24/7 call for a free consultation 212-300-5196




When you’re facing a federal issue, you need an attorney whose going to be available 24/7 to help you get the results and outcome you need. The value of working with the Spodek Law Group is that we treat each and every client like a member of our family.

Client Testimonials



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.

schedule a consultation


NYC Arson Defense Lawyers

Accused of Arson? Get Legal Help from Criminal Defense Attorneys

Are you being investigated, or accused, of committing arson? As most people know – Arson is when you explode, or burn, a dwelling or the surroundings of a space. Arson can apply to both commercial and residential buildings. If you do arson in connection with an insurance claim, this can be a form of insurance fraud. Arson which is done with the intent to defraud, or done with the intent to injure or harm someone, is a criminal act – which means you’ll need the help of a talented criminal defense law firm to help.

Many states consider the burning of a building, as intent of insurance fraud – which makes arson an even more serious crime. As a result, if you’re under suspicion, are arrested, or are being investigated, we encourage you to take advantage of the risk-free consultation our NYC criminal attorneys offer.

What is Arson under New York Law?

Arson is known as a criminal act, which implies starting a fire and causing damage to a building. The charge of arson is codified as §150 of the penal code. Building is defined as any structure, vehicle, or watercraft, used for overnight lodging, or used by person for carrying out a business purpose. The penalties for arson can be quite severe.

Arson has five degrees of punishment in New York. The lowest charge carries jail time as a penalty. As a result, if you’re faced with arson charges, we encourage you to contact our law office. The court takes this crime seriously because it has the potential to harm many nearby people and cause immense injuries and death. The basic concept the prosecution will have to prove is that there was a fire that occurred, and that your reckless action caused it. Motive is crucial in helping them prove the charge of arson.

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 Arson Statutes

In New York the arson statutes are the following:

§150.01 Arson in the Fifth Degree This statute applies when a defendant intentionally causes damage through a fire or explosion. This is a class A misdemeanor, with up to 1 year in jail.

§150.05 Arson in the Fourth Degree
The difference with this charge is the person didn’t intend on burning the building, but knew their activities could potentially harm the building. This applies if they could set fire to something near the building, like a trash can. This is a Class E Felony, which means a maximum sentence of 4 years in jail.

§150.10 Arson in the Third Degree This is where you intended to burn the building. The defendant intended to cause damage to the building or vehicle, and started a fire. The fire caused damage as well. This is a Class C felony, with a penalty of no less than 3.5 years in jail, and no longer than 15 years in jail.

§150.15 Arson in the Second Degree Arson in the second degree relies on the element that the damage was intentional. It is second degree because the defendant knew, or should have known, that a person would be in the structure at the time. It’s a Class B felony, with a penalty no less than 5 years, and no more than 25 years, in jail. The major difference between this charge and others, is the fact there was a person or might be a person in the structure. As a result, this increases the penalties.

NYC Arson Insurance Fraud Lawyers

Arson insurance provides people with coverage for all sorts of damages that can be caused by a fire. If your possessions, property, vehicles, or home, is destroyed in a fire – you can get compensation to replace it, or repair it. There are many reasons why fires can happen, and anyone who owns property can request compensation in order to help repair the damages they’ve suffered. If someone starts a fire willfully, in order to defraud insurance carriers – that is something which is called arson – and is often prosecuted.

Spodek Law Group, PC, has experience dealing with arson cases and can advise you on how to best defend yourself, if accused. Incidentally starting a fire, and then claiming it was an accident in order to profit off it is illegal, and can result in state and federal criminal charges. If you make false claims about what possessions perished as a result of the fire, this is also illegal. If the insurance company can prove you lied, they can deny your claim, or even file a lawsuit in order to recover any money they paid you. If they press charges, you could end up in jail.

Arson insurance fraud is when you set fire intentionally, or hire someone else to do it, with the intention of damaging and destroying insured property. The idea is to get the insurance company to give you a payout for financial losses incurred as a result of the fire. Our arson insurance fraud defense lawyers have experience handling insurance cases involving vehicles, houses, property damages, and even items within the house which perished. One of the things you have to be aware of when dealing with these cases is that it’s difficult for the prosecution to prove their case. They have to prove you purposefully set the fire and made misleading statements to the insurance carrier. If the fire happened by accident, then it’s hard for them to prove fraud. If, however, you set something flammable next to a stove, and then lit the stove in order to start the fire – then you’d be guilty of arson insurance fraud.

Penalties for insurance fraud can be severe. You may end up in court, in addition to facing charges of arson. You could face charges of insurance fraud too. There are many degrees of arson charges, ranging from 1 to 5. That applies to both insurance fraud and arson. Fifth degree is the least severe degree of charges. First degree charges are considered felony crimes, and can result in substantial prison sentences.

If you participated in an arson insurance fraud scam, you may end up getting charged with many different criminal statutes. It’s best you reach out to Spodek Law Group, PC’s team of NYC arson insurance fraud lawyers for a risk-free consultation.

Overview of the Crime of Arson

What is the Criminal Charge of Arson? Arson is the act of burning homes, buildings or other structures and it is against the law in every state in the U.S. Proving someone set a structure on fire with malicious intent is not always an easy task. If you have been charged with the crime of arson, it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney for advice.

The Definition Of Arson Arson is defined as the setting of another person’s property on fire. This can be a car, boat or dwelling. In most states, the crime of arson carries heavier penalties if the structure is occupied and there was a risk to human life or someone was injured in the blaze.

What Are The Degrees Of The Crime?
Lawmakers have broken down the crime of arson, depending on the severity of the crime. Some things investigators and prosecutors take into consideration when charging someone with arson are if anyone was hurt and if the structure was in the country or in a town where people reside. Because arson investigations are complex, it can take months before a suspect is charged with the crime of arson.

Why Does Someone Commit The Crime Of Arson? While it is impossible to tell what is going through someone’s mind when they commit a crime, there are some reasons that motivate arsonists. Many arsons go unsolved, making it difficult to know what causes someone to go to this extreme measure. However, experts have found that the following things motivate arsonists in some cases:

  • Anger
  • Insurance Money
  • Revenge

Studies have also shown that many people who are extremely intelligent commit the crime of arson because it is a challenge and provides them with an adrenaline rush they cannot find anywhere else. Some people who become arsonists suffer abuse as a child or during their teenage years, making humiliation and shame a primary cause of acting out in this way. There are also people who are sexually aroused by setting things on fire and getting away with it.

Warning Signs There are some things that experts have found to be warning signs when children are young that may indicate a future arsonist is in the making. Some of the primary warning signs are:

  • Children Who Begin Playing With Matches At A Young Age
  • Children Who Are Noticeably Excited To Watch A Fire Burn
  • Children And Teenagers Who Have A Daredevil Mentality
  • Children Who Mix Chemicals Together For Fun

What Are The Penalties For The Crime Of Arson? Most states divide the penalty for arson by degrees as follows:

First Degree First degree arson is the most serious charge, occurring when someone sets a structure on fire that contains people inside or in close proximity.

Second Degree Second Degree arson is the act of setting an unoccupied structure ablaze.

Third Degree Setting abandoned or unoccupied structures on fire constitutes arson in the Third Degree.

In the United States the mandatory minimum sentence for someone found guilty of the crime of arson is a fine of $15,000 and 3 to 5 years in state prison. Because this is the minimum penalty for those convicted of Third Degree arson, those convicted of more serious charges in the second and first degree will face higher fines and longer incarceration times in most instances.

Being accused of arson is very serious and your freedom is at risk if convicted. If you are facing an arson charge, it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney before it is too late. Having an experienced attorney to look out for your best interest may help get your charges reduced or even dropped. Hiring an attorney can also reduce the stress and anxiety that is always a part of being charged with a criminal case in the United States

Lawyers You Can Trust

Todd Spodek

Founding Partner

view profile



view profile


Associate Attorney

view profile



view profile



view profile



view profile



view profile

Criminal Defense Lawyers Trusted By the Media

schedule a consultation
Schedule Your Consultation Now