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Seattle Snap Violation Lawyers

So, what do you do if you get hit with one of these things? A SNAP violation notice from the USDA can feel like a punch in the gut for any grocery store owner. But, take a deep breath. We’re here to guide you through this, step-by-step.There’s one reason you‘re on this website: you’re looking for an elite law firm to defend your business against alleged SNAP violations. A firm with expertise, experience, and a track record of success. One that treats you like family, not just another case number.At Spodek Law Group, that’s exactly what you’ll find.

What is SNAP and Why Do Violations Matter?

Let’s start with the basics. SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. It’s a federal program that provides low-income families with financial assistance to purchase food.As a SNAP-authorized retailer, you’re allowed to accept SNAP benefits (via EBT cards) as payment for eligible food items. Seems simple enough, right? Well, not quite.The USDA has strict rules and regulations surrounding SNAP. Violate those rules, and you could face severe penalties, including:

  • Temporary disqualification from SNAP
  • Permanent disqualification from SNAP
  • Hefty fines and monetary penalties

In other words, a SNAP violation can be devastating for your business. That’s why you need to take any allegations seriously and fight them with everything you‘ve got.But where do you even start?

The First Step: Don’t Panic, But Act Quickly

Okay, you’ve received that dreaded SNAP violation notice from the USDA. Your first instinct might be to panic, or worse, ignore it. Both are understandable reactions, but neither will help your case.Instead, take a deep breath and read the notice carefully. The USDA will outline the specific violations they‘re alleging, as well as the evidence they have against you. This is crucial information that will shape your defense strategy.Now, here‘s the kicker: you only have 10 days to respond to that notice. Miss that deadline, and the USDA can move forward with penalties without your input.In other words, time is of the essence. This is why your next move should be to contact an experienced SNAP violation lawyer immediately.At Spodek Law Group, we have a team of attorneys who specialize in SNAP violation cases. We know the ins and outs of the process, and we’ll hit the ground running to protect your interests.

Building Your Defense: A Comprehensive Strategy

Once you‘ve retained our services, we‘ll get to work building a comprehensive defense strategy tailored to your specific case. This will involve:

  1. Reviewing the Evidence: We’ll carefully analyze the USDA’s evidence against you, looking for holes, inconsistencies, or violations of proper procedure.
  2. Gathering Your Evidence: From transaction records to employee training materials, we’ll collect and organize any evidence that supports your side of the story.
  3. Crafting Your Response: Within that 10-day window, we’ll draft a detailed, legally sound response to the USDA’s allegations. This is our chance to poke holes in their case and present your defense.
  4. Negotiating with the USDA: In many cases, we can resolve SNAP violation cases through negotiation, without ever setting foot in a courtroom. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who will fight for the best possible outcome for your business.
  5. Preparing for Court (if necessary): If negotiations fail, we’ll be ready to take your case to an administrative hearing or federal court. Our litigators have extensive experience in SNAP violation cases and will leave no stone unturned in your defense.

Throughout this process, we’ll keep you informed and involved every step of the way. We believe in transparency and open communication with our clients. After all, this is your business on the line.

Common SNAP Violations and How We Defend Them

To give you an idea of what we’re up against, here are some of the most common SNAP violations we see, and how we typically approach them:

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
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Loveth Okpedo
Loveth Okpedo
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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.

Trafficking SNAP Benefits

This is one of the most serious violations and involves the illegal exchange of SNAP benefits for cash or non-food items. Perhaps an employee was caught doing this, or the USDA alleges your store was part of a larger trafficking ring.Our defense strategy here might involve:

  • Challenging the USDA’s evidence as circumstantial or improperly obtained
  • Demonstrating that you had robust employee training and monitoring systems in place to prevent trafficking
  • Arguing that any trafficking was an isolated incident, not a pattern of behavior

Accepting SNAP for Ineligible Items

SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase eligible food items. If the USDA alleges your store accepted SNAP for things like alcohol, cigarettes, or non-food merchandise, we’ll fight back by:

  • Producing transaction records and inventory logs to show exactly what was purchased
  • Arguing that any ineligible purchases were isolated mistakes, not intentional violations
  • Demonstrating that your employees were properly trained on SNAP eligibility rules

Application Errors or Misrepresentations

Retailers must be approved by the USDA to accept SNAP benefits. If they claim you made errors or misrepresentations on your application, our defense could include:

  • Showing that any errors were unintentional and made in good faith
  • Arguing that the misrepresentations were immaterial and didn’t affect your SNAP eligibility
  • Demonstrating that you’ve taken steps to correct any errors and improve your compliance

These are just a few examples. The bottom line is that we have experience defending all types of SNAP violations, and we’ll tailor our strategy to the specific details of your case.

Why Choose Spodek Law Group?

At this point, you might be wondering: why should I choose Spodek Law Group over other SNAP violation lawyers in Seattle? It’s a fair question, and here’s our answer:

We’re Exclusively Focused on Federal Cases

SNAP is a federal program, which means any violations are handled in the federal court system. Many law firms dabble in federal cases, but it‘s not their primary focus.At Spodek Law Group, federal cases are all we do. From SNAP violations to white-collar crimes and everything in between, our attorneys live and breathe federal law. We know the system inside and out, and we use that knowledge to your advantage.

We Offer Truly Personalized Service

Most law firms implement a cookie cutter strategy in order to fight your case, and save their own time. They don‘t look carefully at your situation – they simply want to move on to the next case.At Spodek Law Group, we leave no stone unturned. We do everything possible to win. Everything we do is focused on getting you results.We understand the difficult and challenges of going through a case. If you‘re accused of a crime, schedule a consultation with our criminal attorneys today.

We’re Aggressive Litigators and Skilled Negotiators

Sometimes prosecutors will only be fair if you respond with force to them. Without an attorney advising you, you might accidentally plead guilty when you could’ve won the case.The only way to truly know is to hire a private criminal defense attorney. At Spodek Law Group – we pride ourselves on taking a hands-on approach. It means researching the exact situation surrounding your case, and putting in the leg work to be familiar with every single intimate detail.Our firm has excellent work ethics, and we constantly hold firm meetings in order to discuss and address all of our cases. In the event of an emergency – we have a full team of lawyers available to help you.

We Understand the Gravity of Your Situation

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.

We Have a Nationwide Presence

The Spodek Law Group handles cases nationwide. We have offices in NYC and Los Angeles.No matter where your grocery store is located, we can take on your SNAP violation case and defend your interests.

What to Expect When You Hire Us

When you become a client of Spodek Law Group, here’s what you can expect:

  1. A Comprehensive Case Evaluation: We’ll sit down with you (in-person or virtually) to go over every detail of your SNAP violation case. No stone will be left unturned as we build a thorough understanding of the facts.
  2. Frequent Communication and Updates: We believe in keeping our clients in the loop at all times. You’ll have a dedicated point of contact who will provide regular updates on the status of your case.
  3. A Customized Defense Strategy: Based on our case evaluation, we’ll develop a tailored defense strategy designed to get you the best possible outcome. This may involve negotiation, litigation, or a combination of both.
  4. Respect and Compassion: We understand that this is a stressful, uncertain time for you and your business. You can expect to be treated with the utmost respect, compassion, and professionalism by our entire team.
  5. Accessibility and Responsiveness: Our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns. We’ll always make time for you, no matter how big or small the issue.
  6. Tireless Advocacy: From day one until the final resolution of your case, we will be your tireless advocates. We’ll fight tooth and nail to protect your rights, your business, and your future.

It’s simple. Every single client deserves honesty and white glove service. Every single client should know what he, or she, potentially faces – and have a team of lawyers who will go to bat for them.That’s exactly what you’ll get when you hire Spodek Law Group.

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