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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..."

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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."

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New York Penal Law 405.18: Aggravated unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the first degree

Many New York laws help keep people safe. They’re intended to stop people from doing dangerous things. If lawmakers believe that activities pose an unreasonable risk of harm to society, they can prohibit the activity.

Pyrotechnics

One of the things that New York regulates with criminal laws is indoor pyrotechnics. There are several different crimes that relate to the unlawful use of indoor fireworks. Aggravated unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the first degree requires the actor to commit all of the elements of unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the second degree.

First, the person must be the one responsible to get a permit. They must not have gotten the permit. They must knowingly detonate the fireworks themselves or allow someone else to detonate the fireworks in a building.

To make the charges aggravated use of pyrotechnics in the first degree, the person’s actions must recklessly cause the death or severe injury of another person. Aggravated use of pyrotechnics in the first degree is a violation of New York penal law 405.18.

Related charges

First-degree aggravated umpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics is the most severe of the indoor pyrotechnics charges. Second-degree aggravated use is less severe. A second-degree offense is still a felony, but it is a class E felony instead of a class D felony.

To make the charge an aggravated charge in the second degree instead of in the first degree, the actor must either physically injure another person or cause property damage of more than $250. The property damaged must be someone else’s property. There can be no serious physical injury or death.

Defenses and examples

If you’re facing pyrotechnics charges, the NYC criminal attorneys at Spodek Law Group can help you evaluate your case and see what defenses might apply. A common defense to this charge is that the person did not actually detonate the fireworks or give anyone else permission to detonate the fireworks. For example, Carlos obtains fireworks for an upcoming band performance in a nightclub. He plans to secure the necessary permit before he uses the fireworks in a show.

Before Carlos gets the chance, Carlos’ brother finds the fireworks. The brother and his friends set off the fireworks in a building. One of the friends loses his hand and suffers from severe burns.

The law requires Carlos to act knowingly. In this scenario, Carlos didn’t knowingly allow anyone else to set off the fireworks. If Carlos’ brother took the fireworks without Carlos’ permission, Carlos might have a complete defense to the charge.

You might also defend the charges on the grounds that the person hurt didn’t suffer severe injuries. In the previous example, the friend might have suffered only burns. In that case, in addition to other defenses, Carlos might argue that the injured man didn’t suffer from anything more than minor injuries.

Penalties

Aggravated use of indoor pyrotechnics in the first degree is a class D felony. You can spend up to seven years in prison if you’re convicted of this offense. In addition to jail, a violation of New York penal law 405.18 can also bring you five years of probation, a fine and restitution. If you commit a pyrotechnic-related offense and you have a prior conviction, you can face more serious charges.

Seizure

If you use fireworks unlawfully, law enforcement can take the remaining fireworks from you. If the courts find that you have the fireworks unlawfully, they can order law enforcement to destroy them. They can also preserve the fireworks to use as evidence at a trial.

New York Penal Law 405.16: Aggravated unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the second degree

Pyrotechnics are chemicals designed to put on brilliant visible and audible displays. Commonly used in the entertainment industry, these chemicals are put in a pyrotechnic device and can be very dangerous if safety precautions are not followed properly. To minimize serious damage to people and property, New York has rules that govern how pyrotechnics should be used indoors. One rule is you must acquire a permit before using pyrotechnics indoors. Failing to get a permit can result in criminal charges.

Penal Code 405.16
According to New York penal law § 405.16, you could be charged and prosecuted for aggravated unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the second degree for using indoor pyrotechnics without obtaining a permit. You may also be charged even if you get the permit but someone is injured because you failed to follow the requirements of the permit. At the very least, you could be fined $250 in fines if property is damaged.

An Example of Aggravated Unpermitted Use of Indoor Pyrotechnics in the Second Degree

Brian is the owner of a nightclub that hosted a special celebration. He gets a permit to use pyrotechnics during the Saturday night event. However, Brian decides to start the celebration one day sooner than the original permit allowed and a malfunction occurred. Two people were burned during the fiasco and Brian faces the possibility of being charged with aggravated unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the second degree. His permit only authorized use of the chemicals on Saturday night, not Friday night.

Legal Defenses Related to This Charge

If the two people injured in our example above only have minor bruising that went away within a few days after the event, Brian might have a strong argument that neither victim suffered a physical injury. Their injuries did not require a trip to the hospital or long-term treatment.

However, if the prosecutor can prove that the injuries of one or both victims were a “physical injury,” it is possible that Brian could be convicted of aggravated unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the second degree.

Sentencing if Convicted of Violating Penal Code 405.16

Being found guilty of aggravated unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the second degree is a class E felony and carries a prison sentence of up to four years. Five years of probation and a fine are additional punishments for a conviction. Additionally, you might be ordered to pay restitution to the victims.

Conviction comes as a result of the prosecution proves that because you ignited or detonated indoor pyrotechnics, you acted recklessly if it causes:

• physical injury to a person
• damages property belonging to another person and the value of that property is more than $250

Get Help from Spodek Law Group

To some people, four years is not a long time. It is, however, if you are living those years in prison after a conviction of aggravated unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the second degree. While the law is clear on what can lead to this type of charge, this does not mean you have to be convicted. Receiving the best defense from a NYC criminal lawyer increases the odds that you will not face prison time.

The Spodek Law Group has many years of experience defending clients with successful defenses against this and other criminal charges. Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation review of your 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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