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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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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 135.10: Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree

Unlawful imprisonment refers to detaining someone without any legal authority or against that person’s will. It occurs when an individual prevents a person from leaving a room, vehicle, house or any other area. There are two types of unlawful imprisonment in New York Penal Law. The first one involves unlawful imprisonment in the first degree. The other one is unlawful imprisonment in the second degree. A person is said to be guilty of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree when he restrains someone under circumstances that expose the latter to the risk of a serious physical harm. Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree is a class E felony and attracts up to four years in prison. The word restrain in the Penal Law is defined as intentionally and unlawfully retracting the movement of another person against his will.

Example of Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree

Ruth, a resident of Manhattan, went to a club on a Friday evening to relax after a long week of hard work. While she was sitting alone at the corner of the restaurant, a young man approached him. His name was Donald. He introduced himself and the two quickly got used to each other. They talked for several hours, joking and laughing about their workmates and life. Donald then invited Ruth to accompany him to his house and she agreed. They arrived at the house, cooked some food and watched a movie. Ruth woke up early the next morning and told Donald she wanted to go back to her house. Donald quickly locked the door and told her to stay until Monday. Ruth did not agree and decided to force herself out. Donald reached for a gun and threatened to shoot her if she persisted. Ruth waited until Donald was in the bathroom and jumped out though the balcony, injuring herself in the process.

This is a classic case of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree. Donald could be charged with wrongfully detaining Ruth and causing her to sustain injuries.

Defenses to the penal code

A prosecutor must show that you indeed imprisoned someone without his or her will and that the person was actually unable to leave. The prosecutor will do some research on his own to determine the facts surrounding the incident. This may involve interviewing the victim to get his side of the story or requesting for surveillance footage of the place.

There are many ways you can defend yourself against such accusations. For instance, if you locked someone in a room with an open window, you may have a valid defense against a charge of unlawful detention. You can also defend yourself by convincing the judge that the victim was not in any danger of a serious physical injury at that time. For example, if you pointed a gun at the person to prevent him from leaving, but the gun was actually a toy, you may have some valid defense.

Hiring a Lawyer

Defending yourself against unlawful imprisonment charge is your basic right. However, it is unwise to go at it alone due to several legal risks and obstacles present. You need to hire a NYC criminal lawyer to help protect your rights and create a strong defense. A lawyer has studied and trained in understanding every aspect of criminal law in New York. He knows the right approach to take to help you win the case and protect you against heavy penalties.

Before you hire a lawyer, make sure he has several years of experience dealing with unlawful imprisonment cases. Also, make sure he has a high rate of success in his works.

New York Penal Law 135.05: Unlawful imprisonment in the second degree

In New York, it is illegal to purposely restrain another person. When you restrain somebody else even though you don’t have the legal right to, you are committing unlawful imprisonment, which is a crime. Even if you are not particularly violent towards the person, you can still be charged with unlawful imprisonment in the second degree. Typically, unlawful imprisonment includes a physical restraint – locking a person in a room or tying them to a piece of furniture, for example.

Defining Restraint

According to New York law, the word “restrain” refers to when a person’s movements are restricted so that they cannot move from one place to another. This can include confining the person or forcing them to move to another location where they are also restricted. Though physical force is sometimes used, it doesn’t have to be present. The victim may be intimated or deceived instead of hurt or handled physically. To fully understand how “restrain” is defined in New York, refer to penal law § 135.00(1), which discusses the intentional and unlawful restriction of a person.

Example of Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree

Mike breaks into the house of a stranger, intending to rob it when nobody is home. While he is searching the house for items to take, the owner of the home returns. Mike takes the owner of the home, pushes him into a bedroom and ties him to a chair. He then shuts the bedroom door behind him and moves a big piece of furniture in front of it so he can’t get out. Mike then leaves the house. Since he prevented the owner from leaving the bedroom, Mike can be charged with unlawful imprisonment in the second degree.

Unlawful Imprisonment Sentence

Unlawful imprisonment in the second degree is considered a class A misdemeanor. This crime comes with a maximum sentence of one year in jail. As an alternative to jail time, the judge may opt for a sentence of three years of probation.

Defenses Against Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree

If you are dealing with an unlawful imprisonment charge, a NYC criminal lawyer can help. It’s possible that your defense will be that the person was not truly restrained. If the person should have been able to get out of the restraint, your defense may be that the person could have escaped with just a little bit of effort. Even if the person did not escape, if it was possible that they could, your lawyer may be able to argue that defense.

Related Offenses

Related offenses are unlawful imprisonment in the first degree and kidnapping in both the first and second degree. The language between these offenses can be similar, which is why it requires a professional criminal attorney to assess the nuances of your case. For example, the primary difference between a kidnapping charge and an unlawful imprisonment charge is the word “abduct.” In kidnapping, an abduction occurs, while in unlawful imprisonment, restraint, not abduction, occurs. If you’re being charged with kidnapping even though you should be charged with unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, you’ll want a criminal lawyer to work on your behalf.

If you’ve been charged with unlawful imprisonment, it’s important to contact a criminal attorney right away. Legal guidance is necessary in order to maximize your options and reduce your sentence as much as possible.


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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