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Guisti Website Ranked in Top 50

By Michael Guisti on September 25, 2017

Guisti websiteIt’s been a high-profile year for the Law Office of Michael S. Guisti. Read the rest »

Posted in: Firm News

Orange County Jailers Injuring Inmates

By Michael Guisti on September 20, 2017

mma-2282013_1920The OC Register recently chronicled the role that excessive force plays in Orange County and Southern California jails. The issue mostly relates to how jailers hold the inmates.

The technique is called “chicken winging.” It’s slang that refers to a hold in which the prisoner’s arms are held behind his back and pushed up towards the shoulders. This method can cause severe pain, sprain ligaments, and even break bones. Read the rest »

Posted in: In the News

OC Church Vandals: Were Drugs or Mental Illness Involved?

By Michael Guisti on September 10, 2017

graffiti-2724511_1920Toward the end of August, two brothers barricaded themselves inside Harvest Orange County, the famed home church of Pastor Greg Laurie. The East Bay Times reports that the men entered the church at night and began to vandalize the grounds. They smashed a glass door and caused minor damage to other rooms. The men also brought a replica rifle, but their reasoning is unclear. Read the rest »

Posted in: Drug Crimes

OC Teacher Charged with Lewd Acts with Children

By Michael Guisti on August 30, 2017

flute-2245041_1920On July 20, a music teacher in Orange County was charged with committing lewd acts on two young female students. Randal Letcher Scott, owner of Music Town—a music education business with locations in Cypress and Irvine—allegedly victimized two young girls in a sexual manner. Read the rest »

Posted in: Sex Crimes

US Marine Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault in the OC

By Michael Guisti on August 8, 2017

handcuffs-2102488_1280The OC Register recently reported that a US Marine Corps sergeant was arrested after a sexual assault allegation. The assault was said to have occurred during his stint as a volunteer for Marina High School’s track and field team.

A young woman (who was 17 years old at the time) alleges that Gonzalo Castro, a San Clemente resident, took advantage of their “coach–athlete relationship” and assaulted her on an off-campus run. Castro was on active duty at the time and also worked as a Marine recruiter at Ocean View High school. Read the rest »

Posted in: Sex Crimes

Death in OC Jail: Who’s to Blame?

By Michael Guisti on July 26, 2017

Tina Wu, sister of Danny Pham, with her attorney Michael Guisti, talks with the media in Santa Ana, California, on Monday, July 24, 2017. Danny Pham, who was serving a 180-day sentence for car theft, was killed in his jail cell on July 3. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Tina Wu, sister of Danny Pham, with her attorney Michael Guisti, talks with the media in Santa Ana, California, on Monday, July 24, 2017. Danny Pham, who was serving a 180-day sentence for car theft, was killed in his jail cell on July 3.
(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Danny Pham was a skinny, 27-year-old cosmetology student who grew up in Westminster, California.

Described as “just a sweet kid,” Danny had a good family, direction, goals. Then he messed up. He took a car that wasn’t his and went “joyriding” one night. He was caught, pled guilty, and surrendered to serve six months in the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana.

Danny Pham is dead. Read the rest »

Posted in: In the News

Petty Theft: How Penalties Can Increase

By Michael Guisti on July 7, 2017

handcuffsAs you may know, California differentiates theft into two categories: petty and grand. Petty theft is usually theft of property under $950 (with specific exceptions to this rule) and grand usually refers to theft over $950.

Petty theft may sound small, but the consequences are not. In fact, there are different scenarios when the penalties are increased. Let’s take a look at different California codes and how they punish petty theft violations. Read the rest »

Posted in: Theft Crimes

Recognize the Signs of Domestic Violence

By Michael Guisti on June 27, 2017

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. In addition, anyone can be an abuser, no matter their cultural or economic background.

Victims of abuse may not always be forthcoming about what they are going through, so being able to recognize abuse can be helpful to you and your loved ones. Read the rest »

Posted in: Domestic Violence

5 Ways That You Can Be a Victim of Wire Fraud

By Michael Guisti on June 21, 2017

creditWith the growth of new technology, criminals have found new ways to take advantage of us. It seems like every month there is another scheme your friend and coworkers are warning you about. From emails to Facebook posts, we have never been more susceptible to wire fraud.

So how can you help prevent wire fraud? Well, the first step is understanding how fraud can occur. Once you understand these criminal techniques, you can identify (and prevent) fraud. Read the rest »

Posted in: White Collar Crimes

Watch Out, Guardians! Come May 27th, You’re Being Falsely Imprisoned at California Adventure!

By Michael Guisti on April 26, 2017

 

guardians2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a smash hit. Appealing to space-action-comedy lovers (apparently, that’s a lot of us), the Marvel-based movie with characters Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, and Rocket won over audiences to the tune of $700 million worldwide…and a sequel.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is due for release on May 5, and just a few weeks later, Disney is unveiling its tie-in, brand-new ride at California Adventure park in Anaheim. Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout may be interactive fun and games for Disney park-hoppers, but it’s also a stellar example of false imprisonment.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

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