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We are an elite criminal defense law firm, that emphasizes providing the best service and professionalism to all clients. We service a curated clientele nationwide – that expect the best from their lawyer. We handle tough criminal defense and legal situations that require deep knowledge, experience, dedication, and excellence in order to win. We have over 50 years of combined experience, handling national and international cases.

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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


Federal Civil Forfeiture Defense Lawyers

Law enforcement uses the tool of asset seizure for the purpose of denying criminals the ability to profit from their crimes, but sometimes, it also affects innocent people. Having your property returned to you can be a difficult thing to accomplish, but it isn’t impossible.

Civil Judicial Forfeiture.

Rather than focus on a person, law enforcement officials focus on the person’s property in a civil judicial forfeiture. This property is alleged to have been the proceeds from some criminal activity. It may also be money that funds the criminal activity.

In a case, the plaintiff is going to be the federal government, and the defendant will be the property that was seized. Law enforcement chooses to charge property with the crime rather than the people because this strategy allows them to file charges against property that they would not be able to charge in criminal court. This applies to the property that belongs to terrorists and fugitives located outside of the United States. Law enforcement officials also use federal civil forfeiture to recover assets of deceased individuals.

Federal Civil Forfeiture Defenses.

The Money Laundering Act of 1986 makes it illegal to use money that was derived from illegal activity to purchase items with the purpose of disguising the origins of the money. According to the currency transaction reporting requirements, your financial institution is required to file a report with the federal government when you make financial transactions worth more than $10,000. Doing anything to avoid this violates the Money Laundering Act of 1986.This is also illegal if the purpose is to avoid having to comply with state or federal currency transaction reporting requirements.

The government must show by a preponderance of the evidence that the money in question is derived from specific illegal activity. If you are accused of laundering the money or intentionally avoiding currency transaction reporting requirements, the government must show evidence of these actions by you. If it cannot do that, the government’s claim on your cash or assets will fail in a court of law.

Defending against a Federal Civil Forfeiture.

The federal government must meet the legal standard of the “balance of probabilities.” The federal government only needs to demonstrate that there is sufficient evidence to prove that the money or assets in question were the result of illegal activity or used in the illegal activity. This standard is much lower than the one used in criminal cases. Your attorney will need to present evidence that shows that the property was not derived from illegal activity or was not purchased with money derived from a crime. Examples of this type of evidence include contracts and other documentation.

The Affirmative Defense.

With an affirmative defense, your attorney will introduce evidence that disproves that you were involved in criminal activity. Your property may be returned to you even though it can be proven that the property was involved in criminal activity. This affirmative defense would require you to prove that you were unaware of the illegal activity that occurred.

The Eighth Amendment of The Constitution.

The Eighth Amendment of The Constitution relieves you of the possibility of receiving excessive fines in a criminal case. Your attorney may be able to prove that the confiscated property is commensurate of an excessive fine and would be unconstitutional.

Fighting Federal Civil Forfeiture.

The most important thing you can do when your property has been confiscated by law enforcement is hire a criminal defense law firm. Most people fail to do this because they wrongly believe that there is nothing that they can do to get their property back. It may be difficult to do, but it is possible when you hire a criminal defense attorney.

You must file a claim to have your property returned to you. After you file your claim, the federal government only has three months to file a complaint in federal court or charge you with a federal crime. It’s very possible that three months will not be enough time for the law enforcement agency to pursue either of these options. If the federal government has not taken any action by the time the three-month window closes, the agency must return your property to you.

In most cases, federal civil forfeiture ends with filing a claim for the property. However, it is possible that you may need to continue this matter in federal court, and the best way to do this is with a criminal defense attorney.

Contact a criminal defense law firm today if your property was seized by the federal government.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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"Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them..."

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"Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet."

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"Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind."

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