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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."

Francis Anim
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New York Penal Code 120.16: Hazing in the first degree

Hazing is a crime associated with college sports teams, sororities, and fraternities. However, this crime can occur with the high school student organizations and any other non-academic agencies such as the street gangs. For you to be inducted as a member of that group you must endure some humiliation, degradation, abuse, ritual, or harmful activity. In some cases, these activities may result in serious injuries or death of the hazed person. Under the New York penal code 120:16, you can face serious prosecution if you do anything that recklessly creates a risk to cause a serious injury or anything intentional to make them lose their lives. First-degree hazing is a misdemeanor.

A person can be said to be guilty of the first-degree hazing when he intentionally causes physical injuries to a person who is being initiated by an organization.

Example
A man was very eager to join a gang. During that time, you must do something for you to gain membership in the gang. For this reason, the gang members told him to be jumped in to be a member. Five gang members beat up the man as a result of jumping. The man suffered broken rubs and several bruises all over the body. The police attained the video. Anyone who beat up the man, as well as the videographer, could all be prosecuted for first-degree hazing since their intentional and reckless action caused the physical injury.

Related offenses
1. First-degree reckless endangerment: New York Penal Code 120:25
2. Second-degree reckless endangerment: New York Penal Code 120:20

Defenses
For you to be convicted of the first-degree hazing offense, the prosecutor must provide the necessary evidence that the person suffered great physical injury. Physical injury, as defined in the New York Penal Code, is an injury that causes substantial pain and results in physical impairment. If you have a minor injury that requires a mere bandage, then such an injury does not fit to justify the legal implications of charges.

Sentence
Because the first-degree hazing is a Class A misdemeanor, you are required to face a one-year jail term at a county-level correctional facility if convicted. It is also possible that you may face a three-year jail probation sentence from the judge. Also, you will be required to pay a fine of more than $1,000 by the judge.

New York Penal Code 120.16: Hazing in the first degree
A person will be considered as guilty for the first-degree hazing offense when:
1. In the course of another person’s affiliation or initiation with an organization or group, he recklessly or intentionally engages in conduct that creates substantial risk of death or physical injury to a third person or another person. For this reason, you must have inflicted the physical injury to the person or any other third person.

The NYC Criminal Attorneys Law Firm
For most people, they might think that hazing is part of these less serious crimes committed. However, this is a criminal offense and can attract a great deal of punishment concerning the jail term. For this reason, you must think out of the box and get your fate determined through the help of an experienced legal representative. A first-degree hazing can attract a jail term of not less than one year being a misdemeanor conviction. The staff at nyc criminal attorneys Law Firm has one of the most experienced legal representatives, who have represented their clients in numerous New York criminal court cases concerning firs-degree assault, rape, stalking, reckless endangerment, menacing, and child endangerment. You can contact us to schedule a free consultation session with our team of experienced legal representatives in New York.

New York Penal Code 120.17: Hazing in the second degree

Hazing is a dangerous activity that’s widely used by not only gangs but schools, clubs, and groups as a form of initiation for new members. It’s dangerous, and it’s often deadly to those who engage in this type of behavior. Hazing in the second degree is not a criminal offense or a felony, but it is against the law. Those who are found guilty of hazing are sentenced to up to 15 days in jail for their actions. New York law requires all nyc criminal attorneys find proof that the person accused of being involved in hazing did not intentionally cause harm or put someone in harm’s way to find them innocent.

Hazing in the second degree is any act that intentionally increases the risk of or creates the risk of serious physical injury to another person. It is commonly found in gang initiations, sports, and even fraternities or sororities. It’s very much illegal, but it must be proven that the person involved in the act was intentionally put in the way of harm and the risk of physical injury before they are found guilty. Hazing in the first degree is a different situation, and it’s not one that is considered when a second degree crime is committed.

Examples of Hazing in the Second Degree

What makes this crime difficult to understand completely is the complexity of defining danger. There is no law that states a person must be physically injured to be a victim of hazing. As long as there was a risk of being injured and someone else is responsible for placing someone in that place of danger, there is a chance they committed this crime. One example would be when a football player decides to initiate a new player by taking him to the local railroad track with a blindfold on his eyes.

The football player might not have any intention of allowing the new player to become injured at all. He only wants to put him blindfolded on the tracks as a scare tactic. He will leave him there long enough to hear a train coming and feel the tracks begin to move before taking him off long before the train arrives. The new player was not injured or hurt in the incident, but the potential for serious harm or even death if he’d been a moment too late or gotten stuck on the tracks is imminent. The player who put him on the tracks will be charged with hazing in the second degree for putting this other young man’s life on the line.

Defenses

There are many defenses you can use in a situation like this, and a NYC criminal attorney can help you get through the charges if you can prove no real danger was caused to the person who is accusing you of hazing. To use the above example, if the football player put the new player on tracks he knew were closed down and unable to support a train, he did not put the player in danger at all.

Another example of a good defense is using a fake weapon to scare someone new on a team or in a club. The weapon might scare them and make them feel as if their life is in danger, but it cannot cause harm. This means it cannot be used as a way of harming anyone, and the person who used it will not be charged with hazing in the second degree. While reckless and unintelligent, there is no way this is dangerous. There will be no charges brought against anyone in this situation.


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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