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Finding an Aggressive Female Criminal Defense Attorney in New York

March 21, 2024

Finding an Aggressive Female Criminal Defense Attorney in New York

If you’ve been charged with a crime in New York, finding the right criminal defense attorney is crucial. As a woman, you may want to consider hiring an aggressive female lawyer who can understand and advocate for you. Here’s what to look for and why it matters.

Why Hire a Female Criminal Defense Lawyer?

While there are great male criminal defense attorneys, a female lawyer may offer some advantages:

  • Better understanding of issues unique to women – Things like domestic violence, sexual assault, pregnancy, and childcare can impact your case. A female lawyer is more likely to understand.
  • Increased comfort level – You may feel more comfortable sharing personal or sensitive details about your case with another woman.
  • Ability to challenge gender bias – Female lawyers can call out explicit or implicit gender bias in the legal system.

Bottom line, a female criminal defense attorney can bring a woman’s perspective to understanding and fighting your case.

Why You Want an Aggressive Lawyer

Being charged with a crime is scary. The stakes are high. You need someone who will fight aggressively for you, including:

  • Thorough investigation – Digging into the facts and finding holes in the prosecution’s case.
  • Assertive motions – Filing motions to get evidence thrown out or charges dismissed.
  • Forceful negotiation – Pushing for reduced charges or a favorable plea bargain.
  • Fierce litigation – Taking your case to trial and aggressively cross-examining witnesses.

Passivity could lead to a conviction. You want a bold lawyer who will leave no stone unturned in defending you.

How to Find the Right Lawyer

Here are tips for finding an aggressive female criminal defense lawyer in New York:

  1. Search lawyer directories like Martindale and Lawyers.com – Filter by gender, practice area, and location.
  2. Check ratings on Avvo – Look for high scores (9.0-10) as a sign of quality.
  3. Search female lawyer associations – Such as the New York Women’s Bar Association.
  4. Ask for referrals from trusted lawyers – Well-connected attorneys may recommend someone ideal.
  5. Research lawyer bios and experience – Look for years handling criminal cases, trial experience, and credentials.
  6. Schedule consultations – Meet in person to assess passion, personality, and confidence.

Take time to vet a few candidates before deciding – this is a crucial choice.

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
2024-03-21
Just had my Divorce case settled 2 months ago after having a horrible experience with another firm. I couldn’t be happier with Claire Banks and Elizabeth Garvey with their outstanding professionalism in doing so with Spodek Law Group. Any time I needed questions answered they were always prompt in doing so with all my uncertainties after 30 yrs of marriage.I feel from the bottom of my heart you will NOT be disappointed with either one. Thanks a million.
Brendan huisman
Brendan huisman
2024-03-18
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
Guerline Menard
Guerline Menard
2024-03-18
Thanks again Spodek law firm, particularly Esq Claire Banks who stood right there with us up to the finish line. Attached photos taken right outside of the court building and the smile on our faces represented victory, a breath of fresh air and satisfaction. We are very happy that this is over and we can move on with our lives. Thanks Spodek law 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️
Keisha Parris
Keisha Parris
2024-03-15
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko Beauty
Taïko Beauty
2024-03-15
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence. Thank you team!
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
2024-03-12
Hey, how you guys doing? Good afternoon my name is Anthony Williams I just want to give a great shout out to the team of. Spodek law group. It is such a honor to use them and to use their assistance through this whole case from start to finish. They did everything that they said they was gonna do and if it ever comes down to it, if I ever have to use them again, hands-down they will be the first law office at the top of my list, thank you guys so much. It was a pleasure having you guys by my side so if you guys ever need them, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give them a call.
Loveth Okpedo
Loveth Okpedo
2024-03-12
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
2024-02-28
Amazing experience with Spodek! Very professional lawyers who take your case seriously. They treated me with respect, were always available, and answered any and all questions. They were able to help me very successfully and removed a huge stress. Highly recommend.
divesh patel
divesh patel
2024-02-24
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.

Questions to Ask Prospective Lawyers

To find the best fit, ask smart questions during consultations like:

  • How long have you been practicing criminal law? Experience matters.
  • What percentage of your caseload is criminal defense? Specialization is good.
  • Are you comfortable taking cases to trial? You want a litigator.
  • How do you develop defense strategies? Look for creativity.
  • Have you handled cases similar to mine? Relevant experience helps.
  • Will you personally handle my case or hand it off? Continuity matters.
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of my case? Gauge honesty.
  • What are possible outcomes and strategies? Assess strategic thinking.
  • What are your fees and billing practices? Understand costs.

Use consultations to find someone knowledgeable, honest, and dedicated to defending you aggressively.

Warning Signs of a Bad Lawyer

Watch for red flags like:

  • Pushy sales tactics – High-pressure warnings are manipulative.
  • Vague answers – Good lawyers will clearly explain your case.
  • Lack of experience – Look for 7-10+ years handling criminal cases.
  • No clear strategy – Should have solid game plan for defense.
  • Overpromising – Guarantees of acquittals or dismissals are suspect.
  • Disorganization – Messy offices and frazzled staff are bad signs.
  • Bad online reviews – Check sites like Google, Yelp, Avvo.
  • Excessive fees – Should offer flat rates and payment plans.

Avoid lawyers with shady practices – they could do more harm than good.

Key Traits of a Great Lawyer

Look for these qualities:

  • Aggressive – Willing to fight relentlessly for you.
  • Confident – Believes strongly in defending you.
  • Compassionate – Cares about you and your case.
  • Creative – Develops innovative strategies and arguments.
  • Diligent – Will thoroughly investigate and prep your case.
  • Experienced – Has successfully handled many criminal trials.
  • Knowledgeable – Deep expertise in criminal law and procedure.
  • Organized – Meticulously manages case details.
  • Responsive – Quickly returns calls, emails, and texts.
  • Respected – Known as a top litigator by peers.

Prioritize passion, skill, and work ethic above all – your life may depend on it.

Understanding Your Charges and Possible Penalties

To mount the best defense, your lawyer needs to fully understand the charges against you and potential penalties if convicted. Here are some common NY charges:

  • Drug possession – Class A misdemeanor up to 1 year in jail.
  • Grand larceny – Class C felony up to 15 years in prison.
  • Assault – Class D violent felony up to 7 years in prison.
  • Robbery – Class B violent felony up to 25 years.
  • DUI – Misdemeanor up to 1 year in jail.

Make sure your lawyer knows your charges inside out. The stakes are high so choose wisely!

Building the Strongest Defense

An aggressive lawyer will scour for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and develop defense strategies like:

  • Suppressing evidence – Getting illegally obtained evidence thrown out.
  • Discrediting witnesses – Attacking credibility on cross-examination.
  • Self-defense claims – Arguing your actions protected yourself.
  • Alibi defenses – Proving you couldn’t have committed the crime.
  • Affirmative defenses – Justifying actions (insanity, duress, etc).
  • Plea bargains – Negotiating reduced charges for a guilty plea.

An adept lawyer knows how to exploit every opportunity to get charges dropped or reduced.

Preparing Strongly for Trial

Thorough preparation is key should your case go to trial. Your lawyer should:

  • Spend hundreds of hours reviewing evidence and planning.
  • Hire investigators to interview all witnesses.
  • Work extensively with you to prep testimony.
  • Research the judge and opposition to exploit weaknesses.
  • File motions challenging admissibility of prosecution evidence.
  • Assemble documents, exhibits, videos, and other evidence.
  • Line up expert witnesses to support your defense.
  • Prepare meticulous cross-examination of opposition witnesses.
  • Draft compelling opening and closing arguments.

Leaving no stone unturned pre-trial can make or break the outcome. Choose a lawyer who will outwork the opposition.

The Importance of Ongoing Communication

Your lawyer should communicate frequently to update you on strategy and developments including:

  • Case status updates.
  • Explanations of legal issues.
  • Plea bargain negotiations.
  • Preparations for court hearings.
  • Results of investigations.
  • Trial preparations.
  • Questions to clarify case details.
  • Return calls and emails ASAP.

Good communication ensures you understand and can participate in building your defense.

Getting the Best Possible Result

While a skilled lawyer can’t guarantee a specific outcome, an optimal result means:

  • Getting charges fully dismissed.
  • Charges reduced to lesser offenses.
  • Avoiding massive fines.
  • Avoiding long mandatory minimum sentences.
  • Avoiding sex offender registration.
  • Preserving a clean criminal record via deferred adjudication.
  • Minimizing impact on immigration status.
  • Allowing eligibility for parole or probation.

Even if a complete dismissal isn’t possible, mitigating penalties is a win.

Don’t Go It Alone – Hire a Lawyer You Trust

Being arrested for a crime is terrifying. The legal system is complex. Police and prosecutors wield immense power. For the best chance at preserving your freedom, career, family, and future, hire an aggressive female criminal defense lawyer you connect with and trust.

With meticulous preparation, relentless advocacy, and compassion for your situation, the right lawyer can get charges reduced or dismissed. Don’t leave your fate to chance – let a skilled litigator fight for the justice you deserve.

References

NY Penal Law 220.03

NY Penal Law 155.35

NY Penal Law 120.05

NY Penal Law 160.15

NY DUI Penalties

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