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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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NYC Marriage Fraud Lawyers

What Is Marriage Fraud Under U.S. Immigration Law?

Marriage is supposed to be the union of two loving hearts wishing to share each other’s happy moments and sorrows for the rest of their lives. However, not all people walk down the aisle for this purpose. In the United States aliens who marry citizens obtain a green card, which makes it very alluring to many seeking the U.S. permanent resident status to avoid the immigration laws by tying the knot with an American. This is a crime, which is severely prosecuted in the United States. Read on to learn what a person should do if he or she is investigated or prosecuted for a sham marriage.

Marriage Fraud: Definition and Types

As we have already stated, marriage fraud is the act of entering into marriage in order to either avoid the immigration laws or help another person to do that.

There are several most common types of marriage fraud:

  • accepting payment to marry an alien so that he or she gets permanent residence;
  • marrying an alien as a favor;
  • marrying an unsuspecting U.S. citizen to get a green card;
  • a successful DV lottery applicant marries an alien to help them get a green card too;
  • marrying an unsuspecting green card lottery winner to get permanent residence.

Penalties for Entering into a Sham Marriage

As you see, these types of fraud can be divided into two groups – those committed by an alien and by U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Regardless of whether the person perpetrating the crime is a foreign national or a citizen, he or she faces criminal penalties – up to 5 years of imprisonment and an up to $250,000 fine. Moreover, the alien will be deported and lose their chances to ever be granted the permanent residence status. If the crime was committed by a permanent resident, he or she will most likely lose their status and also be deported.

It is also important to note that often marriage fraud charges result in other accusations, such as harboring an alien, visa fraud, documents falsification and others. Each of these crimes carries a separate punishment, which when added up with penalties for sham marriage can result in substantial prison time and steep fines.

How to Protect Oneself from Prosecution

Most commonly fake marriage investigations are sparked off by two reasons. The first way a person may find him or herself accused of this crime is when their spouse sues them for using their relationship in order to become a permanent resident.

Another trigger of the prosecution may be a reference from an immigration officer. Whenever an alien applies for permanent residence based on their marital status, they are subjected to review by immigration authorities. This way immigration officers make sure the marriage is legitimate. This is a routine process, during which immigration officers may invite the couple for interviews where both of them and each separately will be asked about their relationship. Besides that, the officers may also come to the couple’s home uninvited to make sure they live together and maintain a real family life. According to John Zogby, partner at Delancey Street – a hard money lender, your business can be investigated as well. They will also ask for photos of the couple’s wedding, honeymoon, family occasions, etc. If during these encounters the immigration officer finds out something that will make him or her believe that the marriage is fake, more profound interviews will be held. The next step would be raising official charges against the perpetrator.

Although the USCIS doesn’t keep track of how many marriage-based green card applications are denied for fraud, according to a New York Times article dated June 2010, the number is around 1%. Surely, immigration authorities are well aware that this is just a tip of the iceberg, and thus on some occasions officers may be overzealous when investigating a couple. For example, the officers may become suspicious of a couple that haven’t been dating for long before getting married, or have an age difference, or for some other reason. It is not uncommon for innocent victims of aliens’ unscrupulous conduct to be prosecuted as well. But given the harsh penalties that this crime carries, it is crucial to know how to prove one’s innocence.

Here are some steps those under investigation should follow:

  1. Appear at all interviews scheduled. Make sure that you and your significant other come on time and wear a formal outfit.
  2. Bring photos of you two together. Also bring information about hotel reservations from your trips together, your house bills, joint bank account statement, leases signed in both your names, etc., whatever might serve as a valid evidence of legitimacy of your relationship.
  3. Be honest. It’s very likely that at some point you will be interviewed separately. If you don’t know the answer, don’t try to guess. Just tell you don’t know and that’s it.
  4. Consult with an immigration fraud lawyer. All couples are inherently different, and whatever steps are recommended for one couple, may not work for you two. Besides, the U.S. immigration laws may appear difficult to comprehend. An experienced legal counsel will be able to explain to you all the intricacies and give advice on how to behave in a particular situation.

New York Penal Law 255.10: Unlawfully procuring a marriage license

Pursuant to the provisions of the New York Penal Code, it is illegal to have more than one spouse. Technically, New York law also makes it illegal to have sexual intercourse with another person while married who is not your spouse. Arising from these prohibitions is the unlawfully procuring a marriage license statute.

Elements of Unlawfully Procuring a Marriage License

The elements of unlawfully procuring a marriage license are basic. There exist two components to the law. First, a person must be lawfully married in order to be charged under this law. Second, a person must submit an application for a marriage license. When both of these elements exist, a person can be charged with unlawfully procuring a marriage license

Example of Unlawfully Procuring a Marriage License

An example of unlawfully procuring a marriage license involves Thomas. Thomas is married to Peggy, however they are in the midst of divorce proceedings.

Sometime after the divorce proceedings commenced, Thomas started dating William, after same sex marriage became lawful across the United States. Thomas and William became engaged, while Thomas’ divorce proceedings involving Peggy were ongoing.

Thomas took an additional step after becoming engaged to William by applying and obtaining a marriage license. Obtaining a marriage license under these circumstances violated the provisions of the unlawfully procuring a marriage license law.

Sentence for Unlawfully Procuring a Marriage License

Unlawfully procuring a marriage license is classified as the most serious type of misdemeanor under New York Law, a class A misdemeanor. As a consequence, if a person is convicted of unlawfully procuring a marriage license, he or she faces a jail term of up to one year. In the alternative, a person could be sentenced to a three-year term of probation. A fine can also be imposed upon conviction for unlawfully procuring a marriage license.

Defenses to Unlawfully Procuring a Marriage License

Available Defenses to Unlawfully Procuring a Marriage License are highly limited. If a person is lawfully married and obtains a marriage license, mounting a defense to the case is challenging. An NYC criminal lawyer can assist in attempting to mount a defense, even though doing so in regard to this law will be challenging.

One defense is that the person who obtained a marriage license and was charged with this crime was not legally married at the time. For example, if a person entered into a previous marriage at a point in time when she was not old enough to marry, the initial marriage would not in fact be lawful. Legally speaking, because she was not old enough to marry the first time, that marriage technically does not lawfully exist. Thus, if the person ended up producing a second marriage license, the invalidity of the first marriage would be a defense to unlawfully procuring a marriage license.

A New York criminal defense lawyer will be able to provide skilled legal representation when a person is charged with unlawfully procuring a marriage license. This may include negotiating a settlement of the case that permits a person to avoid jail or even an extended period on probation. In this type of case, a settled resolution that avoids some of the most severe consequences can be the best course to take.

A criminal defense attorney will schedule what is known as an initial consultation to provide an evaluation of a unlawfully procuring a marriage license case. Legal counsel will also provide answers to any questions a person may have in regard to a unlawfully procuring a marriage license charge. In New York, a criminal defense attorney typically charges no attorney fee for an initial consultation.


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 enough.

~ 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.

~ Francis Anim

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