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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.

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Queens Criminal Court

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

Last Updated on: 27th July 2023, 06:35 pm


Queens County Criminal Court handles some of the highest case volumes in America, processing over 100,000 new arrests and 300,000 total case appearances annually. The sheer scale of the “World’s Busiest Courtroom” invites logistical challenges, but savvy defense lawyers use the bustling environment to clients’ advantage. At Spodek Law Group, our veteran NYC defense attorneys leverage deep familiarity with prosecutors, judges, and court staff to achieve optimal outcomes.

If you face criminal charges in Queens, read on for an in-depth overview of how to navigate cases effectively in the labyrinthine courthouse at 125-01 Queens Blvd. Understanding key processes, personnel, schedules, and procedures provides a valuable edge.

Initial Arraignments and Arrest Processing

Most Queens arrests involve overnight detention at central booking followed by morning arraignments at the courthouse. Detainees meet briefly with defense attorneys through the Queens Criminal Bar Association overnight shift program. We leverage these initial consultations to argue immediate bail reductions or outright release. Promptly retaining private counsel then provides continuity through arraignment and beyond.

New arrests not involving immediate remand follow Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) protocols. DATs require defendants to appear for later arraignments on set dates without interim detention. But counsel can sometimes negotiate cancellations or postponements of initial DAT appearances to strengthen defenses pre-arraignment.

Courtroom and Calendar Assignments

Queens Criminal Court involves numerous court buildings and room parts handling different case types plus intake parts for new arraignments:

– AP1, AP2, AP3, AP4, AP5, AP6: Arraignment Parts

– QP: Criminal Court Building Arraignments

– 1L, 2L, 3L: Initial Felony Conferences

– CR1, CR2, CR3, CR4, CR5: Criminal Trial Parts

– SAP1, SAP2, SAP3: Summons Arraignment Parts

– DCM1, DCM2, DCM3: Domestic Violence Courts

Mastering the sprawling courthouse layout and judge/staff assignments enables counsel to position cases optimally. We know the procedures, personalities, and best approaches for each courtroom.

Early Case Strategy and Conferences

Newly arraigned Queens cases typically get sent to designated Early Case Assessment Bureau (ECAB) parts for preliminary conferences to assess next steps. The brief initial ECAB appearance provides first opportunity for dismissal motions and plea negotiations.

Counsel eyes early dismissal angles like insufficient pleadings, lack of evidence, or constitutional violations. For cases not immediately resolvable, we position matters in ideal post-ECAB parts for favorable prosecutorial units and judges. Knowledge of individual assistant district attorney (ADA) approaches also aids strategy.

Ongoing Motion Practice

Motion schedules in Queens vary by assigned judge and part. We carefully track rules in each courtroom while filing key motions like discovery demands, dismissal arguments, evidentiary challenges, protective orders, trial delays, and more as applicable.

Meticulous attention to Queens motion rules prevents procedural defaults that forfeit valuable arguments. ADAs often exploit small technical deficiencies to avoid addressing substantive merits. We do not let them sidestep core issues through trivial procedural excuses.

Queens Plea Bargaining and Case Settlement

Over 90% of Queens criminal cases settle through plea deals rather than trials. But securing favorable bargain terms requires fluency in the borough’s plea negotiation conventions and leveraging relationships with court insiders.

Spodek Law Group excels at extracting optimal plea offers in Queens through tenacious advocacy and showcasing trial readiness even where deals remain likely. Our reputation for litigation success commands ADAs’ respect in bargaining sessions. They know we will not hesitate to go to trial over unreasonable terms.

Queens Suppression Hearings and Pre-Trial Evidentiary Proceedings

Contested Queens cases often feature pre-trial suppression hearings challenging constitutional violations and other evidentiary deficiencies fatal to the prosecution’s case. We thoroughly prepare witnesses, arguments, and cross-examination to win these do-or-die pre-trial proceedings.

Common Queens suppression hearing topics include unlawful arrests, improper police searches, Miranda violations, tainted eyewitness identifications, and coerced confessions. Winning leads directly to dismissals, so we pull out all stops.

Queens County Jury Trials

Most contested matters settle, but Queens juries decide hundreds of criminal trials annually. We know the borough’s jury pool well and craft arguments resonating with their sensibilities. Our gifts for storytelling and humanizing clients play well in Queens courts.

In trials, we leverage exhaustive preparation, precise evidentiary objections, meticulous cross-examination, and persuasive advocacy. Our lead attorney Todd Spodek has secured acquittals in over 35 criminal jury trials and earned a reputation as an unrivaled litigator. Let us put our perfect record to work fighting for you.

Post-Conviction Proceedings

Even after convictions at trial or by guilty plea, many options exist to reduce or overturn unfavorable Queens judgments. Our post-conviction practice successfully appeals illegal sentences, pursues habeas petitions, and files post-judgment dismissal motions attacking convictions or plea defects. Never accept unjust results as final.

We also petition to seal or expunge Queens records whenever possible to avoid devastating career and reputational harms flowing from undeserved criminal records.

Retain Elite Queens Criminal Defense Counsel Today

Facing criminal charges in Queens can prove daunting given the massive scale and complexity of the borough’s justice system. But Spodek Law Group’s veteran Queens lawyers offer invaluable experience and connections to guide clients through every courtroom and judicial challenge. Contact us 24/7 at 212-300-5196 for urgent help. Don’t let the Queens juggernaut roll over your rights. With Spodek Law Group, you gain a formidable advantage.

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