Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Why Choose Us

Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.

Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.

Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek


The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

New York Penal Law %c2%a7 125 13 Vehicular Manslaughter First Degree

By Spodek Law Group | July 17, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 27, 2023)

Last Updated on: 27th July 2023, 04:34 pm

Choosing the Right Lawyer for First Degree Vehicular Manslaughter Charges in New York

If you or someone you care for is facing allegations of first degree vehicular manslaughter in New York, having an extremely competent attorney advocating on your behalf is critical. As a Class C felony under Penal Law § 125.13 carrying potential 15+ year prison sentences, the stakes could not be higher. Not every lawyer can provide the skilled defense necessary when liberty hangs in the balance.

Finding elite counsel requires thoroughly researching qualifications, expertise, case record and other key factors. With proper guidance, you can identify the attorney best equipped to handle your unique situation despite the challenges ahead. Here is a detailed guide to selecting premier legal representation against first degree vehicular manslaughter accusations:

Look for Attorneys with Extensive Relevant Experience

Above all else, you need a lawyer extensively experienced with New York’s vehicular crimes laws and defense strategies. The complex legal standards, crash forensics, toxicology reports and traffic codes surrounding vehicular homicide require specialized skills and knowledge. Inexperience leads to poor results.

Ideally pursue counsel with 10+ years exclusively handling NY vehicular homicide and manslaughter cases. Their mastery of diverse defense tactics and developing legal precedents will prove invaluable given the stakes.

For instance, Todd Spodek has successfully defended vehicular homicide and manslaughter cases in New York City for over 20 years, including top-tier Class C felony matters. His unmatched expertise makes him uniquely qualified to mount an aggressive defense on your behalf.

Review Case Results and Client Reviews

Checking an attorney’s past case results and client testimonials provides critical insights into their real-world track record fighting similar serious allegations. You want counsel achieving frequent dismissals, not guilty verdicts, favorable pleas and minimal sentencing for clients facing Class C felony charges through tireless defense.

Additionally, aim for attorneys maintaining glowing 5-star client reviews. Positive feedback proves that past clients highly valued their representation quality and results. Both demonstrate an attorney’s effectiveness beyond mere claims.

For example, Todd Spodek’s perfect record of no prison time for past clients facing potential 8-15 year manslaughter sentences proves he has the skills to win at trial or effectively negotiate when needed. His case results speak volumes.

Understand Fee Structures and Payment Options

While critical, top-notch legal representation comes at a cost. Typical fee models include:

– Hourly Billing – Attorneys charge hourly rates, often ranging $200-$500+ per hour depending on experience. Billing increments can be as short as 6 minutes.

– Flat Fees – A fixed upfront cost for defined services. Generally unsuitable for serious felony defense.

– Hybrid Model – Flat retainer fee followed by hourly billing if the case goes to litigation. Common for vehicular manslaughter.

– Payment Plans – Some attorneys permit installments over fixed intervals if lump sums are unaffordable.

If their standard fees are difficult for your budget, inquire about accommodations or payment plans. But avoid withholding financial constraints, as transparency regarding costs allows tailoring reasonable options.

Ask About Their Defensive Strategies

Understanding an attorney’s typical defense tactics enables assessing if their approach fits your priorities and outlook:

– Dismissal Focus – Prioritizes arguing legal flaws like improper evidence, lack of intent, DNA exclusion etc. to defeat charges pre-trial.

– Trial Emphasis – Relentlessly pursues weakness in the prosecution’s arguments to establish reasonable doubt if dismissal fails.

– Plea Negotiations – Seeks reduced charges and sentencing through pleas if acquittal seems unlikely. Must balance against admission of guilt.

Ideally, dismissal and trial are pursued aggressively before considering negotiated pleas. Share your mindset so their strategy aligns with your priorities.

Verify Local Experience in Your Courthouse and Jurisdiction

Local familiarity with the precise courthouse, judges, prosecutors and procedures relevant to your case provides advantage. Seek counsel well-versed in the particular jurisdiction handling your matter.

Ideally your lawyer appears regularly in the local courts, understands the judges’ tendencies, and has relationships with court staff. Todd Spodek’s 20+ years handling cases across all 5 NYC boroughs offers this critical geographic expertise.

Research Disciplinary History and Reputation

Use state bar association resources to review candidate disciplinary records, including any license suspensions, sanctions, malpractice claims and ethics violations. While past mistakes don’t necessarily preclude hiring, moral character matters greatly.

Ideally your counsel maintains a clean ethical record. For instance, Todd Spodek possesses no public disciplinary history after 20+ years practicing law in New York – a strong indicator of integrity.

Additionally, reputable attorneys earn positive peer feedback. Check online reviews and community reputation.

Assess Communication Approach

The relationship and communication style you have with counsel heavily influences case outcomes and emotional burdens. Seek these traits:

– Compassion – Charges for harming others carry immense emotional weights. Pursue counsel able to humanize you versus treating you as just a case number.

– Availability – Retain attorneys willing to personally take calls and provide prompt case updates. Beware firms that pass you between rotating staff.

– Rapport – Choose counsel you connect with personally to facilitate sharing sensitive case details comfortably. Mutual rapport strengthens the attorney-client bond.

Ask Trusted Advisors for Referrals

Speaking candidly with legal and community professionals often provides unique insights on reputable attorneys:

– Peers – Ask practicing attorneys, clerks, paralegals etc. in other areas for thoughts given regular courtroom interactions.

– Bondsmen – Bail bonds professionals closely follow local criminal matters and attorney performance. They know quality counsel.

– Community – Consult civil rights advocates and non-profits supporting disadvantaged groups impacted by the justice system.

Note any attorneys earning consistent praise as prime candidates. Consensus opinions often prove most valuable.

Take Your Time to Make the Best Choice

Though classified as a Class C felony, vehicular manslaughter charges don’t equate to guaranteed conviction – particularly given complex legal standards around intent. But the outcome hinges on having the most experienced attorney fiercely defending your rights and future. Take time to rigorously vet each candidate.

If located in the New York City metro area, I strongly recommend contacting veteran defense attorney Todd Spodek at Spodek Law Group, P.C. His unmatched expertise and credentials defending vehicular crimes make him an elite advocate.

With a top-tier attorney guiding you, achieving the most favorable resolution remains possible even when facing challenging allegations. Don’t leave your future to chance – invest in the strongest defense possible.

Free Consultation


I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything was explained and any concerns...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We Provide Superior Service, Excellent Results, At A Level Superior To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms. Regardless Of Where Your Case Is, Nationwide, We Can Help You.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.


85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004


get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005


get directions


35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106


get directions


195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201


get directions
Call Now!