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Columbus Federal Criminal Lawyers

The socio-political climate in Columbus, Ohio, can make it hard for defendants facing federal prosecutions to vindicate themselves. This region of the country can be sheepish and passive when it comes to dealing with the government. Jurors are bound to accept the credibility of government officials over your own even if you offer compelling testimony at trial. For this reason, you need a talented federal criminal defense attorney if you want to stand a chance.

An experienced federal defense attorney can put pressure on the prosecution by revealing all the weaknesses in their case. Legal theories are very fragile. They are composed of many elements and are poked full of holes because there are many defenses. Prosecutors get away with a lot of errors if they are convinced themselves that you are a bad guy and are able to turn the bias of judges against you.

However, when you have a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in fighting for the rights of their clients, you can do some serious damage to their cases. Only an attorney with decades of experience studying the law and keeping themselves educated on all the changes can provide competent care in a complex criminal case. The prosecutors are forced to bend and will offer easy plea bargains or will even drop the cases when they see that they won’t win at trial.

Overview of the Initial Federal Criminal Process | Columbus Federal Criminal Lawyers

The federal criminal process begins with an investigation. The officers may obtain search warrants with or without probable cause and wire-tapping style warrants that monitor your cellphones and computers. They may even begin profiling you. It is not uncommon for federal agents to actually move in next door to someone whom they are investigating to monitor them 24/7.

Once the federal agents have profiled you and have an understanding of your weaknesses, they may try to fabricate evidence of a crime when the law prevents a legal prosecution. For all the efforts wasted, they need something to show for it at the end of the day.

Therefore, if they know that you go to a certain place and that you are remotely interested in buying antique firearms, they may create a situation where an agent or a confidential informant leads you into a sting. They may lead you into exploring a collection of guns and may leave the door open about the legality of some weapons.

Even if this is entrapment, it can be difficult to prove secret associations with police. But the Feds are known for carrying out elaborate Hollywood-style stings that include actors, deep undercover agents, and the whole 9 yards. They have famously infiltrated outlaw motorcycle gangs and worked their way into the clubs to spy on every backroom activity and conversation. They will use these same methods even on garden variety suspicions of criminal activity or against innocent people when a lot of money is at stake.

In fact, in United States v. Jacobsen, 503 U.S. 540 (1992), the federal agents had set up an elaborate sting by targeting a man who purchased child pornography when it was once legal. In order to entice him into buying more after the prohibition, they mailed him promotional materials to purchase young nudist magazines. They created a pseudo-criminal situation that would not otherwise occur without their constant pressuring and marketing.

After you are arrested, you may be confused by the charges. The federal prosecutions can be overzealous and may try to make a case out of anything if they expended enough time in fruitless monitoring. Nevertheless, you will be brought before a judge within 72 hours for a bail hearing. This is your opportunity for release to start gathering evidence to support your defense. You should, however, be very careful not to communicate anything that could be used against because you may be under close monitoring.

After your arrest, the prosecutor will be forced to demonstrate probable cause for your arrest. This is the perfect opportunity for a skilled defense attorney to dismiss a weak case. If there are any major flaws in the narrative, the case can end here. Contact our law firm to discuss the rest of the process.

Columbus Federal Appeals Lawyers

The trial and conviction for a federal crime has just concluded and you’re waiting for sentencing. It’s a fantastic time therefore, to begin considering federal criminal appeals a bit more thoroughly. Before sentencing, you are allowed one vital opportunity to speak and try to mitigate the seriousness of your charges while pleading for leniency. The same trial judge about to pass sentence is the one that will rule if the case can go ahead to appeals. If a conviction is the result of your defense endeavor, you’ll have only 14 days to file the notice of appeal.

To lodge an appeal is to return to court the trial situation that sentencing has been passed on; to seek redress. One must consider two things before determining whether or not to appeal. One, if the trial court sentence is milder than what the federal prosecutor was arguing for; he or she might launch a cross-appeal to your appeal and the consequent sentence might be much stiffer! Two, if the legal representation you’ve used at trial is to be retained for the appeal or a more capable defense attorney with specific appeals experience hired.

When the trial court has passed sentence on a federal criminal case, a notice of appeal is to be filed. Expediency is advisable as this must adhere to the court system’s statute of limitations for filing an appeal notice; which is 14 days. According to www.uscourts.gov, there are 12 regional circuits in the 94 federal judicial authorities of the United States. In these circuits, there are 13 Federal Courts of Appeal; that has a panel of justices who manage all appeals on the federal level in each circuit. Above them is the US Court of Appeal for Federal Circuit which is the judicial institution that manages matters caused by international trade, national claims, constitutional and patent laws. A federal criminal appeals defendant must stay informed about the changes to court regulations and names; or locations of the courthouses.

Following the notice of appeal was dealt with, your attorney can then file docketing statements; these are the statements which pertain to a trial. They’ll enable your case details to be is easily put together by the court clerks prepared for referral to the appellate bench. In response to the registered notice; the court will issue a briefing schedule. Notification or communication to the deadline of the briefing program is written to all parties, and the federal criminal appeals defendant has 45 days to prepare an opening brief. You also have to get in touch with the court reporter who took notes of your event. These notes need to be prepared into trial transcripts that take some time; the transcripts will be utilized to initiate your appeal defense.

After the briefing schedule was released by the appellate court; the abilities of a competent federal criminal appeals lawyer will be required if not already obtained. Your counsel can help you to prepare an opening brief; this is the defendant’s first statement. The brief can be filed in a given from, filled on judicial online portals or handwritten. The opening brief is a lengthy citation filled record; aiming to demonstrate the appellate court using references to other related matters, the lower court’s trial result didn’t meet either legal or other expectations in reference to your case.

The Federal Court of Appeal receives your legal agents’ arguments; and then it is the turn of the federal prosecutor who records their opening brief in reply to yours. They answer to the arguments your counsel has put forward and try to show the bench why the sentencing you obtained is legally just. The defense lawyer then has a few weeks to submit a reply brief; either stressing firmly upon the opening briefs’ stronger points or passing strategic tackles to the prosecution’s arguments. The federal criminal appeals circuit court will then decide if the briefs fulfill the necessary requirements to pass a judgment. Based on the opening and reply briefs and other docketed evidence filed by the defense; they could pass sentencing or opt to hear oral arguments from the attorney against the prosecution. At oral arguments, each side has exactly 30 minutes to make its case; which can be an intense half hour. The discretion however, remains with the judge though parties can make programs in federal criminal appeals for their oral arguments to be heard.

Based on the outcome of this appeal, the defendant makes the decision to either; be satisfied with the appeal court’s sentence, appeal again in national circuit level and to further take the matter all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Federal Circuit Court of appeals seat has three judges that the president appoints and is on life tenure. Above this is the Supreme Court; which is the final stop for many appeals. There are however, many positive results to sentences which have gone through the national criminal appeals process.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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