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NYC Criminal Lawyers

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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Service is paramount to results. We treat you like family, so you know what's going on always.

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When you hire our criminal attorneys, you work directly with a senior attorney only.

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Criminal Defense Lawyers

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."

Francis Anim
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Brooklyn Robbery Lawyers

Many people use theft and robbery interchangeably; however, there is a difference between both offenses. Theft is unlawfully taking property with the aim of permanently depriving the legal owner of that item. On the other hand, robbery involves both the act of taking property and intention of permanently depriving a person of that property, but also with the threat or application of force. Robbery results in severe penalties when a victim or bystander gets injured during the act. If you have been charged with robbery, read on for a basic understanding of the different laws associated with this offense.

Categories of Robbery

Robbery is classified as third, second, and first degree. The different classes of robbery carry different penalties.

Third Degree Robbery

Robbery is stealing forcibly. When a person uses physical force or poses a threat of force when stealing, they are guilty of robbery. The use or threat of force is aimed at preventing resistance to theft, and compelling the property owner to surrender the property. When robbery occurs without any aggravating factors, it is considered as third degree robbery. This offense is a Class D felony, and subjects one to an imprisonment of between 2- 7 years.

Second Degree Robbery

This form of robbery involves forcibly stealing property with the help of another person. In the commission of the act, if you or your accomplice injuries an innocent victim, or displays something resembling a rifle, pistol, or some sort of firearm, it is second degree robbery. The object of theft in this class of robbery is a motor vehicle. Second degree robbery is a Class C felony, and subjects one to an imprisonment of between 7-15 years.

First Degree Robbery

One is guilty of committing first degree robbery when they forcibly take property, and when during the act of stealing, or flight from the crime scene, he/she or their accomplice does one of the following:

Causes serious physical harm to any innocent person
Has a deadly weapon
Either uses or threatens to use the weapon
Displays something resembling a rifle, pistol, or any kind of firearm

First degree robbery is a Class B felony that subjects one to an imprisonment of between 10-25 years.

Elements of Robbery

For a person to be convicted with robbery, there are three elements that the prosecution needs to establish. First, that the defendant committed theft, secondly, that they used or posed a threat to use physical force on the victim, and finally, that the crime was executed with the intent of permanently retaining the property.

Judgment Considerations

Apart from imprisonment, statues may establish other kinds of punishment like community service, restitution, or fines. If a defendant cannot pay restitution, they may be required to compensate for their loss by performing community service.

The judges will consider the facts of a particular case along with any mitigating or aggravating factors to decide the exact sentence plus any penalties to impose on the defendant. When handing down judgment, the judge will consider the value of the property that has been stolen, the amount of intimidation or violence used, and the condition of the victim.

Aggravating factors make a crime serious while mitigating factors reduce the severity of a crime. The presence or use of a weapon during the commission of a robbery is an aggravating factor which increases the sentence handed down to a defendant. One’s criminal record is also considered an aggravating factor.

A mitigating factor in a robbery case involves things like whether one returned the property or owned up to their crime. If a person has no criminal record, this can also act as a mitigating factor.

Defenses to Robbery

The common defenses to robbery are as follows:

Duress
Mental defect
An unloaded weapon
Entrapment
Infancy- persons below 14 years

If you have been charged with robbery, there is cause for alarm because you could be facing a long time behind bars. Robbery is penalized depending on the severity of the crime; however, the least punishment is a one year prison sentence. Read on to learn more about what robbery entails, what needs to be proven, the different degrees of the crime and the punishment for each.

What is Robbery?

Robbery like theft implies taking a valuable item from someone. However, robbery involves using violence or force, or the threat of violence or force, during the execution of the offense.

Proof in a Robbery Charge

The basic elements needed to prove a robbery are as follows:

The object was taken with the intention of stealing
The object of theft is the property of another person
The object was taken from the owner in their presence
The object was taken against the will of the owner
The object was retrieved using force, or intimidation of force

3rd Degree Robbery

This form of robbery involves taking property through force or by using a lethal weapon. In most states, 3rd degree robbery is a felony. In New York, it is a “Class D” felony that subjects a person to seven years in prison. In other states, a person will be sentenced for 3rd degree robbery considering their criminal background. Additionally, some enhancements, known as aggravating factors, may raise the punishment for robbery. For example, if robbery involved assault with a lethal weapon, the penalty will be severe than a robbery committed without a weapon.

2nd Degree Robbery

This occurs when a person commits a robbery with the assistance of an accomplice. It also occurs when the perpetrator injures an innocent person or uses a deadly weapon like a knife or gun while executing the offense. Car theft is a typical example of this form of robbery.

In New York, 2nd degree robbery is a “Class C” felony that subjects a person to a maximum of fifteen years in prison.

1st Degree Robbery

A robbery is classified as first degree when the victim, or an innocent person, sustains serious injuries during the execution of the crime. This type of robbery also applies to cases where the perpetrator has a deadly weapon and intimidates the victim with it.

In New York, 1st degree robbery is a “Class B” felony that subjects a person to a maximum of twenty five years in prison.

Defenses for Robbery

Innocence

In any criminal prosecution, such as a robbery, the government bears the burden of proof. This means that they should beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offense. This means that an accused robber can easily avoid being convicted by undermining the prosecution’s evidence. The defendant should not necessarily convince the court that they are innocent; however, provided they can cause reasonable doubt, they should be acquitted.

Intoxication

A defendant can use intoxication to fight a robbery charge. Involuntary intoxication is where the intoxication happened against the defendant’s will. Voluntary intoxication is where the defendant gets drunk willingly. The question arising in a defense based on voluntary intoxication is whether the defendant would have been able to form the intent of executing robbery. Such a defense would cause the defendant to get a lesser charge.

Entrapment

If a person provokes the defendant to commit robbery, the defendant can use the entrapment defense. Though these defenses are not easy to prove, if the defendant is able to show that the victim of a robbery provoked them with the intention of charging the defendant, the entrapment defense will hold.


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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