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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.

 



Is the Federal Government Tapping Your Phone?

By the time federal agents come to your home while investigating you, they likely already know a lot about you and the case they are investigating. This can be shocking, leaving you to question whether the federal government has been tapping your phone or if it will begin to do so. The federal government can seek a court order to allow it to wiretap phones, but there are some restrictions. A wiretap is serious. If you believe you are under investigation by the federal government, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney who practices in both state and federal court. A lawyer can help you to figure out the best strategic approach to take to try to avoid a potential conviction. By getting help before you are charged, your attorney might be able to negotiate with the federal prosecutor to try to secure an agreement not to charge you criminally.

How federal wiretaps work

Before federal agents can tap your phone, they must first go through a stringent process to get approval from a judge. Agents are also not allowed to perform wiretaps for all crimes but are instead only allowed to do so for specific offenses listed in 18 U.S.C. § 2516.

If you are being investigated for a qualifying crime, the Department of Justice must file a request for a wiretap order with a judge in federal court. However, a federal prosecutor who wants to tap your phone will likely first need to get internal approval to request it from the DOJ.

Federal agents cannot simply start tapping your phone without first obtaining court approval. In its request, the Department of Justice must include a description of who will be subject to the wiretap and its details under 18 U.S.C. § 2518. The prosecutor will also have to include information about whether they have tried using other investigative procedures that failed or if other methods would be too dangerous or likely unsuccessful. Before the judge can order the wiretap, he or she must first find that other investigative methods to secure the information would be too dangerous.

Once the order is issued, the wiretap cannot last more than 30 days. If the prosecutor still needs to wiretap a phone, he or she will have to submit another request to the judge and explain what was found. The court can order the prosecutor to submit reports about the wiretap and any information that has been found.

The process involved with getting a wiretap authorized requires a significant amount of work. As a result, wiretaps are not done as routine matters in federal investigations. However, depending on what you are being investigated for, a federal prosecutor might seek authorization from the court to tap your phone. If it is a mobile phone, a wiretap order would also allow federal agents to see your incoming and outgoing text messages.

What types of federal crimes allow wiretapping?

Federal agents are restricted in their ability to tap phones and cannot just listen to people’s phone calls to search for possible crimes to prosecute. However, if you think that you might be under federal surveillance for something you have done or because you have associated with someone who might be involved in serious criminal activities, it is possible that your phone might be tapped.

Under 18 U.S.C. § 2516, federal agents can seek wiretaps when they are investigating people for the following offenses:

  • Possessing, exporting, manufacturing, or threatening to use atomic weapons
  • Communicating restricted information to a foreign government to harm the U.S.
  • Other violations of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954
  • Sabotaging a nuclear facility
  • Acts of terrorism
  • Espionage
  • Kidnapping
  • Treason
  • Piracy
  • Trade secrets violations
  • Murder
  • Extortion
  • Robbery
  • Arson within maritime or territorial jurisdiction
  • Drug trafficking
  • Counterfeiting
  • Aircraft parts fraud
  • Misusing passports
  • Other qualifying offenses

This is not an exhaustive list. There are numerous other offenses that are included in § 2516. If you think that you might be under surveillance, an attorney can help you determine the options you might have.

Securing approval for a wiretap involves a complicated process, and wiretaps are not as common as many people imagine. Getting approval from the DOJ and the court can take numerous hours of time drafting requests that explain why wiretapping your phone is necessary. However, depending on what you are being investigated for, federal prosecutors might still decide that it is worthwhile to request authorization for a wiretap.

Talk to an experienced federal criminal defense attorney

If you believe federal agents are investigating you for a crime, you should get help from a criminal defense lawyer as early as possible. Getting legal help early might increase the chances of a better outcome in your case. The defense attorney you choose should be experienced in handling serious federal criminal cases. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about how we might be able to help you.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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
2021-03-05
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
2021-03-03
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
2021-03-02
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
2021-02-26
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
2021-02-24
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.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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
2021-02-23
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!

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