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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


Queens Arraignment Lawyers

Being released on bail or your own recognizance is a relief, but does not necessarily end your legal problems. You probably are anxious to know when you will get in front of a judge to find out more about the specific charges against you.

The first appearance before a judge is commonly known as an arraignment. Providing judicial oversight, this appearance is in place to prohibit law enforcement from indefinitely confining suspects of a crime.

The time in which an arraignment must take place varies from one jurisdiction to the next. Some states set a specific timeframe; others have an unclear ban to simply prevent unnecessary delay after someone’s arrest.

What to Expect During the Arraignment

For state and federal court, an arraignment is usually the time when you are advised of the charges against you, as well as your constitutional rights. The court may also:

• Ask if you plan to either use a public defender or hire an attorney
• Accept your plea
• Determine whether bail is appropriate and if so, what amount
• Establish conditions for your release pending resolution of your case. These may include travel restrictions or banning you from having contact from the victim of your accused crime.
• Set future dates for more proceedings such as reporting back after plea negotiations or to attend a preliminary hearing.

Entering a Plea at the Arraignment

During the early stages of legal proceedings, the court will ask you how you wish to plead for the crime you are charged with committing. This may occur at your first court appearance or a later arraignment that you attend.

Most defendants enter a “not guilty” plea regardless of the charges in the case. Basically, this plea makes more sense, although you could change the not guilty plea at a later date during the proceedings. The same is not true if you enter a no-contest or guilty plea. Some defendants who enter a not guilty plea may change to one of the other pleas after their attorney reaches a deal with the prosecution, if necessary.

Reasons for initially pleading not guilty can vary, but is usually for one of the following:

• Not have a lawyer at the initial arraignment to receive legal advice on the best way to proceed.
• No discovery information related to the prosecution’s evidence by the time entering a plea is necessary. The police report is typically part of the discovery and is considered the most important part. Without this report, you may have very little understanding of how strong the prosecution’s case is against you. However, the police report alone is not enough. There might be recordings or photographs considered evidence that may strengthen or weaken the prosecution’s case.
• Uncertain ramifications from the plea, especially if you attend an arraignment without legal representation, is another reason to enter a not guilty plea. A conviction could mean more than you think, so surrendering your freedom without full knowledge of the consequences is not wise.

Representing Yourself during the Arraignment

There are many defendants who are capable of representing themselves during an arraignment. They can enter their “not guilty” plea and ask the judge to reduce their bail. However, standing there alone is not the best thing to do if you are facing criminal charges.

In some situations, a technical defect within the prosecution’s case might exist. You could have a right to raise the defect as an issue in the case, but only before you enter the plea. Additionally, the prosecutor’s office might only offer the best deals to defendants who decide to plead no contest or guilty during the arraignment.

If this deal is not available at a later date, and you are unware that this policy exists, you might have to face a harsher punishment as the case proceeds.

In addition, some judges are more likely to lower bail when you have legal representation. Self-representation might seem heroic, but you may want to postpone the arraignment by asking for a continuance until you have found legal counsel.

Consulting with a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you were recently arrested and charged with a crime, consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney is something you should do as soon as possible. Spodek Law Group has many experienced attorneys who can aid you through the entire court process.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!



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.

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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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