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New York Penal Law %c2%a7 135 10 Unlawful Imprisonment First Degree

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

Last Updated on: 27th July 2023, 04:33 pm

Understanding the Severity of First Degree Unlawful Imprisonment Charges in New York

I know you feel cornered and afraid, but we can get through this the right way without harming anyone further. Take a deep breath – retaliation will only make the situation worse for all involved. You have people in your corner ready to help, but we must proceed calmly and thoughtfully. I promise, there are solutions that don’t require unlawful actions.

However, I understand you’re now facing very serious accusations that could jeopardize your future. New York’s unlawful imprisonment laws under Penal Code § 135.10 don’t mince words – forcibly restricting someone’s movements is considered a Class E felony, punishable by years in prison. But context matters. Not everyone facing these charges is a hardened criminal. An experienced attorney can show prosecutors the full story.

Which brings me to Todd Spodek. He’s defended unlawful imprisonment cases for over 20 years in NYC and understands the human stories behind the allegations. With wisdom and discretion, I believe he can guide us toward a just outcome. But first, let’s review the laws themselves so you know exactly what we’re dealing with.

Under § 135.10, a person is guilty of first degree unlawful imprisonment when they restrain another person under circumstances that expose the victim to risk of serious physical injury. The key factors are use of force or intimidation to restrict movements and create injury risks.

The imprisonment must also last over 12 hours and cross multiple locations for the first degree charge. But the risk of harm rather than actual injury determines criminality. Even brief confinement like locking someone in a car trunk meets the standard if it endangers them.

The penalties reflect the elevated severity – first degree unlawful imprisonment jumps to a Class E felony. Unlike the misdemeanor second degree charge, a felony conviction carries 1 to 4 years of incarceration under New York law. Immigration consequences are also severe. Simply put, the stakes are high.

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Given the steep penalties, building an effective legal defense requires a thoughtful approach considerate of personal contexts. Fortunately, Todd Spodek understands allegations sometimes arise from untreated mental health issues, domestic conflicts, substance abuse or other factors that cloud judgement. A compassionate advocate makes all the difference.

For example, Mr. Spodek will seek to introduce factors like emotional trauma, mental disorders, or intimidation that mitigated restraint behaviors. The goal is showing the bigger picture so that prosecutors see you as more than just an anonymous “defendant.”

Next, Todd will develop a rehabilitation-focused defense centered on counseling and community service over imprisonment. His relationships with mental health professionals, anger management counselors and peer support groups facilitate this.

Finally, Mr. Spodek excels at crafting plea bargains and settlements that avoid deportation and sex offender registration when appropriate given the circumstances. He knows unlawful imprisonment pleas have catastrophic effects on immigrant, student, and professional populations.

Thanks to his compassionate approach, Todd consistently obtains dismissals, deferred prosecutions or minimized pleas in unlawful imprisonment cases where less experienced attorneys falter. Don’t wait – call today for urgent legal advice.

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I won’t lie – the allegations create a challenging situation. But I refuse to believe one mistake irrevocably defines your life. With wisdom and discretion from someone who sees your full humanity, redemption remains possible despite the charges. You are not alone.

Lean on loved ones for support and turn to Todd Spodek for experienced legal counsel. His knowledge of New York law combined with empathy for those facing challenges gives me great hope. Together we will get through this. Stay strong.

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