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New York Liquor License Violations Lawyers


New York Liquor License Violations Lawyers

Getting in trouble with the New York State Liquor Authority can be scary. As a bar, restaurant, or liquor store owner, your livelihood depends on having a valid liquor license. If the SLA suspends or revokes your license, you could end up going out of business. That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced liquor license lawyer on your side if you get an SLA violation.

There are lots of ways businesses can run afoul of the SLA rules. Some common violations include:

  • Selling alcohol to minors
  • Selling to visibly intoxicated persons
  • Staying open or serving past legal hours
  • Letting underage employees handle alcohol
  • Allowing disorderly conduct on premises
  • Allowing gambling or drugs on premises
  • Serving outdoors without a sidewalk cafe permit

When the SLA charges you with a violation, they’ll send a Notice of Pleading explaining the alleged offense. You then have to respond by either pleading:

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!
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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.
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18:08 18 Apr 24
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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.
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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.
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16:26 15 Mar 24
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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.
  1. Not Guilty – a hearing gets scheduled
  2. No Contest – you accept the penalty without a hearing
  3. Guilty – you accept the charges and penalty

Pleading not guilty means you’ll have a hearing where you can argue your case before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). This is your chance to fight the charges and avoid fines or suspension. But it takes experience and preparation to win.

SLA Penalties You Want to Avoid

If the ALJ sustains the charges after a hearing, the SLA can impose tough penalties like:

  • Suspension – Shut down alcohol sales/service for days, weeks, or months
  • Cancellation – Lose your license but can reapply in 2 years
  • Revocation – Lose your license and can’t reapply for 2 years
  • Fines – Monetary penalties from $1000 to $10,000+
  • Bond Forfeiture – Loss of your surety bond funds

These penalties can put you out of business if you depend on alcohol sales. Even a short suspension of liquor service can cost you thousands in lost revenue.

How Lawyers Defend SLA Violations

Experienced New York liquor license lawyers know how to defend businesses against SLA charges. Here are some of the most effective strategies:

Question the Evidence

SLA investigators often rely on hearsay or circumstantial evidence. Your lawyer can scrutinize the testimony and documents for inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and procedural errors.

Raise Affirmative Defenses

There are legal defenses that can defeat SLA charges if proven. For example, you aren’t liable if employees sold alcohol in violation of policies. Or you may argue “entrapment” by undercover agents.

Negotiate Lesser Penalties

Your lawyer may be able to negotiate a deal for reduced charges or penalties prior to the hearing. This can save you money and avoid suspension if the evidence is strong.

Highlight Mitigating Factors

You can avoid revocation by showing the violation was an isolated incident and that you acted responsibly to prevent future issues.

File Appeals

If you lose at the initial SLA hearing, your lawyer can appeal to the SLA’s board and then to the courts. Appeals can result in charges being overturned or penalties reduced.

How to Find the Best Liquor License Lawyer

Choosing the right lawyer is key to successfully fighting SLA violations. Look for these qualities:

  • Extensive experience handling SLA cases
  • Good relationships with SLA officials
  • High rate of charges dismissed/reduced
  • Reasonable legal fees
  • Good reviews from clients

Also make sure they focus specifically on liquor licensing law. General lawyers often lack the specialized knowledge needed to win these cases.

With an experienced liquor license violations lawyer on your side, you can rest easier knowing your business is in good hands. They have the skills and determination to get charges dismissed or penalties minimized. Don’t leave your livelihood to chance – hire a lawyer and fight back against the SLA.

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