We are an elite criminal defense law firm, that emphasizes providing the best service and professionalism to all clients. We service a curated clientele nationwide – that expect the best from their lawyer. We handle tough criminal defense and legal situations that require deep knowledge, experience, dedication, and excellence in order to win. We have over 50 years of combined experience, handling national and international cases.
Excellent results begins with top notch service. We treat you like family, and you always know what's going on with your criminal defense case.
When you hire our law firm, you work directly with a senior criminal defense attorney only. This ensures the best results possible.
We 100's of 5 star reviews, and have been featured in the media. We are a premier law firm who understands how to win cases.
The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.
Finding out that you’re facing a court martial can bring feelings of dread and worry. Understanding what to expect during the court martial process can help take some of the mystery out of the proceedings. Even if you’re facing a stressful court martial proceeding, there are things that you can do to fight back and present your side of the story.
What’s a general court martial?
A court martial is another name for a military court proceeding. There are a few different types of court martial proceedings. A general court martial is the most serious type. A summary court martial and special court martial are two other types of proceedings.
The proceedings begin when a commanding officer signs a convening order. Once they sign a preferral, you have a right to assistance from a military court martial criminal lawyer. From there, your case proceeds to an arraignment, decisions on pretrial motions and finally to trial.
A general court martial is a very serious matter. These proceedings are often reserved for some of the most serious offenses. A conviction often means a dishonorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge.
You may also face loss of pay. Officials may want to send you to jail or prison. For very serious offenses, lifetime incarceration and even the death penalty may be on the table.
Proving the case against you
Even though a court martial is a very serious matter, government officials still have to prove their case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. That means an experienced general court martial criminal attorney can help you defend yourself against the charges against you. There are many stages of the proceedings where your attorney can help you advance your interests.
Your attorney can help you determine if you can bring any pretrial motions to help your case. These motions might allow you to keep out damaging evidence. This can help the jury decide the case based on only the allegations against you rather than based on unrelated things that are designed to paint you in a bad light to the jury. Pretrial motions help the court focus the case on only the most relevant facts, so that the jury can make a fair decision based on the law.
At trial, your court-martial attorney helps you admit evidence that the jury needs to hear. They help you object to inadmissible evidence that the government tries to enter against you. They help you tell your story to the jury, so that they can look at the entire circumstances of the case from your point of view.
Trying your case
A panel of military officers receive an appointment to decide your guilt or innocence. This is similar to the jury system in civilian court. However, in civilian court, a decision to convict you has to be unanimous. In a military court, you can receive a guilty verdict even if only 2/3 of the jurors believe you’re guilty.
The trial proceeds a lot like a criminal case might proceed in a civilian court. Your attorney can help you cross-examine witnesses and call witnesses of your own. They can also make an opening statement and a closing statement on your behalf. Once both sides present their case, the jury deliberates.
If you’re convicted, you need to present evidence of why you believe a certain sentence is appropriate in your case. You may also decide to pursue an appeal. Your military general court martial attorney can help you weigh the pros and cons to make a decision.
You have options
If you’re facing a military court martial, going to trial is only one of your options. You may be able to negotiate a resolution where you plead guilty in exchange for a reduction in the charges against you. You can work with your attorney in order to determine your priorities.
You may want to avoid prison or limit the amount of time that you spend incarcerated. It might be the most important for you to avoid a dishonorable discharge. It’s important to work with an attorney, so that you can understand all of the potential consequences that might follow from a certain course of action. Armed with this knowledge, you can have confidence to know that you’re making the best possible decisions in your case.
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.
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.
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.
We provide superior service, excellent results, at a level superior to other criminal defense law firms. Regardless of where your case is, nationwide, we can help you.
"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
555 W 5th St 35th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013
35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106
85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004
195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201