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Cincinnati federal criminal lawyers

Cincinnati Federal Criminal Lawyers: What You Need to Know

1. Understanding Federal Crimes

Federal crimes are offenses that violate U.S. federal laws. They are prosecuted in federal courts by U.S. attorneys. Federal crimes differ from state crimes in several key ways:

  • Federal crimes often involve interstate commerce or cross state lines
  • Federal crimes may be investigated by federal agencies like the FBI, DEA, or IRS
  • Federal crimes carry potentially harsher penalties than state crimes
  • Federal prosecutors have more resources to investigate and prosecute cases

Some common examples of federal crimes include:

Crime Description
Drug trafficking Manufacturing, distributing, or possessing illegal drugs
White-collar crimes Fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, etc.
Cybercrime Hacking, identity theft, child pornography, etc.
Violent crimes Kidnapping, bank robbery, terrorism, etc.

If you are under investigation for or have been charged with a federal crime in Cincinnati, OH, you need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney on your side IMMEDIATELY. Federal prosecutors are aggressive and will use all resources at their disposal to secure a conviction. Your freedom and future are at stake.At Spodek Law Group, our Cincinnati federal criminal lawyers have extensive experience defending clients against a wide range of federal charges. We understand the complexities of the federal criminal justice system and know how to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your unique case. Don’t wait – contact us today for a confidential consultation.

2. Choosing the Right Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you‘re facing federal criminal charges, the lawyer you choose can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting a Cincinnati federal criminal defense attorney:


Federal cases are complex and the stakes are high. You need a lawyer with significant experience specifically handling federal criminal cases – not just any criminal defense attorney. Look for an attorney who has:

  • Handled cases similar to yours in federal court
  • Taken federal criminal cases to trial and won acquittals
  • Negotiated favorable plea agreements with federal prosecutors
  • Achieved positive outcomes for clients in sentencing


Federal criminal law and procedure is a highly specialized area. Your lawyer needs to have in-depth knowledge of:

  • The federal statutes you’re charged under
  • The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines
  • Relevant case law and precedents
  • Effective defense strategies for federal cases


The best federal criminal defense lawyers are well-known and respected by judges, prosecutors, and their peers. They have a reputation for being:

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
Just had my Divorce case settled 2 months ago after having a horrible experience with another firm. I couldn’t be happier with Claire Banks and Elizabeth Garvey with their outstanding professionalism in doing so with Spodek Law Group. Any time I needed questions answered they were always prompt in doing so with all my uncertainties after 30 yrs of marriage.I feel from the bottom of my heart you will NOT be disappointed with either one. Thanks a million.
Brendan huisman
Brendan huisman
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
Guerline Menard
Guerline Menard
Thanks again Spodek law firm, particularly Esq Claire Banks who stood right there with us up to the finish line. Attached photos taken right outside of the court building and the smile on our faces represented victory, a breath of fresh air and satisfaction. We are very happy that this is over and we can move on with our lives. Thanks Spodek law 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️
Keisha Parris
Keisha Parris
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 Beauty
Taïko Beauty
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!
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
Hey, how you guys doing? Good afternoon my name is Anthony Williams I just want to give a great shout out to the team of. Spodek law group. It is such a honor to use them and to use their assistance through this whole case from start to finish. They did everything that they said they was gonna do and if it ever comes down to it, if I ever have to use them again, hands-down they will be the first law office at the top of my list, thank you guys so much. It was a pleasure having you guys by my side so if you guys ever need them, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give them a call.
Loveth Okpedo
Loveth Okpedo
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
Amazing experience with Spodek! Very professional lawyers who take your case seriously. They treated me with respect, were always available, and answered any and all questions. They were able to help me very successfully and removed a huge stress. Highly recommend.
divesh patel
divesh patel
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.
  • Skilled litigators and negotiators
  • Aggressive advocates for their clients
  • Ethical and professional in their practice
  • Leaders in the legal community

At Spodek Law Group, our Cincinnati federal criminal attorneys bring decades of experience, knowledge, and a winning reputation to every case we handle. We have a proven track record of success in even the toughest federal cases. Let us put our expertise to work for you.

3. The Federal Criminal Process

The federal criminal justice process differs significantly from the state system. Here‘s a general overview of what you can expect:


Most federal cases begin with an investigation by a federal law enforcement agency like the FBI, DEA, IRS, etc. This may involve:

  • Surveillance
  • Wiretaps
  • Search warrants
  • Informants
  • Grand jury subpoenas

If you suspect you are under federal investigation, contact a lawyer immediately. Do NOT speak to investigators without an attorney present.

Charging Decision

After investigating, the U.S. Attorney‘s Office will decide whether to bring formal charges, usually via a criminal complaint or indictment. The charging document will specify:

  • The federal crimes alleged
  • Key facts of the case
  • Potential penalties faced

Having an attorney involved early can sometimes help you avoid charges altogether or negotiate a better pre-indictment plea deal.


Your first court appearance after being charged is the arraignment, where you’ll be:

  • Informed of the charges against you
  • Asked to enter an initial plea of guilty or not guilty
  • Have your bail/detention status decided

It’s crucial to have a lawyer representing you at the arraignment to protect your rights.


Next comes the discovery phase, where the prosecution must turn over evidence to the defense, including:

  • Police reports
  • Witness statements
  • Photos/videos
  • Scientific test results
  • Other documents

Your lawyer will carefully review all discovery to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the government‘s case against you.

Pretrial Motions

Before trial, your attorney may file motions to:

  • Dismiss the case
  • Suppress illegally obtained evidence
  • Compel additional discovery
  • Request a separate trial from co-defendants

Strategic pretrial motions can greatly improve your chances of a positive outcome.

Plea Bargaining

The vast majority of federal cases are resolved through plea bargains. Your lawyer will negotiate with prosecutors to try to get:

  • Charges reduced or dismissed
  • A lower sentence than you’d likely face if convicted at trial
  • Other favorable terms

Whether or not to accept a plea deal is a critical decision that should be made carefully with the advice of your attorney.


If your case does go to trial, your lawyer will vigorously defend you before a judge and jury by:

  • Presenting evidence in your favor
  • Cross-examining government witnesses
  • Objecting to improper evidence or arguments
  • Delivering persuasive opening and closing statements

Having a skilled trial attorney is essential if you’re facing federal prosecution.


If you plead guilty or are convicted at trial, the final stage is sentencing. Your attorney will:

  • Argue for the lowest possible sentence
  • Present mitigating evidence and character witnesses
  • Raise any applicable grounds for a sentencing departure or variance

Even after a conviction, effective representation at sentencing can make a significant difference in the punishment you receive.At Spodek Law Group, our Cincinnati federal criminal defense lawyers will be by your side through every step of the process, fighting tirelessly to achieve the best possible result. We have the experience and skill to effectively navigate the complexities of the federal system and provide the aggressive advocacy you need during this difficult time.

4. Defenses to Federal Charges

Just because you’ve been charged with a federal crime doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted. There are many potential defenses that may apply in your case, such as:

Lack of Evidence

The government has the burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If there are holes in their evidence or it‘s simply not strong enough, that can be grounds for acquittal. Your lawyer‘s job is to meticulously examine and challenge the prosecution‘s case.

Violation of Constitutional Rights

Evidence may be suppressed and charges potentially dismissed if your constitutional rights were violated, such as through:

  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Failure to read Miranda rights
  • Coerced confession
  • Denial of right to counsel


Entrapment occurs when law enforcement induces someone to commit a crime they otherwise wouldn’t have. If you were entrapped, that is a complete defense to the charges.


If you committed the alleged offense under an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury, you may have a duress defense.


Certain conditions can render a person legally incapable of committing a crime, such as:

  • Mental illness
  • Intellectual disability
  • Involuntary intoxication


If you have evidence showing you were somewhere else when the crime occurred, that can be a strong defense.

Statute of Limitations

For most federal crimes, charges must be brought within five years. If the statute of limitations has expired, the case should be dismissed.Other potential defenses may include double jeopardy, selective prosecution, outrageous government conduct, and more. An experienced federal criminal defense lawyer will identify and raise all applicable defenses in your case.At Spodek Law Group, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to defending our clients. We will thoroughly investigate the facts, carefully analyze the evidence, and zealously argue every legal and factual defense on your behalf. Our goal is to secure the best outcome possible, whether that’s an acquittal, dismissal, favorable plea, or reduced sentence.

5. Penalties for Federal Convictions

The penalties for federal crimes are generally much harsher than for state offenses. If convicted, you could be facing:

  • Lengthy prison sentences, up to life in some cases
  • Hefty fines, often in the hundreds of thousands of dollars
  • Restitution to victims
  • Forfeiture of assets
  • Supervised release (similar to probation)

Your sentence will largely be determined by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account factors like:

  • The offense level of the crime
  • Your criminal history
  • Specific offense characteristics
  • Adjustments for acceptance of responsibility or obstruction of justice
  • Departures or variances

Having a knowledgeable federal criminal defense attorney is critical to achieving the lowest possible sentence under the Guidelines. At Spodek Law Group, we have a deep understanding of the Guidelines and how to effectively argue for downward departures, variances, and other sentencing relief. We will do everything in our power to minimize the consequences of a conviction.

6. Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if I’m under federal investigation?

A: If you suspect you’re under federal investigation, the most important thing is to remain silent and contact an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer immediately. Do NOT speak to investigators without an attorney present, as anything you say can be used against you. Your lawyer can communicate with authorities on your behalf and advise you of your rights.

Q: How long does a federal case take?

A: Federal cases can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to resolve, depending on factors like the complexity of the case, the amount of evidence, and whether the case goes to trial. Generally, federal cases take longer than state cases due to the extensive investigation and discovery involved.

Q: Can I get bail in a federal case?

A: Maybe. Unlike state court, there is no automatic right to bail in federal cases. The court will consider factors like your criminal history, ties to the community, and risk of flight when deciding whether to grant bail. If bail is granted, it is often much higher than in state cases. Your lawyer can argue for the most favorable bail conditions.

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