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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.

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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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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.

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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 Qualifies as a Violent Felony in New York? Consequences

What Qualifies as a Violent Felony in New York? Consequences

In New York state, violent felonies are defined as certain serious offenses that involve the use or threat of physical force. These crimes carry strict penalties and can have long-lasting impacts on someone’s life.

What Crimes Are Considered Violent Felonies?

The following crimes are classified as violent felonies in New York:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape and criminal sexual acts
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Assault charges like assault with a weapon or assault causing serious injury
  • Gang assault
  • Terrorism
  • Hate crimes

Some drug charges may also be considered violent felonies, such as selling large quantities of drugs near a school.

Consequences of a Violent Felony Conviction

Being convicted of a violent felony in New York can change the entire course of someone’s life. Here are some of the possible consequences:

Long Prison Sentences

Violent felonies carry lengthy prison sentences – typically at least 4-25 years in state prison for a single offense. Those with an extensive criminal history may face even longer sentences through enhanced penalty statutes.

Persistent Violent Felony Offender Status

If someone is convicted of 2+ violent felonies in New York over the course of their criminal history, they face sentencing as a “Persistent Violent Felony Offender.” This subjects them to very severe sentencing guidelines, including potential life imprisonment.

Parole Supervision

In addition to prison time, most people convicted of violent felonies face a term of post-release supervision similar to parole when they are released from prison. This involves strict monitoring by a parole officer for years.

Loss of Rights/Privileges

A violent felony conviction leads to losing certain rights and privileges, sometimes permanently. This can include:

  • Gun ownership rights – Federal and state law prohibit gun ownership after a felony.
  • Voting rights – People in prison on a felony lose the ability to vote and must go through a process to get rights restored.
  • Employment issues – It becomes very difficult to find a job. Most applications require disclosing convictions.
  • Housing issues – Public housing and private landlords often deny housing to felons.
  • Immigration issues – If the person is not a U.S. citizen, they face deportation after completing the prison sentence.

Sex Offender Registration

Those convicted of certain violent sex offenses have to register on the sex offender registry. This requires regular reporting and places major restrictions on residency and activities.

Defense Against Violent Felony Charges

The severe penalties for violent felonies make it critical to mount an aggressive legal defense when facing charges. Strategies may include:

  • Challenging the validity of arrests and evidence
  • Contesting witness accounts
  • Using expert testimony to argue self-defense/mental state
  • Seeking dismissal of charges due to procedural errors
  • Negotiating reduced charges through plea agreements

Given what is at stake, securing experienced criminal defense counsel is extremely important when facing violent felony allegations. The code of laws is complex, but an attorney can help navigate the system and work toward the best possible outcome.

If you or a loved one have been accused of a violent felony crime in New York, don’t delay seeking legal help. The sooner an attorney can get involved, the better positioned they will be to protect rights and liberties moving forward.


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