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We are an elite criminal defense law firm, that emphasizes providing the best service and professionalism to all clients. We service a curated clientele nationwide – that expect the best from their lawyer. We handle tough criminal defense and legal situations that require deep knowledge, experience, dedication, and excellence in order to win. We have over 50 years of combined experience, handling national and international cases.

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Excellent results begins with top notch service. We treat you like family, and you always know what's going on with your criminal defense case.

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When you hire our law firm, you work directly with a senior criminal defense attorney only. This ensures the best results possible.

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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


How Does Federal Sentencing Work?

How Does Federal Sentencing Work?

Federal sentencing guidelines are a set of rules federal judges must follow, or at least consider, when sentencing someone found guilty of committing a federal crime. Enacted to provide federal judges with consistent and fair maximum and minimum sentencing ranges to refer to when delivering a sentence, these guidelines take the seriousness of the crime, the offender’s criminal record, and other characteristics into account.

The guidelines are not mandatory. However, federal judges are advised to consider and follow them. Any judge who deviates from the guidelines by imposing a harsher or more lenient sentence than the guidelines dictate must explain their reason for doing so.

How Sentencing Guidelines Work

Established in 1984 by the United States Congress, the United States Sentencing Commission developed the United States Sentencing Guidelines Manual. In the manual, a specific calibration of sentences is laid out according to total offense level and defendant criminal history.

According to the guidelines, most federal crimes are assigned an offense level from one to 43. The greater the severity of the crime, the higher the number. Federal criminal defendants are also assigned a number from one to six based on their past criminal history.

The criminal history and offense level numbers are then plotted on a sentencing table. The offense level is plotted on the vertical axis, while the criminal history number is plotted horizontally. An offender’s sentencing range is determined by the point in which they intersect.

Federal judges are advised to deliver a sentence within the guideline range. If not, they must defend their position and state their reason for doing so by identifying any extenuating circumstances or factor overlooked by the Sentencing Commission (United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005).

Offense Levels

As discussed above, offense levels are based upon the seriousness of the crime. There are 43 levels of seriousness. Every offense has a base offense level. At the top of the spectrum with a offense level of 43 is first-degree murder. Burglary of a residence, on the other hand, has an offense level of 17.

These levels, however, are just base levels. In other words, they are just a starting point. To determine a final offense level, any adjustments and specific offense characteristics must be added or subtracted from the base offense level.

Offense Level Adjustments

Adjustments are specific factors generally applicable to any offense, and they have the power to decrease or increase the offense level.

Some examples of offense level adjustments include:

• Two level increase if the defendant obstructed justice
• Two level increase if the defendant knew the victim was underage or suffering from a mental or physical condition
• Two level decrease if the defendant clearly accepts responsibility
• Three level increase if the crime was motivated by hate
• Four level decrease if the defendant was a minimal participant

Specific Offense Characteristics

For specific offenses, there may be particular factors or characteristics that can raise the offense level. Therefore, these “specific offense characteristics” can also affect a judge’s sentencing.

Some examples of special offense characteristics include:

• One level increase if a burglary results in loss above $5,000
• Five level increase if a burglary results in loss above $1,500,000
• Five level increase if a firearm was brandished during a robbery

Criminal History

The second major element of the sentencing guidelines is the criminal history of the offender. Offenders are assigned to one of six different criminal history categories. These categories are based upon the recency of past crimes and the length of the sentences handed down. Category I is for first-time offenders and those with less serious criminal records.

Departures from the Guidelines

Lastly, a judge must consider whether or not there are any mitigating or aggravating circumstances not taken into account by the Sentencing Commission when formulating the guidelines (18 U.S.C. § 3553(b)). If a judge determines such a circumstance exists, a sentence can be given below or above the guideline range. However, the reason for doing so must be stated in writing.

Appealing a Federal Sentence

If you have been sentenced in a federal court, you have a constitutional right to appeal the verdict or sentencing decision. Decisions made in federal district court can be appealed by filing a motion with the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. If your appeal has already been heard by the Circuit Court, you can take your appeal to the Federal Supreme Court. However, they rarely grant permission to hear appeals cases.

Your Federal Criminal Defense Team

While sentencing in federal and state criminal cases is quite similar, there are important procedural differences that require the expertise of an experienced federal attorney. Federal investigators are persistent in finding the information needed to build a case against you. You need an attorney who will be even more persistent in your defense.

Regardless of the specifics of your case, our criminal defense attorneys have a wealth of experience defending clients in both state and federal cases. We are here to protect your best interests and ultimately your freedom, so call or contact us today.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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"Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them..."

David Bruce

"Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet."

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"Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind."

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