212-300-5196

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.

Spodek
Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek

WE PROVIDE WHITE GLOVE SERVICE TO CLIENTS
WHO WANT MORE FROM THEIR ATTORNEY

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.

NY Penal Law Article 145 Criminal Mischief

In our ongoing series of articles on New York penal law, we’ve given you a more direct look at how the law works, without all of the dry legalese you’d expect from reading up on things like this. In today’s post, we’re going to take a look at what the law says about criminal mischief and tampering. Let’s start off with criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

Criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

In order to be guilty of this crime, you’d have to intentionally damage someone else’s property or somehow participate in destroying an abandoned building. You could also recklessly damage someone else’s property in an amount that’s greater than $250. Criminal mischief in the fourth degree is considered a class A misdemeanor.

Criminal mischief in the third degree.

If you damage the property of someone in a total amount that’s greater than $250, and you had the intention to do this damage, you’re guilty of criminal mischief in the third degree. This one is a class E felony.

Criminal mischief in the second degree.

Now we’re getting into more serious territory. If you go ahead and damage someone’s property in a total amount that’s greater than $1,500, you’re guilty of this crime, and will be looking at a class D felony.

Criminal mischief in the first degree.

The most serious offense under criminal mischief is when you damage someone else’s property by using an explosive device. This particular crime will have you looking at a class B felony.

Definition.

For the purpose of being clear about all of this, the term “property of another” basically includes all of the property that someone has ownership of, whether or not the person who damages the property also has an ownership interest in the property.

Criminal tampering in the third degree.

To be guilty of the least serious offense of criminal tampering, you’d have to tamper with someone else’s property while intending to cause inconvenience to either that person or someone else. Again, intent to do the tampering is key here. This one’s a class B misdemeanor.

Criminal tampering in the second degree.

For the second degree of criminal tampering, this corresponds to tampering with the connection for gas, electric, or other kinds of utilities. There is an affirmative defense for this, however. That involves you not engaging in this behavior for the purpose of larceny, or any other kind of wrong purpose. This crime is a class A misdemeanor.

Criminal tampering in the first degree.

Now the first degree of criminal tampering is when you tamper with one of those utilities we talked about, and then cause a great deal of impairment of the service. This crime is thought to be a class D felony.

Cemetery desecration in the second degree.

We’re now shifting from tampering over to cemetery desecration. You’d be guilty of this crime if you damage any property that’s been maintained as some sort of plot or grave in a cemetery, with the intent to do so. This is a class A misdemeanor.

Cemetery desecration in the first degree.

The most serious level of cemetery desecration is when you damage a burial plot or grave in a total amount that’s greater than $250. This bumps you up into a class E felony.

Reckless endangerment of property.

If you recklessly engage in some kind of conduct that creates a high risk of damage to someone else’s property in a total amount that’s greater than $250, you’ve committed reckless endangerment of property. This is a class B misdemeanor.

Aggravated cemetery desecration in the second degree.

Jumping back to cemetery desecration, this is when you open a casket or some other type of vessel that holds a corpse and then remove some part of the remains. Aggravated cemetery desecration in the second degree is a class E felony.

Aggravated cemetery desecration in the first degree.

As you might’ve guessed, this more serious offense involves committing that last crime we talked about, but then also having been convicted for the same crime in the last five years, or this crime. Aggravated cemetery desecration in the first degree is considered a class D felony.

Unlawfully posting advertisements.

If you post, paint, or in some other way set up an ad on someone else’s property, you’re guilty of this particular crime and will be receiving a violation.

Tampering with a consumer product; consumer product defined.

As for definitions, consumer product basically means any food, beverage, or other similar thing that’s offered for sale, as well as human consumption.

Tampering with a consumer product in the second degree.

When you alter or adulterate some kind of consumer property with the intention of causing damage or causing fear that you’ll cause this damage, you’re guilty of this crime and will be facing a class A misdemeanor.

Tampering with a consumer product in the first degree.

Same thing for this crime, but it’s got the added element of creating a substantial risk of some sort of serious injury to one or more people. This one is a class E felony.

Penalties for littering on railroad tracks and rights-of-way.

For the purpose of this section, you can’t dump, throw, or otherwise deposit garbage on railroad tracks. Of course, depositing some sort of salt or sand to improve traction on roads isn’t a problem at all, and isn’t considered dumping.

Making graffiti.

Graffiti is when you etch, paint, or otherwise cover a surface on public property with a mark that damages this property. If you do this without getting the permission of the owner, you’re committing a class A misdemeanor.

Possession of graffiti instruments.

You’re guilty of this crime when you possess some sort of tool or instrument that’s used to make graffiti as we defined it in the last section. This is a class B misdemeanor.

Criminal possession of a taximeter accelerating device.

A taximeter basically means a device that automatically calculates a charge for driving people where they need to go. A taximeter accelerating device is a device like this that increases the charge past the maximum that’s allowed under the law. This one is a class A misdemeanor.

Free Consultation

Testimonials

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.

NYC

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

212-300-5196

get directions

Los Angeles

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

212-300-5196

get directions

QUEENS

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

212-300-5196

get directions

BROOKLYN

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

212-300-5196

get directions
Call Now!