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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."

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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."

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New York Penal Law 245.00: Public lewdness

Public lewdness is the intentional act of performing indecent action or exposing private body parts in public, or in plain view of the public. According to New York State Law, public lewdness is any act that’s considered lewd while being performed or shown intentionally to the public even if it occurs in a private residence. One example of public lewdness is when a person intentionally exposes their private body parts, such as their penis, vagina, or buttocks in public. It’s also defined as a person who performs a lewd and private act in plain view of the public with the intent of being watched.

New York penal code 245.00 defines public lewdness as intentionally exposing private body parts or performing private acts in public, and it’s considered a misdemeanor. It’s not considered a felony unless there is felony touching involved. It is a crime that might result in jail time and substantial fines if one is found guilty of public lewdness.

For a NYC criminal lawyer to prove guilt in a public lewdness case, he or she must prove one of the following:

– The crime was committed in a public place
– The crime was committed in a private place in which the public has the ability to watch, and the intent is that the public does see the act being performed

Examples of Public Lewdness

The law regarding public lewdness is strict, but it’s not always easily understood. There are misconceptions that allow for the general public to wonder if an act is considered lewd. If a person removes a private body part in public with the intent of showing it to those surrounding him or her, it’s considered public lewdness. On the other hand, if a person’s pants rip and he or she is not wearing any undergarments, it’s not public lewdness. It’s an accident. The act must be intentional.

Performing a private sexual act with oneself or another in a public location in plain view of others is also considered public lewdness. This might be a man personally pleasuring himself in the middle of a movie theater or a park, or a woman doing the same in her car while sitting in traffic. The act of exposing a private body part and engaging in this behavior in public is lewd, and it’s going to result in an arrest and legal trouble.

Defense of Public Lewdness

The only defense against public lewdness in New York is accidental exposure. As mentioned above, a person whose private parts are exposed as a result of their clothing being torn, ripped, or even stolen in a crime did not intend to expose their private parts to the general public. The other defense is that a private residence was in plain view of the public without the person in the private residence knowing. A good example of this is a person who engages in a sex act in a hotel room without the intent of being watched by others who is seen through the window of another building.

Public places are everywhere, and anything from a public bus to a school to parking lot can be considered public. Even a private office owned by the person committing the act of exposure or other sexual means is considered lewd if others are present in the office building. Knowing the law makes it easier for the general public to understand what their actions might do to their future, and discussing these acts with an attorney makes it easier to understand if it should happen to someone in New York.

New York Penal Law 245.01: Exposure of a person

The New York Penal Code defines exposure of a person in a similar way to public lewdness. Put simply, exposure of a person is a violation in which a person shows their intimate parts in public. Although they may sound similar, there is a slight difference between public lewdness and exposure of a person.

The main difference between these two acts is in the nature of the exposure. Public lewdness requires that a person display their intimate parts in a lewd and sexualized manner, whereas exposure of a person simply requires that a person’s intimate parts be exposed to the public. While the definition of public is fairly loose by the New York penal code’s standards, it’s worth noting that public can also refer to locations that are “public” despite not actually being freely available to anyone.

Examples of Exposure of a Person

Given the simplicity of the charge, all that is necessary for someone to be charged with exposure of a person is for them to have their intimate parts exposed in public. For instance, if someone exposes themselves while at work, then they could be charged with exposure of a person. If, on the other hand, a person exposed themselves at work while making suggestive motions with their body, then they could potentially be charged with public lewdness instead.

It’s also worth noting that there is another related offense, which is described by the New York Penal Code as promoting the exposure of a person. Even if someone doesn’t expose themselves, they can still be charged if they encourage someone else to openly do it instead.

Defenses Against Exposure of a Person

There are a few exceptions to exposure of a person that can potentially be used as a defense. For instance, breastfeeding is not considered to be exposure of a person and is thus exempt from these charges. Similarly, a person who exposes themselves as a part of a play or other form of entertainment can use that as justification for the act. A NYC criminal lawyer can help their client to develop a solid defense based on these possible exemptions.

Sentencing for Exposure of a Person

If someone is found guilty of exposure of a person, then there are a few possible consequences. Since exposure of a person is a violation, it could involve the person being put in jail for up to 15 days, as well as being forced to pay a fine of up to $250. Although these consequences can be problematic, a conviction for exposure of a person will not result in the guilty party having a criminal record.

Still, even if the guilty party does not risk having a criminal record from the conviction, it does not mean it’s not worth fighting the charges. By working with a legal representative, defendants can avoid having to potentially spend any amount of time in jail, or to have to pay associated court fines. While exposure of a person is not a misdemeanor or felony in and of itself, the prosecutor could potentially include other charges that do count as misdemeanors or felonies. For this reason, above all others, it’s highly recommended to have a strong defense established ahead of any court appearances. The best way to prevent an exposure of a person charge from escalating into something more serious is to present a strong defense from the beginning.

New York Penal Law 245.03: Public lewdness in the first degree

Pursuant to the New York Penal Code, a lewd act is the term utilized to describe any type of activity that is deemed indecent if it is performed in public. Typically, a lewd act would include the exposure of a person’s private body parts, including a penis or vagina, in a public setting. This exposure usually is also accompanied by associated behavior that is designed to provide the perpetrator with some level of sexual arousal. Public lewdness in the first degree is the most serious type of lewd act crime on the books in the Empire State.

Elements of Public Lewdness in the First Degree

A person can be charged with public lewdness in the first degree if he or she exposes certain body parts to an individual or individuals under the age of 16 in a public setting. These body parts include a penis, vagina, or buttocks.

The exposure must be accompanied by some type of lewd action as well, such as masturbation. Merely exposing a so-called private part, without the lewd action, is not enough to support a charge of public lewdness in the first degree.

A person can face a charge of public lewdness in the first degree under one other situation as well. A person can face a charge of public lewdness in the first degree if he or she was prosecuted for any type of public lewdness crime in the past year.

Examples of Public Lewdness in the First Degree

A prime example of public lewdness in the first degree is a man who exposes his penis at a park and masturbates in front of other individuals that include people under the age of 16. Another example of public lewdness in the first degree is a woman who exposes her breasts in a public setting, that includes the presence of children, and fondles the breasts while they are exposed.

Sentence for Public Lewdness in the First Degree

Public lewdness in the first degree has been classified in the New York penal code as a class A misdemeanor, the most serious type of misdemeanor on the books in the state. As a result, a person convicted of public lewdness in the first degree faces the possibility of a year in jail. In addition, a person faces the prospect of what can be a sizeable fine if convicted of this crime.

A judge can elect to sentence a person to a term of probation as opposed to incarceration in a case involving public lewdness in the first degree. The maximum probationary period for this crime is three years.

Defenses to Public Lewdness in the First Degree

nyc criminal attorneys can mount effective defenses to crimes like public lewdness in the first degree. One possible defense to a charge of public lewdness in the first degree is the argument that the defendant was unaware anyone under the age of 16 was around when the person engaged in the act that resulted in the criminal charge. If a person can demonstrate an absence of minors under the age of 16 at the scene, a charge of public lewdness in the first degree may not be sustained. However, a person may face a charge for another crime.

A New York criminal defense lawyer will schedule an initial consultation to discuss a charge of public lewdness in the first degree. A lawyer will lay out possible defense strategies and will provide an overall evaluation of a case. As a general practice in the state of New York, a criminal defense lawyer does not charge a fee for an initial consultation with a prospective client.


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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