Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Why Choose Us

Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.

Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.

Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek


The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

New York Misconduct By A Juror

By Spodek Law Group | October 18, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 19, 2023)

Last Updated on: 19th October 2023, 07:32 pm

New York Misconduct By A Juror – What You Need to Know

The jury system is super important to our criminal justice system. Twelve jurors from the community decide cases and are supposed to be fair. There are a lot of rules jurors, judges, and lawyers gotta follow to keep the system working right. These include:

  • Keeping jury deliberations secret
  • No talking between lawyers and jurors outside court
  • No discussing the case or evidence until deliberations start
  • No reading news or social media about the case

What is Misconduct by a Juror in New York?

Sometimes jurors do improper stuff which can be a crime called Misconduct by a Juror. This happens when a juror:

  • Accepts payment for giving info about a case, or
  • Gives their vote or opinion for or against a party

There are two levels of this charge:

  • Misconduct by a Juror in the First Degree
  • Misconduct by a Juror in the Second Degree

The difference is one involves payment for voting a certain way, and the other is just sharing info.

Misconduct by a Juror in the Second Degree

This charge is in New York Penal Law Section 215.28. You’re guilty if:

  • Before being discharged from a case, and
  • You accept payment or benefit for yourself or someone else
  • For giving info about the case

The prosecutor has to prove these elements beyond a reasonable doubt.

Penalties for Second Degree

Misconduct by a Juror in the Second Degree is a violation. The max penalty is 15 days in jail. Realistically you’ll get time served, even if that’s just a few hours.

A violation isn’t a crime under New York law. So even if found guilty, you won’t have a criminal record.

Setting Aside Verdicts for Misconduct

Juror misconduct can result in the verdict being thrown out. This can happen before sentencing with a CPL 330.30 motion, or after with a CPL 440.40 motion.

Some examples:

  • People v. Neulander (2019) – homicide verdict set aside because a juror texted about the case 100s of times and looked at news sites, violating the rules[3].
  • People v. McGregor (2019) – attempted murder verdict thrown out because a juror tried to date a witness during deliberations[4].

How Often Are Jurors Prosecuted?

Prosecuting jurors is rare. Even when they break the rules badly, criminal charges usually don’t happen.

In People v. Neulander, a juror sent 7,000 texts about the trial, deleted them, and lied to the court. But no Misconduct by a Juror charges were filed[1].

But the integrity of juries is super important. The penal law has these charges available if needed.

What To Do If Charged

If you or a loved one is charged with Misconduct by a Juror in New York, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away. An attorney can help protect your rights and build the strongest defense.

Some options to fight the charges include:

  • File pretrial motions to get evidence excluded or dismissed
  • Negotiate with the prosecutor for a better plea deal or dismissal
  • Take the case to trial and hold the state to their burden of proof

Don’t take a chance by waiting or trying to handle this alone. The consequences can follow you for life. Get expert help fighting back.

Free Consultation


I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything was explained and any concerns...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

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.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.


85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004


get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005


get directions


35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106


get directions


195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201


get directions
Call Now!