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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’s happens after verdict or plea of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect in New York?

Procedure following verdict or plea of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect.

Definition of Terms

Definition of terms. As used in this section, the following terms will have the following meanings:

“Commissioner” basically means the state commissioner of mental health, or else the state commissioner of mental retardation and developmental disability.

“Secure facility” basically means a facility in the state office of mental health or else the state office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities which has been staffed with personnel who are adequately trained in security methods and are equipped as to minimize the risk or even danger of escapes, and which has actually been specifically designated by the commissioner.

“Dangerous mental disorder” means that a defendant currently suffers from a “mental illness” as the term’s defined in subdivision twenty of section 1.03 of the mental hygiene law, and that because of this condition he or she currently constitutes a physical danger to himself or others.

“Mentally ill” basically means that a defendant currently suffers from some sort of mental illness for which care and treatment as a patient, in the in-patient services of a psychiatric center under the direct jurisdiction of the state office of mental health, is considered to be essential to the defendant’s welfare and that his or her judgment is so impaired that he or she is unable to understand the need for this care and treatment; and, where a defendant’s mentally retarded, the term “mentally ill” will also mean that the defendant’s in need of care and treatment as a resident in the in-patient services of a developmental center or any other type of residential facility for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled under the jurisdiction of the state office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

“Examination order” basically means an order that’s directed to the commissioner which requires that a defendant must submit to a psychiatric examination to determine whether they have a dangerous mental disorder, or if he or she does not have dangerous mental disorder, whether he or she is mentally ill.

“Commitment order” or “recommitment order” basically means an order that commits a defendant to the custody of the commissioner for confinement in some sort of secure facility for care and treatment for six months after the date of the order.

“First retention order” basically means an order that’s effective at the expiration of the period that’s prescribed in a commitment order for a recommitment order, authorizing continued custody of a defendant by the commissioner for a period that won’t exceed one year.

“Second retention order” basically means an order that’s effective at the expiration of the period that’s prescribed in a first retention order that authorizes continued custody of a defendant by the commissioner for a period that won’t exceed two years.

“Subsequent retention order” basically means an order that’s effective at the expiration of the period that’s prescribed in a second retention order or a prior subsequent retention order that authorizes continued custody of a defendant by the commissioner for a period that won’t exceed two years.

“Retention order” basically means a first retention order, a second retention order, or even a subsequent retention order.

“Furlough order” basically means an order that directs the commissioner to allow a defendant in confinement regarding a commitment order, recommitment order, or even retention order to temporarily leave the facility for a period that won’t exceed fourteen days, either with or without the constant supervision of one or more employees of the facility.

“Transfer order” basically means an order that directs the commissioner to transfer a defendant from a secure facility to a non-secure facility under the direct jurisdiction of the commissioner, or else to any non-secure facility as designated by the commissioner.

“Release order” basically means an order that directs the commissioner to terminate a defendant’s in-patient status without first terminating the commissioner’s responsibility for the defendant.

What’s the examination order in New York?

Examination Order: Psychiatric Examiners

On entry of a verdict of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect, or on the acceptance of a plea of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect, the court has to immediately issue an examination order. On receipt of this order, the commissioner has to designate two qualified psychiatric examiners to conduct the exam of the defendant. In conducting their examination, the psychiatric examiners can use any method which is accepted by the medical profession for the examination of people who are alleged to be suffering from a dangerous mental disorder, or else to be mentally ill or retarded. The court can authorize a psychiatrist or psychologist who’s retained by a defendant to be present at this examination. The clerk of the court has to promptly forward a copy of the examination order to the mental hygiene legal service, and this service can participate afterward in all of the proceedings under this section. In all the later proceedings under this section, before the issuing of a special order of conditions, the court will consider whether any order of protection had been issued before a verdict of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect in the case, or before the acceptance of a plea of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect.

Firearm, Rifle or Shotgun Surrender Order

On entry of a verdict of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect, or on acceptance of a plea of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect, or even on a finding that the defendant’s an incapacitated person, the court will revoke the defendant’s firearm license, if any, ask the defendant about the existence and location of any firearm, rifle, or shotgun owned or possessed by the defendant and direct the surrender of said firearm, rifle, or shotgun.

Examination Order: Place of Examination

On issuing an examination order, the court must direct that the defendant be committed to a secure facility which has been designated by the commissioner as the place for psychiatric examination. The sheriff has to hold the defendant in custody pending the designation by the commissioner, and when notified of the designation, the sheriff has to promptly deliver the defendant to said secure facility. When the defendant’s not in custody at the time of the verdict or plea because he or she was previously released on bail or on his or her own recognizance, the court may direct that the examination be conducted on an outpatient basis, and at such time and place as the commissioner will designate. If, however, the commissioner informs the court that confinement of the defendant’s necessary for an effective exam, the court has to direct that the defendant be confined in a facility that’s been designated by the commissioner until the exam is completed.

Examination Order: Duration

Confinement in a secure facility will be for a period no longer than thirty days, except that, on application of the commissioner, the court can authorize confinement for an additional period of no longer than thirty days when a longer period is necessary to complete the exam. If the initial hearing has not commenced prior to the termination of the examination period, the commissioner will retain custody of the defendant in said secure facility until custody’s transferred to the sheriff. During the period of confinement, the physician in charge of the facility can administer to the defendant emergency psychiatric, medical, or other therapeutic treatment as in his or her judgment should be administered. If the court has directed that the exam be conducted on an outpatient basis, the exam will be completed within thirty days after the defendant first reported to the place designated by the commissioner, except that, on application of the commissioner, the court can extend the period for a reasonable time if a longer period is necessary to complete the examination.


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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