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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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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."

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New York Penal Code 120.10: Assault in the First Degree

Assault is a criminal offense involving recklessly or intentionally harming a person. Assault has varying degrees that relate to the severity of the victim’s injury. They also refer to the means used to accomplish assault. Assault in the first degree is referred to as the most severe sort of assault. As a matter of fact, it is considered as one of the gravest crimes. Under the New York penal code 120:10, the prosecutor must show the following for you to be convicted of assault.
1. That you injured an individual while committing a class B felony, or
2. That you injured someone seriously, and you did it in a manner suggesting you had a debauched indifferent to human life.
3. That you injured a person, that you had the intent to permanently and seriously disfigure
4. That you injured someone using a dangerous instrument or a deadly weapon, and you had the intention to cause harm.

Examples of Crimes

Following an argument in a nightclub, a young man followed a girl outside the bar and hit her face with a bottle. The woman got injured. Even though the woman had no serious injury, the young man could fall into prosecution for the first-degree assault. Because he threw a bottle, it is often inferred that he had the intention to permanently and seriously disfigure the girl.

Related Offenses
1. First Degree Menacing: New York Penal Code 120:13
2. First-degree reckless endangerment: New York Penal Code 120:25

Defenses
For you to be convicted of first-degree assault, you must show that a deadly weapon was used. You also need to show that you had a debauched indifference to the life of a person. Moreover, you must show that this action occurred when a felony was committed. “Serious physical injury,” “felony,” or “deadly weapon” can be defined in many different ways in the criminal code. If the prosecutor does not show the necessary elements in the crime, then a conviction will be the hardest thing a prosecutor will have to do.

Sentence
The first-degree assault has a maximum of 25 years in prison because it is a class B felony. First-degree assault is also an offense under the violent felony. If you are convicted as such, a mandatory minimum sentence of five years applies to you. Probation is also included as part of your sentence. A felony also has a mandatory probation term of five years.
New York Penal Code 120.10: Assault in the First Degree
A person is found guilty of first-degree assault when:
1. With intent to permanently and seriously disfigure another person, amputate or to destroy, disable or amputate an organ or member of his body. He causes this injury to the person or any third party or
2. With the intention to cause a grievous physical injury to another person. He causes this injury using a dangerous instrument or deadly person
3. Under circumstance that clearly show debauched indifference to human life, he engages in situations that risk human life, and results in injury to the person or any third party

The consequences of conviction with first-degree assault are often harsh. You will also be required to pay some fines in conjunction with a jail term. However, you can secure defenses to help you drop the charges, help you get acquitted, or reduce the charges. The staff at NYC criminal attorneys has many years of experience to defend clients charged with first-degree assault, rape, menacing, a felony, misdemeanors, reckless endangerment, and stalking in New York Criminal Courts. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation appointment in New York.

New York Penal Code 120.00: Assault in the third Degree

There are three degrees of the assault crime included in the New York Penal Law. They include the first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree assault. The least serious crime is the third-degree assault. It carries a prison statement that does not exceed one year because it is a Class A misdemeanor. Under the New York penal code 120:00, you will face a third-degree assault if:

• You injure another person intentionally
• You injure a third person with the intention of injuring another person
• You recklessly injure another person, or
• You negligently cause harm to another person with a dangerous instrument or a deadly weapon.
It is a Class A misdemeanor.

Examples
A man got himself in the middle of a shouting match with his neighbor. He got so angry and punched the neighbor in the face and back. For this reason, the neighbor sought medical therapy at a local hospital. It is not necessary that these injuries were serious. However, this must be a physical injury as stated in the penal code.

Related offences
1. Second-degree menacing: New York Penal Code 120:14
2. Second-degree reckless endangerment: New York Penal Code 120:20

Defenses
For you to sustain a second-degree assault charge, you must have the victim sustain a physical injury. While the injury might not be necessary, there must be an evidence of injury other than complaining that your actions hurt he or she. If there is no present injury as stated in the penal code, the prosecutor will have a hard time securing a third-degree assault conviction.

Under the New York Penal Code, you have the permission to use physical force to protect yourself or any other person against any coming danger. If you can prove to the judge that you were protecting yourself against danger based on the facts you present, you will secure a valid sentence defense against all the charges. For this reason, it calls upon the evidence presented in court. You will have a valid defense against the third-degree assault in court.

Sentence
Because the third-degree assault is under class A misdemeanor, you have a one-year jail term if you are proven guilty with sufficient evidence. While you are sentenced to the jail term, you might also fall to a three-year probation term in jail.

New York Penal Code 120.00: Third-degree Assault
A person is guilty of the third-degree assault when:
1. They have the intention to cause a physical injury to another person. He, in fact, causes that injury to the person or the third part.
2. He recklessly causes physical harm or injury to the person.
3. He causes physical injury, with criminal negligence, to another person with a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon.

NYC Criminal Lawyers
While the third-degree assault is a misdemeanor offense under the New York Penal Code, there are serious conviction consequences. If you do not have the necessary defense on your side, you may end up spending a year in jail away from your friends and family. Once you are back, your life will never be the same again. You will face it with a criminal record. However, certain defenses can cause the third-degree assault charge be dropped, acquitted or reduced. The staff at the nyc criminal attorneys Law Firm has many years of successful criminal representation defending clients in criminal courts in New York charged with felonies or misdemeanors. Some of the charges they represent their clients with include reckless endangerment, menacing, second degree, rape, stalking, and child endangerment. Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with an NYC criminal attorney concerning your criminal case.

New York Penal Code 120.05: Assault in the second Degree

Second-degree assault is one of the numerous assaults offenses under the criminal code of New York. You may face a charge under seven different circumstances. Under the New York Penal Code 120.05, you may be accused of assault in the second degree if you:
1. Assault another individual with the intention causing a grievous injury, and you cause a serious physical injury to the person or third party.
2. Assault another person with a dangerous instrument or a deadly weapon with the intention of causing injury to the person and in fact injuring the person or third party.
3. Assault of an official such as a train operator or a peace officer to prevent them from properly performing their duties.
4. Recklessly causing a serious physical injury with a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon.
5. Intentionally causing another person to become physically or unconsciously impaired by administering a drug without their conscience.
6. While you were in the course of committing a felony, you injure another person.
7. Are 18 years old, and injure an 11-year-old or below child intentionally or recklessly.

This is a Class D felony.

Examples
For instance, a man uses a knife to cause a 16-inch deep wound on another’s abdomen. In another similar case, a man punches another woman to cause her fall on a wall and get a deep wound. She suffered deep wounds that were treated in a life support machine. In both cases, these men would be convicted of second-degree assault based on the intention to cause a physical harm to another person, in fact, thy succeeded in causing the harm.

Related offenses
1. Second Degree Menacing: New York penal code 120:14
2. Second-degree reckless endangerment: Penal Code 120: 20

Defenses
A second-degree assault charge is based on the action of seriously injuring a person. Under the New York Penal Code 10:00, a serious physical injury has many definitions. If the prosecutor proves that the injury wasn’t severe, then the defense is valid against the second-degree charges.

New York has a statute for justification that gives you a choice to use physical force to protect yourself against impending harm. If you injured that person while protecting yourself against an impending harm, then you can defend yourself against the assault charge.

Sentence
Second-degree assault belongs to the Class D felony. A seven-year prison term is valid for this charge. Because the second-degree assault is classified under the violent felony, a two-year prison term can be imposed to the person by the judge. For a second-degree conviction assault conviction, you can face a two-year prison sentence combined with a $5,000 fine.

The prosecutor may request, as part of the criminal process, that the judge grants a criminal protection order in court to order you to stay away from the victim.

New York Penal Code 120.05: Second Degree Assault
A person is guilty of the second-degree assault when:
1. With intent to cause serious injury to another person, in fact causing that injury to the person or third party. Or,
2. With the intention to cause physical injury to another person, he causes the injury by using a dangerous instrument t or deadly weapon.
3. With intent to prevent a police officer, a peace officer, a prosecutor as defined in the New York Second degree assault penal code.

NYC Criminal Attorneys
It is a serious charge to be arrested for assault. Many aspects of your life will change forever if you are convicted. However, there are many aspects of a second-degree assault that a lawyer can use to defend you. It is important to contact our NYC criminal attorney if you are arrested for assault. The lawyers in our law firm have many years of legal experience to give you the ultimate representation service you need.


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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