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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.

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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What is the Best Defense Strategy for Forgery Charges in NYC?

Being charged with forgery in New York City can be an overwhelming and scary experience. As experienced NYC defense attorneys, we understand the confusion and anxiety you may be facing. This guide breaks down key strategies and best practices for building an effective legal defense to forgery accusations.

Understanding the Charges

In New York, forgery refers to the crime of falsifying a document, signature, money, or other written instrument with the intent to defraud or harm others . There are two main categories:

  • Criminal possession of a forged instrument: Knowingly possessing or uttering (attempting to pass) a forged document, check, license, etc. This is a Class D felony.
  • Forgery in the second degree: Actually creating or altering a false written instrument with intent to defraud. This is a Class D felony.

Potential penalties increase to forgery in the first degree for forging deeds, wills, public records, or other high-value instruments.Understanding exactly what you have been charged with is critical for mounting an informed, targeted defense. An experienced NYC criminal defense lawyer can carefully analyze the accusations and evidence.

Gathering Evidence and Documents

A key first step is compiling all relevant documentation related to the accusations:

  • Obtain the full criminal complaint/police report: This outlines the DA’s exact allegations and what evidence they currently have.
  • Secure originals and copies of any documents in question: Such as checks, contracts, IDs. Compare to the forged versions.
  • Subpoena bank/financial records if relevant: Show paper trails and transactions.
  • Collect text/email/online communications with co-defendants or witnesses.
  • Document any duress or coercion: If applicable, evidence showing you were forced or coerced into the crime.

Thoroughly examining all physical and digital evidence allows us to spot inconsistencies, prepare detailed timelines/sequences of events, and ultimately undermine the DA’s arguments.

Assessing Defenses: Common Strategies

Every forgery case has unique circumstances, but some of the most common defense strategies we employ include:

1. Challenging intent and knowledge

  • One central component of forgery charges is intent to defraud or harm others. Without this, there is no crime.
  • We can argue you lacked knowledge it was forged or the full scope of usage. i.e. someone else created documents without your awareness.

2. Contesting authorship

  • Often we can demonstrate reasonable doubt whether you actually authored or possessed the forged instrument.
  • Handwriting analysis, fingerprints, metadata, timing issues, and computer/device usage logs help undermine authorship arguments.

3. Duress and coercion

  • In some cases, defendants are forced or coerced by abusive partners, family members, or predatory scam groups into forgery activities.
  • This can constitute a full defense negating criminal liability. The key is providing sufficient documentation and testimony regarding the coercion.

4. Plea bargains

The best defense depends on your unique situation. An experienced attorney guides you in identifying and executing the optimal strategies.

Selecting the Right NYC Forgery Lawyer

Choosing the right legal defense team is critical for forgery cases in New York’s complex criminal justice system. Key credentials to seek in a defense lawyer include:

  • Decades handling NYC forgery cases specifically: Deep familiarity with NY courts, judges, prosecutors.
  • Past wins beating forgery accusations: Proven record with dismissal motions, trials, appeals.
  • Elite trial lawyers: Skill/experience taking complex cases to trial when beneficial. Many lawyers always recommend quick plea deals.
  • Investigation resources: Retaining top private investigators to dig into the facts.
  • Negotiation skills: Forging relationships with DAs/prosecutors to secure advantageous pleas when warranted.

Additionally, choose a lawyer you feel comfortable with and can be honest with regarding all case details. This transparency allows them to build the best defense.

Next Steps If Facing Forgery Charges

Being arrested or charged with forgery in New York City elicits shock, anxiety, and often paralysis. However, with an experienced criminal defense attorney guiding you, even severe accusations can be overcome. Key next steps include:

  • Remain silent with law enforcement. Exercise your right to avoid self-incrimination.
  • Secure experienced legal representation immediately. Early intervention is crucial.
  • Follow your lawyer’s counsel precisely throughout the process. Trust their expertise.
  • Proactively gather exculpatory evidence. Do not wait to begin building your defense.
  • Prepare for a lengthy battle. Expect a marathon, not a sprint. Patience is key.

While terrifying initially, a methodical legal strategy leveraging an elite NYC forgery defense lawyer’s experience can ultimately beat your charges. We are here to help.


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