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Michael C. MacNeil is a San Diego Family Law and Criminal Defense attorney. With a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, MacNeil has a solid understanding of our justice system. As a member of the State Bar of California, MacNeal can practice before all courts in the state. MacNeil believes that the law should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial status. With over 20 years of experience, Michael C. MacNeil is passionate about the law and will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you. Call Mr. MacNeil at 858-922-7098.

The Future of ICE Detention Centers in California

California has been a leader in immigration reform over the past few years, and the enactment of the Alternate Plea Act in 2022 is clear evidence. This innovative law now ensures legal protection for undocumented immigrants and citizens facing specific drug-related offenses. Despite this, a surprising amount of individuals remain uninformed regarding ice detention centers […]

Criminal Justice Lawyers & California Criminal Justice Reform

As criminal justice systems across the nation continue to address mass incarceration, police brutality, and racial profiling, many people are left wondering what this means for them. In California, criminal justice reform is a hot topic, and many different voices have been clamoring for change for years. The cost of our broken system is staggering […]


Although most people assume battery and assault charges are the same, they are two different crimes in California. Battery falls under California Penal Code 242PC, and assault falls under Penal Code 240PC. The difference between assault and battery is what the result of the action looks like: did the alleged assailant go through with their […]

About Non-Violent Crimes in California

Changes to Penalties for Non-Violent Crimes  Republicans and Democrats have been arguing over proposed changes to Proposition 47, the law passed in 2014 that lessened penalties for many non-violent offenses in California.The law could be changed, with penalties increased, or it could be repealed completely.  With these changes possibly coming and affecting your sentence or […]

Understanding Unmarried Fathers’ Rights in California

In California, more than 35% of babies are born out of wedlock. Cultural norms are evolving, but this trend presents some unique complications in the event of a custody dispute. What happens if the father wants custody or visitation rights? We’re here to clear up the confusion about unmarried fathers’ rights in California.   Does an […]

About Child Custody for Unmarried Mothers in California

You have just experienced one of your life’s joyous occasions—the birth of your bundle of joy. At the same time, you’re experiencing one of life’s greatest nightmares—a custody squabble with the child’s father, as you are not currently married to him. The question is, what are unmarried mothers’ custody rights in California? And does the […]

A Guide to Uncontested Divorce in California

When two people take their wedding vows, the last thing that they want is for their spiritual and civil union to end before “death do us part.” There’s plenty of data to suggest that marriages in the U.S. are more resilient than previously believed.  While it’s hard to pin down divorce statistics, the old 50 […]

Domestic Violence Statistics in San Diego

Domestic violence remains a serious problem across the United States, as about 20 individuals are abused by their intimate partners each minute nationwide. This amounts to 10 million–plus men and women. San Diego is no different when it comes to the prevalence of domestic violence in “the birthplace of California.” Let’s take an objective look […]

Guide to California’s Criminal Codes and What They Mean for You

Learning about the way California processes criminal charges helps you understand the way your criminal defense case may be approached. California’s Criminal charges codes are organized into a series of acts on many different subjects, the most prominent being the Penal Code of California. From there, the text expands into legal jargon which isn’t always […]

Handling Child Endangerment & Neglect Charges During Divorce Cases

Divorce is a messy process that brings up a lot of people’s dirty business. Among that dirty business is a child’s wellbeing. In some cases, this can even include child endangerment under the California penal code. Managing child custody during a divorce case is already difficult. When California child endangerment charges surface, you’ve opened up […]

How Fathers Can Prepare for Custody Battles

  As a dad, you take pride in being able to see your children grow up and become independent contributors to the world around them. When you’re contending with a highly contested divorce, however, in which child custody and child support are in question, and where the mother may be more likely to be granted […]

How Pending Criminal Charges Impact Your Divorce Case

You have chosen to part ways with your spouse, and you can’t help but to feel a sense of relief in the middle of your divorce-fueled emotional whirlwind. Unfortunately, figuring out how to navigate your divorce isn’t your only problem right now, as either you or your soon-to-be-ex is now also facing a criminal charge […]