Washington D.C. Federal Criminal Defense
Compelling and Experienced Federal Defense Counsel: 214-692-2171
Washington D.C. attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden dedicates his practice to federal litigation and defending clients against government investigations. Nick has defended private clients (lawyers, politicians, doctors, pilots, business owners) and government officials (such as current federal special agents, federal prosecutors, and other law enforcement officials) before all major government bodies including but not limited to the:
- Department of Justice (DOJ)
- Department of State (DOS)
- Department of Defense (DOD)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Department of Labor (DOL)
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Department of the Treasury
- Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Office of Inspector General (OIG)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- United States Secret Service
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- United States Postal Service (USPS)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- S. Postal Inspection Service and more.
Throughout these hundreds of federal cases, Dr. Nick Oberheiden has developed an outstanding track record of avoiding criminal charges in the vast majority of cases and all grand jury investigations. Notably, clients hire Nick from the entire United States to protect their constitutional rights and their liberty. If you have any dealings with or are concerned about a potential government case against you, you can request a free and confidential meeting or phone call with Nick. He will personally handle your case and no junior lawyers or paralegals will – ever— get between you and your trusted counsel.
Who Is Attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden?
Years ago, Nick realized that too many lawyers simply handle whatever case makes it through the door. In a time of specialization, he decided against such an approach and built a federal law practice that, today, stands without competition. Although many have tried to copy him, few lawyers in the country are truly committed to only serving clients in federal cases, like Nick.
Nick started his career in what many call the world’s most prominent global litigation and arbitration group at a major international law firm in New York. Since, Nick’s interest in federal law has not just prompted a personal meeting with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and other high court judges, but also created ubiquitous media attention. Media stations in all 50 U.S. states have featured Nick, discussing complex issues of constitutional law, federal litigation, and criminal defense.
If there is one indication about Nick’s excellent reputation within the federal law enforcement community, it is perhaps the fact that government lawyers, when themselves in trouble or in need of reliable legal advice, turn to Nick. Indeed, Nick has avoided criminal liability for federal prosecutors, special agents, and a plethora of private clients in FBI, OIG, IRS, and DEA cases. All of these clients had one thing in common: they picked up the phone and requested a consultation at 214-692-2171. Is it time for you to do the same?
Compare Nick’s Strategy to the Classic Criminal Defense Approach
One of the biggest challenges the government has in every case is to prove intent. In fact, you could violate many of the federal criminal statutes (don’t do it!), but if you lack intent you will not be held accountable. This is all the more true in federal bribery, federal fraud, obstruction of justice, and public corruption cases, where deliberate and knowing conduct is an essential element of the offense. While every lawyer should know that fact from law school, most lawyers make the fatal mistake and wait for the government to bring the case to then raise the no-intent defense. That’s a classic criminal defense approach—but it is not a good one.
If you have a choice between never being indicted or getting indicted (but ultimately prevailing in court)—which one would you choose? Right, all clients want to avoid criminal charges rather than battling a case for years. Here is how: When you learn about a potential or actual case against you, act fast. If the government sends you a grand jury subpoena or a target letter or sends agents to interview you, don’t wait. Hire an attorney right away or learn from Nick how this window of opportunity is your chance to escape and exit the case before it becomes one. Nick’s interventions have saved many good peoples’ lives. Rather than sitting back and defending, Nick enters into a proactive dialogue with the government designed to clarify existing perceptions and to present the true facts of the case—while there is time to do so.
Common Questions About Federal Criminal Cases
What Are Federal Crimes?
The U.S. legal system is strictly divided into state and federal jurisdiction. Federal offenses are those that are enacted by Congress and that are exclusively prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Among the most common federal offenses are by category (excluding immigration violations):
- Federal Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Tax Fraud, Tax Evasion
- Bank Fraud
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Financial Crimes
- Money Laundering
- Credit Card Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Computer Crimes
- Child Pornography
- Hate Crimes
- National Security Offenses
- Espionage Act
- Patriot Act
- Obstruction of Justice
What Is the Relationship Between FBI, DEA, ATF, OIG, IRS, U.S. Secret Service Agents and Federal Prosecutors?
In a nutshell, federal agents investigate, while federal prosecutors prosecute. Each federal investigation involves federal agents that examine whether or not someone is tied to a federal offense. Federal agents are assigned to Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) who represent the Department of Justice and the United States as government lawyers in federal civil and federal criminal cases. A special group of agents are agents from the U.S. Secret Service. While they are known to protect high-level government officials like the President, they are also tasked to protect and defend the U.S. dollar currency. In that capacity, they investigate financial crimes such as counterfeiting.
How Can I Find the Right Lawyer for My Case?
There is no lack of excellent lawyers in Washington D.C. Finding a lawyer that is right for you can be both overwhelming and frustrating. To ease the search, you need to stay focused on what is relevant in your particular case, not what other accolades a firm may have in matters that have nothing to do with your problem. Let’s say you just learned that the government might be investigating you for alleged fraud. What do you do? What questions should you ask a lawyer candidate? Here are some suggestions:
- What percentage of your practice do you dedicate to federal law?
- How many federal investigations have you personally handled?
- What percentage of those [federal fraud] cases resulted in no charges?
- How often have you handled this particular type of [federal fraud] case before?
- Who will represent me: you or also associate lawyers?
- How much will you charge me?
In addition to these more objective questions, you must subjectively feel right about your lawyer. Is he or she someone I trust? Am I convinced that the lawyer is telling me the truth about his/her experience? Does it feel right?
At What Point Should I Reach Out to an Attorney?
In order to answer that question, you need to understand that the longer you wait to have an experienced attorney intervene in the case, the more difficult it may be to clarify misconceptions about your role or status in an investigation. In other words, if you want the prosecutors to hear good things about you to possibly close your file, you shouldn’t wait until you get indicted. Call a skilled attorney the moment you have any reason to assume that you are under investigation to increase your chances of a favorable case resolution.
What Should I Do If FBI Agents Serve Me Papers?
The FBI is arguably the most powerful law enforcement agency in the country. If special agents come to your house or business with a request to interview you, to search your premises, to arrest you, or to serve you a subpoena—do not fall for their attempt to trap you into a conversation. The golden rule for any encounter with law enforcement is to call experienced and professional help right away.
What Do I Need to Do to Speak With Nick?
The easiest part of your case is to get in touch with Nick. If you call Nick, your call will go straight to Nick. He will take the time to listen to you and provide you with a free assessment. If you want to move forward with the representation, Nick will send you an email with all next steps. Super easy!
Is It Possible to Switch Lawyers?
Absolutely. About 50% of Nick’s clients are dissatisfied with their previous counsel and realized that he/she did not really have the experience they thought the lawyer would have. Whether Nick is being added or hired to replace current lawyer, there is no issue of you modifying your legal team. Sometimes a fresh perspective changes everything! Just call Nick and find out what Nick would do if he were your lawyer.
Defend Your Future: Call 214-692-2171
When you hire D.C. licensed federal criminal defense attorney Nick Oberheiden, you hire a lawyer that you can trust, a lawyer that will be personally in charge of your case and not delegate you to junior counsel. No matter what you are accused of, with Nick on your team, you will send a strong signal to the prosecutor that you are willing and able to fight the charges. So, let’s get together and take control of your case. Call Nick directly at 214-692-2171 or contact him online today.