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Syracuse Criminal Lawyers

The Importance of Legal Representation in Criminal Cases

When you’re charged with a crime, your life is in the hands of men and women of the law who’ve pre-judged you before they even hear the facts of the case. They want to prosecute you, to win their case, no matter the cost. When you’re charged with committing a crime, you must show the prosecution team you won’t go unheard and that protecting your life is serious business. You deserve to have your day in court, to be given the same freedoms to prove your case as anyone else. When you retain our Syracuse criminal lawyers, rest assured we’ll fight for your case, your rights, and for justice, every step of the way. It is never a good idea to depend on a public defender when your life’s on the line. You need a lawyer who is there to see you through the case, with the best possible results in the outcome.

Misdemeanor Criminal Charges

Misdemeanor criminal convictions impact life more than many people care to realize until it’s happened to them. Of course, being charged with a misdemeanor crime is much easier than many people realize. A fun night on the town can go astray and an arrest made within minutes. A conviction of a misdemeanor charge can result in 11 months, 29 days in jail, fines and penalties, probation, court-ordered classes, and a reputation that’s tarnished forever. Assault, theft under $500, vandalism, and DUI are a few examples of misdemeanor crimes that you may be charged with. Although less serious than a felony criminal charge, misdemeanor crimes can do more than their fair share of devastation to your life. Spending even one day in jail is too many and most people agree that probation is only an expensive delay in a jail stint. No matter what happens in court, everyone knows the crime that you’ve been charged with and whether you’re guilty or not, they may run with this information. This can certainly turn life upside down. When you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor crime, assume its seriousness from the get-go and speak with an attorney.

Felony Criminal Charges

Life may never be the same after a felony criminal conviction. Felony charges are serious crimes that endanger the welfare of human life. Judges take felony cases very seriously and oftentimes hand down the harshest possible punishment after a conviction. Murder, rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault, arson, and possession of drugs with intent to resell are a few of the many types of crimes labeled as felony charges. Conviction of a felony crime can result in no less than one-year imprisonment, up to life in prison, depending on the nature of the crime and prior criminal history. After spending time in prison, many people find that it is hard to come back out into the real world and live a productive life. Individuals who are convicted of a felony criminal charge may be unable to obtain housing, loans, or own a firearm after their release from prison. Of course, it is common knowledge to many people in town that you’ve been to jail and of your charge, only causing this situation to worsen. You should not go to court without an attorney who can represent you and reduce these many worries.

What Can a Syracuse Criminal Lawyer Do for Your Case?

When you’re charged with a misdemeanor or a felony crime, you need a Syracuse criminal attorney there to represent you in court. Without a competent lawyer standing by your side, you may be deemed guilty before the case is heard and endure the worst consequences of the charge. With a Syracuse criminal attorney representing your car, you’ll have a voice in court. Lawyers prepare your defense strategy and otherwise fight tooth and nail to ensure you get the best outcome on your day in court. If you’re found guilty, the attorney fights to decrease the sentence so your life isn’t thrown into shambles so badly.

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.

When you’ve been charged with a crime, do not take the matter as a joke. Your life is on the line, after all! Life happens and it sometimes goes astray. Oftentimes, criminal charges are filed against an individual after things have simply been misconstrued or blown out of proportion. It happens and you shouldn’t pay for that mistake with your life. A Syracuse criminal attorney ensures that the details of your case are revealed and that the truth is heard. The prosecution team wants to find you guilty of the crime that you’ve been charged with committing. Make sure you do not give them the upper hand and appear in court with a public defender to represent you. Hire a competent criminal attorney and make sure your life isn’t turned upside down.

Syracuse Federal Criminal Lawyers

Being arrested and charged with a crime can be a frightening experience, especially at the hands of the federal government. The feds have a special air of authority and power that makes it impossible to feel anything but fear and trepidation when you have fallen into their hands. They also have the resources of the entire federal government at their disposal—that is, they can call on the expertise, equipment, and knowledge of the most powerful nation-state in the world.

To feel that your life is over and that all is lost is natural. Indeed, that is how they want you to feel. However, even the federal government is governed by the Constitution. An arrest by federal authorities makes you no less protected by the Bill of Rights. And the most important one at the time of your arrest is the Fifth Amendment, which states that you cannot be compelled to turn in evidence against yourself.

The people who work in federal law enforcement are the best that there is at their jobs. They have had extensive training and vast experience. They are able to employ a variety of means to get people to talk; to say something that can incriminate them. Federal law enforcement officers are much more subtle and sophisticated than local police. They are unlikely to threaten and intimidate you directly. They will use other kinds of subterfuge to rattle and confuse you.

That is why you should say nothing until your lawyer arrives. This is especially important in a federal case because such a case will be handled by federal prosecutors who will also employ the full power of the United States government to convict you of the crime they have arrested you for. Your best option—in reality, your only option—is to hire a lawyer who specializes in defending people who have been charged with a federal crime.

Bank robbery, band fraud, counterfeiting, civil rights offenses, mail fraud, health care fraud, and firearms offenses are some of the many kinds of federal offenses. If you have been accused of any of these offenses, you are in serious trouble, and you must take action accordingly. Hiring a law firm that has people who are specialized in practicing before the federal bar is your only hope.

It is rare for federal law enforcement officials to do sloppy investigative work. Federal law enforcement agencies are so well-financed and equipped, and their standards are so high, that if you have been targeted and arrested it is likely they have something on you.

To be sure, evidence is not proof and proof is not certainty of guilt. Federal prosecutors must still prove their case against you in the court of law. And this is where your lawyer comes in.

You will find yourself in one of two general situations. Either you are guilty of what they have arrested and charged you for and you must work to get the best outcome possible. Or you are not guilty, and you must work to clear your name.

In the latter instance, it will be up to your lawyer to examine the evidence the feds have against you. Although federal law enforcement and prosecutors have higher standards than local authorities, they are not above stretching a point of fact or law to get a conviction. Defense lawyers who have experience dealing with federal cases will have deep insight into the methods, techniques, and mindset of federal prosecutors. They will understand the various processes, systems, and structures that govern the way they prosecute a case. Your lawyer will therefore know how to examine and scrutinize the evidence the authorities claim to have against you. Your lawyer will look for weaknesses, gaps, and inconsistencies and begin building your defense from that.

Your lawyer will also be able to counsel you during the interrogation. They will tell you when you have to answer questions and when you do not. They will also advise you on what to say and how to say it. Or, if you do not wish to speak at all, they can speak for you.

If there is a fight on bail, your lawyer can act on your behalf. Depending on the kind of crime you have been accused of and your criminal record, the feds may try to get the judge to deny bail. Your lawyer will fight hard against this. In most cases, if you have no criminal record, you will be granted bail, and your lawyer can make all the arrangements that will lead to your freedom until trial.

If you have not done anything wrong, your lawyer will work to expose the truth of this to the court. They will ensure that you receive a fair and impartial hearing. It will be the job of your attorney to gather the facts, introduce experts and eyewitnesses, employ forensic evidence, and apply the relevant bits of law necessary to win the case and clear your name and reputation.

Federal cases can gain notoriety in the media. If yours is especially high profile, your lawyer can help you do the kind of media events that will restore your good name and credibility. This is an essential part of vindication. You do not want the cloud of prosecution to hang over your life indefinitely.

If you are guilty of the crime that federal authorities have arrested you for, your lawyer will work to get you the best deal possible. If you are associated with or part of a larger organization that has been involved in misdeeds, then you might be able to leverage that to your advantage. The feds may be after a larger and much more significant figure. They may agree to a substantially reduced sentence if you are able to supply them with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person they want most.

In such dealings, it is important to have someone you trust on your side. You should leave it to your attorney to draw up any agreement you come up with and to ensure that it fair and reasonable.

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