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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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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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The Queens Sentencing Process and What to Expect

The Queen’s Sentencing Process and What to Expect

Being charged with a crime and facing the Queen’s sentencing process can be an incredibly stressful and confusing time. This article provides an overview of what to expect at each stage of the process so you can prepare yourself and understand your rights.

Arrest and Charging

If the police believe you have committed a crime, they have the power to arrest you. At the police station, they will likely take your fingerprints, photograph you, and seize any personal items you have with you. You may also be placed in a holding cell temporarily.

After arrest, the police formally charge you. The charges outline the specific crimes they believe you committed. At this point, you will usually be given police bail, allowing your release until your first court appearance. However, for serious crimes, you may be held in custody.

First Appearance

Your first appearance is your first opportunity to enter a plea before the court. At this hearing:

  • The charges against you will be read
  • You can enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or reserve your plea
  • Your bail status may be reviewed
  • A date can be set for further appearances

It’s highly recommended you have a criminal defense lawyer present to advise you at this stage.

Bail Application

If police bail was denied or is unsuitable, your lawyer can make a bail application to the court. They will argue why you should be granted bail under your circumstances.

Bail conditions may include:

  • Payment of a security deposit
  • Agreement to surrender travel documents
  • Curfews
  • Reporting to police

Breaching any of the bail conditions can lead to arrest and custody.


At any point, you can enter one of three pleas:

  1. Guilty – You admit guilt and proceed straight to sentencing
  2. Not Guilty – Claims innocence and the case proceeds to a defended hearing or trial
  3. No Plea – You reserve your plea for a later date

Your defense lawyer will advise which plea is best aligned with your legal rights and defense case.

Defended Hearings

If pleading not guilty, your case will be set down for a defended hearing or trial. This is your opportunity to argue innocence before a magistrate or judge.

Your lawyer will thoroughly prepare your defense case by:

  • Identifying weaknesses in the prosecution case
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Gathering evidence to support your innocence claim
  • Making submissions arguing why charges should be dismissed

If the defenses raised are unsuccessful, you can change your plea to guilty prior to a final verdict. This may qualify you for a sentencing discount.

Sentencing Submissions

If found or pleading guilty, your lawyer will make sentencing submissions arguing why you deserve leniency. This may involve submitting:

  • Character references
  • Medical reports
  • Psychological assessments
  • Details of rehabilitation efforts
  • Community work
  • Charity involvement

These aim to demonstrate your otherwise good character and why imprisonment may be excessive punishment.


Based on your charges and submissions made in court, the magistrate or judge decides your penalty. Common sentences include:

  • Prison time
  • Home detention
  • Community service
  • Good behaviour bonds
  • Fines

Your lawyer will advise on the likely sentence range you face under law. They can argue why one penalty should be preferred over others.


If you believe the court process or sentencing was unfair or faulty, you can lodge an appeal with a higher court. Your lawyer will identify possible appeal grounds like:

  • Errors of fact
  • Errors of law
  • Unreasonable verdict
  • Excessive sentence

Appeals must be filed within strict deadlines so prompt legal advice is essential.

Going through the criminal justice system can be incredibly daunting. Having an experienced Queens criminal defense lawyer to advise you at every stage is strongly recommended. They understand the complex processes involved and will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible case outcome under the circumstances.


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