About Michael J. McCabe Lawyer

Michael J. McCabe Attorney at Law

San Diego Criminal Defense Law Practice

Criminal Defense Attorney San Diego CA Michael J. McCabe


1985 to Present:
Currently a sole practitioner specializing in criminal defense
(California and Federal, trial, appellate and habeas corpus) as well as criminal and civil forfeiture cases, since approximately 1985.

Partner-Savitz, McCabe, and Wells/Savitz, McCabe and Schmid

Trial Attorney -Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.


J.D., Magna Cum Laude, University of San Diego School of Law -1972
B.S., Biology, University of San Diego -1969


  • Past-president (2003), San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club
  • Member-California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Counsel of Record in more than 60 reported appellate decisions.

Member-State Bar of California (SBN54078), U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, as well as the District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eigth and Ninth Circuit and
Supreme Court of the United States.

  • Recipient ACLU Ceil Podoloff Award-1992
  • Recipient- Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year Award, San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association -1984
  • President, Defenders Board of Directors, 1983-1985.
  • AV Rated – Martindale-Hubbell

Medical Marijuana Defense Notable Cases

  • Trial and Appellate Counsel in Landmark Case of People V Konow 2004 32 Cal. 4th 995 – a patient/defendant may suggest that the court dismiss the case ” in the interest of justice”,The Court has the power to do so.
  • Trial Counsel in People v Howard, Vista Superior Court No. CN276134 – Charges of felony possession of hashish, felony attempted vandalism and disturbing the peace by loud noise dismissed at preliminary hearing.