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Is Your Company Under Investigation by BIS, CPB, DOS, or OFAC for Import/Export Violations?

Seek Legal Counsel if Your Company is Under Investigation for Import/Export Violations

Is your company being investigated for import or export violations? Several federal agencies conduct investigations regarding noncompliance with federal regulations. They include the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the US Department of State, and the Customs and Border Protection agency. If these agencies bring penalties against you, you may be subject to significant fines, the dismantling of your business, and even prison time in criminal investigations. Because the stakes are so high, it’s vital that you talk to a lawyer if your company is being investigated for compliance violations regarding exports and imports.

Multiple Agencies Enforce Import/Export Regulations

The federal government regulates both businesses that ship products overseas and businesses that import products through foreign companies. Multiple agencies are responsible for enforcing the import and export rules. Not only is this a matter of good business, but it’s also a matter of national security. These agencies help to regulate international goods as well, ensuring that potentially dangerous or counterfeit products don’t end up on US soil. Compliance regulations for both importing and exporting can be very complicated, and companies that don’t meet the standards are subject to hefty penalties.

Seek Legal Counsel Immediately if Under Investigation

Are any federal US agencies investigating your company’s export or import operations? If this is true, you should meet with an attorney who specializes in customs regulations. It’s also important to talk to legal counsel prior to engaging in international trade. Lawyers can help you understand your compliance needs and create company policies to comply with federal regulations.

Violations Are Taken Very Seriously by the Government

Import and export violations are very serious breaches of government regulation. They are considered seriously by federal agents because of their potential to risk national security and potentially put people in danger.

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
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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.

There are many, many rules regarding different international transactions. Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, there’s a good chance you may find yourself accused of noncompliance with federal regulations. These allegations can often be solved by explaining the situation and making an effort to prevent the issue from happening again. Lawyers can help with this, again, by drafting compliance measures for your business.

Most Violations Are Unintentional

The fact of the matter is that most violations are not done intentionally. Many business owners simply aren’t aware of certain regulations. That goes both for new business owners and for older businesspeople who have recently begun trading with a new company or new country. You might not realize that there are different regulations for the products you’re bringing in.

This still won’t serve as an excuse. You may be subject to penalties regardless. But unintentional mistakes aren’t prosecuted with the same fervor as intentional noncompliance. It’s also important to note that the majority of violations are in regards to harmless items that won’t pose a threat to national security.

But sometimes there are threats to national security, or there are threats of terrorism within the US. Federal officials can’t be cautious with these. Even if the officials know that the violation is likely unintentional, they must investigate as fully as possible to make sure that there is no threat. Business owners must protect themselves against the scrutiny by using a legal team. They need to be able to convince the federal government that there should not be charges brought or administrative action taken.

Hire an Attorney Focused on Federal Law

With a law firm that focuses on federal matters, you can ensure that your attorney understands how to work within federal regulations. It also helps to have an attorney with experience dealing with multiple different law enforcement agencies. Many law firms only operate at the state level, so looking for a federal lawyer is paramount.

In addition to getting a lawyer focused on federal defense, it’s important to get a lawyer with a background in compliance. Your lawyer’s job isn’t done when they help you through the federal investigation. They then need to help you ensure that the same thing doesn’t happen again. Only an attorney with a thorough understanding of compliance regulations can help you draft the procedures you need moving forward.

An attorney can help resolve the majority of federal investigations without bringing charges. This reduces the amount of harm that your company suffers due to the investigation. Finally, an attorney can defend you in the event that charges are brought.

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