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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.

Faced Potential Charges

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

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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.

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What is a Crime of Moral Turpitude Deportation?

What is a Crime of Moral Turpitude Deportation?

If you’re not a U.S. citizen, committing a crime of moral turpitude can get you deported. This basically means your crime was bad enough that the government sees you as morally questionable. But what exactly is a crime of moral turpitude? And how does it lead to deportation?

Defining Moral Turpitude

There’s no standard legal definition, but crimes of moral turpitude are generally those that:

  • Are done intentionally
  • Involve some kind of evil intent or depravity
  • Shock society’s moral conscience

Common examples include fraud, theft, and sex crimes. DUI or minor assault probably wouldn’t count. Basically if your crime was really bad, it could be a crime of moral turpitude.

Facing Deportation

If you’re convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, the U.S. can deport you in two main cases:

  1. Committed within 5 years of admission – If your crime happened within the first 5 years after you were legally admitted to the U.S., you can be deported no matter the sentence.
  2. Sentenced to a year or more – If your crime happened after 5 years of admission, you can still be deported if you were sentenced to a year or more in prison (even if the sentence was suspended).

There are a few exceptions, like if you’ve been a legal permanent resident for over 10 years. But generally moral turpitude + conviction = possible deportation.

The Process

If convicted of a qualifying crime, ICE starts removal proceedings in immigration court. You’ll have to prove you deserve to stay despite the crime. This involves showing positive factors like:

  • Longtime lawful residence
  • Family ties in the U.S.
  • History of employment
  • Rehabilitation efforts
Positive Factors Negative Factors
Longtime lawful resident Serious criminal record
Close family in the U.S. Other immigration violations
History of steady employment Lack of rehabilitation

If the positives outweigh the negatives, you may get to stay. But it’s a tough process with no guarantees. Having an experienced immigration lawyer is crucial.

Seeking a Waiver

Another option is to apply for a waiver before your conviction, essentially asking the government to forgive the deportation consequences. There are different kinds of waivers available depending on your specific case. Common options include:

  • 212(h) waiver – Requires showing extreme hardship to family if deported
  • Cancellation of removal – Requires meeting strict good moral character standards
  • INA § 212(c) – Allows waiving crimes from pre-1996, requires balancing positive and negative factors

The requirements for these waivers are complex. And even if you qualify, approval is still discretionary for the government. So having an attorney well-versed in deportation waivers is extremely helpful.


The bottom line is that crimes of moral turpitude often trigger deportation proceedings. The specifics get complicated fast with things like qualifying crimes, exceptions, and waivers. If you’re a non-citizen facing criminal charges, consult an attorney right away to understand the potential immigration consequences. An experienced lawyer can help build the strongest case to fight deportation and keep your life in the U.S.


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