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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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Service is paramount to results. We treat you like family, so you know what's going on always.

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When you hire our criminal attorneys, you work directly with a senior attorney only.

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Criminal Defense Lawyers

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 265.35: Prohibited Use of Weapons

The law frowns on the dangerous or irresponsible discharge of a firearm anywhere, and New York has some of the strongest gun and weapons laws in the United States. As per the New York Penal Code section 265.35, it’s a crime for a person to:

  • Hunt with a dangerous weapon in a county wholly embraced by a city
  • Shoot a gun at an aircraft, train, car, bus
  • Point a firearm at or discharge a firearm when it is pointed at another person
  • Maim or injure another person with a firearm unless it is in self defense

Here’s an example
The Yankees win the World Series against the Mets in seven games. An ecstatic Yankees fan goes out into his yard and fires his shotgun into the air in celebration. The guy didn’t point the gun in the direction of anybody or anything but the sky, but what goes up must come down. The discharge of the shotgun was witnessed by the neighbors on both sides of the shooter. The neighbor who is a Mets fan calls 911 and says there’s a guy outside shooting a gun. If arrested for that act, the Yankees fan would likely be found guilty of the prohibited use of a weapon.

Defenses to prohibited use of a weapon
New York Penal Code section 265.35 contemplates certain defenses. First and foremost is the performance of the official duties of a police or peace officer. Those duties are quite broad. Self defense is also addressed. The criminal jury instructions for New York penal law 35.15(2) involving justification and the use of deadly force elaborate at length on self defense. Other viable defenses like denying discharge of the weapon, somebody else firing the weapon and unintentional firing can also be raised. Remember that the prosecution has the burden of proof in any criminal case. It must prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Prohibited use of weapons can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony
You’ll want an experienced and effective NYC criminal lawyer representing you on any weapons charge. A misdemeanor conviction for prohibited use of a weapon carries a jail sentence of up to 364 days in jail. A felony conviction is punishable by up to seven years in prison. Any conviction involving a weapons offense can follow you for life.

We leave no stone unturned
Don’t give police a statement or a confession. Upon being arrested, you have the right to remain silent along with the right to an attorney. The prosecution will only try to use your statement, confession or both of them against you in the future. When we’re retained, we’ll review all police reports and the like and then we’ll interview any witnesses. We start looking for any technical procedural errors involving your arrest right away. Sloppy police work can often lead to a dismissal. Then we’ll interview any occurrence and post occurrence witnesses. We want every piece of evidence that the state has against you along with any evidence that’s favorable to you. If witness statements are conflicting, those help us in raising reasonable doubt.

Call us first upon any arrest for a free consultation and case evaluation. We’ll advise you of your options. Then we’ll also advise you of how to best protect your rights and interests. We’re available toll free at 888-981-9185 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Exercise your right to remain silent along with your right to the defense attorney of your choice. Contact us immediately after any arrest. Your job, freedom and future all need to be protected.

Discharge of Firearm Lawyers

In the state of New York, including in New York City, the discharge of a firearm generally is considered illegal. If you are charged with the unlawful discharge of a firearm in New York, you face the prospect of criminal prosecution that can result in a fairly significant penalty.

What Constitutes a Firearm for the Purposes of the Law?

A number of different types of weapons fall into the category of what constitutes a firearm for the purposes of an unlawful discharge. These include a shotgun, handgun, rifle, or automatic weapon. In addition, any weapon that fires any type of projectile is likely to be considered a firearm for the purposes of a prosecution under the illegal discharge law in New York.

Exceptions to Illegal Discharge

There are some limited circumstances in which the discharge of a firearm is not deemed illegal in the state of New York. Situations in which a firearm lawfully can be discharged include hunting, target practice, use in the line of official duty, and self-defense.

Legal Possession of a Firearm Does Not Make Discharge Legal

The fact that a person lawfully owns a firearm does not mean that he or she can lawfully discharge the weapon. In New York, absent using a lawfully-owned firearm within the parameters set forth a moment ago, a discharge can be illegal because it occurs in the proximity of another person, a motor vehicle, a school, or a residential dwelling.

Discharge of a Firearm and Associate Crimes

A common occurrence in New York is that a person is charged with the unlawful discharge of a firearm in relation to a related or associated case. In other words, in some instances, an unlawful discharge of a firearm allegation is used to enhance criminal charges being lodged against a person in a case.

Examples of other types of criminal charges that oftentimes are associated with the unlawful discharge of a firearm in New York include murder, assault, car jacking, robbery, drug-related offenses, felon in possession of a firearm, gang-related crimes, illegal hunting activity, domestic assault, or terrorism.

The addition of a firearm charge like this adds to the potential penalty in a case in and of itself. However, an unlawful discharge charge added to an associated criminal charge can actually enhance the specific sentence associated with the companion criminal charge.

Federal and State Charges

The unlawful discharge of a firearm is a crime that can be prosecuted on both the state and federal levels. The venue in which an unlawful discharge of a firearm is prosecuted depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the case at hand. Keep in mind that it is possible for a person to end up prosecuted on both the state and federal levels for an unlawful discharge of a firearm matter, particularly if here are associate charges violating both state and federal law.

Penalties for Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm

The penalties for unlawful discharge of a firearm depend in part on the facts of a specific case as well as a defendant’s prior criminal history, if any. On the state level, in New York a person convicted of the unlawful discharge of a firearm can face anywhere from 18 months to seven years in prison. If the case is brought on the federal level, a defendant can face up to a 10 year term of incarceration.

Monetary penalties can be imposed in an unlawful discharge of a firearm case as well. In addition, if there a defendant can also face a restitution order, depending on whether any financial losses were incurred because of the incident.

Retain Experienced Legal Representation

A person facing charges associated with the unlawful discharge of a firearm best protects his or her rights and interests by retaining the services of a skilled, experienced New York criminal defense attorney. A New York criminal defense lawyer will schedule a initial consultation with a person facing unlawful discharge charges at no cost to the potential client.

When facing charges of unlawful discharge of a firearm, a person needs to be proactive when retaining legal counsel. The reality is that a case tends to move quickly in the New York criminal justice system, and there is no time to spare in seeking a criminal defense attorney.


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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