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Oregon Federal Criminal Defense

Are you facing federal criminal charges in Portland, Salem, or elsewhere in Oregon? Our federal criminal defense attorneys represent individuals and organizations that are being targeted in federal investigations in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. If you need legal representation, call 888-680-1745 now for a free initial consultation.

Portland address – by appointment only:
1318 NW Northrup Street
Portland, OR 97209

Oberheiden, P.C. is a federal criminal defense law firm with a national presence that is comprised entirely of senior attorneys. With a team that includes nationally-recognized career defense lawyers and former federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice (DOJ), we offer centuries of experience in complex and high-stakes federal matters. As a result of this experience, we have successfully represented clients in more than 2,000 federal investigations and many criminal trials. We have resolved investigations without charges being filed, we have fended off federal indictments, we have had charges dismissed following indictments, and we have secured not-guilty verdicts in federal district court. When necessary, we have also negotiated favorable plea deals that have kept our clients out of prison, and we have successfully argued for sentences that fell below the minimum sentences specified in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. If you are facing a federal investigation or federal charges in Oregon, having an experienced defense team could mean the difference between going home and going to prison. If you are serious about protecting yourself, your business, and your family, call 888-680-1745 now to get started with a free initial consultation.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Defense Attorneys for Serious Federal Allegations in Oregon

Our federal criminal defense team represents clients in cases involving serious white-collar criminal allegations under federal law. This includes alleged offenses such as:


Fraud crimes are among the most-common allegations in federal cases, and it is not unusual for federal prosecutors will pursue multiple fraud-related charges. This is true in cases focused specifically on alleged fraudulent practices (such as healthcare fraud or securities fraud), as well as other cases where suspects’ activities will almost invariably have implications under the extraordinarily-broad mail fraud and wire fraud statutes. Our experience includes obtaining successful outcomes in cases involving allegations of:

Financial Crimes

Along with various forms of fraud, allegations of financial crimes are common in federal criminal prosecutions as well. We routinely represent clients in investigations, grand jury proceedings, and federal criminal trials who have been accused of financial crimes including:

Other White-Collar Offenses

Along with fraud and other financial crimes, our attorneys also have significant experience on both sides of federal cases involving a wide range of other white-collar offenses. For example, we have particular experience in cases involving:

Understanding the Three Stages of Federal Criminal Prosecution

There are three primary stages to the federal criminal justice process. We represent clients at all three stages, and at each stage we deploy defense strategies that are specifically tailored to the legal issues and procedural posture of the case at the relevant point in time.

1. Federal Investigation

Getting our defense team involved at the investigative stage affords us the greatest opportunity to secure a favorable resolution without going to trial. Once our firm has been engaged, our attorneys will promptly intervene in the investigation in order to learn the details of the government’s case against you. This will allow us to assess your potential exposure, assemble a defense strategy that is tailored to the particular allegations against you, and work toward quickly and discretely securing a favorable outcome.

2. Grand Jury Subpoena

If the federal prosecutors handling your case are intent on pursuing charges, then once they believe they have gathered sufficient evidence they will push forward with seeking an indictment. This involves taking the evidence before a grand jury and trying to convince the jurors that there is “probable cause” to charge you with a crime (or multiple crimes). The federal grand jury process is unique in many ways, and testifying before a grand jury requires thorough and intensive preparation. Our attorneys can get you ready to testify while continuing to aggressively pursue a favorable out-of-court resolution.

3. Criminal Trial

If you are indicted, then your case will be set for trial in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. However, this still does not necessarily mean that the outcome of your case will be determined in court. While our federal criminal defense team has an extensive trial record, we have also secured favorable pre-trial outcomes in many cases (including having grand jury indictments dismissed), and at this stage we will pursue parallel tracks of working toward a pre-trial result while also preparing to present your defense in court.

What to Do After a Federal Arrest in Oregon: Dos and Don’ts

If you are facing a federal investigation or federal charges, what you do and what you don’t do are equally important. While there are affirmative steps targets and defendants can (and generally should) take to aid in their defense, there are also several critical mistakes they need to avoid.

DO: Speak with a Federal Defense Attorney Immediately

First and foremost, engage experienced defense counsel immediately. The longer you wait, the more time federal prosecutors will have to build their case against you uninterrupted.

DON’T: Give a Statement or Answer Any Questions

Do not volunteer any information under any circumstances, unless explicitly advised otherwise by a member of your federal criminal defense team. If you give away incriminating information, federal prosecutors will use it against you.

DO: Protect Your Constitutional Rights

If you believe that you have been subjected to an unreasonable search or seizure, coerced into providing self-incriminating information, or denied your right to counsel, this is something that you will want to discuss with your defense team right away.

DON’T: Cooperate with Federal Agents in Any Way

Cooperating in hopes of securing a favorable deal is among the most-common mistakes people make during federal criminal cases. Unless advised otherwise, let your defense team interact with federal authorities on your behalf.

DO: Start Working on Your Defense Immediately

Once you find out you are under investigation, the government is already several steps ahead. To maximize your chances for a favorable outcome, you need to start working on your defense immediately.

DON’T: Ruin Your Chances of Asserting a Successful Defense

From talking to federal agents to posting about your case on social media, there are numerous mistakes that can threaten your ability to present a successful defense. The seriousness of your situation cannot be overstated, and you should not be doing anything in relation to your case unless specifically advised by one of your attorneys.

Q&A with the Oregon Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C.

Q: What should I do if the FBI shows up at my house?


If FBI agents show up at your home or business, it is important that you do not answer their questions without first speaking with a Oregon federal criminal defense attorney. While you may not be under investigation, you cannot rule this out. And anything you say to FBI agents can be taken out of context and later used against you. Instead of risking a reckless or uninformed response to their questions, contact a Oregon federal criminal defense attorney to determine the best way to respond.

Q: How can I avoid answering federal agents’ questions during a DOJ, DEA, FBI, or OIG investigation?

Federal agents are trained to utilize a variety of different methods to solicit information from the targets of criminal investigations. Most likely, at some point you will feel pressured to answer their questions. However, you need to avoid doing so, and in all circumstances your only answer should be that you are exercising your right to legal counsel.

Q: When should I hire an Oregon federal criminal defense attorney?


The best time to speak with a lawyer is as soon as you learn that federal investigators have initiated an investigation. Often, federal investigations are kept secret from anyone the government believes could be involved. However, you may learn from friends, family or business associates that federal agents are asking questions about you. This is the moment you need to reach out to an Oregon federal criminal defense attorney. The earlier you contact a lawyer, the more options your lawyer will have to resolve the case, potentially avoiding the filing of criminal charges.

Q: What should I do if I’m indicted?


Without question, the first thing you should do after being indicted is to discuss the case with a Oregon federal criminal defense attorney. An indictment is the document used to formally bring federal charges against you. At this point, there is little hope in the case “going away” on its own. While an experienced Oregon federal criminal defense attorney may be able to convince prosecutors to drop some or all of the charges, this is not something prosecutors will do on their own.

Q: Should I try to negotiate a plea agreement or take the case to trial?


While many federal criminal cases end in a plea agreement between the defendant and federal prosecutors, you cannot determine this is the best option for you until you speak with a Oregon federal criminal defense attorney about your case. When you first learn of an indictment, you will know very little about the prosecution’s case. You may have an idea of the evidence they have against you, but that is just speculation. Before engaging in plea negotiations, you should have a Oregon federal criminal defense attorney investigate the allegations, looking for potential weaknesses. You and your attorney can then come up with an effective defense strategy.

Q: If I get convicted of a federal crime, will I go to prison?

Maybe. All serious federal crimes carry the potential for prison time; however, there are also various defense strategies our attorneys can use to mitigate your risk of incarceration. To assess your risk and the specific defenses you have available, we will need to learn the details of your case.

Q: Can Oberheiden, P.C.’s federal criminal defense team represent me in Oregon?

Yes. Through our attorneys’ bar admissions and our relationships with local counsel, we are able to represent clients in most federal jurisdictions, including the Federal District of Oregon.

5 Reasons to Choose Oberheiden, P.C. in Oregon

If you need legal representation for a federal criminal case in Oregon, why should you choose Oberheiden, P.C.?

  • Oregon Federal Criminal DefenseNationwide Reputation – Our firm has a nationwide reputation for securing favorable results in complex and high-stakes federal cases.
  • We Focus 100% on Federal Cases – Unlike other firms (many of which focus their practices primarily on state court representation), our practice is focused 100% on federal matters.
  • More than 2,000 Investigations and Many Trials Handled – Together, our attorneys have handled more than 2,000 investigations and many trials. We can use this experience to your advantage.
  • Our Team Includes Several Former Federal Prosecutors – Several of our attorneys spent years or decades as trial attorneys and prosecutors with the DOJ and the U.S. Attorney’s Office prior to entering private practice.
  • Your Initial Consultation is Free and Confidential – We want you to meet with our attorneys and feel confident in our ability to defend you before you make a choice about your legal representation.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Case

To speak with one of our federal criminal defense attorneys about your case in Oregon, call us at 888-680-1745 or contact us online now. We will schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible.

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  • Former Federal Prosecutors, U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Former Agents from FBI, OIG, DEA
  • Cases Handled in 48 States
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