Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Why Choose Us

Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.

Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.

Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek


The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

What should I do if charged with federal terrorism in New York City?

By Spodek Law Group | October 16, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 16, 2023)

Charged with Federal Terrorism in NYC? Here’s What You Need to Know

Hey there, I know things must be really stressful and confusing if you’ve been charged with federal terrorism. Take a deep breath – this article will walk you through what to expect and give you some practical tips. I’m not going to judge or make assumptions, just try to help you navigate this.

Understand the Charges

The first thing is to understand exactly what you’ve been charged with. Federal terrorism charges are no joke – they can carry huge penalties. Some laws that may apply:

  • Providing material support to terrorists – this includes things like money, weapons, personnel etc. Up to 15 years in prison.
  • Use of weapons of mass destruction – using things like bombs, grenades, missiles. Minimum life sentence.
  • Acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries – attacking government property, critical infrastructure. Up to life in prison.

So yeah, we’re talking serious stuff here. Don’t panic, but also don’t underestimate how much trouble you may be in. Get a clear understanding of the specific charges from your lawyer.

Hire an Experienced Federal Defense Lawyer

These cases are highly complex, so you need someone who knows federal law inside out. Many lawyers simply don’t have experience with terrorism cases. Look for someone who has specifically handled federal terrorism charges before. This is critical.
You’ll likely need a private defense lawyer, which can get expensive. If you can’t afford one, request a public defender – they’re still qualified attorneys. Be picky in who you choose to represent you. This decision can make or break your case.

Limit Your Communication

Be very careful what you say from now on, even casual remarks can come back to haunt you. Don’t talk about your case with anyone except your lawyer. Don’t post anything online. Don’t try to contact any co-defendants or witnesses. This is crucial.
I know you’ll want to vent or explain your side – don’t. Anything you say can potentially be used against you, even if you’re just letting off steam. Keep quiet and let your lawyer do the talking.

Understand the Evidence Against You

The prosecution will have to turn over all evidence they have to your lawyer in a process called discovery. Make sure you thoroughly review everything. Look for any holes or inconsistencies you can challenge.
If the evidence seems flimsy or incorrect, your lawyer may be able to get charges dismissed before it even goes to full trial. Don’t get your hopes up, but look for any opportunity to poke holes in their case.

Consider Taking a Plea Deal

Your lawyer may advise taking a plea bargain rather than risking trial if the evidence is strong. While pleading guilty means accepting criminal penalties, it also gives you more control – you can negotiate the specific charges and suggested sentence.
Trials are a huge gamble. If lost, you’ll likely get the full maximum sentence. Weigh your options carefully before deciding to take your case to trial.

Expect Intense Questioning If You Testify

The prosecution will grill you aggressively on cross-examination about the smallest details to trip you up if you choose to testify. Rehearse extensively with your lawyer beforehand. You must keep calm under pressure and stick to your story. Any slip ups here can tank your credibility.
You also don’t have to testify if you think it may hurt your case. It’s usually the defendant’s word against the prosecution’s witnesses and evidence. Think hard about whether testifying is smart or will just provide them more ammunition.

Don’t Hold Back Relevant Information From Your Lawyer

Be 100% open with your lawyer, even if it’s embarrassing or makes you look bad. They can’t build the best defense without knowing everything. Don’t leave anything out – it will come back to haunt you! Privilege means your lawyer can’t share damaging information with prosecutors.

Be Ready to Surrender Passport, Firearms etc

As part of bail conditions, expect to temporarily surrender your passport and any firearms. You’ll also likely have restrictions on travel and interactions with any victims/witnesses. These are standard, try not to fight them. It shows the court you’re cooperative.

Bail Will Be Set Extremely High

For federal terrorism charges, bail will likely be in the millions. Be prepared to post a substantial bond or remain in detention pre-trial. You’ll need assets or support from friends/family to post bail. Develop a plan for this early on.

Prison Time is Likely if Convicted

I won’t sugarcoat it – if found guilty, you should expect a long prison sentence of 10-20+ years. The court will show little leniency on terrorism. Have a brutally honest conversation with your loved ones about this possibility.
Don’t throw away your life in prison over emotions, politics or “causes.” Keep perspective and fight this rationally. There are better ways to enact change.

Enlist Community Support

Don’t feel like you’re battling this alone. Reach out to family and friends for emotional/financial support. Also consider respected community leaders – maybe a religious leader or activist who can vouch for your character.
Their support at sentencing may help humanize you and convince the court you deserve a second chance. Mobilize people who care about you.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Anxiety and depression are common after being charged. Seek professional counseling if needed. Don’t let your mental health spiral – stay strong to help your case. Self-care is critical during this difficult time.
Stay close with loved ones who ground you. Don’t isolate yourself when you most need support. Prioritize healthy habits like exercise, meditation and sleep. You’ll get through this.

How to Move Forward If Convicted

If you do end up with a conviction and prison time, use it as an opportunity to grow. Reflect on what led you down this path in the first place. Seek reform and redemption – you can still have a positive impact on the world.
Own up to your actions, serve your time, and come out the other side wiser. Let it open your eyes to new perspectives. Don’t waste time feeling bitter – make the most of your situation.
I hope some of this gives you a game plan for navigating the charges ahead. Stay strong, be smart, listen to your lawyer, and lean on your community. You’ll get through this and come out the other side stronger. Wishing you wisdom and resilience.


Criminal Resource Manual – DOJ

18 U.S. Code § 2332a – Cornell Law School

18 U.S. Code § 2332b – Cornell Law School

Free Consultation


I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me, and my company Qumana skincare feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We Provide Superior Service, Excellent Results, At A Level Superior To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms. Regardless Of Where Your Case Is, Nationwide, We Can Help You.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.


85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004


get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005


get directions


35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106


get directions


195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201


get directions
Call Now!