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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."

Francis Anim
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NYC Misdemeanor Lawyers

Throughout the United States, criminal offenses are divided into distinct categories by state criminal systems. Each of these categories is largely defined by the severity of the crime, the amount of jail time it can entail, and the magnitude of any associated fines or other penalties. A crime can be either an administrative infraction, a felony or a misdemeanor. Hiring a New York criminal attorney is essential when situations like this arise.

Felonies, Infractions And Misdemeanors: What’s The Difference?

Felonies are among the most serious of criminal offenses and thus, they entail the most severe punishments. Infractions are usually seen as minor slip-ups and generally result in little more than tickets and fines. Infractions are often traffic violations that result in fees of up to just $100 along with mandatory reimbursement of any related court costs. Misdemeanors, however, fall right in between infractions and felonies. While they aren’t considered to be as serious as felonies like kidnapping, arson, rape, burglary or murder, they can still result in up to one full year in jail and can have a significant and lasting impact on a person’s criminal record.

What Distinguishes Misdemeanors From Felonies?

The most common definition for a misdemeanor is any crime that is punishable by up to one full year in jail. Most commonly, jail time for a misdemeanor will be served in a local county jail rather than in a large, medium to high security prison. Assault, theft and indecent exposure are several examples of common misdemeanors. It is important to note, however, that a crime originally categorized as a misdemeanor may be charged as a felony after a second offense. For instance, a person who has been twice charged with misdemeanor shoplifting could be charged and sentenced for felony shoplifting, if arrested a third-time and if charged with stealing goods that are over a specific value.

Different Classes Of Misdemeanors

In addition to the three, primary classes of criminal offenses, there are also sub-classes within each category. These sub-classes vary state to state. For example, within the state of New York, certain misdemeanors bear the distinction of Class A misdemeanors, which come with a maximum penalty of one full year in jail. In this same state, Class B misdemeanors entail penalties that are not to exceed a total of three months of jail time. How misdemeanors are classified from state to state is largely determined by the impact that the criminal is likely to have on society going forward. This is why many repeat offenders for misdemeanor crimes are often charged as felons.

Traffic Violations

Among the most common misdemeanor crimes are traffic violations. These can include driving without a license, driving without insurance, speeding or driving while under the influence. Multiple DUI charges that are incurred over time are a very common example of how a misdemeanor crime might become a felony. With these repeat offenders, the potential risks of their criminal activities negatively impacting society increase with each new charge and thus, prosecutors become more likely to seek more severe penalties with each additional offense.

What is the Difference Between Felony and Misdemeanor Charges?

Here in the United States, crimes are divided into different classifications, depending on their severity. The courts use this system to determine how individual cases should be treated. The amount of time the offender could face in jail depends largely on what category the crime fits into.

The two most important categories are misdemeanors and felonies. Although felony crimes are the most serious of the two, state laws can vary significantly. What qualifies as a felony in one state might be considered a misdemeanor in another.

Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanors are offenses that are more serious than minor infractions, but less serious than felonies. In most cases, they are crimes punishable by no more than a year in jail. In many cases, the offender can serve their time in a local county jail, rather than a high security prison. Prosecutors can have great flexibility when it comes to deciding which crimes will be charged, how the offender will be punished and what types of plea bargains will be considered. Examples of misdemeanor offenses include petty theft, vandalism and reckless driving.

Felony Offenses

Felonies are more serious crimes that are typically punished by prison sentences of more than a year. Since the sentences are more severe, court room procedures are more strictly followed to ensure that the defendants’ rights are protected. Felony offenses include crimes that are looked down upon the most by society, such as burglary, rape, kidnapping and murder.

“Wobbler” Offenses

Unfortunately, there are also crimes that can fall into either category. This may depend on where the crime occurs, whether or not a weapon was involved, or even partly on the prosecutor’s discretion. The term “wobbler” isn’t really a legal term, but rather a colloquial term, due to the nature of the crime. Whether a specific crime is a wobbler or not depends on the state in which it occurs. Crimes that may qualify as wobblers in some states include spousal battery, sexual battery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Different Classes

In addition to being either misdemeanors or felonies, most states classify these two types of crimes even further. For example, one offense may be labeled a “Class A” misdemeanor, while a more serious crime might qualify as a “Class C” felony. The punishment meted out would depend on which class the offense in question falls under, which can vary from one state to another.

Punishments

– Fines. Certain misdemeanors are punished through a system of fines, according to what class the crime falls into. For example, a Class A misdemeanor might lead to a fine of up to $10,000 in one state, or significantly less in another. Felonies can also result in fines, but they are typically much larger.

– Jail. While a judge may decide that a particular misdemeanor does not warrant jail time, this is almost never the case with felonies. Jail terms for misdemeanors that do require incarceration are usually for less than one or two years. A felon can get anywhere from one year to life in prison, depending on the nature of the crime.

– Three-strikes laws. Currently, 28 states have three-strikes laws. These laws are designed to keep repeat felons off the streets. For example, an offender who is charged for the third time for assault and battery could end up serving 25 years in prison, or even life.

Conviction Effects

Regardless of whether a person is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, they will receive a permanent mark on their record that can cost them future employment opportunities and even some of their rights (such as the right to bear arms). While misdemeanors are less likely to affect one’s rights than felonies, it may become difficult to get the required licenses for certain types of employment. This is especially true if the crime in question is related to the offender’s chosen profession.

Expungement

Fortunately, it is possible to get criminal records sealed or erased, under certain circumstances. The expungement process varies from one state to another, but it’s the closest a qualifying offender might get to receiving a fresh start. It should be noted that while the process has successfully benefited both misdemeanor and felony offenders, it’s much easier to get an expungement if you are a non-violent, first-time offender with a misdemeanor offense.

Criminal charges, whether felony or misdemeanor, can create a number of difficulties in your life. Hiring an attorney is one of the best ways to reduce this negative impact, while helping you better understand the case against you and what your legal options are.

There are five classes of felony in the state of New York. Those classes are A, B, C, D, and E. Many states only use three or four classes and often reserve murder charges for a special class, making classification reduction difficult. The extra classes allow latitude in case adjudication for both sides of the charge. Class A is generally reserved for murder charges or treason, which is a rare criminal charge. Class A felonies are often taken to trial for a variety of reasons, including charge severity and the potential for acquittal. Class B is normally reserved for homicide and other forms of violent crime, but can include drug trafficking when huge amounts of controlled substances are confiscated. Class C is actually the most common level of felony charge, even when the material case evidence may not support the state prosecutor’s classification. This means the prosecutor can bargain down and still not receive much criticism for being “soft on crime” or some other public response. Class D and E felony charges are the lowest range of felonies, usually applied in cases where the criminal activity is not malicious in nature but are technically in the felony category. This is the level where many Class C felony charges are finally prosecuted or bargained for settlement. Our criminal lawyers can help with all of these felony classes.

Felonies are clearly the legal situations that everyone wants to avoid. The problem is that there are five different levels of felony charges in New York state, which can create confusion. It also creates a legal possibility for amending the charges within the classes. Always remember that the state prosecutes felony charges and the municipality prosecutes misdemeanors. Felonies are prosecuted much more vigorously because the community wants the state to maintain a grip on serious criminal activity in one of the leading states in the union, with one the world’s most vibrant cities in New York City. State prosecutors mean business. However, prosecutors have the authority to reduce any felony by one level using their own discretion, and then even further if a criminal attorney can present your case in negotiating a settlement in a manner that cast reasonable doubt on criminal activity by the defendant.


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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