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Fugitive Charges: Why You Need an Experienced Federal Crimes Lawyer

By Spodek Law Group | October 16, 2023

Facing Fugitive Charges? Why You Need an Experienced Federal Crimes Lawyer on Your Side Let's be real - dealing with fugitive charges is scary. The federal government does not mess around when it comes to people evading arrest or prosecution. The penalties can be severe - we're talking years in...

Understanding Federal Jurisdiction Over Criminal Cases – Attorney Explanation

By Spodek Law Group | October 16, 2023

Federal Jurisdiction Over Criminal Cases Hey there! I know you're probably wondering about how the federal government gets involved in criminal cases. I get it - it can be confusing trying to understand when the feds have jurisdiction versus the state. This article will break it all down for you...

Federal Child Pornography Laws – An Attorney’s Overview

By Spodek Law Group | October 16, 2023

I know you might be feeling worried about potential child pornography charges. As an attorney who regularly defends people accused of these crimes, I want to provide an overview of federal child pornography laws to help you understand what you might be facing. I'll walk through the basics in an...

What Are the Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Under Federal Investigation?

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

Being under federal investigation can be an incredibly stressful and frightening experience. Even if you believe you have done nothing wrong, the prospect of facing scrutiny from federal agents is daunting. It's normal to feel anxious and unsure of what to do. However, there are steps you can take to...

What Is New York Prostitution

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  What Is New York Prostitution Prostitution has a long and complex history in New York City. While technically illegal, prostitution has persisted in various forms throughout the city's history. Here is an overview of New York prostitution laws, the current state of the sex trade, and perspectives on how...

What Does Supreme Court Decision In Bruen Mean For New York Gun Convictions

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Does Supreme Court Decision In Bruen Mean For New York Gun Convictions? The recent Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen has major implications for gun laws in New York and gun convictions in the state. Here's an in-depth look at what the...

Federal Gun Charges Explained

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  Federal Gun Charges Explained Getting charged with a federal gun crime can be scary. The penalties are often severe, and the laws are complex. This article provides an overview of key things to know if you are facing federal firearm charges. What is a Federal Gun Charge? Federal gun...

What Is Federal Bribery

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Is Federal Bribery Federal bribery charges are serious criminal offenses that involve the corrupt payment of money or other benefits to influence a public official. Both the person offering the bribe and the official accepting it can face prosecution. What is Bribery? Bribery refers to giving or receiving something...

Can You Marry Your Relative In New York

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  Can You Marry Your Relative In New York New York has relatively permissive laws when it comes to marrying relatives. While marriages between direct ancestors and descendants, siblings, and aunts/uncles and nieces/nephews are prohibited, first cousins are allowed to marry in New York. This article will explore New York's...

What To Do If Youre Under Federal Criminal Investigation

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What To Do If You’re Under Federal Criminal Investigation Learning that you are under investigation for a federal crime, whether you actually committed the crime or not, is both unsettling and serious. For this reason, you should retain counsel immediately rather than wait to see if formal charges will be...

Collateral Consequences Of A Criminal Conviction

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction What are Collateral Consequences? Collateral consequences are legal and regulatory restrictions that are triggered by a criminal conviction, regardless of the actual sentence imposed by the court. They are considered "collateral" because they are legally imposed penalties that occur separately from the direct consequences...

Travel While On Federal Pre Trial

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  Travel While On Federal Pre-Trial Supervision If you're on federal pre-trial supervision, you may be wondering if you can travel while on supervision. Can you go out of the country? Can you get in trouble if you travel without telling your pre-trial officer? These are all great questions that...

New York Retroactive Youthful Offender Adjudication New Law You Need To Know

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

New York Retroactive Youthful Offender Adjudication: New Law You Need to Know New York recently passed a new law allowing some people convicted of crimes when they were under 19 to apply to have their records sealed if they were initially denied youthful offender status at sentencing. This new retroactive...

What Is The Difference Between State And Federal Criminal Cases

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Is The Difference Between State And Federal Criminal Cases? When someone commits a crime, they can face charges at either the state or federal level. While most criminal cases are tried in state courts, some crimes fall under federal jurisdiction. Understanding the key differences between state and federal criminal...

Liable In Civil Case Not Guilty In Criminal Case

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  Liable In Civil Case Not Guilty In Criminal Case It can be confusing when someone is found liable in a civil case but not guilty in a related criminal case. This seeming contradiction actually makes sense when you understand the key differences between civil and criminal law. The Basics...

What Is 404b Evidence And When Is It Admissible

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Is 404b Evidence And When Is It Admissible? 404b evidence refers to evidence of other crimes, wrongs, or acts introduced in a trial to prove something other than a person's character or propensity to commit the crime charged. It gets its name from Federal Rule of Evidence 404b, which...

What Is Safety Valve In Federal Criminal Cases

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  What Is Safety Valve In Federal Criminal Cases? A safety valve is an exception to mandatory minimum sentencing laws in federal criminal cases. It allows a judge to sentence a defendant below the mandatory minimum term if certain conditions are met. Safety valves provide important relief for low-level, nonviolent...

What Is Medicare Fraud

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  What Is Medicare Fraud? Medicare fraud refers to intentionally deceiving Medicare in order to receive unauthorized payments or benefits. It is a serious crime that costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year and can put beneficiaries' health at risk[1]. Some common examples of Medicare fraud include[1][2]: Billing for services...

What Is A Federal Detention Hearing

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Is A Federal Detention Hearing A federal detention hearing, also known as a bail hearing or bond hearing, is a critical early proceeding in a federal criminal case. It determines whether a defendant will be released pending trial or detained pretrial. Detention hearings are held before a magistrate judge...

Can I Terminate Probation Early

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  Can I Terminate Probation Early in California? Probation can be a difficult experience. The restrictions and requirements imposed as conditions of probation can make it hard to live a normal life. Fortunately, California law provides a way for probationers to end their probation term early in certain circumstances. This...

What Is New York Youthful Offender Status

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Is New York Youthful Offender Status? New York Youthful Offender status is a special provision in the criminal justice system that allows young people between the ages of 16-18 to avoid having a permanent criminal record. If you are convicted of certain crimes in New York between the ages...

Faqs About New York Child Pornography Cases

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  FAQs About New York Child Pornography Cases Child pornography cases in New York can be very complex. Here are some frequently asked questions to help demystify these types of cases: What is considered child pornography in New York? New York law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of...

What Are Criminal Defense Discovery Obligations

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Are Criminal Defense Discovery Obligations Discovery is the process of obtaining evidence and information about a case from the opposing party prior to trial. While typically associated with prosecutors providing evidence to the defense, discovery obligations also apply to criminal defendants in many jurisdictions. This article will examine the...

Will I Receive Grand Jury Immunity For Testimony

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

Will I Receive Grand Jury Immunity For Testimony? Being called to testify before a grand jury can be an intimidating and stressful experience. Many witnesses worry about incriminating themselves accidentally while testifying. Fortunately, witnesses who are compelled to testify before a grand jury have the right to receive immunity in...

What Is A Voluntary Surrender

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Is A Voluntary Surrender? A voluntary surrender is when you decide to return your car to the lender because you can no longer afford the payments. It's basically giving up the car before the lender has to repossess it. Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know:...

What Is A New York Preliminary Hearing

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Is A New York Preliminary Hearing A preliminary hearing in New York is an important early step in a criminal case. It allows the judge to determine whether there is enough evidence against the defendant to proceed with the case. This article will explain what a preliminary hearing is,...

What Is A Consent To Search

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Is A Consent To Search A consent search is when a cop or law enforcement officer asks you for permission to search you, your car, your bag, or your home. If you say "yes" and agree to let them search, that's called giving consent. Here's some key things to...

What Is Ny Shock Incarceration And How Do I Qualify

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

What Is NY Shock Incarceration And How Do I Qualify NY Shock Incarceration is a program in New York that allows some inmates to participate in an intensive 6-month "boot camp" style program to earn early release from prison. It was introduced in 1987 as a way to help reduce...

Dwi Always Refuse To Take A Breathalyzer

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

Dwi Always Refuse To Take A Breathalyzer Getting pulled over for suspected drunk driving can be a scary situation. The police officer will likely ask you to take a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol level. You may be wondering - can I refuse the breathalyzer? What happens if...

What Is 30 30 Time And How Is It Calculated

By Spodek Law Group | October 15, 2023

  What Is 30/30 Time And How Is It Calculated In New York? 30/30 time refers to New York's speedy trial law, which is codified in Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) Section 30.30. This law sets time limits for prosecutors to be ready for trial, based on the level of offense...

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