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San Diego Criminal Defense Attorneys

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorneys: Your Advocates in Challenging Times

When you’re facing criminal charges in San Diego, your entire future hangs in the balance. The consequences of a conviction can be severe and long-lasting – from jail time and hefty fines to a permanent criminal record that impacts your career, housing, and personal relationships for years to come. In these high-stakes situations, having an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney in your corner can make all the difference.At Spodek Law Group, we understand how overwhelming and frightening it can be to navigate the criminal justice system. Our team of seasoned San Diego criminal defense lawyers has decades of combined experience fighting for the rights of the accused. We’ve successfully defended clients against a wide range of charges, from misdemeanors to serious felonies. With our strategic approach, aggressive advocacy, and in-depth knowledge of California criminal law, we give our clients the best possible chance at a positive outcome.In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about working with a San Diego criminal defense attorney. We’ll cover the types of cases we handle, key stages of the criminal process, potential defense strategies, and how to choose the right lawyer for your unique situation. Read on to learn how we can protect your rights and future when you’re facing criminal charges in San Diego.

Types of Criminal Cases We Handle in San Diego

At Spodek Law Group, our San Diego criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience defending clients against a wide variety of criminal charges. Some of the most common types of cases we handle include:


Driving under the influence is one of the most frequently charged crimes in San Diego. Even a first-time DUI can result in license suspension, fines, mandatory alcohol education classes, and possible jail time. We aggressively challenge DUI evidence and fight to minimize the consequences for our clients.

Drug Crimes

From simple possession to drug trafficking, we defend clients against all types of drug charges in San Diego. Our attorneys are well-versed in California’s complex drug laws and know how to effectively challenge illegal searches and seizures.

Violent Crimes

Assault, battery, domestic violence, and other violent offenses carry some of the harshest penalties in California. We provide a vigorous defense against these serious charges to protect our clients’ freedom and future.

Theft Crimes

Whether you’re facing petty theft, grand theft, burglary, or robbery charges, we’ll work tirelessly to defend your rights and reputation. We have a strong track record of getting theft charges reduced or dismissed for our clients.

Sex Crimes

Sex crime allegations can be devastating to your personal and professional life, even if you’re never convicted. Our attorneys provide discreet, aggressive representation to protect your rights and reputation.

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.
Brendan huisman
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!
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
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
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
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
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.

White Collar Crimes

From fraud and embezzlement to insider trading, we defend clients against complex white collar criminal charges at both the state and federal level. Our detail-oriented approach allows us to effectively challenge the prosecution’s evidence.

Federal Crimes

Federal charges require an attorney with specific experience in the federal court system. Our lawyers have extensive federal defense experience and know how to navigate these high-stakes cases.No matter what type of criminal charges you’re facing in San Diego, we have the knowledge, skills, and resources to mount an effective defense on your behalf. We’ll carefully analyze every aspect of your case to identify the best possible defense strategy.

Key Stages of the Criminal Process in San Diego

Understanding the criminal justice process is crucial when you’re facing charges. Here’s an overview of the key stages you can expect:

1. Arrest and Booking

The process begins when you’re arrested by law enforcement. You’ll be taken to the police station for booking, which involves taking your fingerprints and photograph. It’s critical to exercise your right to remain silent and request an attorney at this stage.

2. Arraignment

This is your first court appearance, where you’ll be formally charged and enter a plea (usually not guilty at this stage). Bail may also be set at the arraignment. Having an attorney represent you at arraignment can often result in more favorable bail terms.

3. Pre-Trial Proceedings

This stage involves various hearings and motions as your attorney and the prosecution prepare for trial. Your lawyer may file motions to suppress evidence, dismiss charges, or negotiate a plea bargain during this time.

4. Trial

If your case goes to trial, a jury will hear evidence from both sides and determine whether you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced trial attorney is crucial at this stage to present a compelling defense.

5. Sentencing

If you’re found guilty or accept a plea deal, the judge will determine your sentence based on California sentencing guidelines. Your attorney can argue for a more lenient sentence based on mitigating factors.

6. Appeals

If you’re convicted at trial, you may have grounds to appeal the verdict or sentence. Our attorneys can review your case for potential appeal issues.At every stage of this process, having a skilled San Diego criminal defense attorney by your side is invaluable. We’ll guide you through each step, protect your rights, and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.

Potential Defense Strategies in San Diego Criminal Cases

The specific defense strategy we employ will depend on the unique facts and circumstances of your case. However, some common defense approaches we may use include:

Challenging the Evidence

We’ll scrutinize all evidence against you for potential weaknesses or constitutional violations. This may involve challenging the legality of searches and seizures, questioning the reliability of witness testimony, or highlighting inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case.

Asserting Constitutional Violations

If law enforcement violated your constitutional rights during the arrest or investigation, we may be able to get key evidence suppressed or even have your case dismissed entirely.

Presenting Alibi Evidence

If you have evidence showing you were somewhere else when the alleged crime occurred, we’ll work to gather and present this alibi evidence to exonerate you.

Claiming Self-Defense

In cases involving violent charges, we may argue that you acted in legitimate self-defense if the facts support this claim.

Negotiating Plea Bargains

In some cases, negotiating a favorable plea deal may be in your best interests. We’re skilled negotiators who can often secure reduced charges or lighter sentences through plea bargaining.

Pursuing Alternative Sentencing Options

For certain offenses, we may be able to advocate for alternative sentencing like drug treatment programs or community service in lieu of jail time.Our San Diego criminal defense attorneys will thoroughly evaluate your case to determine the most effective defense strategy. We’ll explain all of your options and work closely with you to pursue the approach that best aligns with your goals.

How to Choose the Right San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

When your freedom and future are on the line, choosing the right criminal defense lawyer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Here are some key factors to consider:


Look for an attorney with extensive experience handling cases similar to yours in San Diego courts. At Spodek Law Group, our lawyers have decades of combined experience in criminal defense.

Track Record

Ask about the attorney’s track record of success in cases like yours. We’re proud of our long history of achieving positive outcomes for our clients.


Criminal defense often requires significant investigative work and expert testimony. Make sure the firm has the resources to build a strong defense. Our firm has a network of skilled investigators and expert witnesses we can call upon.


You want an attorney who will keep you informed and explain things clearly. We pride ourselves on maintaining open lines of communication with our clients throughout their case.

Personal Connection

You’ll be working closely with your attorney during a stressful time. It’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable with. We offer free consultations so you can get to know us before making a decision.


Research the attorney’s reputation in the legal community. Our firm is well-respected by judges, prosecutors, and peers in San Diego.Choosing the right attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. At Spodek Law Group, we have the experience, skills, and dedication to provide you with top-notch criminal defense representation in San Diego.

Why Choose Spodek Law Group for Your San Diego Criminal Defense

When you’re facing criminal charges in San Diego, you need a law firm that will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and future. Here’s why Spodek Law Group should be your first choice:

Experienced Team

Our attorneys have decades of combined experience in criminal defense. We’ve successfully handled thousands of cases in San Diego and throughout California.

Aggressive Advocacy

We’re not afraid to take on tough cases and go up against powerful prosecutors. We’ll fight aggressively for you at every stage of your case.

Personalized Attention

We limit our caseload to ensure each client receives the individual attention they deserve. You’ll work directly with your attorney, not be passed off to junior associates.

Strategic Approach

We take a methodical, strategic approach to each case, carefully analyzing all evidence and exploring every possible defense angle.

Strong Reputation

Our firm is well-respected in the San Diego legal community. This can be advantageous when negotiating with prosecutors or appearing before judges.

24/7 Availability

We know criminal charges don’t just happen during business hours. That’s why we’re available to our clients 24/7.

Free Consultation

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation so you can get to know us and discuss your case before making any decisions.When you choose Spodek Law Group, you’re not just getting a lawyer – you’re getting a dedicated team of legal professionals who will fight tirelessly for your rights and freedom. We understand what’s at stake, and we’ll do everything in our power to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.Don’t face criminal charges alone. Contact Spodek Law Group today at 212-300-5196 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney. Let us put our knowledge, skills, and resources to work for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About San Diego Criminal Defense

Here are answers to some common questions we receive about criminal defense in San Diego:

Q: Should I talk to the police if I’m arrested?

A: No. You have the right to remain silent, and you should exercise it. Politely decline to answer questions and request an attorney immediately.

Q: Can a criminal conviction be expunged from my record?

A: In many cases, yes. California law allows for expungement of certain convictions after completing your sentence. We can help you determine if you’re eligible and guide you through the process.

Q: How long will my criminal case take?

A: The timeline varies greatly depending on the complexity of your case and whether it goes to trial. Some cases resolve in a few months, while others may take a year or more.

Q: What’s the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

A: Felonies are more serious crimes punishable by over a year in state prison. Misdemeanors typically carry a maximum sentence of one year in county jail.

Q: Can you guarantee a specific outcome in my case?

A: No ethical attorney can guarantee a particular outcome in a criminal case. However, we can promise to fight vigorously for the best possible result based on the facts of your case.

Q: How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney?

A: Fees vary depending on the complexity of your case. We offer flexible payment plans and will discuss fees upfront during your free consultation.If you have additional questions about your San Diego criminal case, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to provide the information and guidance you need during this challenging time.

Conclusion: Your Future is Worth Fighting For

Facing criminal charges in San Diego can be one of the most stressful and frightening experiences of your life. But you don’t have to face it alone. With an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney from Spodek Law Group by your side, you can level the playing field and give yourself the best possible chance at a positive outcome.We understand what’s at stake – your freedom, your reputation, your future. That’s why we approach every case with the dedication and tenacity it deserves. From the moment you hire us, we’ll hit the ground running – investigating your case, challenging the evidence against you, and developing a strategic defense tailored to your unique situation.Our track record speaks for itself. We’ve successfully defended thousands of clients against a wide range of criminal charges in San Diego. Whether through skillful negotiation or aggressive litigation, we fight tirelessly to protect our clients’ rights and achieve the best possible results.Don’t let criminal charges derail your life. Contact Spodek Law Group today at 212-300-5196 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney. Let us put our knowledge, skills, and resources to work for you. Your future is worth fighting for – and we’re ready to fight for you.

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