“You have a truly sharp legal mind and your courtroom presence is among the best. I am forever grateful for your two years of hard work, dedication and service to my father's case.” — R.C.

“I give Mr. Spano the highest possible recommendation. Mr. Spano helped me navigate a somewhat unorthodox legal matter, did so quickly, and always kept me informed.”

“Thanks for taking my case and getting me a not guilty verdict. You are a great lawyer. I could not asked for anything more. Please know you hold a special place in my family's heart.” — G.B.

“Many thanks for the very professional and gentlemanly way that you conducted yourself at the trial of my son. I along with all of my family were thrilled beyond words with the outcome.” — B.B.

“Thank you for assuring me that just because a good honest person makes a mistake does not mean they have to be treated like a criminal!” — D.S.

Proven Criminal Defense In Upstate New York

Experienced Federal Criminal Lawyer

Federal criminal charges are usually much more serious than state charges. The potential sentences are more harsh. You need a lawyer who is experienced in federal court. Michael Spano represents clients charged in federal court throughout the Northern District of New York.

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

The sentencing guidelines that are advisory to federal court judges are a complicated set of rules that need to be thoroughly examined by an experienced federal crimes lawyer.

“I have the experience and knowledge to fully investigate and evaluate your case. You need to know that all possible steps will be taken to get you the best resolution of your case.” — Michael Spano

To arrange a no-cost consultation with Mr. Spano about your particular case, call his office day or night.

The Initial Appearance And Federal Detention Hearings

A federal criminal matter is usually commenced by the filing of a felony complaint. The initial appearance is held soon after an arrest and a federal detention hearing is scheduled if the government seeks pretrial detention.

There are several arguments that can be made at the federal detention hearing in favor of release. In order to hold a federal defendant, the magistrate conducting the hearing must consider the nature and circumstances of the offense, the weight of the evidence, and the history and characteristics of the person charged with a federal crime.

The judge will then determine whether the accused is a danger to the community or a flight risk. The judge can set conditions of release such as drug testing or placing the accused under the supervision of the federal probation department.

White collar crimes include:

Michael Spano also assists with:

Contact Our Office Today To Discuss Your Federal Criminal Matter — 315-350-3975