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Any criminal prosecution creates significant stress for defendants. The consequences of a conviction include a negative stigma in society, fines and jail or prison time. To adequately defend a prosecution, you need the effective assistance of counsel — a guarantee afforded by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

If you’re charged with a federal crime, having effective assistance means representation from a lawyer experienced in federal criminal law. As you’ll read below, federal prosecutions present unique and complex challenges and issues not necessarily present in their state counterparts.

What Are Federal Crimes?

Broadly speaking, federal crimes fall into these categories:

Obstructing the judicial system: You might have heard the term “process crimes” by journalists or news pundits. This phrase refers to lying to federal investigators in the course of a criminal investigation. A defendant commits perjury by intentionally or knowingly give false and material testimony in a federal judicial proceeding.

Contraband: Federal crimes in this category include the unlawful possession, sale, distribution or manufacture of controlled substances, weapons and counterfeit money.

Geographic-based: Crimes such as kidnapping or murder normally are prosecuted in state courts. These and other acts become federal offenses when committed across state lines or on federal property such as a military or Native American reservations.

Financial: A significant number of federal prosecutions involve fraud and other financial or business-related misconduct. The list of these white-collar crimes include tax evasion, intentionally or knowingly lying on tax returns and bankruptcy and forms; securities fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud. A money laundering crime arises when you establish shell companies or phony transactions to hide the criminal nature and source of money. These crimes often garner considerable public and media attention as the amounts involved reach millions of dollars.

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In state criminal cases, the evidence against you is often an eyewitness or some video that captures your activity. Although federal crimes are proved by eyewitness testimony, the nature of many federal crimes calls for proof from documents. For example, your tax returns, bankruptcy filings, bank records, financial statements, and sales or promotional materials may implicate you in fraud cases or other financial crimes.

For financial crimes, your investigators may include forensic or other accountants employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service. Postal Inspectors investigate and gather evidence of mail fraud. If you’re accused of securities fraud, enforcement staff in the Securities and Exchange Commission likely have considerable records of your illegal transactions

Other federal agencies prosecute crimes based upon contraband. These include the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Administration and many divisions within the FBI.

Often, wiretaps and video surveillance run as a common evidentiary thread in federal criminal cases. You may discover, after the fact, that you were the subject of a sting operation. As many federal crimes involve conspiracies, you must contend with witnesses who may implicate you in the illegal activity or enterprise. In short, much of the evidence against you consist of your own words and actions.

How Can You Defend Yourself Against Federal Charges?

Federal crimes raise often complicated and highly technical issues. To meet these challenges and the tremendous resources of the federal government, you need an experienced federal crimes attorney to lead you through the process.

Even in the arena of a federal prosecution, you are presumed innocent. You declare your innocence when you plead not guilty at your arraignment. During this initial appearance, a federal magistrate will read the charges against you and the potential maximum punishment. You have the right to receive a copy of the indictment and to have a lawyer present at the arraignment. True to the nature of federal crimes, you will find that the indictment is fairly lengthy and detailed. The magistrate may also set bail.

Following the arraignment, the preparation for trial or perhaps a settlement of your charges begins in earnest. Your lawyer will request the evidence upon which the prosecutor realize. You also have a right to evidence in the prosecutors hands that tends to negate your guilt. An examination of all the evidence may reveal potential violations of your rights against unreasonable searches and seizures, the privilege against self-incrimination and other important constitutional rights. Prosecution witnesses may have business or other interest and you being convicted such that their testimony may be biased.

In fighting federal charges, your attorney must be able to grasp a complex set of facts and evidence and present persuasive and compelling legal arguments. Consider the lawyer’s experience in criminal proceedings and federal cases in making your selection.

What’s Involved in a Federal Criminal Appeal?

The federal criminal appeals process is something that surprises a lot of people because it’s not quite what they imagined. There are assumptions made by clients and even attorneys about federal criminal appeals that simply are not true. What happens in appellate courts is much different than what happens in district courts, to the dismay of many. There’s often an assumption that at some point, new facts will be presented to an appellate judge. Not only is that a misconception, it happens to be one of many.

Trials can involve juries, witnesses, court reporters, testimony, and the presentation of many facts surrounding the case. This all exists because district courts are considered courts of record. None of these elements are included in an appellate court. Why? Because the federal criminal appeals process is not focused on the facts of the case and they do not receive new evidence. Instead, an appellate court focuses on legal processes and how they are carried out by district courts. In a federal criminal appeal, the judgment made by the district court is challenged on a legal ground. Sometimes it’s challenged on several legal grounds.

When counsel is retained to file an appeal, briefs are submitted in writing on both sides. This is for the purpose of raising issues about what happened in the district court and responding to what has been alleged. Generally speaking, this all happens in writing, instead of during a court appearance. When briefs are submitted for review by appellate courts, sometimes attorneys are surprised by the formal nature of the process because it’s often more stringent than district courts.

A key element of the process is the notice of appeal, which is a brief document that serves the purpose of informing the appellate court and the district court that there is an appeal on the way. The standard and expectation is that the notice of appeal will be submitted within ten days of the district court entering its judgment. Since counsel in the case isn’t automatically counsel for the appeal, a lawyer will need to be retained quickly in order to meet the deadline for filing an appeal. This is no small matter because managing an appeal requires a lot of effort and the workload is substantial.

If you want to file an appeal, it’s imperative that you make a decision quickly. You’ll want to consult with a federal criminal appellate attorney that has a sufficient amount of experience and understands the process. It’s worth noting that there’s an ethical obligation for the lawyer that represented you during the trial to make sure your right to file an appeal is preserved. This certainly doesn’t mean they will represent you during the appeal, but it’s possible that they will file the notice of appeal on your behalf. There’s also what’s called a pro se notice, which is for the purpose of notifying the court that you will file an appeal yourself.

When it comes to the federal criminal appeals process, it’s important to know that the process can take a long time, sometimes more than a year. There’s a lot involved in an appellate appeal, including a review of the case by appellate judges. They are required to examine an extensive amount of information for hundreds of cases. Simply put, there are a lot of cases that run through federal courts, which often causes delays in the process. Some districts take longer than others. For instance, Fourth Circuit courts are known to have a fast turnaround time. However, fast is relative since the average timeframe for receiving a decision is about a year. The courts with the longest turnaround time are in the Ninth Circuit.

Anyone can obtain information regarding the estimated timeframe for an appeal by searching online for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. While there is no way to get precise information about how long the process will take, you can at least get an estimate.


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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