Defense Lawyers for Federal Charges and Investigations
At Oberheiden, P.C., our experienced defense lawyers represent clients facing federal criminal charges throughout the United States. Our legal team includes former federal prosecutors and government officials, and we are intimately familiar with the laws, guidelines, and procedures involved in investigating and prosecuting federal crimes. If you have been arrested or believe you may be under investigation for a federal offense, this is the kind of experience you need on your side.
Federal Offenses Explained
Federal Drug Crimes
Drug crimes can be charged at both the state and federal level. Federal drug offenses carry significant penalties, and prosecutors and federal agents vigorously pursue convictions for drug crimes nationwide. We represent clients facing possession, manufacturing, trafficking, illegal importation, and other federal drug charges.
Federal Fraud and Theft Crimes
Fraud and theft crimes involving interstate commerce or operations that cross state lines can also result in federal charges. Some examples include frauds against banks, mortgage lenders, and federal agencies, as well as money laundering, counterfeiting, bribery, and embezzlement. Thanks to its broad applicability, individuals facing of fraud and theft allegations often face Racketeer Influenced and Corrupted Organizations Act (RICO) charges as well.
Federal Internet Crimes
Since the Internet inherently involves interstate commerce, most computer crimes are prosecuted at the federal level as well. We have broad experience in cases involving hacking, computer fraud, identity theft, online pornography, and other Internet-related offenses.
Federal Sex Crimes
For good reason, federal laws strictly prohibit and severely punish sex crimes involving children. These include child pornography, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking. Under the Mann Act of 1910, the federal government also has jurisdiction over cases involving online prostitution.
Other Federal Charges
In addition to the federal crimes listed above, we are also able to assist individuals facing allegations of other offenses, such as:
- Damaging or destroying public mailboxes
- Immigration offenses
Defending Against Federal Charges
We Work with Federal Departments
We routinely assist individuals and businesses in proceedings involving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and other federal agencies. We also have experience with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Secret Service.
When faced with a federal investigation, you need to act quickly to protect yourself. With the help of our experienced federal defense lawyers, you can fight to preserve your freedom and assets and protect your legal rights.
Penalties for Federal Charges
When facing a federal investigation or prosecution, there are numerous complex legal issues that can impact the outcome of your case. From evidentiary rules to sentencing guidelines, you need an attorney who is familiar with all aspects of federal criminal practice.
- Mandatory minimum sentences. Many federal crimes have mandatory minimum sentences. If you are convicted of certain drug crimes, for example, the judge will have no choice but to send you to prison.
- Limited statutes of limitations. The standard statute of limitations for federal offenses is five years. However, several federal crimes have longer limitations periods, and a variety of circumstances can lead to extension of the time limits on prosecution. Some federal crimes do not have any statute of limitations.
- Your right to remain silent. Among your many rights as a suspect or defendant in a federal case is your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. You also have the right to speak to an attorney before answering any questions, and to have an attorney present to answer questions on your behalf.
- Defense attorney-prosecutor negotiations. Defense attorneys and prosecutors regularly negotiate for mutually-agreeable resolutions. Many times, these negotiations result in a reduction in charges, the prosecutor agreeing to seek limited punishment, or the prosecutor dropping the defendant?s charges altogether. If you are being asked to testify, your attorney may also be able to work out a deal for immunity.
If you try to fight federal charges without a defense lawyer, you are taking a gamble that will very likely impact the rest of your life. At Oberheiden, P.C., we can help you make informed decisions and use the system to your advantage.
For a Free Consultation, Contact Oberheiden, P.C.
Our experienced defense counsel and two former federal prosecutors are available to speak with you about your case. If you are facing a federal investigation or have been arrested on federal charges, it?s time to get serious about your situation. With several decades of experience, we have cultivated the knowledge, skills, and dedication you need to fight for a just result. To get started with a free consultation, you can call our office and ask directly for Nick or Lynette at (888) 727-5154 or send us an email today.