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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.

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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.

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San Francisco Federal Criminal Lawyers

By Spodek Law Group | June 18, 2019

How a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You in San Francisco

If you’re charged with a federal crime, it can feel like your life is over. The federal system can be intimidating, with more severe sentences than state courts and fewer opportunities for appellate review. Every move you make in a federal court is critical, so you need an experienced attorney to help you navigate the legal system.

At Spodek Law Group, we understand that federal criminal defense attorneys in San Francisco are not all the same. The quality of your representation and the attorney’s experience are paramount factors in determining your future. That’s why we handle all types of federal cases, including credit card fraud, mail fraud, identity theft, kidnapping, drug trafficking, tax evasion, counterfeiting, racketeering, interstate computer sex stings, child pornography, computer hacking, illegal immigration, and more. Our deep understanding of the law and professionalism ensure that we can handle any legal situation.

How Can an Attorney Help You in Proceedings?

An attorney is your ticket to freedom and success at every phase of the court proceedings. When police want to question you, having an attorney to call will intimidate officials who think they have an easy mark. It will also stop you from incriminating yourself. Making a statement to the police can be incriminating, no matter what, so it’s crucial to have an attorney present. Not every interrogation will be obvious, so any time that police or agents call you or knock on your door, it could be an informal investigation that subverts your ordinary due process protections. An attorney can ensure that you don’t give up your right to remain silent and can protect your interests.

After you are arrested in San Francisco, officials have 72 hours to bring you before a magistrate or judge for a bail hearing. If you have an attorney present, they can bring up all the mitigating factors that would warrant your immediate release without bail or at the lowest bail possible. Even if you are deemed high-risk, an attorney can negotiate conditions such as house arrest or an ankle monitor to permit your release.

Proving Probable Cause

Within just 10 days after your arrest, the prosecutor will be required to demonstrate probable cause for your arrest. At Spodek Law Group, we review the affidavit of probable cause and the charging documents for defects. If your involvement in a crime is too speculative on any element, we can have the case dismissed for lack of probable cause. A showing of probable cause requires a reasonable certainty that you committed the offenses charged and must lay out how this will be proven at trial. This can be eye-witnesses, documentary evidence, computer evidence, forensic evidence, or physical evidence.

Discovery and Motion Schedule

If probable cause is established, our law firm gets a chance to look closer at the evidence that will be presented at trial. We can also preserve errors for appeal if any unfair practices were used to produce evidence. This phase allows us to prepare for trial by suppressing evidence and ensuring fairness.

Trial or Plea Bargain

Almost every case ends with a plea bargain because the sentences for many federal crimes are high and not worth the risk of blowing trial with irrational jurors. By engineering a strong defense, we can force the prosecutor to give us their best plea deal. You will then be sentenced according to the plea. If you have a strong defense and decide to go to trial, we will do everything possible to ensure fairness and clarity.

Sentencing and Post-Trial Motions

If the sentence isn’t fully agreed upon in a plea bargain, we will work with you to present any mitigations possible to obtain the best sentence. We will also file post-trial motions to preserve all the errors at trial for appeal. Appealing a federal criminal case is fraught with complex issues, but the first thing to know is that an appeal isn’t a retrial. You don’t get the chance to present new evidence or change your defense strategy. Appeals are legal vehicles to challenge the legal steps taken during a trial. If mistakes were made in the course of your arrest and trial in legal procedures, they could result in your conviction being overturned.

What Is an Appeal in Federal Court?

An appeal is a legal motion to overturn a court decision based on the fact that improprieties occurred that violated the defendant’s rights. This has nothing to do with incompetent counsel, new evidence, or changes in witness testimony. Appeals are made when the defense team charges that a judge, prosecutor, juror, or law enforcement officer acted improperly. The reasons for an appeal include:

Juror Misconduct

If a juror is discovered to be prejudiced against the defendant or bribed to convict the defendant, it’s strong grounds for an appeal. Other violations include jurors discussing the case with witnesses, members of the press, prosecutors, attorneys, or other jurors outside the deliberation room during the trial.

Improper Jury Instructions

Jurors are briefed by the judge on many issues that include what is needed to convict a defendant and what charges and sentences can be imposed. If the judge doesn’t give the jury proper instructions for the case, this could be grounds for an appeal.

False Arrest

Law enforcement can’t arrest anyone on speculation or purely circumstantial evidence. Even if an investigation proves guilt after an arrest has been made, convictions can be overturned if the arrest was improper. Warrants or compelling circumstances are necessary to make an arrest.

Improper Admission or Exclusion of Evidence

Evidence that is obtained without a warrant or was planted by someone to frame a defendant can result in a conviction being overturned. Excluding evidence that favors the defendant can also be grounds for an appeal. Judges hold hearings at the start of trial to rule on what evidence is admissible and what is not.

Lack of Evidence

Some crimes are so heinous or the defendants are so disliked that juries convict them without strong evidence. Usually, a judge rules that there is insufficient evidence to convict and dismisses the case. If the judge rules that the case should go forward, there could be grounds for an appeal due to insufficient evidence.

There are special circumstances where an error can be ruled a Harmless Error or Invited Error, and these do not meet the conditions necessary to overturn a conviction. In the cases where the judge is involved in misconduct or improper behavior, it’s necessary to object to the error during the trial to give the judge an opportunity to correct the mistake.

Preserving Errors for Appeal

If a judge makes a mistake during the course of the trial, it’s critical for the defense attorney to object to the error in order to use the error as grounds for an appeal. The reasoning behind this requirement is that objections give judges a chance to correct their mistakes since the goal of all legal proceedings is justice. During the appeal, judges can rule on the grounds for an appeal in the following ways:

Harmless Errors:

These are errors that didn’t affect the case’s outcome and are not cause for overturning a judgment.

Invited Errors:

These errors are rulings or actions that the defense asks the judge to make or implement. The defense asked for the ruling or action, so it can’t be used to overturn a conviction.

Plain Errors:

These are also known as fundamental errors, and if proven, they can be used to overturn a conviction.

Manifest Errors:

These errors are so egregious that they are grounds for vacating a conviction. The errors are “obvious and indisputable” and clearly violate the defendant’s rights.

It’s crucial to hire a competent attorney for any federal trial. It might seem ridiculous to look for ways to overturn a case in the middle of a trial, but a competent attorney always keeps these opportunities in mind to preserve errors for possible appeals. Objecting to what seems like an error gives the courts a chance to self-correct improprieties. Failure to object to an impropriety is viewed the same as stipulating that no error occurred.

Spodek Law Group has vast experience in handling federal criminal cases in San Francisco. Attorney Todd Spodek has handled high-profile cases, both at trial and on appeal. Our team has an extensive understanding of the complex issues involved in federal cases and can provide the right strategy and approach to win the case.

Our team of attorneys has extensive experience in representing clients charged with federal crimes. We are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights and defending them against all charges. We know that being charged with a federal crime can be a traumatic experience, and we take pride in being able to help our clients navigate the complex legal system with confidence.

Spodek Law Group has a proven track record of success in handling all types of federal cases, including credit card fraud, mail fraud, identity theft, kidnapping, drug trafficking, tax evasion, counterfeiting, racketeering, interstate computer sex stings, child pornography, computer hacking, illegal immigration, and more. Our team is committed to providing the best possible defense for our clients, no matter how complex the case.

We understand that every case is unique and requires a customized approach. That’s why we take the time to get to know our clients and their cases thoroughly. We work tirelessly to build a strong defense strategy tailored to each case’s specific needs, ensuring that our clients have the best possible chance of success.

If you are facing federal criminal charges in San Francisco, don’t hesitate to contact Spodek Law Group today. Attorney Todd Spodek and our team of experienced attorneys are here to help you navigate the complex federal legal system and fight for your rights. Call us today to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you.

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