal criminal defense attorney.
…Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?
The DEA plays a central role in all federal investigations involving allegations of drug-related offenses. This includes manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs (such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin) and prescription medications. Currently, one of the DEA’s top law enforcement priorities is diversion control or stopping the unlawful distribution and use of opioids and other addictive prescription drugs.
Q&A with Oberheiden, P.C.’s Federal Criminal Defense Team
Q: What should I do if I have been contacted by the DEA, DOJ, OIG, or another federal agency?
If you (or any other individual in your business or practice) has been contacted by federal agents or prosecutors, it is imperative that you speak with a defense attorney as soon as possible. There are important steps you need to take and critical mistakes you need to avoid, and engaging legal counsel quickly can significantly reduce your risk of prosecution.
Q: What are the penalties for federal crimes?
The penalties for federal crimes vary significantly – from years to decades of imprisonment and from thousands to millions of dollars in fines. In order to determine what is at stake in your investigation, our Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers will need to gain a clear understanding of the full scope of the allegations against you. When you engage our firm’s federal defense team, one of our first priorities will be to make contact with the agency (or agencies) involved and discern the scope and nature of the investigation.
Q: Am I really guilty of a federal crime?
It is far too early to make this type of determination, and assuming that you are guilty (or that you will be found guilty) is one of the biggest mistakes you can make during a federal investigation. The fact that you are still under investigation means that the federal government has not yet collected enough evidence to file charges. This means that you still have numerous opportunities to defend yourself.
Q: How long do I have before I am at risk of being charged?
It depends. If the investigation has just been initiated, this is the best-case scenario for intervening and executing a defense strategy that will avoid charges. On the other hand, if the FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA has been targeting you for some time, charges could be imminent. This is another piece of information that our Virginia federal criminal defense attorneys will want to gather as soon as possible so that we can tailor our defense strategy accordingly – and deploy our Emergency Defense Package if necessary.
Q: Does the federal government negotiate plea bargains?
Yes. If for some reason it is not possible to avoid charges in your case (or if you have already been charged), then negotiating a plea bargain may be your best option. However, our highly skilled Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers have convinced prosecutors to drop charges in many cases, including after federal indictment. So you should not resign yourself to negotiating a plea.
Q: How are civil and criminal cases different?
There are numerous legal differences between civil and criminal cases. However, the most-significant difference is the potential penalties involved: While providers targeted in civil cases are at risk for significant financial liability and program exclusion, in criminal cases providers can also face federal imprisonment.
Q: Can your firm represent me in Virginia?
Yes. We maintain a national practice and our attorneys are able to represent clients nationwide. We have represented clients in 21 states and counting, including Virginia. We can conduct your complimentary case assessment by phone, and our attorneys can deploy to all parts of Virginia on a moment’s notice.
Speak with our Virginia Federal Defense Lawyers about Your FBI, OIG, IRS, or DEA Investigation
Oberheiden, P.C.’s federal defense team has significant experience in high-stakes federal investigations in Richmond and across Virginia. If your business, practice, or reputation is at risk, we can use our experience on both sides of FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA investigations to put in place a strategy with the sole goal to protect you.
For more information and legal advice tailored to the specifics of your investigation, please contact us to schedule a free and confidential case assessment. To speak with Virginia federal criminal defense lawyers in confidence, call (888) 519-4897 or tell us how we can help online now.
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