Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.
Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.
Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.
Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.
Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.
Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.
We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.
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.
Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group
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.
If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.
Statutory rape is a charge of sexual relations that involved a person too young to consent. The age at which a person is legally able to consent to sex is called the age of consent, and this varies from state to state. Every state currently has an age of consent between 16 and 18 years of age, with 31 states setting the age of consent at 16, eight setting it at 17, and 12 setting it at 18.
Most states don’t actually use the term statutory rape, and instead have other names for this type of charge. Terms used include child molestation, sexual misconduct, carnal knowledge of a minor and sexual intercourse with a minor.
How statutory rape differs from other forms of rape is that it doesn’t involve sexual relations with another person against their will, and in fact the sexual relations would be completely legal if the person were of age. The reason it’s considered rape is because the person is too young to legally give their consent to sex. In the event that there are forced sexual relations with someone who is under the age of consent, the prosecution will likely charge the defendant with both rape and statutory rape.
For many years, it doesn’t matter if the defendant thought that the victim was past the age of consent, they were still guilty if they had sexual relations with the victim. More recently, there have been states that allow a defendant who thought the victim was of age to use that as their defense in court. In most areas, though, this defense will not apply. Even if the victim intentionally deceived the defendant into believing they were past the age of consent, the defendant can still be convicted of statutory rape.
There are many factors that go into the severity of a defendant’s punishment for committing statutory rape, and the charge itself could be anything from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on these factors. The two primary factors are the victim’s age and the difference in age between the defendant and the victim. If the defendant has prior offenses or gave the victim drugs or alcohol, that can lead to more severe or additional charges.
Statutory rape laws vary quite a bit from state to state. In some states, any instance of statutory rape is a felony. In others, it’s only a felony if the victim was younger than a certain age, such as 14 or 12. If the sexual relations were with a victim older than that threshold in such states, then it’s a misdemeanor.
Some states also have what are known as Romeo and Juliet laws, which apply when either both the defendant and the victim were underage, or when the defendant is close enough to the defendant in age. For example, a state may have a Romeo and Juliet law that applies if the defendant is within 2 or 3 years of age to the victim. States may have additional requirements for these law to apply, such as the victim being at least 15 years of age or the defendant to be under 21 years of age. In some states, Romeo and Juliet laws prevent criminal charges, while in others they simply lessen the penalties.
The most significant advantage of Romeo and Juliet laws for defendants is that they can either keep the defendant off of the sex offender registry, or they can reduce how long the defendant is on the registry. Considering the effect that being on the sex offender registry has on someone’s life, this is a major benefit.
If a defendant is using Romeo and Juliet laws for their defense, then consent becomes a critical factor in the case, as the defendant also needs to show that the victim consented to the sexual relations for their defense to apply.
The punishment for statutory rape typically includes a mandatory prison sentence, along with fines, mandatory treatment and probation. In most states, the defendant will also need to register as a sex offender.
Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.