Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Why Choose Us

Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.

Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.

Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek


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.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

Federal Criminal Forfeiture Statute

By Spodek Law Group | March 7, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:22 pm

Getting the Lowdown on Federal Forfeiture Types

I’m gonna talk to you straight – over here at Spodek Law, we get it. Asset forfeiture is like fighting evil with evil; it’s a necessary mechanism that helps cap the knees of crime. Sounds tricky? Sure is, but that’s where we can help you sort through all the ins and outs of forfeiture law.

The Nitty-Gritty of Asset Forfeiture

Let me break it down for you real quick. Asset forfeiture is all about using the big guy’s words to trip up the baddies. It aims to pull the financial rug out from under criminals, cut off the money source for organized crime mobs and drug cartels, and get back stolen property that can go into making things right for victims or put a stopper in crime.

Three’s company: The Federal Forfeiture Types

The federal legal scene puts forth three types of forfeitures – criminal, civil, and administrative.

The What and Wherefore of Fraud

Let’s kick off with criminal forfeiture, where our good ol’ defendant is slapped with a criminal charge that comes bundled with forfeiture. It isn’t a stroll in the park, trust me, but we know our stuff here at Spodek Law.

Thing is, criminal forfeiture is all about the property of the defendant, including the dough earned from illegal activities. Usually, it zooms in on the property related to the convictions of the defendant. The court is able to say ‘pack up’ to a property that’s in the indictment, a money judgment, or even a substitute property as part of the sentencing.

What stands between the government getting its hands on your goods? It must provide sufficient evidence that the asset in question is linked to a criminal act. And post a preliminary order of forfeiture, a second sideline hearing determines whose rights are tied up in the property that the government wants to take away.

That’s Civil, Forfeiture Style

Next we got civil judicial forfeiture, where the court takes on the property that’s either derived from or part of the criminal act. Unlike the criminal counterpart, for civil forfeiture, the show goes on in court where the government must prove that the property and crime are in bed together.

Here’s the silver lining folks, at Spodek Law Firm, we view civil forfeiture as a handy tool that lets the court gather all interested parties and sort out any property squabbles in one fell swoop. Civil forfeiture lets Uncle Sam seize property from overseas baddies, including our worst nightmares – terrorists and fugitives. Plus, it’s also a way to get back assets from folks who’ve kicked the bucket or remain anonymous.

The ‘Admin’ Word – Administrative Forfeiture

Last but not least – administrative forfeiture, where the land of the free nabs property sans a court case. If no one’s playing tug-o-war over the seized goods, the agency that seized the assets can wield administrative forfeiture. We’re talking the law, my friend – it’s got procedures, tight timelines, and notification requirements that safeguard the rights of property owners.

Probable cause is the key that unlocks administrative forfeiture seizures. It’s like a shortcut that dodges court proceedings when nobody’s challenging the property’s seizure.

A Peek into Forfeiture’s Benefits

Bottom line – these asset forfeitures stack the deck against criminals. It takes the oomph out of crime by taking away their golden goose, disrupts dicey operations, and recompensates crime victims. It even contributes to the finances of government investigations and legal proceedings. Federal forfeiture works because it targets criminal earnings come hell or high water, regardless of prosecution or convictions.

Spodek Law Group – Your Companion in Federal Forfeiture Cases

Facing off against a federal forfeiture case isn’t a piece of cake – it demands proficient legal counsel. My team at the Spodek Law Firm, led by myself, Attorney Todd Spodek, are geared up with legal know-how and experience to manage any case thrown our way. We’ve aced criminal, civil judicial, and administrative federal forfeiture cases, providing tip-top legal guidance while keeping our clients’ rights front and center in the whole process.

There’s no need to face forfeiture alone. Contact the Spodek Law Group today, and let’s knock out the challenge together.

Free Consultation


I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me, and my company Qumana skincare feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We Provide Superior Service, Excellent Results, At A Level Superior To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms. Regardless Of Where Your Case Is, Nationwide, We Can Help You.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.


85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004


get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005


get directions


35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106


get directions


195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201


get directions
Call Now!