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Best Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers: Your Ultimate Guide to Top Legal Representation

Spodek Law Group, based out of NYC and Los Angeles, is one of the premier criminal defense law firms in Los Angeles. At Spodek Law Group, we understand how scary it can be to navigate the complex world of criminal laws in Los Angeles. Whether you, or a loved one is facing charges, it’s very important to understand the California legal system. You MUST know your rights as someone accused of committing a crime. If you’re on this website – it’s because you need the best Los Angeles criminal defense law firm possible.  Our goal at Spodek Law Group is to provide you with an overview of the law in Los Angeles, and how our experienced criminal attorneys in Los Angeles can help protect your freedom and future.

What is Criminal Law?

Basically, criminal law deals with criminal offenses – this section of the law deals with the charging of suspected criminals, and the penalties that applies to anyone who is accused of committing a crime. In other words, criminal law has to do with the set of rules and regulations that govern what is a crime, how criminals are arrested and prosecuted, and what punishments they may face if convicted in California. 

In Los Angeles, as in the rest of California, criminal offenses are defined by state law in the California Penal Code. This document, first enacted in 1872, lists out all the various acts that are considered crimes, and it organizes them into different categories like crimes against persons, crimes against property, drug crimes, and white collar crimes.

Categories of Crimes in California

Under California law, criminal offenses are divided into three main categories based on their seriousness: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies.


Infractions are the least serious type of criminal offenses in Los Angeles. Infractions in California are punishable by a fine only, with no jail time. Common examples of infractions in Los Angeles include violations like speeding or running a stop sign. In most cases, infractions do not entitle you to a jury trial at all. 

Misdemeanor Crimes in Los Angeles

Misdemeanor crimes in California are more serious than infractions, but less serious than felonies. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or a fine, usually not exceeding a few thousand dollars. Examples of misdemeanors in California include petty theft, simple assault, DUI, and trespassing. With a misdemeanor offense in California, you are entitled to a jury trial, and legal representation. If you cannot afford a criminal lawyer, you are going to be given one by the courts. 

Felony Crimes in Los Angeles

Felonies in Los Angeles are one the most serious type of crime. Punishments  for felonies in California can include high fines, and prison sentences, ranging from a year to life, or even the death penalty in some cases. Murder, rape, robbery, and the sale of illegal drugs are all examples of felony offenses. If you are accused of a felony in the state of California, it is very important that you have a top rated Los Angeles criminal defense attorney on your side. Some crimes, known as “wobblers,” can be charged by Prosecutors as either a misdemeanor, or a felony, – it all depends on the specifics of the case and your criminal history. Our criminal lawyers can work with prosecutors to have wobbler charges reduced to a misdemeanor – our goal is to get you the best outcomes possible – regardless of what that looks like, or what we have to do.

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
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.
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Brendan huisman
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
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
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
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!
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Anthony Williams
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Loveth Okpedo
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Bee L
Bee L
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divesh patel
divesh patel
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.

The Criminal Justice Process in Los Angeles

If you are suspected of committing a crime in Los Angeles, here’s a general breakdown of the criminal defense process:

  1. Arrest: If the police have probable cause to believe you committed a crime, it’s likely you will be arrested and taken into custody. This can be a scary experience. During this process you should exercise your right to remain silent and ask for an attorney.
  2. Booking: After you’re arrested by the police officers, you will be booked at the closest local police station to you. The booking process when you’re arrested involves taking your photograph, and fingerprints, and recording your personal information.
  3. Arraignment: This is your first appearance in court. During this process, the charges against you will be read infront of a judge – and you will enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Bail may also be set at this hearing by the judge. 
  4. Preliminary Hearing (felonies only): The preliminary hearing is where the judge will decide if there is enough evidence for your case to go to trial. We recommend that you hire a criminal defense lawyer at Spodek Law Group – who can cross-examine witnesses and challenge evidence at this stage.
  5. Pretrial Proceedings: Before your trial starts, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys will review the evidence, file motions, and possibly negotiate with the prosecutor for a plea bargain to reduce the charges or sentence.
  6. Trial: If your case is not resolved with a plea deal, it will go to full blown trial. The state prosecutor assigned to your case has to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. At this stage of the case, have the right to a jury trial where 12 jurors must unanimously agree on a verdict convicting you of the crime. 
  7. Sentencing: If you are found guilty of a crime in Los Angeles, the judge who is assigned to your criminal case will impose a sentence based on the crime, and your criminal history. At this stage, of the case, our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers will argue for a lenient sentence.
  8. Appeals: If you believe errors were made in your case, our criminal attorneys in Los Angeles can file an appeal to a higher court to review the decision.

Throughout the legal process, it is very important to have a criminal defense attorney who can advise you you of your rights, building your criminal defense, and advocating for you. Going up against the prosecution on your own, or with a public defender, is never advisable.

Common Criminal Charges We Handle in California

At Spodek Law Group, our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies in the state of California. Some of the most common criminal charges we see include, but are not limited to:


Driving under the influence of alcohol, or drugs, is a criminal offense that can lead to jail time, large fines, license suspension, and other penalties. We can challenge all aspects of the DUI in Los Angeles incident, such as the traffic stop, the field sobriety and blood tests, and negotiate for reduced charges. (more info here: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/handbook/california-driver-handbook/alcohol-and-drugs/)

Drug Crimes

California state has some of the strictest drug laws in the nation. Regardless of whether you are accused of simple possession, or large-scale drug trafficking, you need a Los Angeles criminal attorney who understands the complexities of drug cases in California and can build a strong defense.

Theft Crimes

Theft crimes like shoplifting, burglary, and grand theft auto, in California often carry significant penalties. Our criminal lawyers can negotiate for alternative sentences, like restitution and community service instead of jail.

Violent Crimes

Accusations of violent crimes like assault, battery, and domestic violence can ruin your reputation, and your future in California, and the overall USA. We will investigate the allegations and build a compelling case for your innocence or mitigation.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes like fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering are aggressively prosecuted in Los Angeles. We have the knowledge and resources to handle complex federal cases nationwide. No matter what type of white collar criminal charges you are facing, we will treat you with the respect and discretion you deserve while tenaciously fighting for your rights and your freedom.

Why Choose Spodek Law Group To Help?

When your life and liberty are on the line, you need the best Los Angeles criminal defense representation you can find. Here are just a few reasons why clients choose us:

  • Experience: Our criminal lawyers in Los Angeles have decades of combined experience handling thousands of criminal cases in Los Angeles and across California. We know the law, the system, and the most effective defense strategies to win your case.
  • Reputation: We have a proven track record of success, and are highly respected by judges, prosecutors, and other lawyers. They know we don’t back down from a fight.
  • Dedication: We treat every client like our only client. We will be by your side every step of the way, working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
  • Accessibility: We are available 24/7 to take your call and answer your questions. We will keep you informed of all developments in your case and promptly return all messages.
  • Affordability: We offer reasonable fees and payment plans so you can get the top-quality defense you need and deserve. The initial consultation is always free.

Why You NEED a Top Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer On Your Side

At Spodek Law Group, we’ve been defending clients for DECADES. Our battle-tested attorneys have seen every trick and tactic in the book. We know how to counter them and fight tirelessly for your rights. Choosing us could mean the difference between your freedom and imprisonment.

1. Navigating the Complex Legal System

The criminal justice system in California is very confusing – it’s a maze of laws, procedures, and paperwork. It’s designed to be difficult for the average person to understand. It’s one of the reasons why you’re eligible for a public defender – because handling the legal process alone is impossible.

Stage Key Actions
Arrest Protect your rights, arrange bail
Arraignment Enter plea, argue for dismissal
Pre-Trial Gather evidence, negotiate plea deals
Trial Present your case, cross-examine witnesses
Sentencing Argue for minimum penalties
Appeal Challenge verdict or sentence

At every step, your Los Angeles criminal lawyer is working to get you the best possible outcome. Without one, you’re at the mercy of the system.

2. Protecting Your Rights in California Courts – We Can Help

Police and prosecutors have one goal – to convict you of a crime; any crime they can. They are not afraid of using tactics that violate your constitutional rights:

  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Failure to read Miranda rights
  • Coerced confessions
  • Withholding evidence

An experienced criminal lawyer at Spodek Law Group will spot these violations by the prosecutors, and use them to get evidence thrown out or your case dismissed. We’ve won HUNDREDS of cases on technicalities the average person would miss.

For example, let’s say the police pulled you over and found drugs in your car. But — what if they didn’t have probable cause for the stop? Or they searched your car without a warrant or consent? These are examples of illegal searches and ANY evidence found would be inadmissible.Without a lawyer to raise these issues, you could end up wrongfully convicted. Your rights are precious – don’t let them be trampled on.

3. Investigating Your Case

Winning your case will require more than just showing up to court. It takes investigation and preparation. A skilled Los Angeles criminal attorney will:

  • Gather evidence and documents
  • Interview witnesses
  • Hire expert witnesses if needed
  • Research case law and statutes
  • Develop a custom defense strategy

We leave no stones unturned when building your defense. We’ll look at police reports, surveillance footage, forensic evidence, and more to find holes in the prosecution’s case. If there are witnesses that help tell your side of the story, we’ll make sure their voices are heard.

4. Negotiating with Prosecutors

Did you know that over 90% of criminal cases end in a plea bargain? That means negotiation skills are CRITICAL for a defense attorney.

A good criminal lawyer can often get charges reduced, or dismissed, without ever going to trial. Our law firm has a reputation for being tough negotiators. Prosecutors know not to low-ball us or expect us to roll over. Our Los Angeles criminal lawyers have secured generous plea deals for clients which minimized jail time, and preserved their future.

5. Guiding You Through Tough Decisions

Our criminal lawyers have guided THOUSANDS of clients through these tough choices.Ultimately, the decision is yours. But you don’t have to make it alone. We’ll make sure you understand the risks and potential outcomes so you can make an informed choice. And we’ll support you every step of the way.

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