Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

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.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Why Choose Us

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.

Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek


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.

Westchester Domestic Violence Lawyers

By Spodek Law Group | July 27, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 15, 2023)

Last Updated on: 15th October 2023, 09:11 am

Westchester Domestic Violence Lawyers – Fighting for Victims of Abuse

Domestic violence is a huge problem in Westchester County and across New York State. As a domestic violence victim myself, I know how scary and overwhelming it can be to escape an abusive relationship and seek justice. That’s why having an experienced domestic violence lawyer on your side is so important.In this article, I want to walk you through the basics of domestic violence law in Westchester and how a knowledgeable lawyer can help protect your rights. I’ll also share some of my own story to show you that there is hope after abuse.

What is Domestic Violence?

Let’s start with the basics – what exactly is domestic violence? It’s when someone uses physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse to control their partner in an intimate relationship. This can happen between spouses, partners, boyfriends/girlfriends, or even family members.Some common examples of domestic violence include:

  • Hitting, slapping, punching
  • Strangling or choking
  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Controlling the finances
  • Stalking
  • Damaging property

Domestic violence is always about power and control. It’s a pattern of abusive behavior, not just a one-time incident. I lived with constant threats and intimidation for years before I found the courage to leave.

Types of Domestic Violence Charges

There are a few main criminal charges that domestic abusers often face in Westchester County courts:


This covers any kind of physical attack meant to cause injury or fear of injury. Different degrees of assault depend on how serious the injuries are. For example, strangling someone is often charged as felony assault because it shows intent to seriously harm.


If the abuse involves threats, stalking, or intimidation that causes fear or emotional harm, harassment charges may apply. There are also cyber harassment laws for online threats.

Sexual Assault

Forcing any sexual contact or activity without consent is considered rape or sexual assault. Marital rape is illegal in New York.

Violating an Order of Protection

If there’s already a restraining order in place, violating it leads to additional criminal contempt charges. This includes contacting the victim when prohibited.

Endangering the Welfare of a Child

If domestic violence happens in front of children, the abuser can face child endangerment charges on top of other crimes.The specific charges depend on the details of each case. An experienced domestic violence lawyer will know how to build the strongest case.

Seeking an Order of Protection

Getting an order of protection should always be a top priority. This is a court order that legally requires the abuser to stay away and stop the harassment.Orders of protection can:

  • Prohibit any contact, including phone, email, social media, etc
  • Require the abuser to leave the shared home
  • Set rules for child custody and visitation
  • Mandate counseling
  • Require the abuser to surrender any firearms

The order can also cover your workplace, children’s school, or any other places you frequent. Violating the restraining order leads to arrest and criminal charges.Some key steps in the protection order process:

  • File a petition describing the abuse and requesting protection
  • Get a temporary order in place quickly for emergency protection
  • Attend a court hearing where a final order is issued
  • If needed, request extensions to keep the order in effect

Having an attorney guide you through the legal process is extremely helpful. The forms and procedures can be confusing, but a lawyer will handle all of that smoothly.I’ll always remember sitting in court with my lawyer when the judge announced my abuser would have to move out and stay away. I finally felt safe for the first time in years!

Evidence Needed to Prove Domestic Violence

Building a strong case requires gathering solid evidence of the abuse. Some examples of powerful evidence include:

  • Testimony from the victim detailing the violence and threats
  • Witness statements from others who saw injuries or incidents
  • Medical records related to treatment after assaults
  • Police reports from responding officers
  • Photographs of bruises, cuts, property damage, etc
  • Screenshots of threatening texts, emails, voicemails
  • Security footage or cell phone video

Experienced domestic violence lawyers know how to properly gather and present this kind of evidence in court. They will take photos of injuries, obtain medical records, interview witnesses, and subpoena phone and financial records if needed.I was so relieved when my lawyer helped me safely collect the proof I needed. My testimony alone was not enough – the other evidence proved the truth beyond a doubt.

Common Defenses in Domestic Violence Cases

Abusers often resort to certain defenses when facing domestic violence charges. Some common ones include:Denying the abuse: The abuser claims the victim is lying or exaggerating about the violence and threats. A skilled lawyer can counter this with the evidence.Mutual fighting: The abuser says it was just a mutually aggressive argument, not one-sided abuse. But the controlling pattern proves otherwise.Self-defense: Abusers may claim they were just defending themselves. The lawyer can show this is not consistent with the nature of the injuries.Mental illness: Pleading insanity or diminished mental capacity is another defense tactic. But abuse is usually deliberate control, not illness.Retaliation: The abuser may argue they were provoked and retaliating, rather than initiating abuse. The lawyer can establish the truth.False allegations: Abusers accuse victims of making up false claims to gain advantage in divorce or custody cases. But evidence proves the truth.A good domestic violence lawyer anticipates these defenses and develops counter-arguments supported by the evidence. It’s frustrating how abusers avoid taking responsibility – but strong legal advocacy prevents them from succeeding with these defenses.

Here’s a quick overview of the legal process in a domestic violence criminal case:Arrest: Police respond to an incident and make an arrest if there is probable cause the abuser committed a crime.Charges filed: The district attorney reviews the evidence and files formal charges.Release or bail: The abuser is either released or required to post bail money to stay out of jail pre-trial.Plea bargaining: Many cases end with a negotiated plea bargain instead of trial.Trial: If no plea deal, the case proceeds to trial with witnesses testifying before a judge or jury.Sentencing: If found guilty, the judge determines the penalty, ranging from probation to years in prison.Having an advocate guiding you through the complex legal system makes a huge difference. My lawyer helped prepare me for what to expect in court and speak up for my rights at every stage.

Finding the Best Domestic Violence Lawyer

If you are suffering abuse, it’s important to find an experienced domestic violence attorney you feel comfortable with. Look for these important qualities:

  • Specialized expertise in domestic violence cases
  • Compassionate support for victims
  • Strong record of success in court
  • Resources to help with safety planning
  • Respectful communication and guidance
  • Reasonable pricing for legal services

Don’t stay silent – you deserve justice and there are people ready to help. I found my voice with my lawyer’s support.The Westchester County District Attorney’s office has a domestic violence team that partners closely with local support organizations. They can help even if you are not ready to leave the relationship.The Pace Women’s Justice Center also provides free legal help for domestic violence victims in Westchester.And feel free to reach out to me anytime! I’m always happy to talk and listen. No one should feel alone in this.

My Story of Escaping Abuse

Let me share a little of my own story, in the hopes it helps others suffering in silence feel less alone.The verbal threats began early in our relationship – he would lash out in anger and then apologize sweetly. But over time, the physical violence escalated from slaps to punches to choking.I told myself it was my fault – I should try harder not to make him angry. He isolated me from friends and monitored my every move. I was terrified to leave, certain he would kill me.The day he put his hands around my neck and squeezed, something clicked. I knew I had to get out to survive. I confided in a friend who helped me get in touch with my lawyer.With my lawyer’s counsel, I obtained an order of protection and filed charges. The evidence of abuse was overwhelming. My testimony was difficult, but freeing.The day my abuser pled guilty, I cried tears of relief. And when the judge announced his prison sentence, I felt like I could finally breathe again.That was a few years ago. I still have hard days – trauma leaves scars. But my life is so much better now. Free from fear and filled with joy.There is hope after domestic violence. With the right help, you can regain your strength and create a new future. You deserve to feel safe, respected, and loved. Don’t give up.

In Conclusion

Domestic violence causes so much secret suffering. But change is possible when victims speak up and get support. Westchester has good laws and resources in place. Reach out and take the first step today – you don’t have to face this alone.I hope this article helps spread awareness and gives courage to others trapped in abuse. Please share your story and be a voice for change. Together, we can make a difference!


Free Consultation


I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me, and my company Qumana skincare feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We Provide Superior Service, Excellent Results, At A Level Superior To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms. Regardless Of Where Your Case Is, Nationwide, We Can Help You.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.


85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004


get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005


get directions


35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106


get directions


195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201


get directions
Call Now!