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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.

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.

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Federal Criminal Defense

By Spodek Law Group | February 13, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 18, 2023)

Last Updated on: 18th October 2023, 09:02 am


Federal Criminal Defense: What You Need to Know

Being charged with a federal crime is no joke. The federal government has like, a ton of resources to come after you with. And federal crimes often carry harsher punishments than similar state crimes. So what do you do if you find yourself facing federal criminal charges? Don’t panic – your defense starts right here.

The First Steps After Being Charged

If you’ve been arrested or charged with a federal crime, the first thing you gotta do is get yourself a lawyer, pronto. Seriously, call one right away. Federal cases move fast, and you need someone on your side who knows the ropes. Don’t try to handle this yourself. Federal court is confusing AF.

When looking for a lawyer, you’ll want someone with experience specifically in federal criminal defense. Bonus points if they have worked as a federal prosecutor before. That inside knowledge can be super helpful. Do your research – don’t just go with the first lawyer you find. This is your freedom on the line.

After you’ve got yourself a lawyer, listen to their advice about what to do next. But definitely don’t talk to any police or investigators without your lawyer present! Anything you say can and will be used against you. Your lawyer will handle all the communicating.

Understanding the Charges Against You

The charges against you will outline the specific federal laws you allegedly violated. Common federal charges include:

  • Drug crimes like trafficking or distribution
  • White collar crimes like fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion
  • Weapons charges
  • Cybercrimes like hacking or identity theft
  • Civil rights violations
  • Racketeering and organized crime

Your lawyer will analyze the charges and start building your defense. Don’t assume that just because you’ve been charged, you’re definitely guilty. The government often overcharges in hopes of getting defendants to take plea deals. A good lawyer can get bogus charges thrown out.

Deciding Whether to Take a Plea Deal

After reviewing your case, your lawyer may advise you to consider a plea bargain. More than 90% of federal cases end in plea deals, not trials.

The pros of taking a deal are:

  • You avoid the maximum sentence if convicted at trial
  • The charges may get reduced or dropped
  • You have more certainty over the outcome

The cons are:

  • You must plead guilty, even if you’re innocent
  • You’ll likely serve at least some prison time
  • There’s no chance of being fully exonerated

It’s a very personal decision that requires weighing the risks. Your lawyer will advise you, but the final choice is yours. If you do take a deal, be sure the terms are clear. Get everything in writing!

Heading to Trial

If you decide to reject a plea bargain and take your case to trial, your lawyer will fully prepare your defense strategy. This includes reviewing all the evidence, filing motions to suppress illegally obtained evidence, locating witnesses, researching legal precedents, and more.

Federal trials follow complex rules and procedures. As the defendant, you play a pretty passive role. Your lawyer handles examining witnesses, arguing motions, and making the case to the jury.

The burden is on the prosecution to prove your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” But federal prosecutors have huge resources on their side. Don’t underestimate them. An experienced federal defense lawyer is key to overcoming this disadvantage.

If You’re Convicted

If you’re convicted at trial, your lawyer can file appeals to try to get the verdict overturned. The appeals process is complex with strict deadlines. Having expert help is crucial.

If your appeals fail, you’ll have to serve whatever sentence you receive. For federal crimes, that usually means time in a federal prison. Your lawyer can advise you on getting designated to a minimum security facility close to family.

The good news is, the vast majority of federal inmates do eventually get released. Your lawyer can guide you on parole eligibility, sentence reduction motions, and re-entry programs to help you get back on your feet. Don’t give up hope!

The Bottom Line

Dealing with federal criminal charges is scary and confusing. But with an experienced federal defense lawyer guiding you each step of the way, you can get through this. Don’t go it alone – connect with a skilled legal advocate now. Your future depends on it!

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