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

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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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What is the commencement of action in local criminal court in New York?

How Criminal Cases Start in New York Local Criminal Courts 

An action regarding a crime is first commenced by filing an accusatory instrument with a criminal court. If more than one instrument is filed in the course of the same crime, action commences when the first instrument is filed. The only way a criminal action can be commenced in a superior court is by filing through a grand jury an indictment against a defendant who’s never been held by a local criminal court for the action of said grand jury in regards to any charge contained in the indictment. A criminal action can be commenced only in a local criminal court, by filing a local criminal court accusatory instrument.

Commencement of Action

A criminal court must have concurrent jurisdiction over family offenses, notwithstanding of course the fact that a family court might be exercising jurisdiction over a petition containing mostly the same allegations that were set forth in the accusatory instrument or indictment.

Local Criminal Court Accusatory Instruments

Information is a verified written accusation by a person, filed with a local criminal court, charging one or more people with the commission of one or more crimes, none of which being a felony. It might serve as a basis for the commencement of a crime and for the prosecution of the crime in a local criminal court. A simplified traffic information is a written accusation by a police officer or other public servant, filed with a local criminal court, that charges a person with the commission of one or more traffic infractions and/or misdemeanor crimes related to traffic. Being in a brief or simplified form prescribed by the commissioner of motor vehicles, this designates the offense or offenses charged but actually doesn’t contain factual allegations for use as evidence that support such charges.

It’s a basis for commencement of a crime for said traffic offenses, alternative to charging them by a regular information, and, under certain circumstances, it may serve, either in whole or in part, as a basis for prosecution. A simplified parks information is a written accusation by a police officer or other public servant, filed with a local criminal court, that charges a person with the commission of one or more crimes, other than a felony, for which a uniform simplified parks information could be issued in relation to the parks and recreation law and navigation law. Being in a brief or simplified form prescribed by the commissioner of parks and recreation, this designates the offenses charged but doesn’t actually contain factual allegations for use as evidence that support such charges.

It also serves as a basis for commencement of a criminal action for such crimes, alternative to the charging of them by a regular information, and, under certain circumstances, it may serve, either in whole or in part, as a basis for prosecution of said charges. A simplified environmental conservation information is a written accusation by a police officer or other public servant, filed with a local criminal court, that charges a person with the commission of one or more crimes, other than a felony, for which a uniform simplified environmental conservation information could be issued in relation to the environmental conservation law. Being in a brief or simplified form prescribed by the commissioner of environmental conservation, this designates the offenses charged but doesn’t actually contain factual allegations for use as evidence that support such charges. It serves as a basis for commencement of a criminal action for such crimes, alternative to the charging of them by a regular information, and, under certain circumstances, it may serve, either in whole or in part, as a basis for prosecution of said charges.

How Does Federal Sentencing Work?

When you’re facing sentencing in a federal court, you’ll want an experienced attorney by your side. The punishment for a federal crime is often harsher than what you would receive in a local or state court. The federal court rate of convictions is also high when compared to other courts. You might think you can represent yourself, but that’s generally not a wise idea. And in the event of a conviction, you’ll need an attorney to help you during the Federal Sentencing process.

Federal Sentencing
Federal sentencing takes place after you’re convicted of a federal crime. The judge determines if you’ll spend time in prison. If so, the judge then determines the length of that punishment. But there is a procedure the courts must follow before the judge can make any determinations.

The first part of this procedure involves an interview. A probation officer will conduct this interview to learn more about you. The point of the interview is to create a pre-sentence report the judge can use before deciding on the punishment. The prosecutor and defense lawyer also receive copies of the pre-sentence report.

The report includes information about your family life, financial history, social standing, criminal history, and education. The purpose is to provide an in-depth look into your character and circumstances. Information in the report may or may not affect the judge’s final decision. Because of its importance, you have the right to object to anything in the report.

In addition to the pre-sentencing report, the attorney will prepare a sentencing memorandum. The memorandum contains letters of support from family and friends. Supporters can also state why they think you deserve the lightest sentence possible. The judge receives a copy of this memorandum prior to the sentencing hearing.

Sentencing Hearing
The final step in the sentencing process involves the sentencing hearing. The judge gets one more chance to hear from your attorney and the prosecutor prior to your sentencing. You can also choose to make a statement, but it’s not mandatory. If you decide to speak, you and your attorney should prepare a statement before the day of the hearing. What you say here can possibly sway the judge’s decision either in your favor or against it.

Federal Sentencing Guidelines
The pre-sentencing report and the sentencing memorandum are important. They play a huge role in the judge’s final decision. But the federal sentencing guidelines are important as well. The sentencing guidelines are contained in a book issued by the sentencing commission. The guidelines suggest a range of imprisonment for specific federal crimes. The judge will refer to the guidelines but is not required to follow them.

Ultimately, the decision concerning punishment rests with the judge. The pre-sentencing report, sentencing memorandum, and sentencing guidelines are there for guidance. But in the end, the judge makes the final decision no matter what the reports and guidelines recommend.

Some additional things the judge should consider include the specifics of the crime. What was the reason for the crime? Did the crime cause harm to anyone? Do you have a criminal history? Did something in your background affect your behavior in a negative manner? These are just samples of the type of questions a judge is likely to consider.

Communicating with Your Attorney
It’s important for you and your attorney to discuss your situation in-depth. Failing to communicate with your attorney can hurt your case. Remember that the attorney is there to represent you to the court. The goal is to receive the best possible outcome, even if that does include a conviction. Working closely with a good attorney can increase your chances of receiving a favorable outcome.


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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