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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.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

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

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Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.

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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.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Queens

Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Queens

A criminal conviction can have severe and long-lasting immigration consequences for non-citizens living in the United States. This is especially true in a diverse area like Queens, New York where over 48% of the population is foreign-born.

If you are a non-citizen facing criminal charges in Queens, it is critical that you understand how a conviction may impact your immigration status. The type of crime, the specific statute you are charged under, and the length of the sentence can all affect whether you are deemed removable or inadmissible by immigration officials.

Grounds for Deportation

There are two main categories that can make a non-citizen deportable under immigration law: crimes involving moral turpitude and aggravated felonies. Some examples include:

  • Fraud
  • Theft
  • Assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug trafficking
  • Money laundering
  • Burglary
  • Tax evasion

If you are convicted of an aggravated felony, you are almost certain to face deportation. Other crimes may make you deportable if you are sentenced to one year or more in prison. Even some misdemeanors can carry immigration consequences.

Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

Crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMTs) is a broad category that refers to:

Conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals.

Some examples of CIMTs include fraud, theft, sex crimes, and crimes involving bodily harm. If you are convicted of one CIMT that resulted in a sentence of one year or longer, you may be found deportable. Two CIMT convictions arising from two separate incidents make you deportable, even if the sentences were less than one year.

Other Grounds of Deportability

You may also face removal proceedings if convicted of certain weapons, domestic violence, stalking, child abuse, or violation of protective order offenses. For example, purchase or possession of a firearm by an undocumented immigrant is a deportable offense.

Seeking Discretionary Relief

While the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction can be severe, an experienced immigration attorney may be able to help you fight deportation and remain in the country lawfully. Some of the most common forms of discretionary relief include:

  • Cancellation of removal – Available to lawful permanent residents (green card holders) who have resided continuously in the U.S. for at least 7 years.
  • 212(h) Waivers – Waives certain deportable offenses for spouses, parents and children of U.S. citizens or green card holders.
  • Asylum/Withholding of removal – May be granted if you fear persecution or torture in your home country.

An experienced Queens immigration lawyer can help assess your options and fight to keep you with your family in the United States.

Criminal Convictions and Naturalization

In most cases, you cannot obtain U.S. citizenship if you have a criminal record. Crimes involving moral turpitude, aggravated felonies, high misdemeanors, and multiple offenses will make you ineligible for naturalization. However, an attorney may still be able to help you get a waiver if your offense was minor and you can prove extreme hardship.

Consult a Queens Immigration Lawyer

As you can see, any criminal conviction or guilty plea can put your immigration status in jeopardy. Your entire future in the U.S. – and your ability to remain with your family – is at stake.

An experienced Queens immigration attorney can carefully assess your situation, defend your rights, and help mitigate the immigration consequences of a conviction. They can also guide you on steps to take that could help avoid deportation proceedings.

Don’t leave your immigration status to chance. Consult a qualified Queens immigration lawyer before pleading guilty or no contest to any criminal charges. An attorney may be able to get charges reduced or dismissed, devise an alternative plea, or start building your case for discretionary relief if you do face deportation. With expert legal help, you may be able to avoid or minimize the immigration consequences of a conviction.

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