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How Federal Criminal Cases Work

How Federal Criminal Cases Work
It is important to have a skilled federal defense attorney on your side when you are facing federal charges. This is because federal agents and prosecuting attorneys will strive to prove your guilt and penalize you for your alleged actions. The punishments for a federal conviction are severe and oftentimes include long prison sentences, making it difficult to move on with your life afterwards. The best way to avoid conviction and possible jail time is to work with a qualified law firm.
Get in touch with us and a member of our brilliant federal team will give you a free initial case consultation and advise you of a clever course of action in your distinct case, putting you on track to receive the best available result. Visit our firm today or contact us via phone.
Steps in a Federal Criminal Case
We understand that every case is unique. While this is true, remember that there are a few steps that are common in most federal criminal cases. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern the process, which includes the following stages:

  • Investigation

Federal agencies, such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, USSS, or DHS, are often involved in gathering evidences in federal criminal cases. In this stage of your criminal case, the prosecutor may coordinate with one or several federal agencies to gather direct evidence and circumstantial information. Make sure to hire a knowledgeable attorney before you deal with or fight back against these investigating agents.

  • Charging

This stage allows the prosecutor to review the evidence gathered by federal agencies and decide whether to present your criminal case to a grand jury.

  • Initial Hearing/Arraignment

The initial hearing with a judge will occur right after an arrest and charge. You will likely go into a plea at this stage.

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.
  • Discovery

During this stage, the prosecutor and defense attorney review the details of the case and exchange required records to prepare for trial.

  • Plea Bargaining

The defendant may be offered a plea deal to avoid trial if the government has a strong case. To receive a deal, the accused must agree to plead guilty or no contest in an open court before the judge.

  • Preliminary Hearing

The prosecutor must demonstrate that there is enough evidence to warrant a trial if the defendant pleads not guilty. The defendant may choose to waive this step.

  • Pre-Trial Motions

The defense attorney or prosecutor may make pre-trial motions. These motions may include a motion to suppress, motion to dismiss, or motion for change of venue. The pre-trial motions often affect the trial, defendants, courtroom, testimony, or evidence.

  • Trial

Once the preparation is complete, the prosecutor presents evidence in an attempt to demonstrate the defendant’s guilt to the jury. Trials include opening statements, presentment of cases, witness examination, objections, and closing arguments.

  • Post-Trial Motions

If convicted, the defendant may file a post-trial motion for a new trial, a motion for judgment of acquittal, or a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct a sentence.

  • Sentencing

The defendant will likely be sentenced several months after the trial. The Congress sets minimum and maximum punishments, which guide the judge’s decision, along with case-specific information.

  • Appeal

The defendant may appeal the verdict if he/she believes that he/she was wrongfully convicted.
Facing federal criminal charges may make you feel confused, overwhelmed, or even hopeless. Having a skilled defense lawyer on your side can help combat anxiety and make it easier to face the case. This is because you know you are protected throughout the stages of your case. With our top-tier defense team, you can be at ease and assured knowing that you are working with one of the top defense firms. We have years of extensive experience in defending the wrongfully accused and are ready to put our knowledge to work in your case.
Our licensed and experienced federal defense attorneys are dedicated to defending your welfare and will do everything we can to set you up for success in your criminal case. We represent clients involved in all kinds of cases, such as drug crime cases, violent crime cases, sex crime cases, and more. If you are facing federal charges or believe you are being investigated, reach out to us promptly to obtain the services of a skilled lawyer who will start working to protect you.
Contact Us for Federal Criminal Defense
Let our legal team represent you! The sooner you obtain our services, the better your chances of achieving beneficial result. Don’t wait any longer; take action today. Let us review the details of your situation and help you build a strategic approach towards your federal criminal case. You may call our toll free number or send us a message online to get started.

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