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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..."

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."

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NY Penal Law 220 Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance

In our ongoing series of posts, we’ve broken down the legalese of the law to make things a little bit clearer. Because when it comes to looking at the penal law in the state of New York, it’s easy to get caught in the language of the law and lose the meaning entirely. With that said, we’re going to continue breaking down the intricacies of the law so that you can understand it and also be on your way to mounting a successful legal defense. In this post we’ll be taking on criminal possession of a controlled substance, but first we’ll need some definitions.

Controlled substances; definitions.

Now by sell, we mean to sell or exchange, or offer to do the same.
Unlawfully means a violation of one of the articles of the law.
An ounce is a solid ounce or a fluid ounce.
A pound is a pound in standard measurement.
A controlled substance is something that’s schedule I through V, other than marijuana.
Marijuana is basically concentrated cannabis.
Narcotic drug is a controlled substance other than methadone.
Narcotic preparation is a controlled substance listed in schedule II through III.
A hallucinogen is a controlled substance in schedule I.
Hallucinogenic substance is a controlled substance other than cannabis, LSD, or a hallucinogen.
A stimulant is a controlled substance in schedule I through II.
A dangerous depressant is a controlled substance listed in schedule I through IV.
A depressant is a controlled substance listed in schedule IV.
School grounds basically means in a building, structure, or other place that’s in the property line of a school, or an area that the public can get to within one thousand feet of same.
A prescription for a controlled substance is a direction or else authorization that will let somebody lawfully get a controlled substance from someone who’s authorized to sell these substances.
Precursor basically means ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or something that’s derivative of these substances.
Chemical reagent is something that can be used to manufacture or prepare methamphetamine.
A solvent is something that can also be used to manufacture or prepare methamphetamine.
Laboratory equipment includes any components, materials, or items that can be used to manufacture or prepare methamphetamine.
Hazardous or dangerous material basically means a substance or else combination of substances that’s related to manufacturing or preparing methamphetamine that, because of its quantity or characteristics, poses some kind of risk to the health and/or safety of the people, or a danger to the environment.
By school bus we mean a motor vehicle that’s owned by a government agency or school and is operated to transport students, teachers, and other people, either to or from school or to or from school activities.
Controlled substance organization, including head shops who sell glass pipes, dab rigs, e liquids,   basically means four or more people who share a common purpose, namely to engage in some kind of conduct that allows them to commit a felony.
For the purposes of this article, director means someone who’s the head administrator, organizer, or even leader of an organization that specializes in controlled substances and has a number of administrators, organizers, and leaders.
Profiteer basically means someone who is a director of a controlled substance organization and is responsible over one or more people in that organization, or someone who arranges or plans multiple transactions that are considered to be a felony in order to get profits. Someone isn’t a profiteer if they’re only acting as an employee, or if they’re acting as an accommodation to a friend or relative, or if they’re acting under the control of someone else and don’t have any control over the matter.

See? That wasn’t so bad. In fact, when you take the mountain of legalese that is the state of New York’s penal law and break it all down into easy to digest chunks that actually make sense, not only is the law not complicated if not downright confusing, but it becomes so simple that even the layman could understand it, and ultimately, use it to their advantage.

NY Penal Law 220 Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance in the 2 Degree

When you take a look at New York’s penal laws, you’re often greeted by a mountain of legalese, which can be a pain to sift through. But just because it can be confusing doesn’t mean it has to be. In fact, if you break the law down, it actually becomes pretty easy to understand. To that end, we’re going to take a look at some more of the laws that you’ll find on the books today. It can be daunting, we’ll admit, to take a crack at some of the legal work that’s involved in setting up a defense that can reduce or hopefully dismiss the charges that have been levelled against you. But though difficult, it’s still very much possible. You’ll just have to get the right counsel for the job. Our attorneys have years of experience in every aspect of the law, and that doesn’t just apply to criminal possession of a controlled substance. We can help you out with just about any charge that you can find under the penal law in the state of New York. Let’s keep going with our look at the New York penal law, in this post continuing to figure out criminal possession of a controlled substance. Let’s start with that charge in the second degree.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree.

You’re guilty of this particular charge if you knowingly and unlawfully possess a preparation, compound, or substance that contains a narcotic drug, and this preparation has an aggregate weight of four ounces or more, or a preparation, compound, or substance that contains methamphetamine, and this preparation has an aggregate weight of two ounces or more, or a stimulant that’s ten grams or more, or LSD that’s twenty-five milligrams or more, or a hallucinogen that’s six hundred twenty-five milligrams or more, or a hallucinogenic substance that’s twenty-five grams or more, or methadone that’s two thousand eight hundred eighty milligrams or more. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree is a class A-II felony.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree.

For the first degree charge, you’re guilty if you knowingly and unlawfully possess a preparation, compound, or substance that contains a narcotic drug, and this preparation has an aggregate weight of eight ounces or more, or methadone that’s five thousand seven hundred sixty milligrams or more. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree is considered to be a class A-I felony.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance; presumption.

As far as presumptions go, the presence of a controlled substance in a car, other than a public bus, is presumptive evidence of knowing that you’re possessing whatever it is, and that applies to everyone in the vehicle, but this doesn’t apply to someone who’s operating the vehicle as part of their job, or if whoever possesses it is actually authorized to have it, or when the controlled substance is concealed on the person of someone in the vehicle. Also, the preparation of a narcotic drug, narcotic preparation, marijuana, or phencyclidine in open view with the intention of preparing this or selling it is presumptive evidence of knowing that it’s being possessed by everyone who’s in proximity to the substance, but that doesn’t apply to people who are authorized to possess it, if they have it in their possession.

As you can see, not only was that not a giant pain, but it was actually pretty simple to understand. We believe that when you take the letter of the law and break it down into smaller parts that focus on explaining simply what each charge is and what it can potentially do for your legal record, it becomes simple to figure out how you can use the law in your favor and end up reducing or even dismissing any and all charges that have been brought up against you.

NY Penal Law 220 Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance in the Second Degree

It’s almost a cliche at this point how complicated the law can be, with its mountain of legalese that seems like it was designed specifically just to give you a raging headache. But just because we’re confronted by this complicated, convoluted mess doesn’t mean we have to be confused when we’re dealing with matter of New York’s penal law. In fact, when you break the law down into simplified chunks of information, it’s actually pretty easy to not only make sense of the law, but also to figure out how to use it in your favor. With that in mind, let’s continue our ongoing look at criminal possession of a controlled substance, this time starting with Use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense.

Use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense.

You’re guilty of this crime if you’re over eighteen and commit a felony sale or attempted sale of a controlled substance and then knowingly use a child to carry out that sale or attempted sale. Now by “uses a child to carry out the sale or attempted sale,” we mean some kind of conduct where you conceal the controlled substance on the body of the child to carry out the sale or attempted sale to someone else, or if you force the child to sell or attempt to sell the controlled substance to someone else. Also, by child we mean someone who’s younger than sixteen. Use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense is a class E felony.

Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

This charge just means that you knowingly and unlawfully sold a controlled substance. Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree is considered to be a class D felony.

Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree.

This is when you knowingly and unlawfully sell a narcotic preparation, or a dangerous depressant or a depressant, and the dangerous depressant is ten ounces or more and the depressant is two pounds or more, or concentrated cannabis, or phencyclidine that’s fifty milligrams or more, or methadone, or phencyclidine when you’ve previously been convicted of a charge like this, or ketamine that’s four thousand milligrams or more, or a controlled substance that’s sold on school grounds, or a sale that takes place on the grounds of a child day care or other school type place when you have knowledge that that’s where you’re making the sale. Grounds of a child day care basically means what it says it is. A rebuttable presumption is when someone has knowledge they’re on a child day care’s grounds but there’s no notice of same, or the pre[arations containing GHB have an aggregate weight of twenty-eight grams or more. Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree is a class C felony.

Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

For this charge, you’re guilty if you knowingly and unlawfully sell either a narcotic drug, or a stimulant, hallucinogen, or hallucinogenic substance, or LSD and you’ve previously been convicted of some kind of charge like this, or a stimulant that weighs a gram or more, or LSD that’s one milligram or more, or a hallucinogen that weighs twenty-five milligrams or more, or a hallucinogenic substance that weighs one gram or more, or any kind of preparation or substance that contains methamphetamine and weighs one-eighth ounce or more, or phencyclidine that weighs two hundred fifty milligrams or more, or a narcotic preparation to someone who’s younger than twenty-one years old. Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree is considered to be a class B felony.

See? That was pretty painless. When you break the law down into its composite parts like we just did with criminal possession of a criminal substance, everything becomes far clearer and easier to deal with overall.


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 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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