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What is the Process of a Criminal Case in NYC?

May 26, 2024

If you, or your loved one, is facing criminal charges in NYC – then you’re likely feeling overwhelmed. Most people don’t know what to do in this situation, and they try to figure it out on their own. Unfortunately, the justice system is very complex and intimidating. It’s important you hire a criminal defense lawyer who can help you navigate it.

The First Step: Hiring an Experienced Attorney

Your first step should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. You want someone who has experience handling cases like yours in NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or Long Island. You should look for an attorney with a track record of success in local courts, who has positive reviews, and has a deep understanding of the court system. Don’t go with the cheapest option – this can be a huge mistake. Your freedom is on the line – and you need a criminal attorney who gets it, and has experience handling – and winning, cases like yours.

Understanding the Charges Against You

Understand the charges against you. After you reach out to our criminal lawyers, we will review all the evidence and charges against you. Our NYC criminal attorneys will explain to you what you’re being accused of, and what the penalties are. Some common charges are:

  • Assault
  • Drug possession
  • DWI/DUI
  • Theft and Robbery
  • Domestic Violence
  • White Collar Crimes

There are two components that impact possible sentences: the severity of the charges, and your prior criminal record. We’ll review all of this with you.

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.
RajRaj
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.
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Investigation and Gathering Evidence

Investigation and gathering evidence is crucial. Once you retain our attorneys, we’ll conduct an investigation of your case. We’ll look at witnesses, look at police reports, speak to prosecutors, review footage, consult with witnesses, and more. Our goal is to poke holes in the prosecutor’s case, reduce the severity of the charges, and uncover evidence which supports your case. This is a make-or-break stage of your case. Most importantly, if you hire the wrong criminal lawyer and they conduct a sloppy investigation, it can doom your case. At Spodek Law Group, we have the resources and connections to do it right. We have an extensive network of private investigators and expert witnesses to call upon as needed.

Pre-Trial Motions and Negotiations

We aim to file pre-trial motions and negotiate. This is something that’s crucial. We will look to file pre-trial motions to suppress illegally obtained evidence, dismiss improper charges, and other things that will weaken the prosecutor’s case. We will negotiate with prosecutors to see if a plea bargain is possible, all the while giving you the strongest possible criminal defense. Plea bargains, where you plead guilty in exchange for a reduced charge, are common. 97% of cases end in guilty pleas.

Unafraid of Going to Trial

We are unafraid of going to trial. If we decide in consultation with you that going to trial is advantageous, our criminal defense attorneys will work with you to prepare your case in front of a judge or jury. Our team of defense lawyers will create a compelling defense, and file motions, prep exhibits, and do everything possible to clear your name.

Why Choosing the Right NYC Criminal Attorney Matters

When you’re facing charges, it’s a very stressful experience. Most importantly, the stakes are high. You need a criminal defense attorney who will stand by you and go to battle for you. At Spodek Law Group, this is what we do. Our NYC criminal attorneys have a very strong track record of handling tough federal and state cases.

Some of Our Recent Cases Include:

  • Stalking case against actor Alec Baldwin
  • Juror misconduct charges in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial
  • Las Vegas client accused of threatening a prominent attorney
  • Favorable plea deals for clients accused of major financial crimes

But don’t just take our word for it – check out our 635+ 5-star client reviews.

Experience

Our managing partner, Todd Spodek, has over two decades of experience helping clients against virtually every single type of criminal charge imaginable. Todd Spodek has been featured on major media outlets like the New York Times, New York Post, USA Today, and more.

24/7 Availability

When you’re facing criminal charges, you can’t afford to wait. You need an NYC Criminal Lawyer NOW. Our NYC criminal attorneys are available 24/7 to take and respond to your phone call, and answer your questions.

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JEREMY FEIGENBAUM

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ELIZABETH GARVEY

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CLAIRE BANKS

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RAJESH BARUA

Of-Counsel

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CHAD LEWIN

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