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What does a criminal defense lawyer do?

May 10, 2024 Uncategorized

What Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?

The Stakes Are High

There’s one reason you’re on this website: you’re looking for an elite criminal defense law firm. You want the best possible criminal defense lawyer you can find. So, what do you do, if you get hit – with one of these things? If you’re accused of a crime, your future could be at stake. Punishments for federal offenses and crimes can be harsh. There are mandatory minimum sentences which leave no room for leniency. The authorities have vast resources at their disposal. Agencies like the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, and Homeland Security could be involved. They have the ability to intercept phone calls, conduct surveillance, collect video evidence – and use other powerful tools against you. It’s simple. Every single client deserves honesty and white glove service. Every single client should know what they potentially face – and what the outcome of their case could be, before hiring an attorney. At Spodek Law Group, our criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to providing the highest level of service. We have experience handling the toughest legal situations possible. Getting amazing outcomes for our clients is our top priority.

The First Steps

If you’re a suspect or person of interest in a federal crime, we can help. If you’re under investigation or already charged with a crime, your freedom could be at risk. Most law firms implement a cookie cutter strategy to fight cases and save time. They don’t carefully examine each situation. They simply want to move to the next client. Not us. We are selective about the clients we work with. We only take on clients who we can truly help. This ensures every client gets a consistent, successful outcome. When you reach out, the process begins with a free consultation by phone or in person. You can ask us anything, regardless of how long it takes. We encourage you to ask the tough questions which allow us to show our deep understanding of the issues you face. Sometimes prosecutors will only be fair if you respond with force. Without an attorney advising you, you might accidentally plead guilty when you could’ve won. The only way to know for sure is to hire a private criminal defense attorney. At Spodek Law Group, we pride ourselves on taking a hands-on approach. It means researching every intimate detail surrounding your case and putting in the hard work to get familiar with it all. Our firm has excellent work ethics, and we constantly hold meetings to discuss and address every case. In an emergency, we have a full team of lawyers available to help you 24/7.

Building a Powerful Defense Strategy

Our criminal defense lawyers represent clients from the very start – when they first become targets of an investigation. We get involved before an arrest is made to protect our clients’ rights. During the pre-trial phase, we handle everything from filing motions to challenge evidence, to negotiating plea bargains if it serves the client’s interests. We prepare for trial by:

  • Gathering all evidence
  • Deploying investigative resources
  • Developing compelling arguments and counterarguments

For example, it could be that you simply did not see the bus coming down the street. We would need to interview any witnesses who saw the incident from different angles to get a full picture of what happened. Consulting accident reconstruction experts may also be required to analyze factors like visibility, lighting conditions, and vehicle speeds. Our goal is to prevent the case from ever going to trial by having charges reduced or dismissed entirely. But if it does go to trial, we will represent you by:

  • Presenting evidence
  • Cross-examining prosecution witnesses
  • Arguing legal issues before the judge and jury

We handle all this while ensuring your rights are protected at every stage – from arrests and charges to court appearances and sentencing.

Understanding the Charges

Criminal charges can be complex, with subtle differences that have huge impacts. For example, assault and battery are distinct crimes that people often confuse: Assault refers to any intentional act that causes someone to fear they are about to suffer physical harm. It’s a lesser charge. Battery requires physically striking or offensively touching the victim. It’s more serious. As your attorneys, we will ensure you completely understand the charges against you and what they mean. We’ll advise you on potential sentences and outcomes so you can make fully informed decisions.

When the Worst Happens

If a case does result in conviction despite our best efforts, we will handle all appeals and post-trial proceedings. Our goal is to get convictions overturned if there were any legal errors that violated your rights or impacted the fairness of the trial. We also handle sentencing negotiations to minimize penalties like fines and jail time as much as possible. Our deep legal expertise covers areas like:

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Christine Twomey
2024-03-21
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Guerline Menard
2024-03-18
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
  • Federal criminal charges
  • White collar crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • Sex crimes

No matter how tough your situation is, we are here to help you. Our criminal defense lawyers work tirelessly to find a solution, regardless of what you allegedly did. Many clients are embarrassed by their situation and don’t speak openly about it. We encourage full transparency so we can provide the best possible legal advice. The Spodek Law Group handles cases nationwide from our offices in NYC and Los Angeles.

Why Hire a Private Attorney?

Okay, but what if money is tight? You may be thinking about going with a public defender for your case instead of hiring a private firm like ours. Public defenders are committed attorneys, but their resources are extremely limited compared to private firms. They are also overloaded with cases, making it difficult to give each client’s situation the attention it deserves. When you hire a private criminal defense lawyer, you get:

  • A legal team dedicating 100% of their time and energy to your case
  • Extensive investigation and evidence gathering
  • Availability for as much discussion and consultation as needed
  • The strongest possible defense arguments made on your behalf

In short, you get an entire law firm’s full focus on achieving the best outcome for you. With a public defender, you are just one of hundreds of cases they are juggling.The bottom line is, your future is at stake. This is not the time to compromise on legal representation. When the consequences are so high, you need to give yourself every possible advantage.

Finding the Right Lawyer for You

If you do decide to go with a private criminal defense attorney, there are a few things to look for:

Experience – How long has the lawyer been handling criminal cases? What kind of cases have they worked on – misdemeanors, felonies, federal charges? The more experience, the better.

Specialization – It’s best to find an attorney who focuses exclusively on criminal defense, rather than a general practice lawyer. This focused expertise is invaluable.

Reputation – What do other attorneys, judges, and former clients say about this lawyer? You want someone with a strong professional reputation.

Personality Fit – You’ll be working very closely with this person, so a personality match is important. Have a consultation to see if you can develop a good rapport.

Transparency – The attorney should be upfront about their fees, processes, and what you can expect from them. No surprises. At Spodek Law Group, we meet all of these criteria and more. Our founding partner Todd Spodek is a second-generation trial attorney who has handled hundreds of criminal cases over decades of practice.He is a legal expert frequently featured in major media outlets. In 2022, Netflix released an entire series about one of Todd’s high-profile cases involving his client Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Hopefully this gives you a clear picture of what to expect from an elite criminal defense law firm like Spodek Law Group. We know this is a stressful and daunting situation to be in.But, take a deep breath. You’ve found a team of lawyers who will handle your case with the utmost dedication, expertise and passion. We will explore every possible avenue to secure the best possible outcome for you. If you’re facing charges or under investigation, the time to act is now. Contact us immediately to start getting the legal representation you need and deserve. Your future is on the line, but we’ve got your back every step of the way.

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