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Battling Allegations of Using Mail to Defraud Customers

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Battling Allegations of Using Mail to Defraud Customers Being accused of using the mail to defraud customers can be scary; but there are ways to defend yourself. Let's break it down into what's happening, what laws apply, and how best to respond. The Allegation First, you're being accused of using...

Understanding Differences Between Postal Inspectors and FBI Agents

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Understanding Differences Between Postal Inspectors and FBI Agents Postal inspectors and FBI agents both serve important roles in federal law enforcement, but their jobs also have some key differences. This article will explain the history, duties, powers, and jurisdictions of these two types of federal agents so you can better...

Fighting Charges of Conspiracy to Commit Postal Service Crime

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Fighting Charges of Conspiracy to Commit Postal Service Crime Being accused of conspiracy to commit postal service crime can be scary. The charges sound really serious, and the penalties can be severe. But try not to panic. There are defenses, and experienced criminal defense lawyers who can help. Let's break...

Defending Against Charges of Using Mail to Distribute Illegal Drugs

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Defending Against Charges of Using Mail to Distribute Illegal Drugs Getting accused of mailing illegal drugs can be scary. I know folks feel anxious and overwhelmed when facing drug charges. But stay hopeful - there are defenses and options. Let's break this down together. The Law First, understand it's illegal...

Preventing Conviction for Stealing Mail as a Postal Service Vendor

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Preventing Conviction for Stealing Mail as a Postal Service Vendor Hey there! If you work for the postal service and handle mail as part of your job, you need to be extra careful not to take or tamper with any of it. I know it can be tempting to sneak...

Understanding Court Jurisdiction Over Postal Service Criminal Cases

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Understanding Court Jurisdiction Over Postal Service Criminal Cases The court system can seem complicated, especially when it comes to understanding which courts have authority over certain types of cases. This is particularly true for criminal cases involving the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPS has its own law enforcement...

Mailbox Destruction Charges: Key Elements and Defense Strategies

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Mailbox Destruction Charges: Key Elements and Defense Strategies Getting charged with mailbox destruction can be scary. You may be wondering, "What did I even do wrong?" This article will break down the key elements of mailbox destruction charges, look at real-life cases, and suggest defense strategies that could help. What...

Defending Against Allegations of Workers Compensation Fraud by Employees

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Defending Against Allegations of Workers Compensation Fraud by Employees Being accused of workers' compensation fraud can be scary and overwhelming. But with the right legal defense, you can protect your rights and avoid harsh penalties. This article will explain what workers' comp fraud is, potential penalties, and most importantly -...

Understanding Differences in State and Federal Mail Theft Crimes

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

  Understanding Differences in State and Federal Mail Theft Crimes Mail theft can be prosecuted at both the state and federal level, depending on the circumstances of the crime. There are some key differences between state and federal mail theft laws that are important to understand. What is Mail Theft?...

Preventing Conviction for Theft of Postal Property as an Employee

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Preventing Conviction for Theft of Postal Property as an Employee Hey there! If you're a postal employee who has been accused of stealing mail, I totally get how scary and overwhelming this can feel. A federal conviction could mean huge fines and even years in prison - not to mention...

Challenging Postal Inspector Requests for Private Text and Email Records

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Challenging Postal Inspector Requests for Private Text and Email Records We all want to protect our privacy. But sometimes the government thinks it needs to see our private communications for an investigation. This article looks at legal ways to challenge requests from Postal Inspectors to hand over your texts, emails,...

Steps to Take Before Stopping Payments on Business Loans

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

  Steps to Take Before Stopping Payments on Business Loans If you're struggling to make payments on a business loan, stopping payments may seem like the only option. But before you do, it's important to understand the consequences and explore alternatives. Defaulting on a loan can seriously damage your business's...

The Ins and Outs of Federal Subpoenas

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

The Ins and Outs of Federal Subpoenas Getting a subpoena can be, like, super intimidating. What even are they? This article will give you the lowdown on federal subpoenas—what they are, how they work, and what your options are if you get one. What is a subpoena? A subpoena is...

Key Differences Between Civil and Criminal Federal Subpoenas

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Key Differences Between Civil and Criminal Federal Subpoenas Hey there! If you've ever been involved in a court case, you may have heard the term "subpoena" thrown around. Subpoenas are a big deal in both civil and criminal cases. But what exactly are they, and what are the key differences...

What to Do When You Receive a Federal Grand Jury Subpoena

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

What to Do When You Receive a Federal Grand Jury Subpoena Getting a federal grand jury subpoena can be scary. You may feel anxious, confused, or overwhelmed. But don't panic! This article will walk you through what to expect and how to handle it. What is a federal grand jury...

Fighting Back Against Overly Broad Federal Subpoenas

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Fighting Back Against Overly Broad Federal Subpoenas Getting a subpoena can be scary. You may feel anxious about having to turn over personal information or testify in court. But don't panic! There are ways to fight back against subpoenas that ask for too much. This article will give you some...

Fifth Amendment Rights Against Self-Incrimination With Federal Subpoenas

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Fifth Amendment Rights Against Self-Incrimination With Federal Subpoenas The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides us all with the right against self-incrimination. This means that the government can't force you to testify or provide information that could implicate you in a crime. But what exactly does this right entail...

Journalist Privilege When Dealing With Federal Subpoenas

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Journalist Privilege When Dealing With Federal Subpoenas Journalists have a complicated relationship with federal subpoenas. On one hand, they have a duty to report newsworthy information to the public. On the other hand, they often rely on confidential sources who speak only on condition of anonymity. What happens when a...

Understanding Federal Subpoena Power of Inspector Generals

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Understanding Federal Subpoena Power of Inspectors General Inspectors general play a super important role in watching over federal agencies and finding waste, fraud, and abuse. One of the most powerful tools they have is the investigative subpoena. This article will help explain federal subpoena power and how inspectors general use...

Limits on Federal Agency Subpoena Power Under the Fourth Amendment

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Limits on Federal Agency Subpoena Power Under the Fourth Amendment The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. This includes limits on federal agencies' ability to issue subpoenas demanding information or records from individuals or organizations. However, the Fourth Amendment does...

How to Petition to Modify or Set Aside a Federal Subpoena

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

How to Petition to Modify or Set Aside a Federal Subpoena Getting served with a federal subpoena can be intimidating. You may feel anxious about having to turn over personal information or testify in court. But don't panic! You have options. This article will walk you through how to petition...

Seeking Attorney’s Fees After Successfully Quashing a Federal Subpoena

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Seeking Attorney's Fees After Successfully Quashing a Federal Subpoena Getting hit with a federal subpoena can be a real pain, am I right? Just when you think you're in the clear, BOOM - here comes a subpoena demanding you turn over documents, testify at a deposition, or appear in court....

Motions to Modify Federal Subpoenas Seeking Electronically Stored Information

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Dealing with Overly Broad Subpoenas for Electronic Evidence Getting your hands on the right evidence can make or break a case. As a lawyer, you want all the relevant emails, texts, and documents that the other side has. But you can't just demand everything they've got! That's where "subpoenas" come...

How Federal Subpoenas Allow Agencies to Retain Privileged Information

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

How Federal Agencies Use Subpoenas to Get Information Subpoenas are powerful tools that federal agencies can use to get information from people and companies during investigations. But when they ask for confidential or protected information, it raises some big concerns. Let's look at how these subpoenas work and what you...

Understanding Sovereign Immunity from Federal Subpoenas

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

  Understanding Sovereign Immunity from Federal Subpoenas Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that prevents the government from being sued without its consent. This means the federal government, states, and state officials generally cannot be sued unless they agree to it. Sovereign immunity comes from English common law and has...

Understanding the Crime-Fraud Exception for Federal Subpoenas

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Understanding the Crime-Fraud Exception for Federal Subpoenas The attorney-client privilege is an important part of the American legal system. It allows clients to speak openly with their lawyers without worrying that what they say can be used against them. But this privilege isn't absolute - there are exceptions, including the...

Challenging FTC Findings of Deceptive Conduct

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

Challenging FTC Findings of Deceptive Conduct Getting accused of deceptive practices by the FTC can be scary. But there are ways to challenge their findings, depending on the specifics of your case. This article will walk through some strategies for defending yourself. What is "Deceptive Conduct"? First, let's define what...

Responding to FTC Investigations of Influencers

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

Responding to FTC Investigations of Influencers Hey there! If you're an influencer who's been contacted by the FTC about your social media posts, don't panic. I know it can be scary to get a letter from a government agency, but there are steps you can take to respond appropriately. As...

Responding to Federal Subpoenas for Social Media Information

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

  Responding to Federal Subpoenas for Social Media Information Getting a subpoena for your social media info can be, like, super stressful. This article will walk you through what to do if the feds come knockin' for your Twitter DMs or Facebook photos. What is a subpoena? A subpoena is...

Options for Fighting Federal Subpoenas of Attorney-Client Communications

By Spodek Law Group | September 15, 2023

Options for Fighting Federal Subpoenas of Attorney-Client Communications Getting a federal subpoena for attorney-client communications can be super stressful. As a lawyer, you have an ethical duty to protect your client's confidential information. But you also have to follow the law and comply with valid court orders. What do you...

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