Our Experience

We Have a Proven Track Record of Successfully Defending Individuals and Companies in Complex and Large-Scale Federal Criminal Cases

When you are at risk of facing enormous fines and years (if not decades) in federal prison, you need experience on your side. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) employs thousands of attorneys, many of whom have decades of experience prosecuting federal criminal cases. The agents investigating your case are probably similarly experienced, and their work is devoted entirely to collecting the evidence needed to secure convictions in federal district court. If you cannot level the playing field, you do not stand a chance.

At Oberheiden Law – The Federal Lawyer, our senior attorneys and federal criminal defense consultants have the experience you need to avoid unnecessary consequences if you are under federal investigation or facing federal charges. Our senior partners, Dr. Nick Oberheiden and James Bell, have decades of collective experience, and many of the attorneys in our nationwide network have decades of prior experience working in the DOJ. Our federal criminal defense consultants are former law enforcement agents who spent decades inside the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and multiple other agencies. We know federal criminal cases from the inside out, and our results as federal criminal defense counsel speak for themselves.

Our Experience: The Highlights

Our federal criminal defense lawyers have successfully represented thousands of clients in federal cases. We have prevented indictments, we have dismissed indictments, and we have won countless cases at trial. We take a proactive approach to federal criminal defense that prioritizes efficiency and avoiding unnecessary risks, and we never assume that a line of defense is off of the table. Here are some of the highlights of our firm’s experience in federal criminal cases:

1. We Have Resolved Countless Federal Criminal Investigations Without Charges Being Filed

If you are currently under investigation, our focus will be on resolving your case before charges get filed. Not only does this provide a quick and non-public result, but it also avoids the inherent risk of going to trial before a grand jury in federal district court. At Oberheiden Law – The Federal Lawyer, we have resolved countless federal criminal investigations without charges being filed—allowing our clients to get back to business as usual without any lingering consequences from their federal inquiries.

2. We Have Had Clients’ Indictments Dismissed Prior to Trial

In some cases, clients come to us after already having been indicted. While many lawyers assume that a federal indictment means either negotiating a plea deal or going to trail, at Oberheiden Law – The Federal Lawyer we know this is not the case. We have had significant experience getting federal indictments dismissed prior to trial—completely protecting our clients against any and all federal penalties despite a grand jury having determined that there was probable cause for the DOJ’s prosecutors to pursue charges in court.

3. We Have Taken More Than 500 Federal Criminal Cases to Trial

In some cases, going to trial is unavoidable. As a criminal defendant in a federal case, going to trial can also be in your best interests if the DOJ’s prosecutors believe in their evidence and are not willing to dismiss their charges or negotiate a favorable plea. At Oberheiden Law – The Federal Lawyer, our attorneys have taken more than 500 federal criminal cases to trial—and in the substantial majority of cases we have secured either a not-guilty verdict or a minimal sentence despite inordinate fines and long-term federal incarceration being on the table.

4. We Have Secured Sentences Well Below the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines establish standards for the imposition of prison sentences in federal criminal cases. Crucially, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are non-binding for federal district court judges. Due to the severity of the penalties imposed under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the DOJ’s prosecutors will often argue for sentencing consistent with the guidelines. At Oberheiden Law – The Federal Lawyer, we counter this approach vigorously during the sentencing stage of federal criminal trials—and we have successfully minimized our clients’ sentences in many cases.

5. We Have Avoided Civil and Criminal Penalties in Every False Claims Act Investigation We Have Handled

The False Claims Act is a federal statute that allows for civil or criminal prosecution in cases in which individuals and companies are accused of falsely or fraudulently seeking payment from the federal government. This includes everything from government contract fraud to submitting false billings under Medicare, Tricare, and other federal benefit programs. The False Claims Act is extraordinarily broad, and it is a key weapon in the federal government’s fight against fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA). At Oberheiden Law – The Federal Lawyer, we regularly represent clients in False Claims Act investigations—and to date we have helped our clients avoid penalties in every single investigation we have handled.

Our Experience: Sample Case Results

Our federal criminal defense practice encompasses all types of charges, and our attorneys and defense consultants provide representation and advice at all stages of federal criminal cases. The following is just a small sampling of some of our recently results in high-stakes federal matters:

  • Medicare Fraud Investigations Conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI: We have represented numerous healthcare entities in Medicare fraud investigations conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the DOJ, and the FBI. Despite our clients facing multiple allegations, we were able to resolve their investigations without any civil or criminal liability for our clients or their leadership teams.
  • Whistleblower Investigation Targeting Multiple Allegations of Federal Fraud: Dr. Oberheiden took over the defense of a doctor who had already spent three years and hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting allegations of federal fraud with another law firm. With a settlement offer on the table that would have saved his client a substantial amount of money but still resulted in crippling penalties, Dr. Oberheiden advised his client to reject the settlement offer and keep fighting. After identifying several fundamental flaws in the prior law firm’s defense strategy, Dr. Oberheiden was able to convince the government to drop the case. Shortly thereafter, the whistleblower dropped its claims as well and a federal district court judge dismissed the case in its entirety.
  • Criminal Pharmaceutical Fraud and Criminal Conspiracy Investigation: Our lawyers represented the alleged ringleader of a large-scale pharmaceutical fraud scam targeting federal healthcare benefit programs. After exposing fundamental flaws in the government’s case against our client, we were able to have our client’s charges dismissed while the other five co-defendants’ motions to dismiss were denied.
  • Criminal Tax Fraud and Other Allegations Involving Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Potential Penalties: Dr. Oberheiden represented a physician who was under for criminal tax fraud, criminal federal program fraud, and various other alleged crimes. The investigation involved multiple federal agencies, including the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. After meticulously analyzing the facts of the case, Dr. Oberheiden was able to piece together a comprehensive defense strategy and resolve the case without any charges or liability for our client.
  • Federal Money Laundering Conspiracy Investigation Conducted by the FBI: Our firm represented a business owner who contacted us after receiving a visit from FBI agents. Upon contacting the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we learned that the business owner was being accused of providing IT and logistical support as part of a federal money laundering conspiracy. We remained steadfast in our position that our client had done nothing wrong, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office ultimately decided to move forward with its case against the other alleged co-conspirators without pursuing charges against our client.
  • Entrepreneur Targeted by FBI for Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Other Federal Crimes: Our lawyers represented an entrepreneur who had been contacted by the FBI in relation to an ongoing investigation into mail fraud, wire fraud, and other fraud-related crimes. The FBI’s agents informed our client that an indictment was imminent, and requested that our client voluntarily submit to an interview. We advised our client to reject the request, and we dealt with the FBI on our client’s behalf. Shortly after we got involved, the FBI shifted its focus and our client was able to continue in business without additional concern.
  • Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Investigation Involving the FBI and DEA: A healthcare business owner engaged our firm after receiving a search warrant from the FBI and the DEA in connection with an investigation into possible violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act. After reviewing the facts of the case, we asserted defenses of prosecutorial misconduct and excessive interference based on the fact that the alleged misconduct amounted to a minor violation of state law, if it was unlawful at all. The U.S. Attorney’s Office dropped the case and our client avoided federal charges.

Discuss Your Federal Criminal Case with a Senior Defense Attorney at Oberheiden Law – The Federal Lawyer

Are you under federal investigation or facing federal charges? If so, we encourage you to contact us immediately to speak with one of our senior defense attorneys in confidence. We represent individuals and companies in federal criminal cases nationwide. For a complimentary initial case assessment, call 469-587-6703 or tell us how we can reach you online now.

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