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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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How can you beat criminal charges in NYC?

May 26, 2024

Just because you got charged for a crime in NYC doesn’t mean you have to be convicted of it. It’s possible to beat charges in NYC. For example, maybe it was a misunderstanding, or perhaps you were there in the wrong place/time – bottom line, you need a defense strategy to beat the conviction. You need competent NY criminal attorneys who are going to represent you. We can help with a wide array of issues, such as drug possession, violent crimes, federal crimes, and more. We know how to fight charges, and win cases. It means getting charges dropped, going to trial, and everything else in between.

Lack of Evidence is one of the most effective defenses. Prosecutors who are trying to win, will have to prove guilty beyond a reasonable doubt – which is hard. If they don’t have rock solid evidence tying you to the crime, our criminal lawyers can argue for a dismissal. This works best for crimes where there isn’t a lot of physical proof, for example theft cases, drug possession, etc. For violent crimes, if the evidence is circumstantial, or there are holes in the case, we can use that to get the charges dropped.

Mistaken Identity is another major reason why people get accused of a crime they didn’t commit. This happens more than people like to believe. For example, an eyewitness misidentifies you – and now you’re the target of a criminal investigation. When there are factors like poor lighting, stress, or cross-racial issues – that can get in the way. Our NYC criminal lawyers know how to cross-examine witnesses, and challenge procedures.

Self-Defense is another major issue sometimes when people are accused of assault, or homicide. If you were simply defending yourself, or others, from harm, then this is self-defense. This is an affirmative defense in NY, meaning if we can prove you reasonably believed that force was necessary to avoid injury or death, is it significantly harder to convict you. The key elements of a self-defense strategy is establishing that you feared imminent harm, you didn’t use more force than needed, and you weren’t the first to strike or the aggressor.

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.

Insanity defense is a potentially valid defense which argues that you shouldn’t be held responsible due to a mental issue. This is extremely difficult to prove in NY, but in some situations its the only option. To move forward with the insanity plea defense, we have to prove that at the time of the crime – you were unable to know, or understand, the nature of your conduct and the consequences.

Entrapment is another potential defense. If you can prove you were induced, or persuaded, to commit a crime you wouldn’t otherwise commit – you may have been entrapped. This is a very real potential defense in New York. In order to prove this, you have to establish the idea for committing the crime came from law enforcement individuals, and that before this happened you weren’t going to commit the crime. This often comes up in sting operations, where the government is targeting legal issues like drug sales, prostitution, and even bribery.

Illegal Search and Seizure comes under the 4th amendment – a very serious amendment. This protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by the federal government. If law enforcement agents violated your rights, any evidence obtained is inadmissible. Some examples of illegal searches are: searching your home, without a warrant, stopping and frisking without reasonable suspicion.

Coerced Confessions are the prosecution’s most powerful evidence. If a confession was unlawfully attained through either threats, force, or other tactics, it can be inadmissible in court. Our goal is to make them inadmissible in court, and weaken the prosecutors case. Factors which can lead to a coerced confession, include, but aren’t limited to: length interrogations without food/water breaks, lies about the strength of the evidence, or promises of leniency or threats of harsh treatments and punishments.

Statute of limitations are a legal amount of time for prosecuting crimes. If prosecutors fail to file charges before the deadline – then the case can get thrown out. The limitations vary based on the crime, for example misdemeanors: 2 years, felonies 5-6 years. For crimes that involve fraud, or misconduct, or crimes against the government, the statute of limitations can be extended.

Lack of intent is an important defense. For many crimes, the prosecution has to show that you acted knowingly and knew what you were doing. If we can show that you lacked criminal intent, it can remove liability. For example, if you took property but believed you had a right to do so, or possessed drugs but didn’t know they were illegal, these are examples of lack of intent.

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