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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."

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What Are the Degrees of NY Penal Law 220 Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance

When it comes to the letter of the law in the state of New York’s penal code, we’ll be the first to admit that things can be a little complicated, if not downright confusing. But while it can be tricky to navigate what exactly the law means, it doesn’t always have to be this way. In fact, in our ongoing series of posts, we’ve taken apart the law and broken it down into digestible chunks so that even the layman can not only understand the law but also figure out how to use it in their favor in a legal action. We’ve covered subjects like burglary, assault, even things like identity theft and cyber crimes. Today, however, we’re going to take a look at a couple of charges under the law of criminal possession of a controlled substance. In our previous post we covered the definitions involved, so we’re going to jump right into it with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Let’s begin.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

To be guilty of this crime, you’ll have to have knowingly and also unlawfully possessed some kind of controlled substance. It’s important to note, though, that it isn’t a violation when you possess a residual amount of the substance in like a syringe or something similar, and possess it because of a syringe exchange, or something like that. It’s also not a violation of this section if the possession is as a result of seeking immediate health care because you’re going through an overdose or something like that. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree is a class A misdemeanor.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

To be guilty of this particular crime, you have to both knowingly and unlawfully possess either a controlled substance with the intention of selling it, or multiple preparations, mixtures, compounds, or other kinds of substances that contain a narcotic preparation and those preparations or any other type of thing weigh a total of a half ounce or more, or phencyclidine that weighs fifty milligrams or more, or multiple preparations, mixtures, compounds, or other kinds of substances that contain concentrated cannabis and those preparations or any other type of thing weigh a total of a fourth of an ounce or more, or cocaine that weighs a total of five hundred milligrams or more, or ketamine that weighs more than a thousand milligrams, or ketamine when you’ve previously been convicted of possession of ketamine in any amount, or multiple preparations, mixtures, compounds, or other kinds of substances that contain GHB, and those preparations or any other type of thing weigh a total of twenty-eight grams or more. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree is considered to be a class D felony.

As you can see, everything becomes much easier to understand once you break it down into its composite parts and skip the boring legalese to get at the essence of the law as opposed to just the letter of it. We started this look into criminal possession of a controlled substance by outlining the definitions involved, and then followed it up by showing you what actually goes into a conviction for one of these crimes. Now while we’ve covered two of the crimes under this law, there are still more to come that we’re going to cover in future posts. With that said, we encourage you to stick with us as we outline the various charges that there are for criminal possession of a controlled substance, and if you’re interested in other types of charges, you can then go on to check out some of the articles we did for other charges in the state of New York’s penal law as well. Just because you’re facing legal trouble doesn’t mean you have to suffer from the consequences of the law.

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree

A person is guilty of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully has in their possession a narcotic drug with the intent to sell it, a stimulant, hallucinogen, hallucinogenic substance, or lysergic acid diethylamide, with the intent to sell it and has also previously been convicted of an offense as defined in article two hundred twenty, or else the attempt or conspiracy to commit any offense like this, a stimulant with the intent to sell it and if that stimulant weighs one gram or more, lysergic acid diethylamide with the intent to sell it and if that lysergic acid diethylamide weighs one milligram or more, a hallucinogen with the intent to sell it and if that hallucinogen weighs twenty-five milligrams or more, a hallucinogenic substance with the intent to sell it and if that hallucinogenic substance weighs one gram or more, one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing methamphetamine, whether that be its salts, isomers, or even its salts of isomers with the intent to sell it and if the preparations, compounds, mixtures or even the substances are of an aggregate weight of at least one-eighth ounce or more, a stimulant and if that stimulant weighs five grams or more, lysergic acid diethylamide and if that lysergic acid diethylamide weighs five milligrams or more, a hallucinogen and if that hallucinogen weighs one hundred twenty-five milligrams or more, a hallucinogenic substance and if that hallucinogenic substance weighs five grams or more, one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing a narcotic drug and if those preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances are of a total aggregate weight of one-half ounce or more, or lastly phencyclidine and if that phencyclidine weighs one thousand two hundred fifty milligrams or more. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree is a class B felony.

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree

A person is guilty of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully possesses one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures, or even substances that contain a narcotic drug and if those preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances are of a total aggregate weight of four ounces or more, one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances that contain methamphetamine, its salts, isomers or even salts of isomers and if those preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances are of a total aggregate weight of two ounces or more, a stimulant and if that stimulant weighs ten grams or more, lysergic acid diethylamide and if that lysergic acid diethylamide weighs twenty-five milligrams or more, a hallucinogen and if that hallucinogen weighs six hundred twenty-five milligrams or more, a hallucinogenic substance and if that hallucinogenic substance weighs twenty-five grams or more, or lastly methadone and if that methadone weighs two thousand eight hundred eighty milligrams or more. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree is a class A-II felony.

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree

A person is guilty of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully possesses one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or even substances containing a narcotic drug and if those preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances are of a total aggregate weight of eight ounces or more, or methadone and if that methadone weighs five thousand seven hundred sixty milligrams or more. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree is a class A-I felony.


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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