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.

How Can You Challenge A Federal Criminal Conviction?

By Spodek Law Group | July 27, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 13, 2023)

Last Updated on: 13th October 2023, 08:21 pm

How Can You Challenge A Federal Criminal Conviction?

Getting convicted of a federal crime can be devastating. You may feel like your life is over. However, there are options for challenging a conviction even after a guilty verdict. Don’t give up hope! This article will walk through the various ways you can appeal a federal criminal conviction.

Direct Appeal of a Federal Criminal Conviction

The most common way to challenge a conviction is to directly appeal it. You have the right to appeal a guilty verdict, while the prosecution cannot appeal if you are found not guilty[1].

To start the direct appeal process, you must file a notice of appeal within 14 days of the judgment being entered[4]. This is a very short timeframe, so it’s important to act quickly and get an experienced federal appeals lawyer on your side.

On the appeal, your lawyer will argue that there were legal mistakes made during the original criminal case. For example, issues that could be raised include[4]:

  • Errors in evidentiary rulings (like improperly admitting certain evidence)
  • Mistakes in jury instructions
  • Violations of court procedures
  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Sentencing errors

Your lawyer will explain these issues thoroughly in a legal brief filed with the appeals court. The prosecution will also submit a brief defending the original conviction.

The appeals court will then review the briefs and trial records. No new evidence is allowed at this stage – the judges are only looking at whether legal errors were made[3].

If you win the appeal, your conviction could potentially be reversed entirely. More likely, you’ll get a new trial or resentencing[4].

Unfortunately, direct appeals rarely succeed. Only around 11% of federal criminal convictions are reversed on direct appeal[6]. But it’s still worth trying, as overturning a conviction is very rare without going through the direct appeal process first.

“Habeas Corpus” Appeals

Another option for challenging a conviction after it becomes final is to file a petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Habeas corpus petitions are governed by 28 U.S.C. § 2255. They allow federal prisoners to argue that their conviction or sentence violated the Constitution or federal law[5].

Some potential habeas corpus arguments include[5]:

  • Ineffective assistance of counsel (like your lawyer failing to call a key witness)
  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Newly discovered evidence proving innocence
  • The sentence exceeds the legal maximum

Habeas petitions can also argue that the trial court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.

The advantage of habeas petitions is that they allow arguments beyond just procedural legal errors. You can make fact-based arguments about things outside the trial record.

The downside is that federal courts are reluctant to grant habeas petitions. They will only be granted if you can show a clear constitutional violation that undermines the conviction.

Presidential Pardon

Finally, the President of the United States has the power to fully pardon federal convictions. A pardon forgives the conviction completely.

However, presidential pardons are extremely rare. You can apply for one through the Office of the Pardon Attorney, but only a small fraction of applicants are approved.

Factors that help get a pardon include[2]:

  • Showing remorse and good conduct after conviction
  • Having a significant period of good citizenship after release
  • Getting support from the prosecutor or judge
  • Demonstrating hardship from the conviction

Unless you have political connections, a presidential pardon is very unlikely. But it doesn’t hurt to apply if all else fails.


Challenging a federal conviction after a guilty verdict is difficult. But working with an experienced federal appeals lawyer gives you the best possible chance.

Don’t hesitate to explore options like direct appeals, habeas petitions, and even presidential pardons. You have nothing to lose by trying.

With persistence and a good legal strategy, many federal inmates have eventually gotten their convictions overturned. Don’t lose hope – keep fighting to regain your freedom.

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 feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything was explained and any concerns...

~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!