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Todd Spodek (Managing Partner)

Mr. Spodek decided early on in his life to focus his education and experience on trial work. Todd Spodek attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA and majored in criminal justice. This background provided an indispensable tool in the representation of criminal defendants in grand jury investigations, pre-trial hearings, trial, appeals and navigating the corrections process.…

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What Issues are Raised in a Federal Criminal Appeal?

What Issues are Raised in a Federal Criminal Appeal?


On the federal level, cases can move from the District Court to a Court of Appeals, and if permitted, move up to the Supreme Court of the United States. If you have been unfairly convicted or sentenced, you may be able to appeal the decision to a higher court. Our licensed defense lawyers can represent your best interests throughout the process and will ensure that everything possible is performed to continue fighting for the best available outcome in your criminal case. Many cases are decided on appeal. While it is tremendously difficult to win a case at the appellate level, it is very possible, especially if you work with an experienced defense attorney. Get in touch with our criminal appeals team and learn more about the steps you can take to move past an undeserved court result and to an improved case conclusion.


Although there are various issues that you could raise in an appeal, you want to be sure to choose the most persuasive, and present your issues in the most credible manner. With extensive experience in writing appellate briefs, our defense lawyers know how to create a compelling case after a criminal conviction. Our legal team is ready to start working with you anytime—whether you want to challenge the procedures involved in your criminal case, evidence used by the prosecution, or the sentence the judge decided upon. Contact us now for more information about our post-conviction services in federal cases.


Challenging Investigation and Pre-trial Motions in a Federal Criminal Case

In most federal criminal cases, issues that arose during investigation will be challenged during the initial trial. However, there may be additional opportunities to look back on how the investigators and prosecutors acted during the earlier stages of your federal case. Issues can be raised again on appeal if your rights were violated at any point and you can challenge the constitutionality of the actions of federal agents or the U.S. attorney. An appeal is essentially a review of the lower court’s decision, not a new case. Therefore, it isn’t too late to get the higher court to review that issue if you believe you had a sound argument that the court was not convinced by.


Challenging Evidence in a Federal Criminal Appeal  

You may also wish to raise issues that are specifically related to the evidence in your federal case. It might be that the court did not grant you to use a particular witness, or did allow someone whose testimony you don’t believe was lawful. You may request that the appellate court review the evidence and how it was obtained, and maybe have the case reviewed without that evidence included if successful. Our skilled defense lawyers will walk you through your options and ensure you pick the post-conviction strategy that is best for your distinct case.


Challenging a Federal Criminal Sentence through Appeal

You can choose to appeal the decision alone if you don’t think you can sway the court on your innocence but disagree with the sentence handed down in your criminal case. Sentences are supposed to fit within the federal guidelines, thus you can challenge the sentence and seek a reduction or reconsideration if the judge strayed from the guidelines and similar preceding cases. Our team of skilled defense lawyers has experience in verdict and sentence appeals. If you enlist our legal services, we will help you pursue an appeal by right or apply for an appeal if you no longer have the right to appeal. appeals are only available for a short time following an initial decision, so act fast! We understand that you are disappointed with your result and may feel hopeless after giving your all to the initial case. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up. With a qualified and experienced defense lawyer on your side, an appeal could be successful, and you could regain your independence. We know what it takes to win and will work with you to craft a strategic post-conviction approach tailored to your unique needs and case goals.


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