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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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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.

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When to Hire a New York Criminal Defense Attorney

By Spodek Law Group | July 17, 2023
(Last Updated On: August 1, 2023)

Last Updated on: 1st August 2023, 12:40 am

Finding yourself embroiled in a criminal case can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. Even minor charges carry high stakes in New York’s complex legal system. An arrest starts the clock ticking towards critical deadlines impacting the outcome of your case. Knowing when to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney is crucial to protect your rights.

I spoke with Todd Spodek, one of New York’s top-rated criminal lawyers, about how his firm guides clients through the system. He emphasized that mounting an aggressive defense takes time. Crunching crime scene evidence, formulating legal strategy, negotiating with prosecutors – it all starts the moment a client first calls.

Don’t wait until the last minute to bring a lawyer on board. The sooner you enlist help after an arrest, the better your chances of a favorable resolution. Let’s examine the key phases of the criminal justice process and why skilled legal counsel makes a difference at each stage.

The Investigative Phase

After an arrest, police dig into gathering evidence to build their case. This may involve interviewing witnesses, compiling forensic proof, obtaining surveillance footage, and more. Once the initial investigation concludes, the prosecutor gets handed the file to decide which charges to ultimately file.

Spodek explained that his team launches their own counter-investigation immediately. Finding contradictory evidence and raising doubt early can sometimes prevent charges from ever getting filed. Vigorous legwork lays the groundwork for knocking down allegations before they balloon out of control.

The Charging Phase

The district attorney ultimately decides what statutes you’ll be charged with violating. The charges filed dictate the maximum penalties you could face if brought to trial and convicted. Prosecutors hold great power in controlling charge severity.

Retaining counsel early allows leveraging their relationships with DAs. Negotiations can secure lesser charges or even a total declination of prosecution. Don’t wait for charges to get set in stone – a proactive attorney can influence this process.

The Plea Bargaining Phase

Over 90% of New York criminal cases resolve through plea deals rather than trials. The back-and-forth involved in securing a favorable bargain happens pre-trial. Establishing leverage requires understanding the prosecution’s case inside-out.

Spodek Law Group excels at plea negotiations by finding creative middle grounds. Keeping allegations from morphing into convictions is the top priority. Having an attorney fighting for your best interests well before trial is paramount.

The Trial Phase

Of course, some cases do culminate with dramatic courtroom trials. Both sides present evidence and arguments seeking to sway the jury toward their version of events. Trials represent the final stage after extensive lead-up.

Meticulous pre-trial preparation sets the stage for trial success. Investigating facts, filing motions, choosing experts – it’s a long process. Don’t expect a lawyer to instantly be ready to try your case if you wait until the last minute to hire one.

Key Times to Retain a Lawyer

Given the nuances of New York’s courts, identifying the optimal time to engage an attorney’s help can seem tricky. Here are key moments when enlisting legal aid becomes urgent:

Immediately After an Arrest

As soon as you get booked and the cuffs come off, your top priority should be contacting counsel. Assert your right to remain silent until your lawyer is present. Early involvement allows seizing control of the narrative.

Before Speaking to Police or Prosecutors

Discussing your case with law enforcement before consulting counsel risks making damaging admissions. Pass any requests for interviews to your attorney. Let them handle the delicate back-and-forth.

Shortly After Being Charged

The clock starts ticking after charges get filed. Deadlines begin looming for motions, plea talks and trial prep. Don’t leave yourself unprotected – retain counsel ASAP.

If Prosecutors Seek Harsh Bail Terms

The district attorney also determines what they’ll request for bail conditions at your arraignment. A lawyer can argue against unfair detention or unaffordable bond demands.

Before Your First Court Appearance

Counsel by your side ensures critical issues like bail terms, plea offers and pre-trial motions get handled advantageously at your initial appearance.

Find the Right Attorney for You

Not all lawyers possess the skills to succeed in criminal litigation. Identifying one with the perfect mix of compassion and aggression matters. Look for:

Deep familiarity with your charges and local courts
A proven track record of positive case outcomes
Litigation experience taking cases all the way through trial
A transparent fee schedule and payment options
Rapport and responsiveness addressing your concerns
Stellar client reviews and attorney ratings

Call Spodek Law Group

The criminal defense attorneys at Spodek Law Group check every box. Their years of experience, legal acumen and tireless work ethic produce outstanding results. Call them today at 212-300-5196 for superior representation. Don’t leave your future to chance – retain a skilled lawyer as your advocate.

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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...

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