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New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

March 21, 2024

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When you’re charged with a crime in New Jersey, you might think your case is going to be confined to just state law.

Unfortunately, many state crimes sometimes fall under federal jurisdiction as well. They can be tried by a federal prosecutor who represents a federal agency such as the DEA or FBI. State law alone is a murky place to be if you don’t have a legal background. If you’ve been served with a federal criminal complaint, we understand you’re concerned. You should be.

What are Common Federal Crimes?

The federal government is made up of many branches of government that oversee things like healthcare, military matters, and public safety. That’s not a full list of federal departments, but it gives you an idea of the large breadth of crimes that might fall under federal law.

Common federal crimes include:

How Serious are Federal Crimes?

Federal crimes are almost always considered more serious than crimes charged in state. That’s because a person has the burden of serving more of their sentence out if they’re convicted of a federal crime. For example, a federal felony is just about the scariest charge you’ll ever come up against and carry a long jail term even if the offense itself wouldn’t normally be considered as serious in a state court.

If you’ve been charged with a federal criminal act, it’s time to contact the lawyers at Spodek Law Group. You’ll find that New Jersey clients are highly satisfied and number in the thousands. We also have locations all around the United States to represent clients in all federal cases. Our firm is professional and highly knowledgeable about all federal crimes.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Due to the serious nature of federal crimes and the stiff prison sentences upheld by federal courts, you’re up against a lot more than just the state of New Jersey. Many people believe that you can’t be tried in federal court for a crime if you’ve already faced a state court. This couldn’t be further from the truth. States can bring charges for your crime, and then federal agencies can bring up charges against you next.

The legal system sees this as different from “double jeopardy.” Federal and state crimes are seen as different types of crimes in the eyes of the law, so you can be charged for a federal crime even if you’ve already been convicted in New Jersey. No one should go into a federal case without the help of a good lawyer.

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
2024-03-21
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
2024-03-18
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
2024-03-18
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
2024-03-15
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
2024-03-15
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
2024-03-12
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
2024-03-12
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
2024-02-28
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
2024-02-24
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.

People who know they’re under federal investigation should immediately contact Spodek and take our advice. There are a few good reasons for this.

  1. Unnecessary disclosures are a big problem for defendants in the beginning of an investigation. You might unknowingly divulge information that you weren’t require to share, and federal prosecutors will be able to use that information against you in a federal court. A New Jersey federal criminal defense lawyer will be able to tell you what you have to share or don’t have to share before you harm your own case.
  2. Federal defense lawyers work hard to devise a strategy for your defense before the investigation even wraps up. In some cases, they can use that strategy to avoid charges for you at all. By cooperating with you and then intervening for you, you’re reducing your chances of facing charges at all when you have a federal defense lawyer on your side.
  3. When you go into a federal case, even if you are convicted, you’ll reduce your chances of the stiffest penalties for your crime. Your defense team works hard to make sure that you get the lightest sentence possible in your situation. This can save you years of your life and in some cases protect your freedom, even if you’re convicted.
  4. Peace of mind during your foray into the federal legal system will always be higher when you have a good legal team fighting for your freedom and very life.

Hire a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hearing the news that you’ve been charged with a federal crime is often shocking and life-altering. Until the investigation concludes, you may experience anxiety. You will experience less anxiety if you have the team at Spodek on your side. From the moment you hire Spodek, the team takes care of every aspect of the investigative stage, any criminal proceedings, and of course, sentence mitigation. We have a marvelous track record of avoiding the stiffest penalties for our clients or of simply having the charges thrown out. Contact Spodek Law Group today to start fighting for your life.

White-Collar Crimes in New Jersey: Understanding the Consequences and the Importance of Legal Representation

White-collar crime is typically a non-violent crime motivated by money. While the crime may not cause physical harm to individuals, it can be financially devastating to those who are affected. The white-collar crime involves acts such as bank fraud, counterfeiting, credit card fraud, insider trading, bribery, money laundering, and embezzlement. The consequences of a white-collar crime conviction can be dire. If you are accused of white-collar crimes in New Jersey, you should seek out an attorney who specializes in the area of law.

The Role of White-Collar New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

White-collar defense lawyers are well-versed on the issues. The firm will have seasoned veterans who can craft a defense for your particular case. If you live in the New Jersey area, call for a consultation with the Spodek Law Group. They have the experience and track record needed to fight for your rights. With Spodek, you will receive aggressive representation by lawyers who will always bring the highest level of service.

The Serious Consequences of White-Collar Crimes in New Jersey

White-collar crimes in New Jersey are serious and can have serious consequences. There is a wide range of sentencing options depending on the crime and other factors. You could face many years in prison, high fines, and even restitution. You may also receive probation. If there is enough evidence to garner a conviction, your defense attorney will do everything within their power to get your sentence reduced.

Fighting for the Lightest Sentence Possible

The goal of the Spodek Law Group is to get the lightest sentence possible under the law. There are times when the evidence against you is not what it seems. Everything will be thoroughly investigated. Mistakes can happen, and unfortunately, police work can be sloppy and sometimes unethical. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. The Spodek Law Group will ensure that you won’t. They will go over your case with a fine-toothed comb to ensure everything is above board.

Being Informed of an Investigation

Many people wonder how they will be informed that they are under investigation for white-collar crimes. If you are being investigated, federal agents will pay you a visit. That visit could be from any government authority including the FBI, Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Internal Revenue Service. Sometimes you will be issued a subpoena, a search warrant, or both. If the federal government reaches out to you, you should have your defense attorneys on standby. They will instruct you regarding your rights and how to handle those situations.

The Importance of a Knowledgeable New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

When it comes to white-collar crimes in New Jersey, prosecutors can be very tough. Depending on the crime, a prosecutor will definitely try to get the harshest sentence possible. This is why you will need a defense attorney who knows all about white-collar law. Many of the lawyers are former federal prosecutors. They are well versed in white-collar law and know exactly what prosecutors will do. They will use their own personal experience to fight back and secure a victory for you.

Protecting Your Rights: The Role of a New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

Remember, never answer questions without the benefit of a lawyer present. This is one of the biggest mistakes a person can make. Federal agents can often put the fear of God in a person and trick them into giving up their rights. And anything you say to them can be used against you at your trial. A good lawyer will be at your side from start to finish. The first order of business is arguing to have the charges dropped. If there is not enough evidence, a reasonable judge will drop them.

Seeking Aggressive Legal Representation

In New Jersey, white-collar crimes under state and federal law can have severe consequences. You will need an aggressive team of attorneys to fight for your rights. Call the Spodek Group for a risk-free consultation before it’s too late.

Should You Talk to Federal Law Enforcement Officers?

Law enforcement agencies and officers have, for years, been viewed negatively by the public eye. A recent publication by the Daily Mail evidences this. The publication states that only 8% of Americans under 30 years old have a great deal of police trust. This is an insufficient number. Such statistics cause eyebrow raises and the question of whether or not you should talk to Federal Law Enforcement Officers. This article seeks to answer this question and more.

Before answering this question, however, it is essential to understand Federal Law Enforcement fully. What is it, and who is involved? Federal Law Enforcement involves several agencies with a primary role in maintaining law and order in New Jersey and the United States. Some of these agencies include:

  • The United States Customs and Border Protection
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI
  • The Secret Service
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ATF
  • United States Marshals Services USMS
  • Drug Enforcement Administration DEA
  • The Federal Bureau of Prisons BOP

Officers from these agencies are generally authorized to carry firearms and make arrests.

From an ideal perspective, one should always talk to Federal Law Enforcement. However, realistically and from the statistics and people’s general attitude, this is not the case. Whether a person should or should not talk to law enforcement is highly dependent on specific situations and circumstances. Therefore, there are instances where you should and others where you should not. Some questions to ask yourself before you decide:

  • Are you guilty of an offense at the time when the communication is to be made?
  • Has a crime been committed against you?
  • Is it an issue that requires the involvement of law enforcement?
  • Is your security/safety or that of other people around you when you are to talk compromised?

Why you SHOULD talk to law enforcement in New Jersey

  1. Your safety is guaranteed.

    Early in June, the Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, directed that all law enforcement agencies in New Jersey begin publicly identifying all law enforcement officers accused of severe disciplinary violations. No law enforcement officer would, therefore, compromise themselves in any way by causing you harm. Therefore, whatever your issue may be, whether for or even against law enforcement, you should speak out without fear.

  2. It is illegal not to speak out.

    This point is specifically about speaking to law enforcement concerning some instances or evidence. For example, if you witness or know something about a crime or a matter under investigation. Not talking to law enforcement about what you know may be considered hiding evidence. Therefore, you risk being charged with obstruction of justice in a court of law if you do not speak.

  3. It is the right thing to do.

    Law enforcement measures are put in place to maintain law and public order and protect you. Therefore, it is only suitable to talk to that put in place for you.

  4. You will not be deported.

    This applies to immigrants. For a long time, immigrants were afraid of speaking out about crimes against them. The Immigrant Trust Directive, however, covers them, and they can, therefore, speak out without fear. This directive aimed to build immigrants’ trust in law enforcement officers and the overall effect to reduce crime in New Jersey.

  5. Many measures have been put in place to protect, serve, and build New Jersey residents’ trust.

    Residents can trust law enforcement to act in their favor and for their excellent. This makes it paramount to talk to law enforcement.

Why you SHOULD NOT talk to law enforcement in New Jersey

Suppose you are guilty of a crime. Law enforcement officers have to uphold the law. Therefore, if you are a criminal and are guilty, many stakes are high against you. Ever heard of the phrase “Whatever you say can and will be used against you in a court of law”? Well, it stands. Therefore, you should be guilty of a crime to not talk to law enforcement before talking to your lawyer. This applies during the time of arrest and even in custody. Do not speak without your criminal lawyer.

Law enforcement is not an enemy to the people but rather a helper. Therefore, it does more good than harm to speak to law enforcement. As seen in the article, it is better to talk to law enforcement in New Jersey. Whether you are answering a routine call, have evidence of something, want to report a crime or have a concern, you should not hold back. Talk to law enforcement.

Let’s Talk About Federal Crimes in New Jersey – Trust Me, It’s Complicated

Listen, I understand – when you’re facing criminal charges in New Jersey, it’s easy-peasy to think your case is just about state law. But, and here’s a key point, a whole mess of state crimes can actually fall under the big umbrella of federal jurisdiction. That means you could be up against a federal bigwig, I mean prosecutor, from rip-roaring agencies like the DEA or FBI. This is why facing a federal charge can be a real nail-biter, friend.

Now, federal crimes are seen as heavier than state crimes because they can saddle you with longer jailtimes, even if the offense wouldn’t normally be seen as major-league serious in a state court. I’m talking tax and mail fraud, Medicaid and Medicare fraud, kidnapping across state borders, and drug trafficking – all typical examples of federal crimes.

Why Spodek Law Group should be your go-to for Federal Crimes

Here at the Spodek Law Group, we know how disconcerting it is to receive a federal criminal complaint. Our team of dedicated attorneys have their fingers on the pulse of all types of federal crimes. They’ve stood up for thousands of clients across the country, and they’re ready to stand up for you.

But Todd, Why Do I Need A New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer?

You’re in a bind when you’re facing charges for a crime. Life’s going to feel like an unruly rollercoaster, and it’s even worse when the charges are federal. The big thing to remember is that you’re not just squaring off against New Jersey, but potentially the whole United States legal system! Federal and State Crimes are like apples and oranges, very different. This means you could face an extra round of charges from big federal agencies, even after a state conviction. Don’t panic, that’s where a seasoned lawyer, like the professionals in our team, comes into play.

Your New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers: Your Greatest Ally

1.) Dodge unnecessary disclosures: Listen, during an investigation, folks often spill more beans than they need to. Unnecessary information that later turns the court against them. With an experienced NJ defense lawyer from the get-go, you’ll know what specifics to share and what needs to stay zipped up for your case’s sake.

2.) Form A Defense Strategy: Experienced defense lawyers hit the ground running, aiming to cut the charges off at the knees. They’re in the game with you, intervening on your behalf, working to reduce the odds of you facing charges at all.

3.) Cutback Heavy Penalties: Even if the court finds you guilty, a solid defense team will throw their weight behind getting you the lightest sentence possible. We’re talking potentially saving years of your life and still ensuring your freedom.

4.) Peace Of Mind: Facing criminal charges is a heavy load to bear without worrying about fumbling through challenging legal processes solo. Knowing you have a savvy lawyer in your corner gives you a sense of security when times are tough.

There’s No Time Like The Present: Hire A New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

Facing federal criminal charges in New Jersey? I can’t stress enough how critical it is to have a practiced legal team fighting your corner from the very beginning. Here at Spodek Law Group, we handle every single aspect of the investigation, any court proceedings, and sentence mitigation. Hear me when I say, we want our clients to focus on living their lives while we battle for their freedom.

Our success speaks for itself, saving numerous clients from severe penalties or scoring totally dropped charges. Reach out to us today – we’re ready to duke it out for you!

So, Why Are Federal Crimes Such A Big Deal?

As we said before, federal crimes are a bigger deal than state crimes because they pack in a longer jail term. Even if the offense wouldn’t normally be seen as super severe in a state court, in a federal court it’s a different story.

Charged With A Federal Crime? Here’s What You Need To Know

Yep, being charged with a federal crime can make your knees shake. You might think that once you’ve been to state court there’s no way you could be tried again. That’s not exactly right though.

Federal and state crimes are different beasts, legally speaking. So, they can slap you with a federal crime charge, even after a state conviction. This is why it’s super key to have an experienced NJ defense lawyer with you, from word go.

Why Put Your Trust In our New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers?

Here at Spodek Law Group, we understand how disquieting it is to receive a federal criminal complaint. Our team of professional lawyers has honed their craft on all types of federal crimes and represented thousands of clients across the United States.

We manage every aspect of your case from start to finish, leaving you free to focus on your life while we grapple for your freedom. We’re always ready to strategize on avoiding charges, or at least reducing penalties if necessary.

Contact us today – let’s start fighting for your future!

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