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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 120.25: Reckless endangerment in the first degree

Reckless endangerment is any act that shows an individual has no regard for human life. Even if no one actually got hurt, when someone acts in a way that puts others in danger this is considered reckless endangerment. Law enforcement takes their job to protect the safety of the public very seriously, and charges of reckless endangerment is a serious crime. If convicted of this crime, the sentence could include significant prison time. There are two different levels of reckless endangerment – first degree and second degree. The difference between the two is whether the actions could result in serious physical injury or actual death. It is important to understand exactly what the court system defines as reckless endangerment.

New York penal code 120.25: Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree Broken Down
New York Penal Code 120.25 addresses the crime of reckless endangerment in the first degree. This states a person is “guilty of reckless endangerment in the first degree when, under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life, he recklessly engages in contact which creates a grave risk of death to another person.” A “depraved indifference to human life” means that the person just doesn’t care whether s/he hurts someone or not. This person acts not because they are deliberately trying to hurt someone. They just don’t care if they put other people at risk of death.

New York Penal Code 120.25 in the first degree is a class D felony. Convection of this crime could result in up to 7 years in state prison.

Examples of Reckless Endangerment
One example of reckless endangerment would be a high speed chase. If someone is trying to elude the police by driving at high speeds, that shows a reckless disregard for other people on the road and pedestrians that could be hurt in the process.

Another example would be drive-by shootings. When someone discharges a firearm into a home, another car, or into a group of people, that shows that while they are trying to harm a specific person, they really don’t care if they hit other people in the process.
There are many examples of reckless endangerment such as drag racing, throwing items from an overpass onto the highway, and more.

Defense
One defense would be to show that there was never any danger of death to anyone, regardless of what the situation looks like. If no one was ever at grave risk of death, there is no reckless endangerment. Another way a good New York defense attorney could use to reduce the potential sentence is by showing that their client is contrite and takes responsibility for their actions.

Summary
A judge has latitude in sentencing in a case of reckless endangerment. An experienced defense attorney will fight to get the charges dismissed or at least reduced. If that isn’t possible, a good defense attorney can greatly affect the sentencing process by showing the judge that their client has good character, is contrite, and takes responsibility for their actions.

The most important thing to do is to contact a good defense attorney as soon as you get charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree. This is a felony that could put you in state prison for years and give you a criminal record for the rest of your life. A good defense attorney will fight to get the charges dismissed or reduced. If that isn’t possible, they will fight to get a sentence that will not ruin their client’s life.

New York Penal Code 120.20: Reckless endangerment in the second degree

One who has knowingly put another person at the risk of serious bodily injury or harm, or has put one’s life at risk, could face the charges of reckless endangerment in the second degree. These legal charges should be assessed and evaluated by a legal professional, before the case goes in front of a judge. Reckless endangerment of the second degree is a lesser charge than reckless endangerment in the first degree, but it still carries a criminal title, along with consequences. It’s best to consult with a lawyer before talking with the authorities or anyone about the case.

Putting someone at the risk of a serious physical injury would mean the victim could have suffered death, severe disfigurement, and protracted impairment of health, loss of an organ, or the loss or loss of function of a body part. One can be charged even if these things didn’t happen to the victim, but if the scenario was a near miss, or if the possibility was a fear of the victims. The victim may be claiming that they have had mental stress and mental health issues because of the incident that took place.

This could mean using a gun irresponsibly, driving under the influence of alcohol or at high and dangerous speeds, or taking any unnecessary risk that could negatively affect someone else’s life besides their own. Leaving a child unattended or not giving the best guardianship to someone in your care could also be endangerment. Not all that are accused are guilty or charged, and there are a few things the lawyer can do to avoid the charges.

The lawyer may angle the case to show that the victim was encouraging the behavior, participating in the risky activities, or was active in the decision making that lead to the incident or accident. Showing that the alleged victim was aware of the risks and did not resist the action is important. Not only does a lawyer experienced with endangerment charges try to fight them, but to reduce the sentencing and punishments that are delivered after they are proven guilty.

One who is charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree will get a misdemeanor charge, not a felony, but there are other serious ramifications that proceed. One could end up serving a year of jail time, and they will have to be on probation. Probation has many limitations and requirements, and faltering on the legal expectations could lead to worse consequences. There is also the possibility to pay fines, do community service, and the charges will go on one’s criminal record and will be seen if someone does a background check.

With a reckless endangerment charge, it can become difficult or impossible to pursue a career as an educator, in some health occupations and more. Unfortunately people don’t always make the decisions, but one bad decision doesn’t have to cause extreme complications for the rest of your life if you get an attorney to help you with the charges sand the problems. An NYC criminal lawyer who has worked with endangerment cases and charges in the past is the best type of lawyer to hire for this type of case.It’s important to have only endangerment experts handling the ase, and compiling the evidence and information to have the best outcome for your case.


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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