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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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Our criminal defense law firms is one of the most successful defense law firms in the state of New York. We have a high success rate because we are very pragmatic when it comes to advising our clients on how to proceed – and to make sure their case ends in a positive outcome. Our goal is to help every single client get charges dismissed, or reduced. Because of our work, 100’s of people have been able to avoid criminal charges from being filed against them.

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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Food Stamp Fraud CMP – CIVIL MONEY PENALTY

Any retailer that is found in violation of the SNAP program can be given A civil money penalty in lieu of a suspension or disqualification from the program. Understanding why you received this penalty, what it entails, and how much it’s going to cost your business is vital to preventing your suspension or disqualification. Let’s take a look at the specifics of civil money penalties so you are more knowledgeable about what you are dealing with.

What Is the SNAP Program?

snap stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Most people better know this United States based program as food stamps. This program was designed to help those who are unable to afford healthy foods due to low-income by administering monthly supplemental assistance to purchase nutritious foods for themselves and their families. This program doesn’t cover non-food items, such as toothpaste or shampoo.

This assistance program was initially developed in the 1960s to help those still struggling after the Great Depression. In those initial years, individuals were given actual stamps to exchange at local stores for food. Over the years this program has developed to now include electronic debit cards instead of paper stamps. This allows the USDA, the governing body of SNAP, to better trace transactions and prevent fraud.

What Is Considered Food Stamp Fraud?

food stamp fraud can come in many different forms. In all cases, the user or retailer didn’t utilize the program like it was intended to be used by the Government who instituted the program. The most common types of frauds are listed below:

Trafficking – When SNAP benefits are exchanged for cash.

False Application – When an individual lies on their application to receive more benefits than they are actually entitled to receive.

Retailer Lying On A SNAP Application – In the event that a retailer was disqualified from the program for abusing it in the past, they are not allowed to reapply to get back into the assistance program.

What Are Civil Money Penalties?

A civil money penalty, also referred to as CMP for short, is a punitive fine that is imposed on an entity that is deemed to have profited from an unethical activity. These cases are imposed by a civil court. This penalty can be given to both businesses as well as individuals who are found in violation of SNAP.

Receiving A Charge Letter

A charge letter, also known as a SNAP violation letter, is sent to those who are found in violation of the program. This letter means that you have 10 days to apply for the issuance of a civil money penalty. If you don’t apply for the penalty by the 10-day deadline, you are automatically suspended from the assistance program.

The CMP was instituted as a way to lessen the impact of a retailer who faces suspension or full disqualification from SNAP. By paying the penalty, the retailer can remain as part of the assistance program. These fines are all instituted by the USDA and may not exceed $59,000. The penalty that a particular retailer faces will be calculated by the USDA by reviewing the retailer’s EBT transaction data.

The charge letter will state the amount of money that is owed for the penalty. This can typically be found in the bottom section of the first page of the letter. The penalty is a sum of a few different factors that are outlined in the SNAP regulations.

Who Qualifies For A civil money penalty (CMP)?

While paying a penalty is not something that you may particularly want to do, it can save you from disqualification or suspension from SNAP. A retailer must meet the criteria outlined in Section 278.6(i) of the SNAP Regulations to be eligible. All this must be supported by physical or electronic documentation that proves the retailer does, in fact, meet the criteria specified. Let’s see what this criterion is below.

The firm must have a compliance policy in place. This should be in writing which is suggested to be included in the employee handbook. The policy should outline specific guidelines employees must follow. The policy should be updated regularly and dated with each new addition.
The compliance policy must have been in effect before all of the alleged violations occurred. The retailer should have written logs of the policies and their updates.
The retailer must have a written training program. This program should explain when and how the retailer accepts the EBT benefits. The retailer should be able to procure documents will all signatures from employees who completed the training program and agreed to enforce the guidelines.
The managers and owners of the retailer did not benefit in any direct way from the alleged SNAP violations that occurred.

Payment Of Civil Money Penalty

The USDA will give you a short time frame in which you must pay the civil money penalty to avoid suspension or disqualification from SNAP. After applying for the penalty, you will receive a final determination letter that tells you how much you owe. You are given 30 days from the date of the final determination leter to make a payment and submit all relevant documents.

If your payment is not received in full by the end of the 30 days or the proper documentation was not received, you surrender your right to the civil money penalty. This will result in suspension or disqualification from the assistance program. The disqualification or suspension is assumed effective immediately after the deadline ends.

How Is The civil money penalty Calculated?

The CMP is calculated following specific guidelines in the SNAP regulations. Each penalty will vary from retailer to retailer as business-specific information is included in calculating the penalty. You can expect to pay, at the bare minimum, the amount of money that you gained during the unethical practices that were performed at your business.


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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