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Faced 5+ Years in Prison

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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Challenging Unfair or Harsh Queens Criminal Sentences

Challenging Unfair or Harsh Criminal Sentences in Queens, New York

Being charged with a crime and facing potential jail time is an incredibly stressful and scary experience. Many people feel overwhelmed when trying to navigate the complex criminal justice system on their own. Fortunately, there are experienced Queens criminal defense attorneys who understand how to protect your rights and build the strongest possible defense for your case.

Getting the Facts on Your Charges and Potential Sentences

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime in Queens, the first step is to understand exactly what you are being charged with. The district attorney’s office will provide information on the specific charges, the relevant criminal statutes, and the potential penalties if convicted. This includes the minimum and maximum jail or prison sentences that could be imposed.

Many laws provide a wide range of sentences – for example 5 to 25 years in prison. The judge has significant discretion in determining what sentence to impose based on the facts and circumstances of each case. As such, it is critical to have an experienced Queens criminal lawyer assess your charges and advise you on the sentencing exposure and any options available to reduce the penalties.

Fighting Unfair or Excessive Sentences

There are several strategies criminal defense attorneys use to fight unfair or harsh sentences in Queens courts:

  • Plea negotiations – An experienced attorney can negotiate with the prosecution to get charges reduced or dismissed. This avoids the risk of trial and removes sentencing exposure for dropped charges.
  • Sentencing advocacy – Defense lawyers argue for leniency and present mitigating factors to convince the judge to impose the lowest possible sentence.
  • Appeals – Sentences can potentially be overturned or reduced if there were legal errors in the case or abuse of discretion by the sentencing judge.

In addition to these strategies, criminal defense lawyers in Queens use comprehensive pre-sentencing reports and expert testimony to advocate for fair punishment. The reports provide background on the defendant and emphasize factors like:

  • Minimal or no prior criminal history
  • Steady employment record
  • Family obligations like young children
  • Charitable works or military service
  • Mental health or addiction issues

Presenting this type of mitigating evidence can convince the judge to impose less than the maximum penalty allowed under the law. And in cases where an unfairly long sentence is still imposed, appeals lawyers can fight to get the punishment reduced.

Post-Conviction Relief Options

If you have already been convicted and sentenced, there are still options to challenge an unfair or excessive criminal sentence in Queens County. Post-conviction relief strategies criminal defense lawyers pursue include:

  • Direct appeal – Claiming legal errors were made during plea bargaining, trial, or sentencing that justify reversing the conviction or reducing the sentence.
  • Habeas corpus petitions – Arguing that the sentence violates constitutional rights or that the defense lawyer provided ineffective assistance.
  • Clemency petitions – Requesting the Governor or State Parole Board grant a pardon or commute an unfair sentence.

An experienced post-conviction relief attorney can evaluate which strategies give you the best chance at overturning an unlawful conviction or getting a harsh Queens sentence reduced. Time is of the essence, so contact a lawyer immediately after sentencing to discuss your options.

Finding an Aggressive Queens Criminal Defense Lawyer

The single most important step in fighting criminal charges and avoiding unfair sentences in Queens is retaining an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney. Look for lawyers with a proven track record of getting charges dismissed pre-trial. Also confirm they have substantial experience arguing for fair sentences and appealing excessive punishments.

Trusted law firms like My Firm have successfully challenged unlawful or harsh sentences across various types of criminal cases. We fight tirelessly to protect our clients’ rights and liberties when the stakes are highest. Contact our Queens office today to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about how we can help fight for justice in your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of sentences can I challenge in Queens?

You can challenge any criminal sentence that seems unfair, excessive, or illegal compared to sentences typically imposed for similar offenses. Common issues include failing to properly apply sentencing guidelines, inadequate consideration of mitigating factors, constitutional rights violations, and ineffective assistance of counsel.

What if I already appealed the sentence and lost?

Even after losing a direct appeal, there may still be grounds to challenge the conviction or sentence through habeas corpus petitions, post-conviction motions, clemency requests, and other strategies. An experienced post-conviction relief attorney can advise if further options are available.

How much time do I have to challenge my sentence?

Time limitations apply for most post-conviction challenges, so you must act quickly. In New York, you typically have just 30 days after sentencing to file your notice of appeal. Other post-conviction motions have filing deadlines as short as one year. Meet with an attorney right away to avoid losing your right to fight an unlawful or excessive sentence.

For more information on criminal defense strategies or to schedule a free consultation with an attorney, contact My Firm today. We have extensive experience fighting for fair justice in Queens courtrooms and beyond.

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