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NYC Criminal Lawyers

The Spodek Law Group is an elite criminal defense law firm that provides superior service and white glove professionalism, to a unique clientele nationwide. We handle tough cases that require experience, attention to detail, and excellence in order to win. With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve handled national and international cases.

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Service is paramount to results. We treat you like family, so you know what's going on always.

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When you hire our criminal attorneys, you work directly with a senior attorney only.

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We've been reviewed and rated as a top rated criminal defense law firm.

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Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
Verified
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
Verified
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Verified
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Verified
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
Verified
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Verified
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
Verified
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
Verified
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!


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"Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them..."

David Bruce

"Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet."

Rowlin Garcia

"Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind."

Francis Anim
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DEA Drug Crime Defense Attorney

Drug distribution and trafficking include the transportation, selling, and importation of substances such as cocaine and heroin. If convicted of such a crime, you can either face the federal or NYC state laws. In case the crime involved more than one state, you will have to face the federal law.

Penalties for drug charges are dependent on the drug in question and the amount you have in your possession. Beyond a certain amount, the police will consider you a seller and not just a user. Undercover police can also arrest you for drug trafficking if they believe you have drugs intended for sale, even if you have not transacted yet. With drugs such as marijuana, possession of fewer than 25 grams will only result in fines and no jail time. Beyond that, you will face at least 3 months in jail and fines.

Drug trafficking charges are not just applicable to illegal drugs. The unlawful distribution of prescription medicines such as painkillers also results in drug trafficking charges. Buying such medications is also a crime.

Unlawful Drug Prescribing or Dispensing Lawyers

Our criminal defense attorney represent healthcare providers nationwide in federal cases that involve the unlawful prescribing, or dispensing of drugs. We regularly help licensed healthcare professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and other mid-level professionals, accused of unlawful prescribing, or dispensing, of a controlled substance. Defense of healthcare professionals is complex, due to the various federal and state statute, regulations, and the number of agencies involved. In addition to the criminal case, you could also face a civil and administrative proceeding which can result in penalties and sanctions, in addition to the criminal charges. Many states will exclude you from practicing medicine, or from billing medicare/medicaid, if you’re convicted of a criminal offense.

It’s crucial you speak to an established, and competent, law firm, who understands how to handle the criminal defense and license defense, associated with your situation. Prescription drug abuse is recognized the fastest growing drug problem. Fatal overdoses from prescription drugs is over 10,000 deaths per year. As a result, physicians are under increased pressure to reduce the prescription of narcotics while adhering to an acceptable standard of care. Many physicians and attorneys understand that the regulatory framework is complex, few understand how to create a credible defense in the event their standard of care is constituted as a criminal departure from what’s acceptable. State and federal guidelines diverge on this issue, and as a result, there’s a huge divergence in terms of complexity. The sanctions are severe, and can include revocation of both state and DEA licenses, in addition to thousands of dollars of fines, and jail time.

When accused of drug trafficking, a practicioner has to prove that he/she acted within the scope of their practice, and prescribed controlled substances for legitimate and professionally recognized therapeutic purposes. You are required, as a healthcare provider, to not dispense, prescribe, or administer, a substance for other than legitimate and professional purpose. As a result, you could be exempt from criminal prosecution in a drug diversion case, as long as you were acting within the scope of standard care. You are required to act in good faith, when prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance in the regular course of professional treatment you’re providing, or to individuals who are under your treatment for a condition that requires the prescription.

If you deviate from accepted standards, and engage in illicit activities, you could face criminal penalties, including jail time. In addition, you can face licensing sanctions from your state pharmacy, medical, dental, or veterinary board, in addition to other boards who will simultaneously file state criminal sanctions against you. It’s crucial that healthcare professionals speak to an attorney whose qualified, and can handle both the professional license defense and criminal defense against them. In addition to the state charges, you could face federal charges/administrative action by the DEA pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act.

You can lose DEA privileges even if you’re acquitted

Title 21, USC Controlled Substances Act

As a result of this act, you can lose your DEA privileges even if you are acquitted in a criminal court. Created in 1970, this act combats drug abuse and helps control legitimate and illegitimate trafficking of controlled substances. Only licensed practitioners who are registered with the DEA are authorized to prescribe controlled substances listed in Schedule II-V to patients. They can only be prescribed when a practitioners acting in the legitimate course of treatment to his patient. The CSA authorizes the DEA to suspend, or revoke, a physician’s prescription privileges if it’s determined that she/he has committed acts which would render the registration inconsistent with the public interest. It’s important to realize this is a much lower standard than that which is applied to criminal cases. As a result, you can be found not-guilty in a criminal case, yet still lose your privilege. That’s why it’s crucial to hire the best possible attorney to handle your case.

When deciding if a practicioner’s registration is in the public interest, the attorney general will look at the recommendation of the state licensing board/professional disciplinary authority, in addition to the applicant’s experience in dispensing, and the applicant’s conviction regard, the healthcare providers compliance with state/federal laws, in addition to other conduct which could threaten the public’s health and safety.

In order to avoid criminal prosecution due to violation of the CSA, a physician has to act in the usual course of his professional practice, and has to conduct himself in pursuit of a legitimate medical purpose. Federal regulations typically have little to no interpretation when it comes to “legitimate medical purpose.” The standards can be narrowed, depending on the state statutes. The USA Supreme Court has taken an approach that mirrors the CSA. It mentions that registered physicians can be prosecuted under the CSA if/when their activities fall outside the course of professional practice.

Due to the vague wording, many legal challenges have been made but unsuccessful. In the absence of any clear guidance, the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals endorsed a pre-established list of prohibited acts. Good faith, as a standard, has been used in the context which means good intentions, and an honest exercise of a providers judgement as to the patient’s medical needs. For example, here are a list of things they’ll look at:

Whether physical exams are conducted first
Whether tests are conducted
Is the dosage of the narcotics regulated
Is there a term and method of payment
If a complete medical history was taken first
Whether informed consent was given
Whether the prescriptions were issued for one person, and used for another
Admission by patient that drugs would be used for nonmedical reasons
Falsification of patient records
Number of prescriptions that are given in a short period of time.

This is just a short list of the factors the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals uses to determine whether or not a physician has acted in good faith. Healthcare providers can, and will, face significant penalties when they step outside of these blurry lines. It’s crucial physicians monitor their prescription habits, and when needed seek the counsel of an attorney who can help ensure their actions adhere and comply with statute and regulations.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
Verified
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
Verified
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Verified
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Verified
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
Verified
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Verified
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
Verified
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
Verified
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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