Washington Federal Criminal Defense
Defense Attorneys and Former Federal Prosecutors Representing Clients in Seattle, Spokane, and Throughout Washington
Whether you are facing federal charges or a dispute with a former employee or competitor, we can help. We are a criminal defense, healthcare fraud, and federal litigation law firm with a national presence serving individual and corporate clients in Washington.
Federal litigation can be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive. It can impact all aspects of your personal and professional life. And if it leads to a finding of civil liability or criminal culpability, it can have life-altering consequences.
But, it doesn’t have to. While individuals and entities that fail to defend themselves will often find themselves facing substantial penalties, those that take a proactive and aggressive approach to challenging the allegations against them will often be able to conclude their case without trial.
At Oberheiden, P.C., as a Washington Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm, we bring decades of experience to representing healthcare providers and other clients in federal civil and criminal matters in Washington. With a national presence, our team members, that include several former senior federal prosecutors, have collectively handled more than 1,000 federal investigations and 500 federal trials across the country. In federal healthcare fraud investigations, we have helped a significant proportion of our clients avoid civil or criminal charges, and we also have a significant record of success in non-healthcare related civil and criminal proceedings.
With us, every case starts with a free and confidential case assessment. If you are facing an investigation or dispute, you need to make informed decisions with the assistance of legal counsel. We want to help you avoid mistakes that could have long-term consequences, and we are passionate about using our experience to help individuals and businesses protect their legal interests. If you decide to move forward, you will work directly with our team of senior attorneys (unlike many other firms, we do not have any junior associates), and you will have access to your legal team 24/7.
“Our companies have worked with firms all over the country within various specialties and now use Nick Oberheiden’s firm almost exclusively. Nick represented our companies in some federal law investigations. His guidance and expertise allowed us to continue to concentrate on our core business as he dealt with the complex legal issues.” – Firm Client
Healthcare Fraud, Criminal Defense, and Business Litigation
We represent licensed professionals, business executives and administrators, corporate entities, healthcare practices, and other clients in a broad range of federal legal matters. We have particular experience in these areas:
We have extensive experience in healthcare fraud investigations and prosecutions involving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and most other federal law enforcement and healthcare authorities. We represent physicians, pharmacists, providers, and their personnel in all civil and criminal matters. These include but are not limited to:
- Healthcare Fraud Defense
- False Claims Act and Whistleblower Investigations
- Medicare Audits (ZPIC/RAC/Appeals)
- Compliance Counseling
- Medicaid Audits
- DEA and Prescription Investigations
- CMS and State Board Licensing
In many cases, healthcare providers and other individuals and entities first learn that they are under investigation when they receive a federal subpoena. If you have been served with a subpoena, you need to begin working immediately to comply (or challenge the subpoena, although the opportunities for challenging federal investigative subpoenas are often limited) and you need to avoid mistakes that could lead to further investigation or additional federal charges. With our extensive experience in healthcare fraud investigations and other federal law enforcement matters, we are able to efficiently and effectively advise and represent clients with respect to:
- Grand Jury Investigations
- OIG Subpoenas
- Attorney General Subpoenas (for Medicaid Audits)
- Letters from The U.S. Attorney’s Office
- Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs)
- Request for Deposition
- Subpoenas to Testify in Court
Criminal Defense and Appeals
If you have been arrested on federal charges or if you have recently been convicted in federal court, you need to evaluate your options immediately. The longer you wait, the more difficult it could become to assert an effective defense. You could face unnecessary consequences that will impact your personal and professional life for decades to come. At Oberheiden, P.C., we represent clients at all stages of the federal criminal process from investigation and arrest through trial and appeal. Our Washington Federal Criminal Defense services include:
- Trial Consultations
- Government and Internal Investigations
- Healthcare Fraud Defense
- Financial Crime Defense
- Drug Crime Defense
- Violent Crime and Computer Crime Defense
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- Criminal Appeals
In addition to protecting clients in federal investigations and prosecutions, we also have decades of experience representing clients in business litigation at the federal level. We have the experience and resources necessary to handle even the largest and most-complex business disputes. And while we prioritize negotiating efficient resolutions, we also have a proven record of success at trial. We are able to represent clients in Washington in a broad range of civil matters including:
- Healthcare Litigation
- Malpractice Defense
- Business Disputes
- Non-Compete & Employment Law Matters
- Antitrust Litigation
- Patent & Copyright Litigation
- Civil Appeals
Q&A with the Federal Defense Team at Oberheiden, P.C.
Q: What factors will determine whether my case settles or goes to trial?
There are numerous factors that will determine whether your case settles or goes to trial. Ultimately, the decision rests with you. Typically, in both civil and criminal matters, it is in our client’s best interests to obtain a favorable resolution as quickly as possible. As a result, we typically prioritize settlement, and we structure our case strategies to derive sufficient leverage to pursue fruitful settlement negotiations. If a reasonable settlement is on the table, it will be up to you whether to accept or continue toward trial.
In some cases, however, settling is not an option. Whether the U.S. Attorney’s Office believes that it has sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction with harsh sentencing – or a counterparty in business litigation has bet the company on the outcome at trial – sometimes, settling just isn’t in the cards. If going to court is your best (or only) option, we will work toward securing a favorable verdict as cost-effectively as possible.
Q: What are the potential outcomes of a federal healthcare fraud investigation?
The potential outcomes of a federal healthcare fraud investigation range from termination of the investigation without formal charges to a felony conviction on multiple counts of healthcare fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and other related offenses. In order to determine your potential exposure as a result of the government’s investigation, you will need to know:
- the specific allegations against you; and
- whether the investigation is civil or criminal in nature.
Q: How serious are the penalties in federal criminal cases?
The penalties in federal criminal cases can be extremely severe. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, periods of incarceration range from months to decades behind bars. And when convicted on multiple counts, criminal defendants can easily face hundreds of thousands (if not millions ) of dollars in criminal fines. In healthcare fraud cases, the penalties for conviction can include loss of federal healthcare benefit program (i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare) eligibility, loss of assignment and hospital privileges, and professional license suspension or revocation.
Q: Does Oberheiden, P.C. offer phone consultations?
Yes, with a nationwide presence, we routinely meet with current and prospective clients over the phone. You can contact us to request your free initial consultation 24/7, and we will make arrangements for you to speak with a member of our federal defense team as soon as possible.
Q: Will your attorneys travel to Washington if necessary for my representation?
Yes, absolutely. Whether we need to meet with you in person, review records at your offices, or represent you in federal court, as Washington Federal Criminal Defense attroneys, we can travel to Washington as necessary throughout the duration of your case.
Why Clients Nationwide Trust Oberheiden, P.C.
1. Decades of Federal Experience
Several of our attorneys are former DOJ trial lawyers and prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office who spent decades representing the federal government before entering private practice. All of our attorneys have extensive experience in federal civil and criminal matters who have collectively handled more than 1,000 federal investigations and 500 federal trials.
2. Proven Results
We have a substantial record of success in federal civil and criminal matters. In the vast majority of cases, we have been successful in helping our healthcare clients avoid all civil and criminal charges. Regardless of the nature and extent of the government’s investigation or your business dispute, we can help you protect your legal and financial interests to the greatest extent possible.
3. Federal Focus
Our practice is devoted to representing clients in federal law matters. Whether you are under investigation, awaiting trial, or anticipating civil litigation in federal court, it is likely that we have been there before and we can use our experience to fight for you.
Get Started with a Free and Confidential Initial Consultation
If you need a federal defense lawyer in Washington, we encourage you to contact us promptly to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation at Oberheiden, P.C.. Our trusted Washington Federal Criminal Defense attroneys are available 24/7. So call 888-680-1745 or request an appointment online now.
This information has been prepared for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. This information may constitute attorney advertising in some jurisdictions. Reading of this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Prior results cannot guarantee a similar future outcome in your case. Oberheiden, P.C. is a Texas LLP with headquarters in Dallas. Mr. Oberheiden limits his practice to federal law.