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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 Law 125.22: Aggravated manslaughter in the first degree

What Is Aggravated Manslaughter In The First Degree?
When you think of manslaughter, you might think of a homicide without the intent to kill someone. While this is a component of aggravated manslaughter, there are a few more elements that need to be addressed in order to understand the charge that arises. The defendant is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter when there is an intent present to cause a serious physical injury to a peace officer or a police officer. The threat of physical injury is present when the officer is on duty. Prosecutors will need to be able to show that the defendant knew that the victim was an officer of the law and that the actions caused the death of that officer.

Another element to consider is that the defendant has an intent to cause the death of the officer while the officer is performing duties that are described by the law. However, the acts don’t constitute a murder because the defendant acts under an influence of an emotional issue. This is where the difference lies between murder and aggravated manslaughter. There is no clear thought process of slaying the officer, but actions that the defendant takes part in will result in the death, or could result in the death, of the officer.

There is another issue that could relate to this charge. The prosecution could charge the defendant with aggravated manslaughter in the death of a citizen instead of a police or peace officer. The defendant would take part in activity that can knowingly cause the death of another and still participates in that activity anyway. The charge is considered a class B felony. It’s not at the top of the list of felonies, but the defendant can still be punished with up to 20 years in prison and $200,000 in fines. First-degree manslaughter is often sought when the defendant is trying to get away from a police officer either in a car or on foot.

Examples
An example that would be easy to understand is if a spouse comes home to discover that the other spouse is having an affair. Seeing the activity, the spouse kills the other spouse or the person who the person is with. This is considered a crime that takes place in the heat of passion in some situations as the defendant doesn’t intend to really kill anyone, but death occurs because of actions that take place.

Another example would be if someone robs a store and runs from the police. The person would get into a car and hit an officer while trying to get away, killing the officer who is on duty. This would be considered manslaughter instead of murder as the intent was not to kill the officer, but the officer was killed anyway because of the action of fleeing from the scene by the defendant.

Common Defenses
There are several defenses that can be used when it comes to aggravated manslaughter. A NYC criminal attorney can declare that the defendant didn’t intend to kill anyone and only provoked thoughts of harm. Another defense would be that the defendant was forced to commit a crime or that the defendant acted under the influence of some kind of drug or a mental condition that prevented the clear thinking of the actions that took place.

New York Penal Law 125.21: Aggravated manslaughter in the second degree

The New York Penal Code takes a firm stance in cases involving police officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty. Aggravated manslaughter in the second degree is one of the crimes that can be charged when a police officer is killed under a specific set of circumstances.

Elements of Aggravated Manslaughter in the Second Degree

Aggravated manslaughter in the second degree is not a crime that requires a showing of intent. In other words, a person can be charged with aggravated manslaughter in the second degree without a demonstration that he or she intended the death of the victim.

A person can be charged with aggravated manslaughter in the second degree based on reckless conduct. Specifically, a person can be charged with this crime if he or she engaged in engaging in conduct that reasonably could be considered reckless, conduct with the potential of causing the death of someone else.

The law also requires that a person charged with aggravated manslaughter in the second degree must have been aware that the victim was some type of law enforcement or peace officer. In the alternative, even if the person causing the death lacked actual knowledge that the victim was a police officer, he or she reasonably should have known that was the status of the victim.

Examples of Aggravated Manslaughter in the Second Degree

An example of aggravated manslaughter in the second degree involves a situation in which a person was pulled over by a police officer while driving. The driver had been drinking and wanted to avoid getting a DUI charge. Therefore, immediately after pulling over, he speeds away.

While pursuing the driver, the police officer ends up involved in a one-car accident that takes the officer’s life. The driver of the vehicle fleeing from the police could face a aggravated manslaughter in the second degree charge.

Another example involves a woman who takes the police on a high-speed chase, without stopping. One of the patrol cars involved in the pursuit ends up overturning, killing the police officer. In this situation, a person could be charged with aggravated manslaughter in the second degree.

Sentence for Aggravated Manslaughter in the Second Degree

aggravated manslaughter in the second degree is classified as a class C felony. A person convicted of this crime can face a term of incarceration of up to 15 years in prison. A judge could also impose a hefty fine. There is no mandatory minimum sentence for this crime in the state of New York.

Defenses for Aggravated Manslaughter in the Second Degree

A defense to a charge of aggravated manslaughter in the second degree is demonstrating that the perpetrator’s conduct was not reckless. Laying out a defense based on a contention that certain conduct was not reckless is best accomplished through an experienced NYC criminal lawyer.

Another possible defense in a case involving aggravated manslaughter in the second degree is based on the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations sets a specific time period during which a aggravated manslaughter in the second degree case must be filed by a prosecutor. If the deadline is missed, a defense can made that the case must be dismissed for violating the statute of limitations.

A criminal defense lawyer will schedule what is known as an initial consultation. During an initial consultation, legal counsel will provide a case evaluation. In addition, a criminal defense attorney will provide answers to any questions a person facing criminal prosecution might have regarding a charge for aggravated manslaughter in the second degree. There is no charge for an initial consultation in a aggravated manslaughter in the second degree 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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