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Meet Todd Spodek

WE PROVIDE WHITE GLOVE SERVICE TO CLIENTS
WHO WANT MORE FROM THEIR ATTORNEY

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.

A Detective Wants To Speak To Me

A Detective Wants to Speak to Me: What You Need to Know

Getting a call from a detective can be scary. Your mind races — did I do something wrong? Am I in trouble? What do they want from me?

First, take a deep breath. There are many reasons a detective may want to talk to you. It doesn’t necessarily mean you did something illegal. They may think you have information that can help with an investigation. Or they may want to eliminate you as a suspect.

Why Would a Detective Call Me?

Here are some common reasons a detective may contact you:

  • To gather information about a crime
  • To locate a person of interest
  • To ask you to come in for an interview or provide a statement as a witness
  • To verify information they already have
  • To eliminate you as a suspect

Even if a detective contacts you, it doesn’t automatically mean you’re suspected of a crime. But it does mean they think you may have useful information.

What Should I Do If a Detective Calls?

If a detective calls you, the first thing you should do is contact a criminal defense lawyer. Do not talk to the police without a lawyer present. Here’s why:

  • The police are allowed to lie to you or trick you into confessing. A lawyer can prevent this.
  • Anything you say can be used against you, even if you’re innocent.
  • A lawyer can negotiate with the police on your behalf.
  • Invoking your right to a lawyer can’t be used against you.

When the detective calls, politely say you need to speak with a lawyer first. Get their name and number so your lawyer can call them back.

Should I Meet With the Detective?

Generally, no. Not without your lawyer present. The police interview room is designed to get suspects to confess or share information that can incriminate them.

However, your lawyer may recommend meeting with the detective under certain circumstances. For example, if the lawyer believes you have nothing to hide and could potentially clear things up by answering a few questions. But this should only happen under the guidance of your attorney.

What If the Detective Catches Me Off Guard?

Police may try to catch you by surprise with an unexpected visit or call. Here’s how to handle it:

  • Ask if you’re free to leave. If so, politely leave.
  • Say you won’t answer questions without your lawyer.
  • Don’t let them intimidate or trick you into talking.
  • Don’t consent to any searches.
  • Get the detective’s name and contact information.
  • Write down what happened immediately after.

Be firm but polite. Don’t resist arrest or touch the officers. Just clearly invoke your right to remain silent and ask for a lawyer.

Watch Out for Pretext Calls

Police may have someone you know call you to try and get information from you. This is called a “pretext call.” The caller will try to manipulate you into confessing or sharing details that could incriminate you.

To protect yourself:

  • Realize the call may be recorded and monitored by police.
  • Don’t discuss any details of the case.
  • Say you won’t answer questions without your lawyer.
  • End the call if you feel manipulated.

Get an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

If a detective contacts you, it’s essential to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Here’s how a lawyer can help:

  • Advise you on whether to meet with police.
  • Sit in on any police interviews and stop inappropriate questioning.
  • Negotiate with detectives on your behalf.
  • Point out flaws and inconsistencies in the evidence.
  • Build a strong defense case.
  • Work to get charges reduced or dismissed.

A skilled lawyer knows how to handle the police and prosecutors. Their expertise can make all the difference in how your case plays out. Don’t go through this alone. The stakes are too high.

Understand Your Rights

Knowing your legal rights is key to protecting yourself when dealing with the police. Here are some of your basic rights:

  • Right to remain silent – You don’t have to answer any questions without a lawyer present.
  • Right to a lawyer – You have the right to consult with an attorney and have them present for questioning.
  • Right to leave – You don’t have to speak with the police if you are not under arrest.
  • Right against unreasonable search – Police need a warrant to search your home or property unless given permission.

Don’t let the police intimidate or pressure you into giving up these rights. Politely but firmly invoke your right to remain silent and speak with a lawyer.

How an Attorney Can Help

Here are some of the key ways a criminal defense lawyer can help if a detective contacts you:

  • Advise you on interacting with police – Should you meet with them? What should you say/not say?
  • Act as an intermediary – Speak with detectives on your behalf.
  • Sit in on police interviews – Ensure proper questioning procedures are followed.
  • Build a defense – Gather exculpatory evidence, find witnesses, look for inconsistencies.
  • Negotiate – Work to get charges reduced or dismissed pre-trial.
  • Represent you in court – Defend you at trial if charges are filed.

Having an experienced attorney in your corner can make all the difference. Don’t go through this alone.

What If I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?

If you cannot afford a private defense lawyer, you may qualify for a public defender. These are attorneys appointed by the court to represent defendants who cannot pay. To qualify, you must verify your financial need.

Public defenders are often skilled defense lawyers with heavy caseloads. Their resources may be more limited than a private attorney. But they are still far better than facing the legal system alone.

If you do not qualify for a public defender but still cannot afford a lawyer, look into legal aid organizations in your area. They provide free or low-cost legal assistance to those in need.

Should I Just Tell the Truth?

You may think that just telling the truth is your best option. But the reality is, anything you say to the police can potentially be used against you. That’s why it’s so important to speak with a lawyer first.

Even innocent people can get carried away and say something inaccurate. Police may also twist your words or take them out of context. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can just explain yourself and clear things up. Let your lawyer handle communication with the police.

Can I Get in Trouble for Not Talking?

Absolutely not. You have a constitutional right under the 5th Amendment to remain silent. That means you don’t have to answer any questions from the police without a lawyer present.

Just politely but firmly tell the detective you will not answer questions without your lawyer. You cannot legally get in trouble for invoking this right.

What If I’m Innocent?

Even if you’re 100% innocent, you should still not speak to police without a lawyer. Here’s why:

  • Police may twist your words or take them out of context.
  • They may pressure you into saying something incorrect.
  • Small inconsistencies can damage your credibility.
  • Your lawyer needs to control the flow of information.

Anything you say can be used against you, even minor misstatements. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking your innocence will protect you. Invoke your right to remain silent and let your lawyer handle communication with the police.

Should I Meet With Police to Clear Things Up?

Generally no. The interview room is designed to get suspects to incriminate themselves, even if innocent. A skilled interrogator can twist your words and trip you up.

However, your lawyer may recommend meeting with police under certain circumstances. For example, if there is solid evidence proving your innocence. Even then, your lawyer should be present to ensure proper questioning procedures are followed.

So don’t agree to meet with police without first consulting your criminal defense lawyer. They will advise you if it’s in your best interest or not.

What If I’m a Witness?

Even if you’re not a suspect, but rather a witness, you should still avoid speaking with police without a lawyer. Here’s why:

  • You could accidentally incriminate yourself.
  • Police may decide you know more than you’re saying.
  • They may threaten you with charges if you don’t cooperate.
  • Having a lawyer prevents manipulation tactics.

Politely tell the detective you will not provide a statement without your attorney present. You have that right even as a witness.

Should I Let Police Search My Home or Property?

No. Never consent to a search without speaking to your lawyer first. Anything found during the search can be used against you, even if unrelated to the investigation.

Police may say they will get a warrant if you refuse. But this takes time, and they may not have enough evidence. Make them get a warrant – your lawyer can then review it for errors.

If police do search your property illegally, your lawyer can often get that evidence thrown out of court. But this only works if you didn’t consent.

How Else Can an Attorney Help Me?

Here are some other key ways a lawyer can help if contacted by police:

  • Negotiate surrender terms – Turn yourself in smoothly if arrested.
  • Argue for pretrial release – Advocate for bail or release on recognizance.
  • Deal with pretext calls – Stop police manipulation attempts.
  • File motions – Seek evidence suppression or case dismissal.
  • Advise on plea deals – Negotiate reduced charges if desired.
  • Navigate appeals – Appeal a conviction if necessary.

A good lawyer guides you through every step of the process and fights to protect your rights and interests.

The Takeaway

Being contacted by a detective can be unnerving. But with the right approach, you can protect yourself:

  • Don’t talk to police without your lawyer.
  • Be polite, but firmly invoke your rights.
  • Hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
  • Follow your lawyer’s advice closely.
  • Know your rights and don’t waive them.

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