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When you’re facing a federal issue, you need an attorney whose going to be available 24/7 to help you get the results and outcome you need. The value of working with the Spodek Law Group is that we treat each and every client like a member of our family. Unlike other law firms, we charge a reasonable fee, and offer flexible payment plans. It’s because of this, we’ve been highly ranked by organizations like Super Lawyers, Avvo, and other entities.

The Spodek Law Group is an acclaimed law firm specializing in criminal defense, renowned for its provision of a fully digital portal. Through this portal, clients have the convenience of tracking the progress of their case, communicating with us, submitting documents, and accessing additional services. The Spodek Law Group is a law firm with a nationwide presence, serving clients from coast to coast. We possess extensive experience in handling cases across the country, and our dedicated attorneys are committed to providing you with top-notch representation no matter what your legal situation may be.


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Todd Spodek, our founding partner, is a seasoned trial attorney with many years of experience. He is a second generation lawyer, and one who takes his work seriously. He has many years of experience handling hundreds of trials. He has been seen on major news outlets, ranging from New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post,, to other major news outlets. He has appeared as a legal expert on dozens of television and radio shows.

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

It’s simple. Every single client deserves honesty and white glove service. Every single client should know what he, or she, potentially faces and what the outcome of their criminal defense case could be – before hiring a criminal defense attorney. Our lawyers have experience handling criminal defense cases nationwide, ranging from Los Angeles to NYC. Our philosophy is fair and simple – every single law firm should adhere to it – but most don’t. Most criminal defense attorneys will take on any client possible who can pay — regardless of whether they can help the client. Not us. We only take on clients who can help. We are selective about the number of clients we work with, and only work with clients who we can truly help. This is different from other law firms, who take on every single client – irrespective of the outcome.

When you reach out to our law firm – the process begins with a risk free consultation in person, or over the phone. During this consultation – you can ask us anything – regardless of how long it takes. We encourage you to take this opportunity to ask the tough questions – which allow us to show you our understanding of the issue you’re facing. We are available to help you 24/7.

The Spodek Law Group handles cases nationwide. We have offices in NYC and Los Angeles. Regardless of how tough your situation is – we are here to help you. Our criminal defense lawyers work hard to have a solution for you, irrespective of the situation you find yourself in. Many clients are often embarrassed by their situation, and don’t speak openly about their alleged issue. We encourage open dialogue, and recommend full transparency – so we can give you the best possible legal advice. Our NYC criminal attorneys understand that your future is on the line – and that’s why we’re here to help you and give you the best possible advice.

If you’re a suspect, or person of interest, in a federal crime, we nca help

If you’re under investigation, or have already been charged with a crime, then your future and freedom could be at risk.

  • Authorities such as the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, and Homeland Security, could be involved in the investigation against you. The agencies have extremely vast resources, compared to local law enforcement.
  • The federal government has the ability to intercept phone calls, involve in spying and collecting video evidence, and use other tools.
  • Punishments for federal offenses and crimes can be harsh. There are mandatory minimum sentences which absolutely cannot be negotiated, and there is no probation.

Federal level offenses are very complex, and serious. It takes months or years to prepare a case. Federal agents are extremely thorough, and aggressive, when building evidence for your case. If there’s suspicion you’re involved in a federal offense, it’s likely agents have been gathering evidence about it for a long time already and have built a case against you. If the case against you results in charges, it means the US Attorney’s office has already found incriminating evidence against you. It’s crucial you don’t want to seek legal representation when preparing your defense. Only an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer can build an aggressive enough defense.

How do federal criminal charges differ from state offenses?

Many federal crimes involve illegal activity or cross state lines, or involve the internet, or involve federal agencies can result in harsh penalties. Examples of federal crimes are:

  • drug trafficking
  • credit card fraud
  • money laundering
  • child porn
  • internet crimes
  • racketeering, and rico violations
  • identity theft
  • mail fraud
  • drug crimes
  • sex crimes
  • wire fraud
  • and other white collar offenses

There are differences in the ways that investigations of federal crimes is handled. The US Attorney’s Office, and DOJ, are responsible for prosecuting and litigating federal cases. They follow federal rules of criminal procedures. Federal judges have to follow sentencing guidelines, and mandatory minimum sentences. They don’t get to use any of their discretion. The right federal lawyer will work with you, every step of the way, and keep you informed.

What to expect during a federal arrest and the court

Criminal cases handled by federal courts follow a different process than those handled by state courts. If the investigation by federal authorities results in enough evidence to make an arrest, the individual who is charged will be brought into custody, and then interviewed. The accused then appears in court for an arraignment in front of a federal judge. The judge then decides whether or not to grant the defendant bail, and is responsible for setting conditions of the release. The result of the arraignment depends on the details of the crime and case. The judge will look at information gathered during the pretrial interview, the nature of the crime, the defendant’s criminal history, and other relevant information.

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The Spodek Law Group is one of the top rated law firms in the country. We have over 50 years of combined experience. We can handle a wide array of federal and state legal issues. Regardless of whether you're facing a federal inquiry, dealing with a state defense issue, or have a family law issue, we can help. We are diversified, and well equipped, nationwide federal law firm.

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A Nationwide Law Firm With Over 50 Years of Experience

At Spodek Law Group, our goal is to be your go-to law firm for all of your federal and state legal issues. We have a nationwide, with offices all across the country. We specialize in tackling hard to win situations that other law firms are simply not equipped to handle. When you need a precise, and decisive victory – Spodek Law Group is the federal law firm to turn to. Our founding partner Todd Spodek is personally involved in each and every case our firm is tackling. It means you’re getting the best possible legal representation – regardless of where you live, or the size of your case. We take pride in providing white glove service to a curated clientele nationwide. Our cases have resulted in recognition from major news organizations like FOX News, NYPOST, WSJ, and even resulted in a Netflix special show made.

Risk-Free Consultation

We understand the importance of trust between attorney and client, which is why we offer a risk-free consultation in person or over the phone. During this consultation, our dedicated attorneys are available to answer all your questions and thoroughly evaluate your case. We’ll explain the law to you, outline potential outcomes, and help you make an informed decision about your legal representation.

The Importance of Hiring a Federal Criminal Lawyer

Protecting Your Future

Being falsely accused of a crime can have devastating consequences on your future. While some defendants may opt for a pro bono public defender, it’s crucial to understand that they work for the court and may prioritize their relationships with the prosecutor and judge over your best interests. Hiring a private attorney like Todd Spodek ensures that you have someone truly dedicated to fighting for your rights.

Evidence Evaluation and Defense Strategy

One of the most critical aspects of a criminal case is the evidence. Our federal attorneys will meticulously examine the evidence, ensuring it was collected legally and ethically. By challenging tainted or improperly obtained evidence, we weaken the prosecution’s case and increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

Federal Criminal Assistance and Common Federal Crimes

Federal investigations and charges carry unique challenges and require specialized legal representation. Our team of experienced federal attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of federal cases, including:

  • Drug crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • RICO
  • Mail/Wire Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Health Care fraud
  • Bank/Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Counterfeiting
  • Perjury
  • Internet Crimes

Recognizing Federal Charges and Investigations

If you are the target of a federal investigation, it’s vital to take immediate action. You may receive a target letter, have federal agents question you or your loved ones, or experience a search of your home or office. It’s essential to understand that an investigation doesn’t necessarily mean you have been charged with a crime, but it’s a clear indication that you need to contact an experienced federal criminal attorney right away.

Acting Quickly When Charged with a Federal Crime

Finding Out If You Have Been Charged

It’s crucial to know as soon as possible if you have been charged with a federal crime. In some instances, you may be arrested or receive a letter notifying you of the charges. In other cases, it may be less clear – you may be questioned or have your home searched. Regardless of the circumstances, it’s essential to act quickly and get in touch with a knowledgeable defense attorney who can help you understand the charges you might be facing and develop a strategy to fight back.

What to Do If You Are Charged With a Federal Crime

The first step when facing federal charges or an investigation is to contact a licensed and experienced defense attorney. Having a skilled legal advocate on your side ensures that you are protected throughout the investigation process, informed of potential charges, and advised on how to fight back.

With the Spodek Law Group, you don’t have to wait to begin defending your freedom. Our team is always ready to walk you through the steps to take following federal charges. When federal agents and the attorney’s office are involved, it’s even more crucial to have an experienced attorney on your side.

Federal Target Letters and Charges

At a certain point, you may receive a letter stating that you’re the target of a federal investigation. The target letter may ask you to meet with investigators or a member of the attorney’s office. Never respond to a target letter without first securing a lawyer who can guide you through what to say and do to help your case.

Our Approach to Federal Investigations

At Todd Spodek Law Firm, we understand the importance of competent legal representation in complex federal cases. Our licensed federal defense attorneys have extensive experience handling federal investigations and charges, and are knowledgeable about strategies that work in cases involving fraud, drug crime, conspiracy, white-collar offenses, and more. We can walk you through the stages of your case, provide available options, and even lead you to achieving your desired result. With so much potentially on the line, don’t wait any longer. Connect with our team today to learn more about federal investigation defense and get started.

How Do You Know If You’ve Been Charged With a Federal Crime?

Being charged with a federal crime can be a daunting experience, but it can be even more overwhelming if you’re unclear about whether you’ve been charged. As a citizen, you have every right to a fair trial and investigation. Here’s how to know if you’ve been charged with a federal crime.


If law enforcement arrives, places you in handcuffs, and reads you your rights, there’s not much ambiguity. You’ve likely been federally charged, and if you’re still unsure, see if your arresting officers are federally-based, such as FBI.

Charged Without Arrest

You don’t have to be put in handcuffs to be charged with a federal crime. You might receive a notice in the mail summoning you to federal court and detailing the charges. Make sure to read this to verify that these are indeed federal charges. As long as you’re keeping up with your mail, you should have enough time to make the necessary provisions to appear in court on their requested date.

Investigation Without Arrest

Just because federal officers don’t have a warrant to arrest you doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. You might be greeted one day by FBI agents possessing a search warrant who look around your home. This means a judge has determined there’s enough of a possibility of incriminating evidence to allow for a search of your home. You need to understand your rights and ask for physical evidence of a warrant. You also should remember to adhere to your right to remain silent, even if you haven’t been placed under arrest.

What To Say

If you learn or suspect that you’re under investigation for a federal crime, there might be an impulse to try to cover your tracks and insist upon your innocence, either at the time of a raid or when under questioning. This can greatly sabotage your case, as answering questions could leave you open to being caught in contradictions that could cast doubts over your innocence. You also shouldn’t be discussing your case with anyone but your attorney. The matters of your case should be considered confidential.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Plea bargains are agreements between a defendant and a federal prosecutor. In this agreement, the defendant pleads guilt in exchange for reduced charges, or to get a lighter sentence. These agreements provide benefits to everyone. For the prosecutor assigned to the case, they can resolve the case without the time spent on a trial. For a defendant, it means they will get a lighter sentence, or have charges reduced/dismissed.

Plea bargaining in federal criminal cases aren’t the same as getting a plea-deal in state cases. There are different laws, and considerations, when it comes to federal criminal cases. Federal judges also have wide discretion when imposing the sentence. In state criminal court cases, the plea agreements are often done orally, and then put on the record with waiver of rights form being the only written record of the terms.

Federal criminal cases which are being handled by plea agreement feature length written documents. These documents are extremely detailed, and contain a lot of information about the admissions the defendant is making, the rights the defendant/government are giving up, and the agreement of both parties to the sentencing, and other information about the case.

Federal plea deals aren’t always the final word. Defendants need to understand that the sentencing ranging which is agreed upon by federal prosecutors is only a recommendation to the judge.

If you’re wondering whether to accept the plea agreement or night, it all depends on your criminal charges and whether you can win at trial. Deciding whether to go to trial or accept a plea deal can be very difficult. Most criminal cases don’t go to trial. They are usually resolved via plea bargains. Does this mean you should accept a plea bargain and avoid going to a trial? Well…the answer is – it depends. Just because most cases are resolved through plea bargains doesn’t mean you should accept a plea deal and avoid going to trial.

In order to determine whether you should accept a plea deal or not, you should speak to a qualified Federal criminal lawyer.

Here are some factors you may want to consider when looking at a potential plea offer from a prosecutor

  • Discuss the plea deal thoroughly with your attorney. Have an exhaustive conversation and leave no stone unturned. This is important so you feel comfortable with what you’re about to do.  Your federal lawyers will help you understand the terms, possible criminal sentences, and how it can impact your case. The professional perspective of your federal defense attorney is crucial, especially in trying to understand the pros and cons of the plea deal.
  • You want to consider the evidence against you, and how likely you are to be found guilty – if you go to trial. A plea deal may be better than risking a guilty verdict and being sentenced harsher sentence. You want to take into account all of the evidence against you. Don’t be overconfident. Make sure you’re doing a correct count of the evidence and how harmful or helpful it is.
  • Look at the benefits – a plea agreement may result in some charges being dropped or reduced, leading to less jail time. Your plea deal gives you more certainty rather than leaving your fate up to a judge.
  • Weigh the costs of taking the plea deal – you will have to admit guilt and there may be limits placed on your appeal rights. There are lifelong ramifications of taking a guilty plea. Consider the impact a guilty plea could have on your personal and professional life – things like your right to vote, right to bear arms, could all be impacted if you plea guilty.
  • Get a second opinion by consulting with another federal defense lawyer if you don’t feel confident in the advice you’ve gotten from your criminal lawyer. Their outside perspective may be helpful. It’s super helpful to speak to a variety of lawyers.
  • Consider how going to trial could impact you and your family emotionally, physically, and financially versus accepting a plea.

The choice of whether you take a potential plea is yours alone. Do not let anyone force you, including your lawyer or family member. You should consult with everyone, but take your own advice always. Carefully weigh the plea offer, trust yourself, and determine what is in your best interests legally and personally.

The United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines are essentially rules, which federal judges have to follow when deciding criminal sentences for defendants in cases. Here’s a quick overview of how federal sentencing guidelines work and how they could potentially impact defendants:

  • The federal guidelines provide a pre-calculated range of recommended criminal sentences based on the offense committed and the defendant’s previous criminal history. Judges use this range as a starting point and have some leeway.
  • There are some factors that are important, like the severity of the crime, whether weapons were used, financial and economic losses, and the defendant’s role in the crime — all of these variables affect the final calculation. Mitigating factors can reduce the sentencing range.
  • Federal judges must consider the guidelines, but they aren’t mandatory. Federal judges can impose sentences above, or below, the sentencing range if the circumstances warrant it.
  • For you – the defendant, the federal guidelines provide an estimate of what your potential final sentence could be. Knowing the sentencing range helps inform you plea deal decisions and sentencing expectations.
  • During the sentencing phase, your federal attorney will present arguments for a lower sentence based on the guidelines, calculations and other mitigating factors in your case.
  • If you receive a sentence above or below the federal guidelines, this can be used as grounds for an appeal after sentencing.
  • The federal sentencing guidelines look to provide consistency in sentencing across similar cases. It’s fair to say – they are complex and you should discuss how they apply specifically to your situation when speaking to your federal defense attorney.

Have you or someone you care about received a target letter from federal law enforcement? If so, some of the information below might be helpful to you. This isn’t a substitute for legal advice. It’s a good start though. Target letters are a way by which the federal government tells individuals they are a target for criminal prosecution. It means the prosecutor assigned to the case believes you’ve committed a crime. This is good time to hire a federal defense lawyer. This letter might come after federal agents have tried to interview you, or it might come out of the blue.

This is used frequently in white collar cases, and it’s the first indication you’re under investigation.

The US Attorney’s Manual defines someone as a target, when there is substantial evidence. The target letter will notify you about a number of things, such as:

  • informing you that you are a target in a federal grand jury investigation
  • the crime, or crimes, you are suspected of committing
  • your right to assert the Fifth Amendment
  • information for getting a court-appointed lawyer

The target letter will caution you against destroying any evidence, such as acts which could be understood as obstruction of justice, and may even encourage you to reach out to the prosecutor assigned to your case to discuss the case. These letters typically follow a standardized format.

If you received a target letter, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to be indicted. 

Prosecutors are not always able to gather sufficient evidence to indict targets of investigations. In some cases, your federal criminal defense attorney will be able to persuade the prosecutor to close the investigation, or reclassify you as a witness. This will depend on the facts of your case. In most circumstances the government isn’t required to issue target letter. In fact, they aren’t as common as you think. Most of the time – the government doesn’t want the target of an investigation to know their status – because then the target the might be more likely to obstruct justice or flee.

Here are some suggestions on what you should do after getting a federal target letter

Retain a Federal Attorney

The first and most important step after you get a federal target letter is to hire an experienced federal defense attorney. Do not speak to any investigator, regardless of how nice they look – without your attorney present. As they say on TV, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Your federal lawyer will guide you through the entire investigation process, offer advice on responding, and most importantly – negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf. Your federal attorney is responsible for helping you make sure you don’t make any mistakes – in addition to preventing you from incriminating yourself.

Do Not Tamper or Destroy Evidence

Destroying evidence, or tampering with evidence, connected to an investigation can lead to additional charges. This is something Prosecutors take very seriously. You should keep all documents, electronic devices, and anything else that might be relevant to the investigation – and make sure you don’t tamper with it. Your federal defense attorney will review all of these items and may use them in your defense at a later point and time.

Understand the Investigation

Work with your criminal defense lawyer and try to understand what the investigation is about. Understanding the full scope of the investigation help you prepare a targeted defense strategy. Are you the main target of the investigation, or a witness character? What statutes are involved? All of these questions and more will be answered by your criminal defense attorney – whose job it is to help you.

Cooperate Within Limits

It’s very tempting to try to clear your name immediately, it’s important to remember that you’re not obligated to speak with federal investigators without your attorney. If you make any mistakes, the federal prosecutors and investigators are likely going to use it against you. Let your attorney handle any interactions with law enforcement to ensure you’re protected.

Finances Matter

Legal battles are usually long and costly. Very few legal cases are solved overnight. It takes time. As a result, it’s important to consider your finances – make sure to arrange your finances and get them in order. It’s a good idea to set aside funds for legal fees and other expenses, such as the cost of experts.

Exercise Your Rights

As the person who is the subject of an investigation, you have constitutional rights that must be respected by law enforcement. These rights include the right to remain silent, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an attorney. Make sure you understand your rights. Do not let law enforcement agents convince you that you don’t have rights, or let them bend it. In situations like this, having a criminal defense attorney is the right way to proceed.

Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Don’t just wait for things to happen when it comes to your federal defense case. You must be proactive, and take a forceful approach to resolving your issues. Through your criminal defense lawyer, you will be able to find out more about the case against you. Working hand in hand with your criminal attorney will allow you to make a plea deal or alternative resolution before charges are formally filed. Being proactive allows you more control over the situation.

When you’re getting hauled in front of a grand jury – it can be very intimidating. Everything will feel really official and serious – and you won’t know what to do. You enter into the courthouse, surrounded by jurors, prosecutors, stenographers and you don’t even know where to sit. It’s only natural to wonder – can I bring a lawyer with me to the grand jury? Do I have a right to an attorney – if I’m testifying before a grand jury? This is an important question and everyone wonders what the answer to this is.

The short answer is NO, you don’t have a constitutional right to have an attorney with you in the grand jury room. If you’re called into testify before a grand jury – you should first consult with a federal defense attorney at the Spodek Law Group.

Many people wonder – doesn’t the Sixth Amendment give you the right to legal counsel? Well yes, it does. But the Supreme Court has ruled that this constitutional right – specifically only applies to the criminal trial itself. The grand jury stage is considered a pre-trial investigative stage, and thus – this right doesn’t apply, because you haven’t been charged yet formally as a criminal.

What this means – is at this stage the prosecutors get to speak to you without your lawyer there to object. On the bright side, you can leave to confer with your attorney whose outside the courtroom if you need a break. But otherwise, you’re dealing with the questioning alone. There is no lawyer there to help you answer any trick questions.

Federal attorneys don’t love this setup. Many federal lawyers argue that having a lawyer present in the grand jury room, would discourage bullying or sneaky tactics by prosecutors. But the courts do not agree. As far as they’re concerned, the grand jury isn’t a mini-trial. There’s no adversary in the courtroom with you, just jurors deciding if charges make sense.

Sometimes judges will allow a lawyer in the room if things seem unfair. For example if the prosecutor is going after you extra hard. But there’s no guaranteed right to have an attorney in the room with you. In virtually all cases, your lawyer can prep you beforehand. But once you’re sworn in, you’re on your own facing the jury.

Understanding Dual Sovereignty: Can You Be Charged Twice?

Can you get charged twice for the same crime? This is a tricky question. Many people wonder about it and ask us. It’s a tricky legal question. Most people assume that the Fifth Amendment prevents it – “nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” What does this mean? It sounds like double jeopardy is not allowed! But here’s the issue: state charges and federal charges are considered separate.

Unfortunately, you can get charged twice for the same crime.

This is due to the fact our government was setup on “dual sovereignty doctrine” – the idea that federal and state governments are separate entities.

A crime like robbery, violates both state and federal laws against theft and federal laws protecting interstate commerce. States are interested in prosecuting crimes locally, while the feds care about crimes affecting the nation. Crimes that cross state lines are prosecuted by the federal government, but the individual states themselves can prosecute the person committing the crime as well.

The Supreme Court upheld the idea of dual sovereignty back in 1959. Defendants in criminal cases who had pled guilty to a state charge challenged a second federal case but lost. The Supreme Court said states and the federal government draw power from different sources so they can prosecute as separate sovereigns for the same crime. Bottom line, don’t assume you can only be prosecuted once for the crime. Both the feds and state authorities will try to claim their pound of flesh and come after you.

This doctrine is still valid today. There are many crimes that can lead to state and federal charges – money laundering, drug trafficking, civil rights violations, even murder. If a state fails to properly prosecute a crime, or lets someone off too lightly, the feds might step in and prosecute the case. They are not afraid of overstepping. In some cases – the state authorities will allow the feds to take over- because the federal prosecutors have far more resources.

The Court has said sham or vindictive prosecutions designed just to get a second bite at prosecuting won’t fly. Your federal attorney can try to get sentences served at the same time. And they might find sympathetic judges willing to rein in overzealous prosecutions.

Some experts think dual sovereignty gives too much power to prosecutors. But it remains standard practice. So for now, the federal justice system looks at both state and federal prosecutions as two separate prosecutions that can be allowed to go on, concurrently. A completed state case doesn’t stop the feds from stepping up to the plate later on.