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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 140.17: Criminal trespass in the first degree

Criminal trespass is a crime that occurs when a person unlawfully enters or lingers on a property that belongs to someone else. However, if you enter someone else’s property or linger on it with a weapon, you can face a charge of criminal trespass in the first degree. As per the New York Penal Law 140.17, this type of crime is considered a felony and involves knowingly entering or staying on another person’s property.

What Constitutes Criminal Trespass in the First Degree?

In addition to actually entering or lingering on someone else’s property, criminal trespass in the first degree can occur when the following situations are in place:

• You possess a deadly weapon or explosives
• You possess a firearm or know that another person with you is in possession of one

Under New York’s penal code law section 10.00(12), deadly weapons fall under the categories of any weapon that is loaded and that can release a shot; a knife or dagger; billy club, blackjack; or plastic or metal knuckles.

Example of Criminal Trespass in the First Degree as Per New York’s Penal Code 140.17

A young man enters the lobby of a biotech company and wants to see the CEO. He demands to see him and explains that his reason is to discuss the way the company uses animals for experiments. The security guard tells the young man that he can’t speak to the CEO and asks him to leave. The man refuses and the security guard comes over to escort him out of the building. However, the young man quickly pulls something out of his messenger bag that looks to be explosives and threatens to blow up the entire building and everyone in it if he’s not allowed to see the company’s CEO. As a result of these actions, the young man can be charged with the crime of criminal trespass in the first degree as per the New York Penal Code 140.17. This is because he stayed on the property after being asked to leave and had explosives in his possession.

Defenses for Criminal Trespass in the First Degree

New York’s Penal Law has a very specific term when it refers to a “deadly weapon.” As a result, the prosecutor has to show that you actually possessed a deadly weapon if you are charged with criminal trespass in the first degree. However, your NYC criminal attorney can challenge that and prove that you did not have a deadly weapon in your possession while you were on or in someone else’s property. This is a good defense against this particular charge, although you may still face the lesser charge of criminal trespass, depending on the circumstances.

Penalties and Sentences for Criminal Trespass in the First Degree

Criminal trespass in the first degree is considered to be a class D felony. That means that the maximum sentence you could get when you are charged with the crime is seven years in prison. However, if you have a prior criminal record, your sentence and whether you even get a prison term depends on that. If you haven’t had a prior conviction in the past 10 years, you may only receive the penalty of probation. If you do have at least a single prior felony conviction, however, the judge may sentence you to anywhere from two to four years in prison.

New York Penal Law 140.15: Criminal trespass in the second degree

There are three different crimes that relate to trespassing in New York. They’re meant to stop people from going on another’s property unlawfully. Criminal trespass in the second degree prevents people from entering or staying in a dwelling unlawfully. It also prevents convicted sex offenders from going to the school that their victim attends.

Second-degree trespassing

There are two ways to commit trespassing in the second degree in New York. The first is to enter or stay on a residential property without permission. The second way applies only to level two or three sex offenders. These offenders commit trespass in the second degree if they enter the property of the school of their victim.

There are a few key differences between second-degree trespassing and third-degree trespassing. Second-degree trespassing involves only a residence or a sex offender going to a victim’s school. Third-degree trespassing can occur on a number of different types of property. First-degree trespassing generally involves a the use of a weapon.

Penalties

Criminal trespass in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor. That means the court can order you to spend up to one year in jail if you’re convicted. They can also place you on probation for up to three years.

An example

Pat has a criminal conviction. Because of the conviction, Pat registers as a second-tier sex offender. Pat knows that the victim in the case attends a certain high school. Pat wants to talk to the victim in the case, and Pat goes inside the school to find the victim during lunch hour. When entering the school, Pat commits the offense of criminal trespass in the second degree.

Defenses

If you’re facing a charge of criminal trespass in the second degree, an attorney can help you explore possible defenses. One defense is that you are lawfully on the property. You might have the owner’s permission to be on the property. You might not have been told to leave the property.

For the charge of going to the school, you have to know that the victim attends the school. If you’re at the school for another reason, and you don’t know that the victim goes to that school, you might have a defense to the charges. The criminal trespass law requires you to go to the school knowing that the victim goes to school there. If you go there without knowing this is the case, you might have a defense to the charges.

You can also go to the school if you’re a lawfully registered student at the school or if you’re the parent of a lawfully registered student at the school. In that case, you must be at the school only for a legitimate purpose related to your or your child’s education. You can also go to the school to vote if you’re able to lawfully do so.

Work with an attorney if you’re facing a sex-related criminal charge

If you’re facing an offense that can place you on a sex offender registry, it’s important that you work with a skilled NYC criminal attorney on the case. Registry obligations can hurt your chances to find meaningful employment or housing. The consequences are serious and lasting.

Having to register also makes you susceptible to additional criminal charges such as criminal trespass in the second degree. That makes it critical that you work with a skilled attorney for any charges that you’re facing. It’s critical to understand the potential consequences of charges against you before you make a decision about how to proceed with your case.

New York Penal Law 140.10: Criminal trespass in the third degree

Similar to many other areas of the country, New York makes it illegal for people to enter properties illegally. In the New York Penal Code, one of the laws that makes this illegal is criminal trespass in the third degree. This is one of several trespassing laws in the New York Penal Code. The crime of criminal trespass in the third degree specifically refers to trespassing in a controlled area, which includes any property that is gated, a school, a housing project, or even a rail yard.

Examples of the Crime
There are many different examples of criminal trespass in the third degree. One example of the crime would be if a former employee at a school tries to enter the school for any reason. If the former employee is no longer allowed at the school, or has no valid reason for being there, it will be considered criminal trespass in the third degree.

In many cases, criminal trespass in the third degree is coupled with other charges as well. When someone is charged with criminal trespass in the third degree they may receive the charge on top of other charges, which commonly include vandalism, theft, or violating a restraining order.

Defense to the Crime
If you were arrested for criminal trespass in the third degree, it would be a good idea to hire an attorney to help fight the case. Those that are experienced in the area of law will be able to develop a defense plan, which could be used to either negotiate a lower charge or have the case dismissed.

One of the most common ways that criminal trespass in the third degree is defended is by proving that you were able to be on the property. If you happen to enter a controlled property and were approved to do so, the security staff onsite may not be aware of this and could have you arrested. However, if you have evidence that you were permitted or approved by another party, you could have the charges dropped and dismissed entirely.

Another form of defense could be that you were not aware that you were violating the law. If the building is not specifically detailed in the penal code, such as a school, but is secure, the building owner should make it clear that trespassing is a crime. If this is not made clear to the public, you could have the charges dismissed.

Penalties for the Crime
In general, penalties for criminal trespass in the third degree are not too severe. The charge is a class B misdemeanor, which means that you could receive up to 3 months in prison and a small fine. However, unless you have a long history of similar arrests, you will likely not face and jail time. If the crime of criminal trespass in the third degree is added onto another crime, such as vandalism or theft, it could lead to a more severe punishment when all of the crimes are combined.

If you have been convicted of criminal trespass in the third degree, it would be wise to hire a NYC criminal attorney immediately. This crime can have some sever punishments, including jail time for repeat offenders. Further, if it is coupled with any other charge, there could be even more jail time or financial penalties. Once you have hired an attorney, you will begin to receive consultation on the case and assistance in either negotiating a lower charge of defense in a courtroom.


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 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.

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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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