Top Rated Criminal Lawyers NYC
Our law firm is considered one of NY’s most prestigious criminal defense law firms. We understand that every case is different, and comes with a different set of underlying circumstances. With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve handled virtually every single type of criminal defense case. Your future is important is important, and one of the first steps you can take is hiring a criminal attorney in NYC who has experience and reputation. We understand that this is a scary time for you and your family. When hiring our criminal defense attorneys, you should expect a criminal defense lawyer who has full knowledge of the law, and experience handling a wide array of charges you’re facing. Moreover, you can expect a criminal attorney who has experience in the court where the charges are being filed, in addition to having someone who is a skilled negotiator, and litigator, on your team. Not all criminal lawyers are equal. It’s important to find a criminal attorney who has practiced, and has experience handling similar cases. At Spodek Law Group, we practice in stat and federal courts of New York, and have handled a wide array of criminal charges. We are litigators with experience, and immense negotiation skills.
In addition, you should expect an attorney who has experience planning multiple scenarios, in order to help you evaluate your options, and risks. It means having an attorney will listen to your situation, and assess the various scenarios – understand the pros and cons, and properly assess the risk involved with each legal option. You should expect an attorney who communicates openly, and who provides you with copies of all records, and filings regarding your case. Moreover, it’s important you have an attorney who returns your calls in a reasonable time frame. You can expect our attorneys to keep all communications with you confidential, and to ensure you’re comfortable at all times.
Spodek Law Group can handle both state and federal crimes
New York’s criminal court is the court which deals with any and all criminal offenses, regardless of whether they are resultant from a desk appearance ticket, robbing a liquor store, or from an arrest. Criminal court only handles felony cases up to the indictment phase. After this, felony cases are tried before the New York Supreme Court. When you are charged with a felony, you will be judged by a grand jury rather than a judge. Traffic tickets and traffic violations are handled in traffic court rather than criminal court. Federal cases are handled in the federal court system. To have a federal case, you need to be charged with breaking federal law.
If you or a loved one has had a criminal charge leveled against you, then it’s important to get in contact with a New York attorney. Spodek Law Group is an experienced group of criminal attorneys who have been navigating the criminal justice system for more than forty years. They can assist in all manner of criminal charges: federal and state level charges, felonies and misdemeanors, first degree and other degrees of charges. An attorney will help you understand the charges against you, your options moving forward, and what the best defense for your case is.
The criminal justice process is fairly straightforward. After you are arrested for a crime, you will be processed. This is the point at which your arresting officer will file paperwork. You’ll also have your photo and fingerprints taken. The next step in the process is your arraignment, which is your first court appearance. Arraignment is the point at which you will hear the official charge or charges that have been leveled against you. This is also the point at which the judge will determine whether you should be released on recognizance, have a bail posted, or be held without bail until your trial.
You should contact an attorney as soon as you are arrested. Exercise your right to silence. Law enforcement officials are trained to get statements from suspects before they have had adequate legal representation. The prosecution and the law enforcement officials are not your friends; they are trying to charge you as heavily and concretely as possible.
Your attorney should be present at your arraignment. If they have any contest to the charges, this is the point at which they can argue your case. If you have a felony or multiple felonies leveled against you, a grand jury will be required to indict you. This means that the prosecution must provide enough evidence to create a reasonable suspicion that you might have committed a crime. Indictment evidence is different from conviction evidence; for a conviction, the prosecutor must prove that you were the perpetrator of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
After you are charged, there will be a series of hearings and motions. You will be required to appear in court at the specified dates. This process is the time during which you will have the ability to reach a plea agreement with the prosecution. Plea agreements usually involve a negotiation and compromise between the prosecution and the defense, and result in you pleading guilty to lesser charges.
If you choose not to reach a plea agreement or cannot reach a plea agreement, the case will proceed to trial. Felony cases will be tried at the Supreme Court before a grand jury. Misdemeanors will be tried before a judge. You must appear in court for every day of the trial. If you have been charged with a drug-related offense, you might also have the option of using an alternative sentencing program called New York Drug Court