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Former Garden Grove Woman Avoids Seven-Year Sentence

By Michael Guisti on April 9, 2018

crime-handcuffs_412951If you’ve made a mistake and committed a crime, all is not lost. Humans make mistakes, and our California legal system has provisions that give a person a second chance. There may still be consequences, but they will probably be less severe if you have an experienced legal advocate on your side.

Take the case of a woman who formerly served as president of Garden Grove Little League. Read the rest »

Posted in: Theft Crimes

New Claims in Orange County Jail Death Case

By Michael Guisti on March 4, 2018

pexels-photo-340585The Orange County jail system continues to disappoint Southern California, many months after the death of Danny Pham.

Pham, an inmate, was killed in an OC jail cell in July of 2017. Attorney Michael Guisti filed a wrongful death claim on behalf of Pham’s family against Orange County in January 2018, which alleges that the OC Sherriff’s Department placed Pham in a cell with an admitted double-murderer, who then strangled him. In addition, the jail staff did not follow protocol in housing locations and mandatory cell checks, only discovering the murder three hours later. Read the rest »

Posted in: Firm News

When “Swatting” Goes Wrong

By Michael Guisti on February 26, 2018

police-275875_1920Just a few years ago, the Internet was filled with kids shoving spoonfuls of cinnamon into their mouths. Now, some have switched cinnamon out for Tide pods. Many outlandish trends are emerging in this digital age, and a truly dangerous one has erupted—swatting.

So, what is swatting? Read the rest »

Posted in: In the News

Mom Tried to Stop Bullying, Now Facing Felony

By Michael Guisti on February 18, 2018

woman-1006102_1920 (1)What would you do to protect your child?

That question, no doubt, crossed the mind of Virginia parent Sarah Sims. Her daughter was being bullied by other children at school. Sims contacted the school, located in Norfolk, but never got a response. Read the rest »

Posted in: In the News

Time for Super Bowl Parties (and DUIs)

By Michael Guisti on January 29, 2018

pexels-photo-270085Break out the nachos, chicken wings, and beer! It’s Super Bowl time! Time for you to watch silly commercials while cheering on your favorite team—or the one that offends you less. For you non-sporty folk, it’s time to play fun drinking games, like drink every time a celebrity randomly pops up in a commercial, or drink every time Justin Timberlake goes for a high note. Whatever else you do on Super Bowl Sunday, try not to drink and drive. Cops are on the lookout, and they have quotas to meet. Read the rest »

Posted in: DUI

Florida Cops Mistook Doughnut for Meth

By Michael Guisti on January 12, 2018

glazed-donut-992767_1920You read that right. It sounds like a scene from a comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco, but it was very real for 64-year-old Daniel Rushing of Orlando, Florida.

And the icing on the cake (doughnut)? This isn’t the only time cops have mistaken a harmless substance for drugs! A similar situation happened again to another Floridian, Karlos Cashe, earlier in 2017. Read the rest »

Posted in: Drug Crimes

In 2018, You’re Free to Smoke Marijuana…Sort Of

By Michael Guisti on January 2, 2018

weed-837125_1280Marijuana is now legal for recreational use as of January 1, 2018. Before you go on a free-for-all, keep these rules in mind. Read the rest »

Posted in: Drug Crimes

Jail Confession Scandal: Corruption in Orange County

By Michael Guisti on November 30, 2017

pexels-photo-690800You don’t have to watch TV shows to hear about grand political scandals. Orange County jail troubles seem to be popping out of everywhere lately. In the latest addition to the never-ending saga, public defender Scott Sanders recently sat down with OC Weekly to discuss one of the biggest criminal justice scandals in OC history. Read the rest »

Posted in: In the News

Is Social Media Making Crimes Worse?

By Michael Guisti on October 30, 2017

social-1989152_1920Social media has become an integral part of many people’s lives today, for better or worse. While some people love how it connects them to their communities (or to the Kardashians and other celebrity favorites), others see it as one of society’s biggest disappointments. It’s a polarizing topic for sure, especially when you think about the implications it has on our culture. Read the rest »

Posted in: Criminal Defense

The Difference Between Drugged and Drunk Driving

By Michael Guisti on October 23, 2017

pocket-2324214_1920Driving while drugged or drunk is extremely dangerous. But which is worse? That answer seems to change each year. In fact, a recent Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report asserts that drugged driving surpassed drunk driving in driver deaths. Still, researchers say that more research is needed in this field.

In the legal world, drugged and drunk driving both fall under “driving under the influence.” Although they are related, they are not the same. Knowing the differences can be useful in fighting DUI charges, so let’s explore them. Read the rest »

Posted in: DUI

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