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Federal Defense Attorney for Theft Crimes

Federal Defense Attorney for Theft Crimes

Theft crimes run the gamut from petty shoplifting to the embezzlement of millions of dollars. Because theft is generally a nonviolent crime, many people are unaware of how serious of a charge it can be. Certain theft convictions can land you in jail for years, even decades. If you are convicted of a theft crime at the federal level, the penalties can be even more severe.

Theft becomes a federal offense when it involves public funds or misuse of the national financial system. Many white-collar federal crimes fall under the broader umbrella of theft. Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, these crimes are prosecuted more aggressively than ever in federal court, with judges pursuing stiff sentences to make examples of those convicted.

If you have been charged with a federal theft crime, you need a defense attorney who focuses on federal cases and has a track record of winning acquittals for clients in federal court. Our firm has fought and won many types of federal theft cases and wants to put our experience to work for you.

Examples of Common Federal Theft Crimes

Almost any theft charge can become a federal crime if it involves public money. The following are some of the most common federal theft crimes. Our criminal defense attorneys have successfully fought for clients facing all of these charges and more.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.

Theft of Public Money, Property or Records

If you have been accused of stealing money, property or records belonging to the U.S. government or any agency thereof, your case will likely be tried in federal rather than in state court.

The penalties for theft of public money are severe. If convicted, you could face as many as 10 years in federal prison plus a fine and restitution.

Misuse of Public Funds

A charge of misuse of public funds typically involves a person entrusted with the safekeeping of money or assets owned by the government. This person often but not always is a government employee. For instance, if a government official gave you a sum of money for safekeeping and then alleged that you deposited it in your own account or otherwise diverted it for personal use, you may be charged with misuse of public funds.

The penalties for this charge may include up to a 10-year prison sentence along with a fine and restitution.

Theft or Embezzlement by Bank Employee

If you work for a national bank and are accused of stealing or embezzling funds that belong to your employer, you might face federal charges, the possible penalties of which include a prison sentence of up to 30 years as well as a fine.

Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Involving Federal Funds

This charge refers to the misappropriation of public money set aside for a specific program or a specific purpose, such as an infrastructure project or education grant. If you are accused of misusing such money or converting it for personal use, you may face federal charges along with penalties that include a fine and up to 10 years in federal prison.


Racketeering is a catch-all term for any unscrupulous business dealing in which you allegedly profit by deceiving others. If federal funds or the national financial system are involved, it becomes a federal charge. The possible penalties for a racketeering conviction in federal court include fines and prison time. The fine can be up to twice the sum of illegally obtained money, while the prison time is based on the nature of the underlying crime.

Defense Strategies for a Federal Theft Charge

Because the nuances of federal court differ so substantially from those of state court, you need a lawyer who has experience fighting federal cases and can formulate an effective defense strategy on your behalf. Asking for clemency or leniency on the grounds of being a first-time offender doesn’t work in federal court the way it often does in state court. If you want to win your case, your lawyer must come aggressively with facts and evidence that support their chosen defense.

A few possible defense strategies for a federal theft charge include:

  • You were unaware your actions were criminal in nature.
  • You were acting in good faith.
  • Your actions had an immaterial outcome to the entities affected.
  • You were acting under duress or coercion.
  • You were uninvolved in the theft.

At your consultation, your attorney will go over potential defense strategies and the pros and cons of each. To speak with a federal criminal defense lawyer today, call our office.

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