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The BEST LAWYER ANYONE COULD ASK FOR!!! Todd changed our lives! He’s not JUST a lawyer representing us for a case. Todd and his office have become Family. When we entered his office in August of 2022, we entered with such anxiety, uncertainty, and so much stress. Honestly we were very lost. My husband and I felt alone. How could a lawyer who didn’t know us, know our family, know our background represents us, When this could change our lives for the next 5-7years that my husband was facing in Federal jail. By the time our free consultation was over with Todd, we left his office at ease. All our questions were answered and we had a sense of relief.

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NYC Airport Gun Arrests Lawyers

Understanding NYC Airport Laws and Your Rights

Airports in NYC are special areas. Many of your rights are suspended. Many only realize this after facing felony charges, getting locked up in jail, or being extorted by the local government. New York has has incredibly restrictive gun laws. NYC doesn’t recognize gun permits or licenses from any of the other 49 states in the USA. It doesn’t even recognize pistol licenses granted by New York state, unless it’s validated by NYC. People who fly through the city have found themselves arrested, despite complying with TSA rules for transporting the weapons.

Legal Support from Spodek Law Group

Spodek Law Group is here to help fight against those charges and give you your freedom back. We believe you shoudln’t be wrongfully accused of committing a crime you didn’t intend on doing. Our nyc criminal attorneys work tirelessly, to help defend you if you’re a victim of these wrongful laws.

Understanding New York Gun Laws

Lawful gun owners are allowed to travel with weapons according to the TSA. As long as the traveler transports the unloaded firearm in a check bagge, in a locked, hard-sided container, then it’s lawful. The container has to be kept secured. If you are flying into, or out of a New York airport, it’s natural to assume you’re in compliance with the law and follow federal regulations. In the past, we’ve seen travelers legally carry a gun and follow the rules, and present it to a gate agent in order to check in the weapon. It’s licensed, and securely contained in a locked container. Then, police officers arrive and handcuff the traveler. The gun owner is taken to jail, and has to wait for a hearing. They have to wait in jail until it’s their turn. The gun owner discovers he’s facing a felony, even though he followed the rules.

There are 3 state and city laws which affects those visiting, or traveling through New York.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
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 BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
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!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.
  • New York City Administrative Code Title 10, Section 3
  • NY State penal law Article 265
  • NY State Penal Law Article 400

The laws stated above make it difficult for New Yorker’s to get permits to own or carry weapons. The laws restrict the type of weapons which can be owned, or the types of ammunition a person can have, in addition to the number of bullets the magazine can hold. New York City has some of the mot restrictive laws when it comes to carrying guns. People who travel from other states are expected to know about these laws. It’s the responsibility of travelers to be aware and to abide by the rules. Many people who visit from other states believe that if you follow TSA rules – that is enough. But unfortunately, you have to also follow the NYC rules. Spodek Law Group, is a criminal defense law firm founded by two former prosecutors, and is capable of handling virtually any legal situation you have.

Penalties for NY Gun Crimes

New York state penal law article 265 imposes mandatory penalties for the criminal possession of a firearm.

  • 4th degree – You can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor for possessing any firearm. (Section 265.01)
  • 3rd degree – You can be charged with this Class D felony if you have prior criminal convictions. You can be charged with this offense if you possess a firearm silencer, a weapon adaptable for use as a machine gun, or disguised gun, or assault weapon, or a large capacity ammunition feeding device, or if you have three or more firearms
  • 2nd degree – You are charged with a Class C felony if you have a machine gun, a loaded firearm, 5 or more firearms, or a disguised gun
  • 1st degree – You can be charged with a Class Be felony if you have 10 or more firearms in your possession

Second degree criminal possession of a weapon, is one of the most common felony charges that are imposed on people who bring guns with them when coming to NY. It carries a minimum penalty of 3.5 years in prison, assuming you have no past convictions. You could face a maximum sentence of 15 years.

What to Expect

New York prosecutors look at tourists, who are guilty, differently than thugs who have weapons in their possession. You may get softer treatment, than what a criminal might, but you’ll still face some penalties. You may find yourself pleading guilty to lesser offenses. You could face fines, have a criminal record, get mandated community service, and have your guns seized and destroyed. Our criminal attorneys will do everything possible to prevent your life from being disrupted, and to help you. We will work hard to resolve your case, and get you a not guilty verdict.

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