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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 145.20: Criminal Tampering in the First Degree

There are some types of services that are available to the public and are absolutely essential. That means that if there is some sort of disruption in those services, it could have negative effects that can truly be devastating. A good example is a blackout, which can make it difficult for people to perform their normal daily activities, interfere with businesses and lead to financial losses and disrupt the normal operations of a hospital. In most cases, a loss of services that is very widespread occurs as a result of adverse weather, technical issues or even human error. However, other times, it can happen due to deliberate tampering. As per the New York penal law 145.20, it is illegal to willfully cause such a disruption of services.

Types of Businesses Typically Affected by Disruption of Services

Interfering or tampering with the services of the following types of businesses is illegal and can lead to a charge of criminal tampering in the first degree:

• Gas
• Electric
• Sewer
• Steam or water works
• Telephone or telegraph
• Common carrier
• Nuclear powered electric generated facility
• Public utility operated by a district or municipality

Example of Criminal Tampering in the First Degree Under New York Penal Law 145.20

An example of tampering in the first degree under the New York Penal Law 145.20 is that a man was an employee for an electric company for many years. However, due to wanting to reorganize and increase efficiency, the company laid him off, along with around 50 other employees. The man is naturally angry about being let go and decides to “get even.” On his very last day of work, he turns 30 knobs on a group of transformers to the open position, knowing that it would cause major damage. His actions lead to energy being drained from the transformers and a large portion of the city suffers a blackout. Around 100,000 businesses and homes have no power for approximately five to six hours. The actions of the man could see him being charged with and prosecuted for criminal tampering in the first degree.

Possible Defenses for Criminal Tampering in the First Degree

If you performed a certain action or actions that resulted in the interruption of important services but did them by accident, you would not be charged and convicted of criminal tampering. This is because there must be intent behind the actions to be considered a criminal act. The statute also applies only to certain types of companies, which means that if you performed actions to interfere in services at one that doesn’t fall under the category, the statute would not apply. For instance, if you were accused of tampering with cable TV services that resulted in an outage, your NYC criminal lawyer could argue a defense against a charge of criminal tampering in the first degree.

Penalties and Sentences for Criminal Tampering in the First Degree

The crime of criminal tampering in the first degree is considered to be a class D felony. That means that if you are convicted of the crime, you may face as long as seven years in prison. In addition, criminal tampering in the first degree also carries the penalty of a fine. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the judge may choose to give you a sentence of probation for five years instead of a stay in prison.

New York Penal Law 145.15: Criminal Tampering in the Second Degree

Public utilities and various other types of services governed by a company are off limits to most people. Tampering with them or trying to gain access to them without permission is simply not allowed. New York Code 145.15 deal specifically with this violation of the law. If you are accused with tampering with electric, gas, water, or sewer lines you could be charged with criminal tampering in the second degree

An Explanation of Criminal Tampering in the Second Degree in New York

Criminal tampering is generally taken to refer to an individual that attempts to alter or make an illegal connection with the following types of companies or public utility lines: Gas, electric, sewer, steam, water works, telephone, telegraph, a common carrier, a nuclear powered electric generating facility, or a public utility that is financed and operated by a local municipality or district. Many people might decide to tamper with such lines in order to gain free or cheap access to necessary utilities throughout the New York area. Now only does this compromise the integrity and safety of the overall system, it also contributes to decreased revenue for the city. As such, criminal tampering the second degree in New York is a serious charge. While it is a class A misdemeanor, you could be sentenced to up to one year in jail, while a probation term of 3 years is also possible. Because of this, you need to retain the services of a NYC criminal attorney right away upon being charged with this crime.

Example of Criminal Tampering in the Second Degree

There have been cases throughout New York where an electric power company found jumper cables in the meter box of various residents. Because of the jumper cables, an estimated 10 percent of the total electric flowing to the home actually bypassed the meter altogether. Because of this, the resident enjoys a reduced power bill as a result of the jumper cables being present, which is a direct affront to the integrity of the entire electrical system in New York. Once discovered, the individual could face a charge of criminal tampering in the second degree. Other charges, such as theft of services and petit larceny are possible as well. Again, as soon as you are charged with such a crime it is important to consult with a NYC criminal attorney. You have rights and they need to be protected through the process.

Possible Defenses to Criminal Tampering in the Second Degree

It is quite possible that you were unaware that the tampering you are accused of perpetuating was actually taking place. If that can be proven, your innocence can be established. In fact, the prosecutor needs to prove that the accused was aware of the tampering in order to gain a conviction. It is also possible that the tampering device, such as the jumper cables mentioned in the example, were installed by a previous tenant. If that is the case, the current occupant cannot be held responsible. In order for this particular charge to stick, prosecutors need to establish intent. It is up to nyc criminal attorneys to establish that such intent did not exist and that any tampering was the result of the actions of another person.

Keep in mind that sentence for criminal tampering in the second degree, while not severe, can have a pronounced and negative impact on your livelihood. You need to have a criminal lawyer on your side that understands how to establish your innocence and get the charges dropped.

New York Penal Law 145.20: Criminal Tampering in the Third Degree

There are laws in place to protect the personal property of others, and if one breaks these laws they could face charges of tampering. Tampering with a person’s property, and intentionally inconveniencing them, or others because of the tampering, could result in criminal charges. Anyone who is being suspected or charged with tampering should consult a criminal lawyer for their defense, and needs to gather all evidence or information that is relevant for the case for their legal representation. Understanding the crime and the consequences that it can bring is important.

The lawyer will first determine if the defense can prove that the accused was intentionally tampering, or if they did something accidentally, or without knowing, that ended up problematic for the victim. Disconnecting someone’s phone line whey they have a small business so they aren’t able to get calls for jobs for the day would be blatant tampering in the third degree. Someone who accidentally caused a problem because they weren’t trained properly, thought they were doing what was expected, or just didn’t know what they were doing was wrong, could have a strong defense. The lawyer will look at the case and determine if the charges could be thrown out.

There are different consequences when you are charged with tampering in the third degree. The charge would put a class D misdemeanor on the accused’s personal record. This could lead to 90 days in jail with a guilty verdict, or one could face a full year of probation. Fines and other punishments like community service could also be required. During probation, the person charged with tampering will be expected to meet all probation requirements, and failing to do so could lead to jail time or a longer extended probation sentence. There may also be a fine that has to be paid to the victim to cover the different losses that they experienced because of the tampering, and depending on what type of punishment the victim wants enforced.

Employers may not want to employ someone who intentionally tampered with another person’s property, since it can be a question of character, and any time there is a criminal background check performed, someone who has been charged with criminal tampering in the third degree will have to explain what happened to the person seeing the information. This is why getting a lawyer is so important, and why it’s best to get one before speaking with any police or investigators that are working on the case.

One mistake or a bad decision can have long term effects on one’s personal and professional life if they are charged with this crime, which is why finding an experienced New York City criminal lawyer is important.

If there is too much evidence that proves the accused person is guilty, and no way to possibly fight the charges, coming up with a plea deal with the prosecution may be the best option for the accused. The accuser can agree to pay the dollar amount that was lost by the victim, and to do the probation as needed, along with community service or other things to possibly avoid jail time. If the person has a past criminal record, their age, and the situation will all factor into the judge’s decision to allow a plea deal and what the punishment will be.


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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