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People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

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.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

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

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Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

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Meet Todd Spodek


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.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

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.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

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We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

How Do Record Sealing Laws Work in New York City?

How Do Record Sealing Laws Work in New York City?

Getting a criminal record sealed in New York City can be a confusing process. This article provides an overview of how record sealing laws work, outlining eligibility requirements, the application process, and what happens after records are sealed.

Am I Eligible to Get My Criminal Record Sealed in NYC?

There are a few main requirements to get your criminal record sealed in New York City:

  • You must have no more than 2 convictions on your entire criminal record
  • At least 10 years must have passed since the most recent misdemeanor conviction
  • At least 5 years must have passed since the most recent felony conviction

Additionally, there are certain convictions that cannot be sealed, like violent felonies, sex offenses, and Class A felonies.

This table summarizes the eligibility timelines:

Conviction Type Waiting Period
Misdemeanors 10 years
Felonies 5 years

So if you meet these timeline requirements, and don’t have more than 2 total convictions, you may be eligible to apply.

What’s the Application Process Like?

The process for applying to seal your criminal record in NYC involves a few key steps:

  • Get copies of your rap sheet – This contains your full criminal history and is needed for the application.
  • Obtain certificate of disposition – This proves the outcome of each case.
  • Complete application – Fill out Form AOT-315.
  • File with court – Submit to the county where the convictions occurred.

There are usually fees involved with getting documentation and filing the application. For example, obtaining your rap sheet costs $95.The process can take 6-12 months before the court makes a final decision. Throughout the process, the court notifies relevant agencies and the District Attorney’s office, allowing them to object if desired.

What Happens After My Criminal Record Is Sealed?

If approved, getting your record sealed in NYC means:

  • Your criminal convictions will be hidden from most background checks
  • Most private employers cannot ask about or consider sealed convictions
  • You can legally deny the existence of the convictions (with a few exceptions)

However, sealed records can still be seen by law enforcement, court system, some government agencies, and a few other select institutions.

Additionally, while the convictions are hidden, the arrests associated with them will still show up on some background checks. But employers and others are not allowed to ask about dismissed or acquitted arrests.


For more information on sealing criminal records in NYC, check out these useful links:

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