Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys

OC Criminal Lawyer Law Firm is an exclusive law firm that focuses solely on Criminal Defense and DUI.

Firm Overview

OC Criminal Lawyer Law Firm is dedicated to providing the highest quality of criminal defense representation. If you are under investigation, have been arrested, or face criminal charges, let us help you! We offer competitive flat fee rates; you'll never have to wonder if we are padding our hourly! Transparent and reasonable fees is what we guarantee. We also offer interest-free payment plans in select cases. All of our clients have our personal cellphone numbers; we are available for them 24-7. Don't just hire an attorney for court; hire an attorney to help you before, during, and after court! Speak with us and let us show you the difference. DO NOT try to handle your case on your own! The criminal justice system is simply too complicated, and the stakes are too high, to take the risk. Don't commit "life malpractice," and let us help you!

Main Office

Main Office
444 W. 10th Street
Suite # 105
Santa Ana CA 92701


(619) 755-8203


(858) 357-8384


Free Initial Consultation?

Free Consultation

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

All DUI and Criminal Cases are billed using a flat fee. We also offer payment plans on approved cases with 0% interest O.A.C. We are proud to bring our experience and extremely competitive fees to helping people facing criminal or DUI charges.

Hourly Rates

Fixed Flat Fee

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 24 hours, Saturday and Sunday 7am - 3pm

Office Manager

Thomas J Beck, Director of Operations

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, Mandarin, Chinese


Orange County Criminal Lawyer Law Firm exclusively handles Criminal and DUI with an emphasis on DUI defense and over 29 years of combined experience and thousands of cases.

Orange County Criminal Lawyer Law Firm is a law firm that practices solely criminal defense litigation. We have a strong focus in crminal cases. Cases range from simple first time offenses, high BAC cases, cases with one prior, cases with multiple priors, cases involving collision, cases involving injury, cases involving death, etc. We handle not only the court case, but also the DMV administrative hearings. Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of alcohol, drugs, and other substances that can cause one to be "under the influence." We won't just accept what the prosecutor or police says, we will do our own investigation and fight to control the faces. We are NOT a mill; we are a boutique law firm that truly cares about every single client. We take the time to know our clients; we require an in-person interview before taking on a client. Once we know our clients' individual needs, we craft a defense strategy to address those needs. From there, we have the skill, experience, and zeal to execute our strategy. DO NOT commit "life malpractice" by handling your own case, let us help you and show you the difference a great lawyer can make.

Criminal Defense

OC Criminal Defense Law Firm exclusively handles Criminal and DUI with an emphasis on Criminal defense with over 29 years of experience and thousands of cases.

OC Criminal Attorneys focus our practice strictly on criminal defense cases. Common cases include: DUI, domestic violence, theft, sex offenses, narcotics offenses, etc. Criminal cases often have extremely severe consequences, such as: probation, custody in jail and/or prison, loss of immigration status, loss of educational opportunities, loss of occupational opportunities, loss of voting privileges, loss of driving privileges, etc. We will appear in court to defend your right, your record, and get you the quality of justice you deserve. We've all heard of the infamous "affluenza" case, or similar tales in which people who can afford a top-notch defense is treated differently. Our goal is to provide that same level of top-notch defense at an affordable fee. Don't become a "victim" to the system; let us defend you against the system, and ensure that you received the highest quality of justice. DO NOT try to handle your own case, DO NOT take a chance. Imagine what your boss will say if they find out you are convicted of a crime. Imagine what your family will say. Imagine the difficulties you'll face by simply having an arrest on your record. Criminal cases are extremely serious and sensitive, you'll need a dedicated attorney who is on your side at all times. Let us show you the difference a 24-7 defense attorney can make. Call us now!


How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our lawyers come from a diverse background. With this diversity comes perspective. Everyday in court, a long list of defendants are in court facing charges. To the court and the prosecutor, all these defendants are merely case numbers. They are simply "the thirteenth DUI on calendar today." We disagree with that notion. We believe all of our clients to be human beings, with individual stories and needs. Our objective is to always humanize our clients, and to help the court and the prosecutor to view them as such. In short, we choose criminal defense because we understand that the criminal justice system is imperfect, and we strive to give our clients as close as we can get to true justice. Accidents happen, mistakes are made, but none of us should ever be defined by our worst moment. Our goal and our passion- is to ensure that our clients are viewed as individuals who made a mistake, and not "just another DUI on calendar."

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

All of our lawyers practice exclusively criminal defense, meaning this is not just one of our many practice fields! We have a wealth of experience handling all types of cases; state cases, federal cases, juvenile cases, adult cases, misdemeanors, felonies, etc. If you are facing an illness that can have life-shattering consequences, you would NEVER trust a doctor who practices general medicine. The same goes for a lawyer. Don't trust just any attorney; let our attorneys, all of whom focus solely on criminal defense, help defend your case. You'll see the difference that experience and tenacity makes when you put our law firm to work for you.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

For starters, we are not a mill, or a volume law firm. While some firms take on cases via the phone or the web, we REQUIRE an in-person interview with our clients before taking on a case. We truly care about our clients, and we refuse to treat clients as merely case numbers. We don't just pay lip service to the above; we show clients our genuine concern about them. All of our clients have our personal cellphone numbers; we are available 24-7 to answer questions. If you are ever in trouble, or need assistance in anyway, we are there for you. To us, the client always comes first. We also try our hardest to put our clients on a path for success. While some firms are only concerned with the court date, we help our clients before, during, and after the court date. We guide our clients before the court date to be prepared, we represent our clients in court, and we thoroughly explain the outcome of every court date with our clients after court. This way, clients not only get the best outcome, but also knows exactly how to maintain and maximize that outcome.

Thomas Filicia

Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Thomas Filicia serves as the Attorney of Counsel for the Orange County DUI Attorney Law Firm. Mr. Filicia's responsibilities as the Attorney of Counsel include thoroughly assessing each case, and consulting with the rest of the defense team to decide how every client's needs will be addressed. Mr. Filicia's attention to detail, team mentality, and communication skills has made him an invaluable member of our team.

Mr. Filicia was born and raised in San Diego and has been a resident of Southern California most of his life. He graduated from Syracuse University's College of Law, where he was a member of the school's American Bar Association Negotiation Team. During his time at Syracuse, Thomas developed a passion for criminal defense law, and clerked for a law firm that predominantly focused on criminal appeals. His clerkship required him to draft appellate briefs in various areas of criminal law, such as parole violations, domestic violence, rape, and murder. After graduating from law school, Thomas worked for one of San Diego's preeminent Construction Defect and HOA law firms. He is a member of the St. Thomas Moore society for Catholic Attorneys.

Before attending law school, Thomas studied communications at Loyola Marymount University, where he was a part of the varsity baseball team. He later earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy from St. John's University. During his time at St. John's, Mr. Filicia was a member of the University's Ethics Debate Team that competed in national competitions annually. Thomas is a passionate sports fan, who enjoys staying active, and rooting for the Padres, Lakers, and Cowboys.


Bar Number: 317442
California, 2017


Syracuse University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2015

David Ruyle

Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Mr. Ruyle was lead to the area of criminal defense when he was working in his other areas of practice which were Estate Planning, Business Planning and Bankruptcy. The families often had family members that got into trouble and needed a familiar face to help them out.

Other than practicing law his other passion is working with students advance in their intended careers as a lawyer or in within the criminal justice field. After becoming an attorney he began working with law students in preparation for the California Bar Exam. Each student must memorize more than a dozen subjects and apply that law in a 2 day written exam. He is the founder of BarPerfect that helps students apply a analytical writing methodology.. He has also worked as a professor in the criminal justice departments for Westwood College and the University of Phoenix were he conducts his classrooms with real world applicability.

He is often asked why he would want to become a police officer after being an attorney. His common answer is he wanted to understand the dynamics of a law enforcement institution and their limitations as well as what a patrol officer experienced on a daily basis. In the end he believed that officers are people too that have feelings and makes mistakes. The officer's that he worked with all had good intentions and really cared about the community they served.

When not working he has an appreciation for the dynamic topography of San Diego County from the ocean to the mountains. He often enjoys camping with his family and friends. He has found that there is no greater sense of community when people pack up their families for a weekend, turn off the devices and have more personal time.

His volunteer work has been recently more focused as a Master Mason and active member of Unity Lodge #632 in Normal Heights.


Trinity Law School
Juris Doctorate, 2004

Michael Taibi

Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys

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 25 years as a practicing attorney, by attorneys and judges alike, and has the knowledge and experience to properly handle virtually any matter.

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