Orange County Criminal Lawyer

When your freedom is on the line and you’refacing potentially life-changing consequences as a result of a criminal arrest, investigation, or charge, you need to be extremely cautious and take whatever measures are necessary to protect your rights, freedom, and future. A criminal conviction risks jail time, expensive fees and fines, loss of your job, loss of child custody and visitation rights, and other detrimental consequences on your future. In this case, your number one priority should be putting proven Orange County criminal defense attorneys on your side as soon as possible.

Orange County Criminal Lawyer law firm provides top-notch legal representation in Orange County and throughout Southern California in the area of criminal defense. We are committed to pursuing justice and providing tough legal representation to each of our clients. Our attorneys will do whatever it takes to protect your rights and future.

At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we believe that all cases have the potential to be won regardless of how hopeless they appear initially. If this is unrealistic, we’ll fight to reduce charges, keep you out of jail, and get the best possible outcome for your case. We have a longstanding reputation in Orange County for providing aggressive and effective criminal defense and winning where so many law firms refuse to even take on the case. We handle even the most complex of criminal cases. We have the knowledge, experience, and determination it takes to win for you.

Call us anytime 24/7 at 714-262-4833 for a free consultation and case review. From the moment you get in touch with us, we’ll do everything we can to help you obtain the peace of mind you deserve and need at such a difficult time. We’ll inform you of your rights, address each of your concerns, and get started on building you a solid defense.

What Sets Us Apart

The Orange County Criminal Lawyer law firm is here to serve our clients and the community at large by proving affordable, accessible, top-tier criminal defense services. Reasons to hire us:

  • Unmatched Personal Attention from Your Attorney

When you retain our legal services, you will never be just another case. So, instead of shuffling you through the system with little client-lawyer contact, we provide our clients with personal and tenacious representation. We’ll listen to your side of the story and concerns and work with you toward the best solution possible for your unique legal needs. Moreover, we make ourselves available to answer calls 24/7 so you can in touch with us if any issues arise outside of the regular business hours. You’ll have your attorney’s office and direct cell phone number and not the paralegals’ or secretaries’. We’ll guide you through the tough times and treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve. You’ll be informed about the status of your case and what to expect next. Because our clients are our top priority, we put communication at the center of our services.

  • Experience and Legal Versatility

When you choose a criminal defense lawyer, your decision should be based on facts. At the Orange County Criminal Lawyer, our attorneys have decades of focused criminal law experience that they employ when handling each case. As such, we can handle a wide range of felony, misdemeanor, and federal cases in courts throughout Orange County and California. We have litigated hundreds of criminal cases and use our negotiations skills to obtain the best results possible in favorable compromises. We’re committed to assisting you irrespective of the complexities involved in your case.

  • Full Familiarity with Local Courts

Even when dealing with state or federal law, the municipality, county, or court handling your case may bring a different way of doing things. We’re familiar with the court process as well as local ways of doing things in Orange County because of our far-reaching experience in criminal defense. Additionally, we have created longstanding relationships with prosecutors, judges, police and courthouse personnel. We understand how the opposition thinks, what to expect and how to negate tactics used by the prosecution when construction your defense. And because we’ve successfully done it all before, none of these types of details will be a surprise to us.

  • Prompt Attention to your Case

Legal battles are highly time sensitive. And to ensure that you’ll always have an attorney to talk to in your time of need, all our phones are open 24/7/365. From the day that you hire us for legal counsel and advocacy, our experienced attorneys will get to work by investigating, examining, and developing a solid defense. Unlike other law firms that do extremely little to nothing until you’re arraigned in the court, we don’t employ the wait and see approach.

Without wasting time, we begin our search for potential witness and evidence in your favor, look for possible ways to challenge the evidence and facts relied upon by the prosecution, and request access to the arresting officer’s report. When we’re working for you, you don’t really have to wait until the prosecutor files a formal charge against you. Just suspecting they will be charging you is enough for us to start working on your case.

  • Honest and Genuine Professionals

There are many laws firms with lawyers who have little real-world experience and inadequate educational background. They take up huge amounts of cases they are not qualified to proficiently handle. We are different. Our law firm is comprised of true criminal defense experts who are highly experienced and won’t be intimidated by the experience or knowledge level of the prosecution. Our deep understanding of California and federal law, as well as our years of combined experience, make us stand out in the field of criminal defense. With honest representation and a strong work ethic, you can rest assured that your case is handled with the utmost client care and dedication.

  • Exceptional Track Record of Success

At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we consistently win cases. Our attorneys have managed to focus our attention on the needs of clients. Through experience, we’ve learned that every bit of pre-trial work and service is significant. This is why we take meaningful and effective actions. We are open to working together with other experts so as to ensure that we apply the best possible legal skills for your case.

We are not scared of taking on tough cases. In addition to winning dozens of pre-trial dismissals and acquittals, we also know how to effectively negotiate and win favorable plea deals that will have your charge and/or sentence reduced. We’ll go the extra mile to meet and exceed your expectations.

  • We Work with Licensed Private Investigators

A solid defense starts with the facts. We work together with a premier licensed private investigator to obtain the details of your case. Unlike other law firms, we get details ourselves and don’t solely rely on police reports. It’s common to have witnesses persuaded or intimidated by police but we can prevent this from happening by getting physical evidence or recorded statements early in the investigation.

The Criminal Defense Process

Facing criminal charges can be daunting, frightening, and can create a feeling of hopelessness.  The criminal process can be intricate and challenging to navigate on your own if you don’t have sufficient legal knowledge and don’t know what to expect. However, you can improve your chances of achieving a positive outcome for your criminal case by hiring an experienced Orange County Criminal Lawyer. Here’s an overview of the process through which criminal cases pass in California.

  • The Arrest

No one plans on getting arrested. Law enforcement officers arrest an individual based on probable cause that they have engaged in an illegal act. After an arrest, the police do not file the charges. They only provide necessary reports and evidence to the prosecution, who will then determine whether charges should be filed or not and if they should, what types of charges. After an arrest, the most important thing is to remain silent and contact a good criminal defense lawyer without delay. An attorney will advise you on your rights and what you should do to avoid incriminating yourself.  

If the officer arrested you without a probable cause, failed to read you your Miranda Rights, conducted an illegal search and seizure violated your rights or state and/or federal law, or otherwise violated police protocols, this could result in a dismissal. In this case, you need an experienced criminal lawyer to file pre-trial motions and have the evidence suppressed. There may also be the need to get bailed out of jail. With an attorney, you may be able to get a 20% discount of the bail bond fee. So, if you’ve been arrested or suspect you may soon be arrested, get legal counsel and assistance as soon as possible.

  • Formal Charges

If the D.A. decides that there’s sufficient evidence to pursue the case and that it seems highly likely that the alleged crime occurred, they will go ahead and file a criminal complaint with the court to show that they are filing charges. This document gives a comprehensive description of the alleged criminal offense. However, even at this point, there’s still room for pre-trial negotiations or a plea bargain. Also, it’s possible that charges already filed initially will be dropped once more facts and evidence are presented by the defense.

  • The Arraignment

A defendant is usually arraigned within 72 hours of their arrest. It is the first court date where you will be formally read your rights and the charges against you. You’ll also be given conditions to follow as your case proceeds. It is during this stage that bail is set, depending on whether a person is a risk of flight or whether they pose a threat to the community. In some instances, bail is not allowed. Your attorney may be able to argue that you’re a flight risk and can bring a motion to reduce the bail amount.

You’re also required to enter a plea of guilt, not guilty, or no contest. The discovery process begins at the arraignment. This involves the exchange of information including, but not limited to medical reports, police reports, diagrams, photographs, audio or video, probation reports, witness statements, and viewing of physical evidence. Your defense attorney must also provide the prosecution with the evidence they’re using in the case.

At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we know how to skillfully negotiate a plea and will never settle for a deal that’s not in your best interests.

  • The Preliminary Hearing

Even after a failure to come to an agreement or have the charges dropped, there’s still room for your attorney to negotiate and provide more evidence in your favor. The discovery process continues and the defense attorney will gain more evidence from the prosecution. Generally, preliminary hearings are held in all felony offenses and are meant to review probable cause. But, there’s a similar pre-trial hearing that happens with misdemeanors. The principle for these hearings is the same with the only difference being that in felony charges, things are typically done on a large scale.

This stage is essential for the judge to decide whether the evidence provided is enough to support the charges filed. If there’s probable cause, the judge refers the case to the Superior Court for trial. Additional charges or readjustments of the bail can be made at this the preliminary hearing. This stage can end with either a plea deal, dismissal, or lead to a trial.

  • The Jury Trial

Most criminal cases never go to trial, and this is why you need a law firm that is well-versed with pre-trial interactions and experienced negotiation skills. But if your case goes to trial, you’ll need a criminal defense law firm with past courtroom victories and who can develop a solid defense strategy to fight the charges against you. During the trial, we’ll present evidence and argument in your best interests, while working to challenge the evidence being used by the prosecution. We also bring in witnesses and experts who can testify on your behalf.

Usually, the prosecuting attorney and defense attorney will contest for the support of the jury and will as well make appeals to the judge. Our main objective is every case we handle is to win with an acquittal. If that is unrealistic, we fight for a favorable plea deal to have the charges reduced. This can result in reduced penalties and that means that you may be able to avoid actual jail time. In other cases, deferred entry of judgment and diversion program can result in the ultimate dismissal of the case following successful completion of probation.

  • Appeals

In the event that you’re convicted, we may file a petition to an appellate court arguing that there were legal errors made by the trial court. If we can prove that you were denied due process of law or the court made legal errors, this may lead to the reversal of your conviction.

At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we work hard to build a foundation for achieving the best possible outcome for your case. We’ll guide you through every step of the process and make timely legal moves necessary to win the most favorable outcome.

Our Criminal Defense Practice Areas

At the Orange County Criminal Lawyer Law Firm, our attorneys have considerable experience in diverse areas of criminal law. We’re effective and aggressive criminal lawyers who’ve resolved numerous criminal cases for clients in Orange County and throughout Southern California. We defend a wide range of violent and non-violent misdemeanor and felony charges, including the following:

Domestic VIolence

Domestic violence is any crime committed against the parent of your child, current or former dating partner, domestic partner, live-in partner, cohabitant, or any other “romantic partner.” Infliction of corporal injury, assault, and battery, or any other crime involving somebody with whom you have or have had a close relationship with can be subjected to special rules and penalties of Orange County Domestic Law. And due to the nature of such crimes, individuals are usually arrested with little regard for their innocence. In some cases, the accusations are fabricated or exaggerated and the jury/judges are often too quick to accept guilt. These penalties are applicable irrespective of whether there were injuries suffered or not.

Domestic cases in Orange County are complex and often encompass numerous restrictions, including restraining orders, which generally affect every aspect of your life. If convicted of domestic violence, you risk losing child custody, visitation rights, and employment, serving jail time, years of probation, and having a tarnished reputation. If you’re an immigrant, you face deportation.  Without a good domestic violence defense attorney on your side, it’s almost impossible to navigate the legal system and win your case even if you’re falsely accused. We’ll fight hard to prove your innocence and protect your reputation.

Violent Crimes

Due to the escalation of violent crimes in California and the U.S. at large, these crimes tend to carry the most severe consequences. What’s more, individuals are being falsely accused of violent crimes in Orange County. The penalties have increased considerably over the years and are vigorously prosecuted. Violent crimes can involve very little injury or very severe injury provided it is visible and chargeable. The mere allegations of armed robbery, kidnapping, arson, battery, murder, attempted murder, carjacking, issuing criminal threats, or corporal injury can get you years in jail or prison and even life imprisonment. You also get a strike on your record under California Three Strikes Law. At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we know how to fight violent crime charges using valid defenses such as lack of intent, self-defense, mistaken identity, defense of others, lack of sufficient evidence, false accusation, and other defense strategies.

Theft Crimes

Theft crimes in Orange County can range from misdemeanor such as petty theft cases to more complex white-collar crimes. At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we take on all types of theft crimes, including, but not limited to burglary, trade secret theft, petty theft, robbery, fraud, forgery, identity theft, grand theft, NSF, embezzlement, forged checks, receiving stolen property, or any other type of crime involving allegations of theft. Penalties can vary depending on the charges and may range from a slap of on the wrist to years of incarceration and big fines. A conviction will also show on your record and may limit your future employment potential.

It’s important to hire an experienced attorney to quickly and aggressively defend against these charges and protect you from the harsh punishments associated with these types of crimes. At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we know all the different legal statutes involving theft crimes and also know the legal defense strategies that may work best for your case. We’ll review the evidence against you and get it thrown if it was obtained through illegal search and seizure. Common defenses to theft crimes include a mistake of fact, the claim of ownership, intoxication, and property not taken from the owner's possession.

Fraud Crimes

In California, fraud crimes are a type of theft committed with a degree of treachery or false representation. You’re considered to have committed a fraud crime if you cause if your act is meant to undeservingly benefit yourself and/or cause harm or death of another person. Fraud crimes, often referred to as California white collar crimes, are usually committed with the motive of escaping criminal culpability or for financial gain. Fraud offenses are commonly charged within the federal court and if convicted, individuals often face years in federal prison, high fines suspension or revocation of professional license, and seizure of any money or property involved in the crime. Generally, fraud offenses can be very technical necessitating the services of forensic experts to scrutinize money and paper trails. Retaining a seasoned criminal defense attorney as soon as possible is the best option in fighting the charges.

Sex Crimes

Being accused or charged with any type of sex crime is terrifying and stressful. Being convicted of such crimes can have serious effects on your professional and personal life. Charges of child molestation, rape, statutory rape, child pornography, indecent exposure, lewd conduct with a child, sexual battery, procuring minors for prostitution, and all other sex offenses carry serious punishments that can include lifetime registration as a sex offender, time in county jail or state prison, and the loss of important civil rights. This can hinder your ability to secure meaningful job opportunities. Penalties for California sex crimes may vary depending on whether the alleged victim was elderly, young, vulnerable, or dependent. Penalties may also be increased depending on the occupation or public position of the defendant.

Unfortunately, most sex crime arrests and charges in Orange County are based on false accusations, innocent misunderstanding, and mistaken identity. This charge can destroy your reputation faster and solidly than any other charge. Fortunately, at Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we’re experienced in defending against sex crime charges and will develop a personalized defense strategy to have your case resolved.

Drug Crimes

While the state of California has made efforts to decriminalize certain recreational marijuana and personal use possession offenses, law enforcement officers still want to appear tough on drugs. As a result, they aggressively pursue offenders and many who are accused of drug crime end up having a tarnished reputation from a seemingly minor offense. Controlled substances in California may include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, ecstasy, and medications such as Codeine and Vicodin if not legally prescribed. Drug sentencing laws in Orange County are tremendously intricate. It is illegal to possess, transport, sell, manufacture, cultivate, possess drug paraphernalia, possess with intent to sell, or drive under the influence of drugs. For this reason, you will need an attorney well versed with the drug sentencing guidelines to make sure that you don’t suffer a greater penalty than necessary.  At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we know how to defend against all types of drug charges and are ready to mount a strong defense for you. We can get you into a drug diversion program, to keep you out of jail.

DUI and DUID

In California, it’s unlawful to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, whether legal or illegal. This means that you can be arrested and charged with DUI even though you’ve only taken legal prescription drugs. With DUI of alcohol, a person is considered intoxicated if the percentage of blood alcohol concentration in their system is 0.08 or more. But when it comes to DUI of drugs, there’s no quantifiable measure of the amount of drug that makes someone impaired. If you’re a commercial driver, you can be charged with DUI if your BAC was 0.04 and if you’re under the age of 21, you can be charged if you had any detectable amount of alcohol in your system (0.01 BAC).

For every DUI charge, you get within 10 years of the first or previous one, you’ll face increasingly severe penalties. The penalties are even more severe if the DUI results in injury or death. With many years of experience of handling countless DUI cases, we’ll know how to investigate your case and use viable defenses to win acquittals and dismissals at the DMV hearing and in a jury trial.

Expungements and Record Sealings

Having a criminal record can complicate legal issues and present many obstacles in your life even if the charges were withdrawn or you were acquitted. It can create adverse implications for one’s prospects of securing a job, seeking a promotion, obtaining career licensing, traveling abroad, getting contracts, and your ability to be bonded. In California, however, it’s possible to get an arrest record sealed and a criminal conviction expunged from your record. If expunged, your record will read “dismissal” instead of “convicted of” when a background check on you is run.

Our Specialty

At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we specialize in cleaning up criminal records. Our primary goal is helping individuals minimize the effect of arrests and convictions on their criminal record. We believe that simply because you were convicted of a crime doesn’t render you a criminal for the rest of your life. We have the knowledge, dedication, experience, and resources to take on any type of criminal record in Orange County.

Some of the possible consequences of a criminal conviction in Orange County include:

  • Jail time or imprisonment
  • Loss of voting privileges
  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Fines and fees
  • Restitution to victims
  • Probation (formal or summary)
  • Loss of rights to possess firearms
  • Deportation and/or loss of immigration status
  • Registration as a habitual traffic offender or sex offender
  • Loss of educational and/or occupational opportunities

This list is not exhaustive. The stakes in a criminal conviction are very high and you don’t want to take your case lightly and risk your future and freedom.

Common Legal Defenses We Use to Fight Criminal Charges

We can earn a victory by developing a strong defense strategy that ends up reducing the charges or setting our clients free. Here are some of the most common defenses that we use to fight criminal charges and convictions:

  • Your conduct was accidental
  • You were not at the scene of the crime when it was committed
  • Police used overbearing measures to coerce a confession
  • You committed the crime under duress
  • You were entrapped by law enforcement
  • You’re a victim of false accusations and wrongful arrest
  • Not guilty by reason of insanity
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • A victim of mistaken identity
  • You acted under an honest and reasonable mistake of fact
  • You committed the criminal conduct to avoid even greater harm
  • Police misconduct
  • Self-defense or defense of others
  • You were unconscious while committing the crime
  • You were involuntarily intoxicated

It’s worth noting that not every defense strategy will apply to every criminal offense. We can evaluate your case, walk you through various scenarios, and choose the defense strategy that will work best for your case.

Contact Orange County Criminal Lawyer to Get Started

At Orange County Criminal Lawyer, we understand your specific law issue, appellate issue or licensing issue is of great importance to you and can result in a stressful experience. Once you hire us, our primary goal will be to offer you top-notch legal service by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your cases and developing a hard-hitting defense that will achieve the quickest resolution and reach the strongest possible results.

Whether you’re charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you can be confident that our experienced and supportive attorney will put their best foot forward. If you’d like to speak with an Orange County criminal lawyer, call us at 714-262-4833 to learn how we can make the difference in your case.

 

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Mr. Taibi is a dedicated, honest, and wonderful attorney who is, more importantly, a fighter for each and every client. He performs a level of quality in his work that most lawyers simply fall short with. Knowing the law is one thing but having the ability to fight the law is a whole other skill.

Kerry Steigerwalt
San Diego Divorce Attorney


Being a criminal defense lawyer I am able to say with sure-fire confidence that Michael Taibi and his team are one of the best you will find. He is tenacious, skilled, and would never back down from a battle. I highly recommend him as some of the best representation you can have both in and outside the courtroom.

Vincent Ross
Orange County Criminal Attorney

If I was to choose a law team to support me, I wouldn't look any further than Orange County Criminal Lawyer, they are truly one of the only ones you want on your side. Many come to Mr. Taibi for legal advice, both clientele and fellow attorneys which means both parties hold him to high regard. If you are looking for stellar defense, start with a stellar attorney and that is exactly where OCCL comes in.

Jerry Nicholson
Long Beach Criminal Attorney

Mr. Taibi is extremely well respected in the Orange County court system as well as throughout everyday clients in need of help. You won't find anyone better to defend your criminal matters.

Tom Beck
Los Angeles DUI Attorney