MICHAEL TAIBI - Lead Attorney

Mr. Taibi graduated from the prestigious liberal arts school, Davidson College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, in 1989.  With a concentration in pre-law classes as part of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Taibi achieved the top 5% of those taking the LSAT, the entry examination for law school.  While he attended college, Mr. Taibi was very active in college government, holding leadership positions such as Treasurer and President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.

In 1992, Mr. Taibi earned his Juris Doctorate degree at California Western School of Law.  While attending law school, Mr. Taibi was the law clerk for one of the top criminal defense and family law attorneys in San Diego County.  During these three years, Mr. Taibi received an invaluable practical education in what it means to be an attorney and how to best represent clients in different areas of law.

Mr. Taibi was admitted to practice law in the State of California in 1992, and walked into the Courtroom the very next day after his acceptance into practice and began litigating.  Mr. Taibi is authorized to practice in all Courts of California, including all State Courts, as well as all Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts, and the Supreme Court of California and all Courts of Appeal. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar, San Diego County Bar Association, and National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Mr. Taibi has successfully defended clients throughout California in criminal cases from misdemeanor and felony DUI's to felony murder cases, both state and federal, in his over 25 years of practice.  He has also represented military personnel in criminal matters and is familiar with the nuances involved.  Having grown up in New York City, he is very comfortable with the fast pace associated with criminal cases and the time constraints involved.

Mr. Taibi is a caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and aggressive advocate for his clients and has been recognized as a top attorney by such organizations as the American Society of Legal Advocates and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.  He has also served as a mediator and arbitrator for civil disputes.  His vast experience and knowledge of the law in many different areas has given him a unique perspective as to the complexity of cases and how to best resolve matters for his clients.

Mr. Taibi is very familiar with other countries and cultures and has represented many diverse individuals. He also hails from a family of immigrants, and has lived and traveled abroad, extensively in Europe and Asia.  He has also had business dealings overseas and has a background in international law, as well as immigration issues.

Mr. Taibi has vast experience in many areas of law, areas that crossover in many cases.  Mr. Taibi has represented and/or counseled clients in thousands of matters.  He has successfully handled felonies/misdemeanors, DUI's with and without injury, theft, violent crimes, drug crimes, both state and federal, as well as those involving military personnel; administrative proceedings; DMV hearings and countless licensure proceedings; immigration issues; business law and related white collar crimes, such as embezzlement, welfare and social security fraud and insurance fraud; probate cases, involving conservatorships, guardianships, and elder abuse, and has prepared, and given advice regarding, wills and trusts; domestic violence and family law matters; adoptions; family disputes; matters involving corporations and contracts; civil litigation, and injury accidents; and international law.  It is necessary to be proficient in all of these areas to properly evaluate criminal cases and represent clients in the most effective and best possible way, to strategize properly and to analyze all options and/or consequences one may have, or have to face.  Mr. Taibi has spent many years learning and practicing all of these areas of law and honing his skills.

Mr. Taibi is highly respected as litigator and counselor for over 30 years as a practicing attorney, by attorneys and judges alike, and has the knowledge and experience to properly handle virtually any matter.



Our on-staff Private Investigator, Kevin Roncevich, is a veteran with multiple awards for his brave service, including two Armed Services Expeditionary Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, and many others.

After his time in the US Navy, Mr. Roncevich went to the Golden West Police Academy in Huntington Beach, graduating in April 2002. He was immediately hired by the city of Cypress PD. During his time as a law enforcement officer in Cypress, he wore several different hats- patrol officer, training officer, SWAT team, and detective. He has countless hours of on-the-job training, formalized training, and special advanced training. He also is proud to have received many awards and recognitions during his time as a law enforcement officer, including the Gold Distinguished Medal and several letters of commendation.

After retiring from law enforcement, Mr. Roncevich launched his own private security firm. He built a business plan from the ground up and took full control of day-to-day operations, including reviewing profits, losses, and all of the other responsibilities associated with being a business owner. While operating his private security firm, he started his private investigation business in 2015. He continued his education during this time while operating two businesses, earning multiple certificates in a variety of different topics related to his role as a private investigator.


San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer is a premier law firm with attorneys passionate to advance all our client's criminal cases to the fullest degree allowed by California laws. We take pride in our practice. We take responsibilities and jobs seriously and endeavor to deliver the most professional and vigorous legal services possible. When you engage us, you hire a partner who will stand with you throughout the case.

Every criminal case is an opportunity for us. When clients come to us, we strive to integrate other specialists' services to ensure we aid the clients as individuals, not as criminal cases. A win for us goes beyond securing positive case results for you. We are also committed to assisting you to make a positive image for your life, family, career, future, and finances.

We promise to meet the changing legal needs by offering world-class services with uncompromising ethical standards. Our objectives are:

  • Maintaining ethical and professional standards in different aspects of our practice
  • Meeting all clients' expectations for experienced, passionate, efficient, effective, and pocket-friendly legal services
  • Working with clients to build long-term and healthy relationships
  • Learning new and improved techniques of serving our clients and increasing our capacity to deliver and knowledge of criminal law
  • Maintaining a positive and friendly atmosphere
  • Maintaining high standards of professionalism, respect, dignity, and civility

We are a Boutique Defense Law Firm

San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer handles only a limited number of criminal cases at a time. It gives our clients the dedicated legal representation and attention they require. No two criminal cases are similar, and case outcomes can never function as a model for anticipating with you. As a result, we take time to understand our clients, their case evidence, circumstances, legal goals, emotional needs, and economic needs. The approach helps us to develop defense strategies that suit every case.

Over the years, we have been renowned for delivering exceptional, high positive outcomes for our clients accused of:

  • Drug crimes
  • Assault and battery
  • Violent crimes
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) crimes
  • White-collar crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Property crimes
  • Post-conviction relief and appeals
  • Theft crimes
  • Firearm crimes

We can deliver unparalleled and aggressive defense throughout the criminal process. Thanks to our experience in handling high-profile and challenging cases, including federal cases.

While over-zealous defense attorneys look impressive on TV, no person has ever won a case by being the loudest in the room. You do not prevail with aggression and hostility. You win cases with aggressive legal strategies built on understanding which laws and legal defenses apply to your charges and how to employ them to your advantage competently. Anything else is noise.

We know California prosecutors, and they know us. You can trust us to aggressively realize the most favorable case outcome for you. We know when to accept a plea bargain offer and proceed to trial. Aggressively has its place and time, and it should be directed to the prosecution team. We will ensure the prosecutor proves all elements of the alleged crime beyond any reasonable doubt. We will identify gaps and weaknesses in their proof and use them to build your defense.

We have also answered questions and addressed concerns for thousands of clients and can help you as well.

Commitment to Honest Communication

At San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer, we are dedicated to treating our well-esteemed clients with compassion and respect. Our lawyers take an individualized approach to your issues and plainly describe the California criminal justice process.

We are straightforward and honest about your available legal options, even when they are challenging or uncomfortable to hear because we want you to be informed and updated about your case's progress. We take pride in offering individualized attention and round-the-clock access to our legal team. The open communication lines facilitate a smooth legal process as a team.

We offer comprehensive defense services. We firmly believe in educating clients on their responsibilities, options, and rights. For instance, we can advise on what and how to answer police questions or seek expungement, which could help you secure educational or employment opportunities with ease.

Allow us to bring our wealth of resources and knowledge to protect your rights and defend you through this traumatic time by calling us at 619-695-1677.

Attorneys That Stand With You Throughout the Case

California's criminal justice system involves several steps. It begins with investigations where police officers collect proof to determine the defendant. Once the police identify the suspect, they arrest and hand the criminal case to the prosecution office. If the prosecution office thinks there is sufficient evidence, it will file charges that initiate court hearings.

More often than not, the prosecution team does not look for favorable proof to your defense, notwithstanding their ethical and legal obligation to act so. That is where San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer comes in handy.

We have the "Spidey senses" to tell when everything is not okay. We have previously pinpointed police illegally-obtained evidence and leveraged the misconduct to the client's advantage, sometimes leading to charge reduction or dismissal.

When our legal advocates take on your case, we:

  • Conduct thorough investigations
  • Collect the relevant case evidence
  • Can foresee the prosecutor's moves and recognize their case weaknesses
  • Call upon expert witnesses' wisdom to offer insight into your case
  • Interview witnesses
  • Review police reports
  • Develop legal defense that cast doubt on the prosecutor's arguments

While some cases proceed to trial, many are settled via negotiations between the prosecutor and the defense. We are skilled litigators and negotiators. If the prosecutor and your defense lawyer can positively resolve your case, we will discuss the legal option with you and help you understand the benefit of accepting.

Nevertheless, if the prosecution's offer is unfair, we are ready to proceed to the courtroom. We have attained countless Not Guilty verdicts on charges that could have led to adverse penalties following a conviction. Whatever path the criminal case takes, you can be assured that we will protect your interests.

Direct Availability is Our Core Value

Most law firms assure potential clients that they will handle all stages of their case only to send an appearance attorney. At San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer, we promise, in writing, to professionally represent you. Our mandate is to ensure that all our clients are confident that we prioritize their cases.

Sometimes issues arise outside regular business hours. Consequently, we provide every client with their lawyer's office email and phone number to ensure they can always reach their legal expert. Our friendly lawyers are available to clients during weekends and at night, making our commitment and dedication to our practice and craft incomparable to most law firms.

Find a Skilled Criminal Defense Near Me

At San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer, we recognize that having a criminal case, including the uncertainty of case results and their impact on your life, can result in anxiety and confusion. Our lawyers strive to offer you compassionate and comprehensive legal representation tailored to provide you with peace of mind.

We have a proven track record of offering client-centered legal representation. All our advice and actions are given and made with your best interests at heart. We will explain the charges to you, advise you on the benefits and disadvantages of your available options, and answer your questions. Day in and day out, we are passionate about helping you remain educated and informed every step of the way and fighting tirelessly to overcome your legal challenges.

We do not discriminate based on income. Our services are pocket-friendly and on a fixed fee basis. We will not ask you for additional charges, regardless of how long the case takes to be closed.

If you have been arrested or under investigation for criminal activity in San Diego, get the assistance you require by contacting us at 619-695-1677 today. We offer free case reviews.