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 Federal Criminal Cases Work

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

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

How Federal Criminal Cases Work

Hey there! If you’ve been charged with a federal crime or just want to understand how the process works, this article will walk you through the basics. I’m not a lawyer, just a regular person trying to explain things in a simple way. Federal criminal cases can be confusing and scary, but having some knowledge helps. Let’s dive in!

How Cases Get Started

First off, only the federal government can bring criminal charges in a federal case. The case usually starts with an investigation by a federal agency like the FBI, DEA, ATF, etc. If they think a federal crime happened, they’ll gather evidence and interview witnesses.

If there’s enough evidence, a few things could happen next:

  • They get a criminal complaint – This is just a document with the charges and evidence, signed by a federal judge saying there’s probable cause of a crime. With a complaint, the feds can arrest someone.
  • They get a grand jury indictment – This is when they present evidence to a grand jury in secret. If the grand jury thinks there’s enough evidence, they issue an indictment with the charges. An indictment means you’ll get arrested.
  • They file a criminal information – This is when the prosecutor and defense lawyer talk it out and agree on charges to file. No arrest needed.

After Arrest

Once someone gets arrested on a complaint or indictment, they’ll go before a judge pretty quickly. This first hearing is called the initial appearance. A few things happen here:

  • The charges are explained
  • Bail is set or the defendant is released
  • A lawyer is appointed if needed
  • Defendant enters a plea – not guilty, guilty, or no contest

After that, there’s some waiting while both sides get ready. This is when the defense lawyer really digs into the evidence and files motions objecting to something, like trying to get evidence thrown out. The defense also investigates everything and interviews witnesses. Gotta build that defense!


Of course, a guilty defendant can appeal. The defense lawyer has to file the appeal on time and argue what went wrong at trial. Appeals are tough though – most fail.

So in a nutshell, that’s how federal criminal cases work! Arrest, bail hearing, pre-trial prep and motions, plea or trial, sentencing if guilty, appeal if needed. But every case has its own twists and turns. Having a knowledgeable federal defense lawyer helps navigate it all.

You’ve got this! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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!