Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Why Choose Us

Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.

Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.

Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek


The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.


By Spodek Law Group | February 14, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:22 pm

Beat Around the Bush with Uncle Sam’s Carjacking Law – 18 U.S.C. 2119

Picture this, my friend. You’re cruising alone on a ghostly interstate, and suddenly you’re ambushed by masked marauders armed to the teeth! They hustle you out of your sleek ride, leaving you stranded and watching the tail lights fade into the night. Shaken but alive, right? However, this unsavoury adventure gets a tad bitter if the baddies face charges under the federal carjacking law.

Federal Carjacking: A Nutshell Breakdown

Before the alphabet soup of 18 U.S.C. 2119 drowns you, let me break it down. It says that it’s a federal offense if a motor vehicle is hijacked that’s shipped, transported, or received in interstate or foreign commerce. Simply put, the wheels have to cross state or country boundaries for it to make the federal list. Plus, the offender needs to use force or intimidation to whisk away your ride.

Aww shucks, penalties here are much stiffer than at state level – think longer stint in the cooler, and heftier damages that screw up your tomorrow! Check out the full statute for the unabridged version.

Decoding 18 U.S. CODE § 2119

Got your undivided attention? Good. Let’s say Todd Spodek over at the Spodek Law Group needs to pin down a baddie with a federal carjacking charge under this code. He has to prove:

– The hard case made off with a vehicle schlepped or received across state or foreign borders.
– The baddie yanked the car using brute force or intimidation.
– The perp waltzed off with the car knowingly.
– The rogue had the gall to plan death or serious injury to the innocent soul at the time of the carjacking.

Here’s the zinger, an attempted carjacking that didn’t make it past the drawing board could also be a federal offense, given the thug tried to flex muscles or intimidate the victim. That’s not all, the thug’s intent to cause harm is a biggie in the fed’s eyes.

Socking it to ’em with a Federal Carjacking Defence Lawyer

Here’s the deal breaker between state carjacking charges and federal law: the vehicle must have ventured beyond state or international borders.

Imagine a scenario where a car is carted off from Nevada to sunny California but was nicked along the route. That’s where Spodek Law Group and federal charges waltz into the picture. Check out California’s 215 PC penal code and you’ll see why federal charges hold more sway. They could slam you with up to nine years behind bars, and that may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Penalties? Hold Your Horses!

Boy oh boy, things can get a little hairy with federal carjacking under 18 U.S.C. 2119, particularly if you broke more than just hearts during the heist:

– No harm done? The bill comes to 15 years of federal time and a taste of the whip in fines.
– If you left ’em busted and bruised, welcome 25 years in the slammer and fines.
– Ticked off the grim reaper? Then you’re looking at the big farewell or life behind bars, plus fines.

To split hairs in your intent, the federal court refers to the nitty-gritty of your case. And yes, they check under the hood for ‘intent’ at the time of the car heist.

Charging at ’em with a Carjacking Defence

If you’re on the receiving end of federal carjacking charges, here are some knockout defenses:

– The car didn’t cross state or international borders, knocking the wind out of the federal prosecution’s sails.
– It wasn’t exactly a ‘vehicle’. Maybe a pile of parts awaiting a herculean assembly job.
– You lacked the inkling to cause a ruckus or serious injuries during the heist.
– The ride wasn’t pegged down by the owner or driver’s presence during the thievery.

Without an experienced criminal defense attorney from the Spodek Law Group to fine-comb your case, all this legal jargon will leave you high and dry when it matters most. And, if state prosecutors fancy their chances, expect charges for carjacking under state law too!

What’s Next in Line for a Federal Carjacking Defense Lawyer?

If federal carjacking charges are nipping at your heels, Spodek Law Group and your defense lawyer will inspect your case for chinks in the armor. They’ll counter the prosecution’s ace card and strategize nothing short of a knockout defence.

And with a pinch of finesse, they might just negotiate for a lesser offense or persuade the federal prosecutor that his case doesn’t hold water. The last resort? Plead guilty to a lesser offense and salvage your best deal.

Bottom Line

Federal carjacking charges pack quite a punch, and the consequences can clip your wings. If you’re neck-deep, piecing together your case with a seasoned federal criminal defense lawyer can tip the scales in your favor. Understanding your get-out-of-jail-free card and winging it can put you on track for the best possible outcome. Stay strong, my friend. Speak to a professional before you roll the dice.

Free Consultation


I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything was explained and any concerns...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We Provide Superior Service, Excellent Results, At A Level Superior To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms. Regardless Of Where Your Case Is, Nationwide, We Can Help You.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.


85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004


get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005


get directions


35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106


get directions


195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201


get directions
Call Now!