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Best Queens Criminal Defense Lawyers and Queens Criminal Attorneys

Criminal offenses are classified into three categories: felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions. Felonies top the list of the most serious crimes, such as robbery with violence. In New York City, misdemeanor charges may include trespassing, vandalism, drug possession, prostitution, disorderly conduct, petty theft, and animal crimes. Infractions include fines and traffic tickets. A criminal charge can alter your life dramatically. Again, having a criminal record can have far-reaching consequences, such as employment prospects and even obtaining insurance. If you are facing a criminal charge, it is in your best interest to consult with a Queens criminal lawyer. This can be your best bet in getting a plea bargain or a lesser sentence.

Understanding Penalties for Criminal Charges in Queens, NYC

To appreciate the need for a qualified defense lawyer, you need to know the possible penalties for criminal charges in Queens, NYC. The maximum jail time for a Class A misdemeanor in NYC is 12 months jail time. Class A misdemeanor charges include drug possession, assault, and theft. A non-violent misdemeanor may not result in jail time. However, it should not be taken lightly. The crime, the defense strategy, and the courts determine the disposition and verdict. Certain courts in Queens impose jail term for misdemeanors. Crimes such as Driving While Intoxicated in New York are treated seriously, and you stand to face license suspension. This translates to high insurance premiums in the future.

Defense Strategies Employed by Queens Criminal Lawyers

The negative consequences of criminal charges can follow you for many years. When so much is at stake, you need legal expertise. While a criminal offense is damaging, a good lawyer will come up with a defense. This is a strategic argument that challenges the sufficiency and validity of the prosecution’s case against the defendant. There are several possible defenses that a Queens criminal lawyer can use in your defense:

1. Presumption of Innocence

All accused parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a plea or trial. This means that the prosecutor must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty. When using the presumption of innocence as a defense, the defendant may choose to remain silent and wait for the prosecutor to present their case. A criminal defense lawyer can then argue that the prosecutor has failed to prove their claims against their client or he can shoot holes in the prosecutor’s case. The burden of proof hanging on the prosecutor is often enough to cast doubt on the jury. In some cases, they can dismiss the charges altogether, or ask that the prosecutor comes up with more evidence to warrant a conviction.

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.

2. Self-Defense

Self-defense is a possible defense strategy especially for crimes such as murder, battery, and assault with a deadly weapon. A self-defense strategy requires an admission that the accused committed the offense but only in an effort to defend themselves. There are several key issues that the judge or jury will consider in self-defense claims. For starters, the aggressor is determined and if there was a prior relationship between the aggressor and the defendant. The criminal defense lawyer must demonstrate that it was the defendant’s belief that self-defense was necessary. If it established that self-defense was warranted, the amount of force or weapon of choice used is also put into consideration. Self-defense is pegged on the right for an individual to protect themselves from foreseeable danger. The circumstances surrounding a self-defense act are varied. However, the underlying expectation is that the force applied should be reasonable.

3. Under the Influence

Committing a crime under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can be a defense. One can argue that they were mentally impaired and they should not be held accountable for the crimes committed. This defense can be shaky especially in the case of voluntary intoxication, which does not exonerate the defendant from the charges. While all the charges against the defendant may not be dropped, the court may issue a lighter penalty if the defendant can prove intoxication. This defense requires a good defense lawyer.

4. Defense of Duress

A defendant can argue that they committed crimes under compulsion by another party. In this case, they were threatened with bodily harm for noncompliance. This defense can hold especially in the case of minors. The defendant also needs to demonstrate that the threat was immediate and unavoidable.

5. The Defense of Mistake

While ignorance is no defense, there are instances when the defendant may have committed a crime by mistake. For instance, a bar attender who serves a drink to an underage customer who has a fake ID. In such a case, if the court believes that the customer can be mistaken to be of age, then the defense might hold.

The defenses presented are based on the unique circumstances of the case. This is why it is wise to have your case reviewed by an experienced Queens criminal lawyer. The lawyer will then prepare a defense strategy based on the merits of your case.

About Spodek Law Group P.C.

With over 50 years of combined criminal law experience, the team of criminal defense attorneys at Spodek Law Group P.C. have consistently obtained favorable results for those who are under investigation or prosecution for state and federal offenses in Queens, New York. Our teamwork approach utilizes the talent of our attorneys, investigators, researchers, and administrators to ensure that we leave no stone unturned in our representation of our clients.

We have three offices in New York City, and our offices are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are prepared for an immediate and effective response to any emergency.

The Queens criminal lawyers at Spodek Law Group P.C. prepare each and every case for trial. We believe that you must outwork the prosecution and leave no stone unturned. Over the years, our consistent trial record along with the results from strategic plea bargaining have allowed us to have an unparalleled level of success in Queens Summons Court, Queens Criminal Court, and Queens Supreme Court.

Our consistent success has earned the criminal defense team recognition throughout the State of New York and the United States. We are proud to receive referrals from attorneys of all stripes throughout the US as well as district attorneys in New York City who can speak to the level of commitment we have to our clients.

By having both criminal defense lawyer as well as former assistant district attorneys on staff, we understand how to handle a criminal case from every angle and provide insight into how the case will be prosecuted by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Our deep understanding of the New York criminal justice system makes our lawyers valuable resources to national media outlets. Our Queens criminal lawyers are routinely called upon to speak to the media on current criminal cases, and on trends in the prosecution of criminal defendants.

We offer a risk-free consultation to our clients. There are no strings attached, and we will meet with you until each and every question you have is answered. There is no time commitment, and there is no cost.

Queens Criminal Courts

There are three courts in Queens County in which criminal charges are brought:

  1. Queens Criminal Court, Summons Part Borough Hall Building 120-55 Queens Boulevard Queens, NY 11424
  2. Queens Criminal Court 125-01 Queens Blvd Queens, NY 11424
  3. Queens Supreme Court, Criminal Term 125-01 Queens Blvd Queens, NY 11424

Queens Criminal Charges Defended by Spodek Law Group P.C.

The criminal lawyers at Spodek Law Group P.C. routinely defend people charged with the following misdemeanor and felony criminal charges:

  • Assault & Domestic Violence
  • Drugs & Narcotics Crimes
  • Marijuana Possession and Sale
  • Firearms Weapons and Possession
  • Sex Crimes & Family Violence Crimes
  • Theft & Larceny Crimes
  • White Collar Fraud Crimes
  • Arson & Property Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes

Our legal team includes former Queens Assistant District Attorneys as well as Queens Defense Lawyers. We are available 24/7 to discuss your Queens criminal case. Call us at (888) 247-9981.

Contact Information

Spodek Law Group P.C. 31-10 37th Ave #202 Long Island City, NY (888) 247-9981

If you are arrested in Queens County New York, or at JFK airport, you will first be processed through the law enforcement local precinct. This is often the NYPD precinct in the area where the crime occurred. If you were arrested at JFK airport, you will be taken to the Port Authority Precinct. Often times the JFK cases are for gun possession, forged ID, or the transporting of a controlled substance.

At the precinct, the new arrest will be processed and an arrest number will be issued. This arrest number is the number that will allow you to track the new arrest as he or she makes their way through the system. This will be a number like Q123456. The new arrest will then be transported to Queens Central Booking for their arraignment. The courthouse is located at 125-01 Queens Blvd. The above picture is the front of the Queens County Criminal Courthouse.

The criminal court arraignment has a very limited purpose in the New York Criminal Justice System. It is not to determine the guilt of innocence of the defendant but rather to decide whether the defendant should be released on his or her own recognizance, remanded, or bail should be set. It goes without saying that this determination is of crucial important. The sooner a lawyer can start preparing for this hearing, the better position the defendant will be in to be released.

If you are in need of a Queens Criminal Lawyer, call Spodek Law Group P.C. at (718) 557-9796 24/7.

In addition to determining the issue of bail, at the arraignment certain notices will be issued. This could be a notice to introduce statements that the defendant made, or identifications of the defendant, or notice that the District Attorney’s office is presenting this case to the grand jury at a set time and place. Additional matters like Orders of Protection, and restrictions on travel, drivers license restrictions can also be dealt with at the arraignment. All of these issues should be dealt with in advance of the arraignment so that there is sufficient time to prepare any arguments and present the best case to the arraignment judge.

If the arraignment is going to occur during normal court hours then you will go through the main building and down to the arraignment part which is located in the annex. If it is after hours or on the weekend you will go through the annex directly. The arraignment courtroom is called AR1 when it is being used during normal court hours. If it is a weekday after court hours, it is AR3. Finally, if it is a weekend, it’s AR4.

Although the criminal law and procedure in New York State are the same throughout, each district attorney’s office has its own nuances that a criminal lawyer needs to be aware of. In Queens County, there are two issues in particular. First, the Queens County District Attorney’s office has a no plea policy when it comes to new felony arrests. What this means is that if you are arrested and charged with a felony in Queens County, and you want to plea bargain, the Assistant District Attorney will ask you to sign a waiver. The waiver states that you are waiving CPL 180.80, CPL 190.80, and CPL 30.30 along with constitutional rights. A criminal defense must understand the ramifications of what he is signing so that he can make an informed decision.

The other issue that is unique to Queens County is their pre-arraignment interrogation policy. The way this works, prior to an arraignment they will bring the defendant to a conference room and attempt to interview them prior to the defendant speaking to a lawyer. This is the script that will be read to a defendant:

“In a few minutes, I’m going to read you your rights. After that, you’ll be given an opportunity to explain what happened at that date, time, and place.

If you have an alibi, give us as much information as you can, including the names of any people you were with.

If your version of the events of that day is different from what we have heard, this is your opportunity to tell us your story.

If there is something you would like us to investigate concerning this incident, you must tell us now so we can look into it.

Even if you have already spoken to someone else, you do not have to talk to me.

This will be the only opportunity you will have to talk to me prior to your arraignment on these charges.

This entire interview is being recorded with both video and sound.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.

Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak?”

Unfortunately, criminal defendants are nervous and want to talk. Oftentimes, they say something that they believe will help them but, in fact, only puts them in a worse situation. As soon as we are retained, we immediately assert our client’s right to remain silent and do everything we can to protect them.

For consultation, call Spodek Law Group P.C. at (718) 557-9796 24/7.

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