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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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Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.

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.

Who Needs a 601 or Extreme Hardship Waiver?

Who Needs a 601 or Extreme Hardship Waiver?

A 601 waiver, also known as an “extreme hardship waiver”, allows certain immigrants to obtain a green card or other immigration benefit despite being inadmissible to the United States. The waiver forgives prior immigration violations if the applicant can prove that denial of the benefit would cause “extreme hardship” to a qualifying U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relative.

Who Qualifies for a 601 Waiver?

To qualify for a 601 waiver, you must:

  • Have a spouse, parent, or child who is a U.S. citizen or green card holder
  • Be otherwise eligible for a green card or other immigration benefit (such as a nonimmigrant visa)
  • Be inadmissible to the U.S. for a waivable ground, such as prior immigration violations or fraud
  • Prove that denial of the benefit would cause extreme hardship to your qualifying relative

Common situations where a 601 waiver may help:

  • You entered the U.S. illegally and now want a green card through a family member or employer. The 601 waiver forgives your “unlawful presence” bars under INA 212(a)(9)(B).
  • You lied on a prior visa application. The 601 waiver forgives your inadmissibility for fraud/misrepresentation under INA 212(a)(6)(C).
  • You have a criminal record that makes you inadmissible. The 601 waiver forgives certain criminal grounds under INA 212(a)(2).

Note that some grounds of inadmissibility can NOT be waived with a 601, such as security and terrorism concerns.

How to Prove Extreme Hardship

The main requirement for a 601 waiver is to prove that your U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative will suffer “extreme hardship” if you are denied the green card or other immigration benefit. Extreme hardship is determined on a case-by-case basis.

According to USCIS policy, common hardship situations are NOT enough, such as:

  • Economic disadvantage
  • Loss of current employment
  • Inability to pursue chosen profession
  • Separation from family members

To prove extreme hardship, your case should go beyond these common results. Factors that help prove extreme hardship include:

  • Health conditions requiring specialized, ongoing treatment, especially if adequate care is not available in your home country
  • Financial dependence on you as the primary provider, if your absence would cause loss of home, assets, or ability to meet basic needs
  • Special family obligations that your relative would struggle to fulfill without you, such as caring for elderly parents or children with special needs
  • Cultural assimilation considerations for a qualifying relative who has spent most of their formative years in the U.S.

It also helps to submit evidence like doctor letters, bank records, mortgage statements, and affidavits from people familiar with your situation. Describe in detail how your relative would be impacted in multiple aspects of life.

Filing the 601 Waiver

The 601 waiver application is filed on Form I-601. You’ll need to include:

  • Your biographic information
  • Details on your immigration situation
  • A statement explaining the extreme hardship your relative would face
  • Supporting evidence and documentation

Processing times for 601 waivers vary widely, from a few months to over a year. Approval rates also vary based on individual circumstances. Using an experienced immigration attorney can help ensure you submit a strong application.

A “provisional waiver”, filed on Form I-601A, is also available in some cases. This allows certain applicants who are already in the U.S. to complete much of the waiver process before leaving the country for visa interviews.

Whether you pursue a regular or provisional 601 waiver, highlighting your qualifying relative’s extreme hardship is key. With compelling documentation and legal support, even applicants with significant prior immigration violations can gain approval.

For more help on extreme hardship waivers, see the following attorney resources:

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