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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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What Is Criminal Intent?

Criminal intent is a key component of the legal system that revolves around a conscious decision one person makes to injure someone else or deprive them of something they own. There are multiple forms of criminal intent that can be used to establish guilt in a standard criminal case. It’s possible for criminal intent to be anything from a spontaneous action to premeditation.
While criminal intent is commonly established for premeditated crimes, it can also occur even when the crime isn’t premeditated. If someone ends up committing a crime spontaneously, they may still know that their actions will result in another party being harmed. The following offers a more comprehensive overview of criminal intent and how it’s established in a criminal case.

Difference Between Motive and Intent

Before detailing the specifics of criminal intent, it’s important to understand the difference between motive and intent. If someone has a bad motive for committing a crime, the motive itself isn’t considered to be punishable. In the event that someone steals some food to feed their family, the motive may technically be “good”.
However, the crime is still considered to be theft, which means that motive is entirely irrelevant when charging someone for a crime. When someone has criminal intent, they are intending to commit an act that they know is against the law, which is why criminal intent is essential when trying a case.

What Mental Culpability Means

The amount of culpability that a person has when committing a crime can determine how they will be charged for the crime. When it comes to criminal law, there is a difference between recklessness, intent, and knowledge. Intent itself can be broken down into intending the initial conduct and intending the final result.
Let’s say that one person is charged with shooting and intentionally killing another person. Even though the person may have intended to pull the trigger, it’s possible for the defense to make the argument that the defendant was acting in self defense or believed the gun to be empty. As such, the intention was not to kill somebody.
Certain criminal acts require the defendant to commit the crime knowingly and willfully. If the defendant is acting knowingly and willfully, they don’t need to intend a specific result. Instead, they are only required to know that the result was certain to happen.
As for recklessness, this act is positioned between intent and negligence. In this situation, the defendant will have been aware that they were committing an act that had a certain amount of risk to it. If the defendant believes that an injury could occur but commits the act regardless, the act could be deemed to be reckless.

How the Government Proves Intent

During a federal criminal case, the government will be tasked with proving what the defendant’s mental state was at the time of the incident. While it can be difficult to determine what someone was thinking at the time they committed a crime, it’s possible to infer the defendant’s mental state. The government will take a look at the details of the criminal act as well as the defendant’s own words to ascertain what mental state the defendant was in at the time they committed a crime.
Witness statements and testimonies can also be used to strengthen the case against the defendant. The government will be tasked with persuading a jury that their inference of the defendant’s mental state is accurate beyond a reasonable doubt. In these situations, motive is commonly used to enhance the government’s case since criminal intent can be inferred from a motive.

Importance of Time of Intent

It’s important to understand that someone isn’t guilty of committing a crime because they intended to break into a house but didn’t follow through. Intent must occur throughout the entirety of the criminal act and will need to continue until the act is completed.
Criminal intent is a key component of nearly every legal system. In some jurisdictions, it’s possible to distinguish between basic intent and specific intent, the former of which is used much more often when creating a legal case against a defendant. If the prosecution attempts to argue specific intent, they may be unable to obtain the desired verdict. If you have been charged with committing a crime and would like to seek legal representation, call our defense lawyers today to schedule your first consultation.

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