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How To Hire a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

How To Hire a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing federal criminal charges or you are under investigation for a possible federal crime, most definitely you’ll need the services of a federal criminal defense lawyer. Why do you need a federal criminal defense lawyer? Due to the gravity of federal criminal charges, you need a specialist in the field of criminal defense and not just any lawyer. It is the same case when you are suffering from a medical condition. You are most likely to go to a specialist who deals with that specific condition. For example, if you have a tooth problem, you will go to a dentist and not have to our neurosurgeon. You will need the right lawyer to provide legal representation as you battle the charges pressed against you.

Many people find themselves unable to decide on who to hire as a defense lawyer. Some people will engage the first lawyer who will respond to the calls. It is a wrong decision and should be avoided altogether. It is not prudent to hire the services of a person who you have never worked with in the past on the basis of a phone call even if they claim to be experts in criminal law. However, it is your decision as a defendant to make that call. If you make the wrong choice, you will have to bear the consequences of probably losing your freedom and finding yourself behind bars even for a case that you could have easily won. People need to understand some of the considerations this should take into account as they set out to hire a criminal defense attorney. Here are some important factors to consider.

Hiring the right lawyer

The first step towards challenging the charges pressed against you successfully is hiring the right lawyer. You the most qualified attorney when you’re facing a criminal case. For a white-collar criminal investigation, you need to pick an expert in criminal law. Although many good lawyers will not take a case they are not qualified to litigate, some rogue lawyers will take up cases they know little about. You do not want to end up with a DUI lawyer when you are facing a criminal fraud case. It is also essential to pick a lawyer who is familiar with the legal system in the jurisdiction you are charged under. For instance, a lawyer who has litigated a fraud case in Virginia might not be qualified to represent a client for the same fraud case in Delaware. There are over 4,000 federal criminal statutes under the U.S. Justice System, and therefore you will need a lawyer who has dealt with specific statutes that will apply in your case.

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.


As a defendant in a federal criminal case, you need to hire a lawyer with the requisite qualifications to represent you in court. The unfortunate fact is that many lawyers who claim to be successful have reached the point that they are through underhand dealings with their friends in the legal practice, but not for their ability to defend victims. You need to look at the background of a lawyer before hiring them. You should consider factors such as the law school they attended and some of the professional accomplishments they have besides being practitioners of law. In this case, will consider factors such as whether they publish legal materials or teach at institutions of higher education.


Good communication skills

It is true that any legal practitioner needs to have good oratory skills since they spend most of their time communicating with you and others. You need a person who will be in a position to understand your language and communicate with you bluntly about the evidence adduced by the government. You need to consider a good lawyer as one who can make good oral presentations or has published legal contents, and if he does, the content is relevant.


Legal proceedings are expensive. If you are facing a white-collar criminal case, a good lawyer will cost a significant amount. If you are not in a position to afford the high cost of hiring a top lawyer, you can consider hiring the services of a federal public defender. By simply googling “federal public defender,” you’ll see some of the lawyers in your jurisdiction who will offer services for free. In some jurisdictions, you can get a pretty decent federal public defender instead of hiring the services of an expensive lawyer who lacks experience in federal criminal defense. However, you should know that public defenders are only hired if you are close to being charged or you have already been charged. If you are under investigation, you do not qualify for services of a public defender.

When facing federal criminal charges, you need to consider that a conviction might lead to a lengthy sentence behind bars. You, therefore, need to do due diligence when choosing your lawyer.

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