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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."

Francis Anim
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Speedy Trial Rule Lawyers NYC

In the context of criminal proceedings, there are a number of Constitutional protections designed to keep defendants from being overrun by the state. The broadest, most helpful of those tools lies in the Sixth Amendment, which guarantees the right to a fair trial. With this amendment, there are requirements that the government provide every person with an attorney and that trials are generally conducted in a manner that is balanced. There is also a provision guaranteeing to people the right of a speedy trial. Because the ability to mount a defense can erode over time, a trial can only be fair when it is speedy. People charged with crimes should always been in touch with a good lawyer, and if it’s been a long time between arrest and trial, they may have a speedy trial claim.

The speedy trial rule generally
The Sixth Amendment generally guarantees that the government will bring a person to trial in a quick and efficient manner. What this means depends on the situation. There is no set amount of time in which the government must bring a person to trial. However, the courts have been willing to grant defendants relief if the government takes too long to bring the person to trial. In general, once a person has been waiting around for two years or more, they have the potential win on a speedy trial claim.

Why the speedy trial claim exists
Mounting a defense in a criminal case can be difficult. People need access to witness testimony, to physical evidence and to a host of other things that might persuade a jury. Likewise, the memory of the defendant can erode over time. When a big chunk of a person’s legal defense depends on his ability to remember details about the day or night or a crime, having a trial delay can cause real problems over the long run. Speedy trial rules are meant to protect the integrity of the process.

In addition, the speedy trial rule is based on the idea that no person should have to either wait in custody for a trial or wait under the looming uncertainty of a coming trial. The system works well when issues go in front of a court for resolution. If people are guilty, then they should begin serving their sentences. If they are not guilty, then they should be cleared of the crime and given an opportunity to have a normal life once again.

The factors that determine when a person’s speedy trial rights have been violated
In general, the court will use a balancing test to determine whether a person has suffered a breach of his or her speedy trial rights. The most important factor is the length of time. The longer the government delays, the more likely a person is to win his claim. In addition, the court will try to ascertain who was at fault for the delay. In general, it is the government’s obligation to bring a person to trial because he cannot bring himself to trial. However, in scenarios where a defendant delays the process by asking for continuances or changing lawyers, he is less likely to win one of these claims.

In addition, the court will weigh whether a person has been in custody. A person sitting in jail waiting on trial has suffered worse than one who is out on bail. An increasingly important factor is whether a person attempts to exercise his right to a speedy trial. letters or attempts by a defendant or his lawyer to speed up the process work heavily in his favor. Finally, the court will ask whether a person has suffered prejudice because of the delay. The extent to which key evidence is gone or people have died will help determine whether a person has been harmed by the delay.

Speedy trial violation remedies
One of the best things about a speedy trial claim is that there exists only one remedy the court can issue. Because it is no longer possible for a person to have a fair trial, the court will always command the lower courts to dismiss the case. The charges must be dropped, and the person must be released from custody.

If you have been arrested and are facing a life-altering trial, having a good lawyer is a big help. Some lawyers are adept at helping to ensure your rights, including the speedy trial right. Having one of your side can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.

What is New York Speedy Trial Statute?

Defendants have the constitutional right to a speedy trial. This means that defendants cannot be kept waiting and languishing for a trial data and conclusion to their criminal charge. The constitutional right to a speedy trial is found in Amendments VI and XIV of the U.S. Constitution. In New York, CPL 30.20 and the Civil Rights Law guarantee this federal constitutional right despite it not being in the New York State Constitution. In cases regarding juvenile delinquency proceedings, the speedy trial protection is available under the Family Court Act.

It is important to note that in New York, as opposed to CPL 30.30, which states that the People be ready for trial within a certain amount of time, after the “commencement” of the action, the constitutional time period is the length between the commencement and the actual start of trial.

The remedy for delay is a dismissal with prejudice. If a defendant’s constitutional right is violated, the remedy to it is a dismissal of charges with prejudice. A dismissal with prejudice means that the prosecution is unable to pursue the charges again. There are five factors considered in regards to a dismissal for the failure of a speedy trial. Unlike the statutory speedy trial right, there is no specific time limit that would trigger a right to s speedy trial right to dismissal. The five factors the court weighs is: the extent of the delay; the reason for the delay; the nature of the underlying charge; the extent of the pretrial incarceration, and whether the defense was impaired by the delay.

The constitutional right to a speedy trial does not apply to any post conviction delays. If a defendant is found convicted, but the conviction is reversed, the delay between the reversal and the retrial does not violate the right to a speedy trial. The right to the speedy trial only applies to the defendant until they are brought to trial.

If there has been a long delay between the commission of the crime and the defendant’s arrest, there may be a due process violation that is separate from a speedy trial. For example, if a victim identifies the defendant in a photograph, but the police take a prolonged time to charge the defendant, this is a due process violation. The fact that the police take a long time to charge and the prosecution to indict would be a due process violation. If there has been a prolonged delay, prosecution has the burden to show the cause of the delay and that it was justified.

The causes of the delay determine whether there has been a due process violation. The court considering whether there has been a due process violation will look at five factors. The factors are nearly identical to the five factors discussed above regarding the right to a speedy trial. These five are: the length of the delay; the reason for the delay; the degree of prejudice to the defendant; the serious of the underlying crime; and the extent of pretrial incarceration.

The judge may schedule a hearing to determine if the facts fit the five issues. However, a significant delay in prosecution may result in a dismissal, regardless of prejudice. In both instances, the right to a speedy trial and the right to due process, a violation of these rights would result in a dismissal of charges with prejudice.

In certain instances the defense attorney may choose to waive the right to speedy trial and CPL 30.30. The choice to waive this right is a generally a strategy tactic. For example, a prosecutor may predicate consent to an adjournment or any request/motion from the defense on the defense’s waiver to speedy trial or CPL 30.30.


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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