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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers

We provide aggressive criminal defense services for all major crimes. Regardless of whether you’re accused of DUI, a petty misdemeanor, or a complex federal case – we can help. We are here to protect and defend you. Regardless of what you’ve been accused of doing. We can provide legal representation.

When you work with one of our criminal attorneys – our main goal is to get you the best outcome. We focus on getting all charges either dismissed, or reduced. In the event we can’t – we try to find the best outcome. Once you’ve been charged with a crime, you need a professional Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer to help you.


Personal Attention

Our team of attorneys prides itself on giving personal attention to each and every client. Attorney Todd Spodek is personally involved in each and every client’s case and helps answer client questions whenever they arise.

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As Seen on TV

Attorney Todd Spodek at is often featured on major media outlets. His experience is unique, and many media outlets request his opinion to provide new insights on trending criminal defense cases.

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Treat You Like Family

Our Los Angeles criminal lawyers treat you, and your family members – like our family members. We are committed to giving you the best possible legal representation. We look out for you, and give you the advice you need in order to get justice, and prevent the government from wrongfully prosecuting you.

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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • If you, or a loved one, is under criminal investigation, or is being charged with a crime, then you need an experienced Los Angeles criminal attorney to help protect your freedom. The law firm of Farar & Lewis LLP has over 30 years of combined experience helping clients with legal problems. Todd Spodek, our of-counsel attorney, has experience handling crimes ranging from petty misdemeanors, to full federal investigations. As your criminal defense attorney, Todd will put his expertise to work for you.
  • Los Angeles has numerous criminal defense lawyers to choose from – the firm of Farar & Lewis LLP sets itself apart because we personally handle your case. You are not passed off to associates, or unqualified paralegals. By hiring our firm, you receive the personal attention of an attorney with a track record in handling your exact legal situation. You get treated like family.

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We handle most major injuries


Amanda Ortega.

My daughter and I, were victims of a drunk driver. He went off the freeway and landed on my vehicle. My back window was shattered and my baby was in the backseat. Luckily we were okay. Sore and bruised, but somehow okay. The drunk driver’s insurance was unwilling to accept fault for the accident because he was in jail and they were unable to reach him to get his version of facts. I was hurt and needed help right away. Farar Law was able get Mercury insurance to accept fault for the accident. I would highly recommend Farar Law to anyone involved in an accident.

- Amanda Ortega.


“Excelent Professonial Services”

I was driving home merging onto the 110 S/B FWY, when I was rear-ended. Immediately, I felt pain to my lower back and neck. Initially I thought I would be okay, but as time went by I wasn’t feeling any better and my doctors were not giving me a good prognosis, I had really injured my back. I had heard great things about Farar Law, so I decided to give them a call. I spoke to Joel Farar…

- Robert F.

Farar & Lewis LLP is a premier Los Angeles criminal defense law firm who passionately believes in helping those who have been wrongfully accused of a crime.We have one goal: get charges against our clients dismissed or significantly reduced. We help prevent criminal charges from impacting your future. We are here to help you – 24/7. We offer flexible payment plans which make it so you can afford us. We are flexible, and charge lower than other law firms. We work with you – so that our fees aren’t a burden on you, or your family members. As premier criminal defense lawyers, we empathize with what you’re going through, and have over 30 years of combined experience. We have experience handling all types of cases, ranging from petty misdemeanors to complex felonies. Moreover, if you’re accused of a crime, we offer a risk free consultation. Attorney Todd Spodek, a member of the firm, has been called a “high powered lawyer,” by elite magazines. He’s frequently interviewed by media outlets. He’s a second generation attorney whose respected by prosecutors and judges alike.

One of the major differences between us and other firms is the fact we’re very selective about the overall number of clients we work with each month. We take on a select list of clients only. Our goal is to take on fewer clients, and to provide the greatest service possible to them. That’s one of the main reasons clients refer us to their friends, family members, and associates – when they need a los angeles criminal attorney to help them.

What to do if you’ve been falsely accused?

All defendants who are accused of a crime are eligible for free legal representation if they cannot afford it. Often, a defendant will be assigned a pro bono attorney when they cannot afford their own private attorney. Here’s the issue – many court appointed criminal lawyers work for the state, or through a public defender’s office. This means the pro bono attorney is essentially an employee of the state. It means there could be a conflict of interest. Will the pro bono attorney risk his reputation with the court/judge – in order to defend you, or will he “go along,” with what the prosecutors say and do? This question alone is enough to justify hiring your own private criminal attorney.


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Frequently Asked Questions

A Driver Has Fifth Amendment Rights When Stopped For DUI

American citizens have Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. This right prevents the government from forcing a person to give testimony or some type of communicative evidence that can as a way to incriminate them. A person may claim their right against self-incrimination in any situation where the government is attempting to obtain a statement about a particular crime. This can occur during the legal process or with the various interrogation methods utilized by law enforcement. It can also involve anything that could provide a link between a suspect and incriminating evidence. A person can invoke their Fifth Amendment rights when they are stopped and suspected of DUI.

Post Arrest
When a person is pulled over and questioned by police they are not under arrest. This is considered post arrest. At this time, an individual’s Fifth Amendment right do not apply. It’s important people realize any information they provide the police at this time can be used to create a case against them. It is important people realize the Fifth Amendment does not eliminate a person’s obligation to participate in a chemical test for DUI when it is done post arrest. Any comments a driver makes concerning the consumption of alcohol to law enforcement during post arrest may be admissable against the driver when they go to trial.

Miranda Rights
The Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona determined individuals should be read their rights after an arrest. This was designed as another effort to protect a person against self-incrimination. The ruling determined that any statements an individual makes when interrogated while in custody are presumed to have been compelled by law enforcement. They are not able to be admitted into trial to prove guilt. These statements are only able to be used if a person is informed about their rights prior to an interrogation. Should a suspect ask for an attorney prior to an interrogation by law enforcement or even during it; no more questions can be asked by law enforcement until an attorney is provided. Should a person speak with law enformcement and then state they will remian silent; the interrogation must stop.

Sobriety Tests
Any statements a driver makes to law enforcement prior to being arrested are not protected by the Fifth Amendment. This includes the time a driver is taking a Standardized Field Sobriety test or during chemical tests. The U.S. Supreme Court held that any incriminating statements made by a driver during Breathalyzer testing was not part of a police interrogation. This means these statements are not able to be suppressed as evidence during in a court. The Court also held such statements made by drivers were a response to legitmate law enforcement procedures and not intended to obtain incriminating statements from the driver. It also ruled any type of voluntary statements made to law enforcement during field sobriety testing is not part of a custodial interrogation. This means it is not portected by the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Test Refusals
Should a driver who is suspected of DWI refuse to take a chemical test, this fact is admissable in court. Thee U.S. Supreme court ruled that admitting evidents concerning a driver not submitting to a test of their blood-alcohol levels doesn’t violate the driver’s right against self-incrimination. The cout’s ruling was based on its belief that a law enformcement officer’s request to submit to a test wasn’t an attemp by law enforcement to obtain incriminating statements from a driver suspected of DUI. In this situation, the driver’s refusal is not considered to have been coerced by law enforcement.

Law Enforcement Interview
When a driver is suspected of DUI, they will be interviewed by law enforcement. A driver’s Fifth Amendment right protects them from being compelled by law enforcement to provide evidence that could incriminate them in a crime. It is important law enforcement read a driver their miranda rights prior to the start of any interview for DUI when the driver is in custody of law enforcement. Any prolonged detention by law enforcement inside their vehicle after an initial stop can be classified as custodial interrogation. This would apply even it occurs before a formal arrest. Law enformcement officer are required to read a driver their miranda rights should a driver be in a situation considered custodial custody.

Physical Evidence
There is certain physical evidence that can be collected during a DUI arrest that is not able to be protected by the Fifth Amendment. This could included fingerprints of the driver and more. There is the doctrine of implied conscent that makes it possible to obtain a breathalyhzer test from a driver suspected of DUI. Collecting a blood test may require a warrant in certain situations. It is also possible for specific physical evidence to legally be collected by force it it is necessary.

Unless someone is experienced in the law, they may not be aware of all the protections they are provided under the Fifth Amendment. This is especially true during a DUI stop or subsequent arrest. An experienced attorney will know how to use the Fifth Amendment to protect a person’s right and provided the best possible outcome for their DUI sitaution.