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Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney

Why I Became a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Since 1999, award-winning criminal defense lawyer Michael Guisti has defended individuals accused of crimes throughout Orange County.

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Why should you entrust your case to founding attorney, Michael Guisti?

We believe that our clients deserve a fair trial and will do whatever it takes to ensure they receive one. Because the success of a case rests largely on the defense attorney your choice of legal representation is a significant one. Retaining our firm's criminal defense lawyer is a decision you can feel confident in.

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Everything about our firm is geared toward meeting the needs of our clients. Select a city near you for information specific to your area.

We Solve Unique Cases with Unique Strategies

Rather than stuffing your case into a cookie-cutter solution, we take the time to address your concerns and create a strategy based on your individual needs. We view our clients as people, something that enables us to effectively defend your innocence.

Our firm understands the seriousness of your charges and is intentional about combatting anything the prosecution may present. We operate swiftly, efficiently, and with strategic intention. Having successfully handled a wide range of misdemeanors, felonies, and federal cases, Attorney Guisti is no stranger to the criminal justice system.

Don't take chances – put an award-winning firm behind you!

It can be frightening to be arrested and face criminal charges. Fortunately, you are not alone during this time. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of your case and offer compassionate support along the way. You can appear in court with confidence with Attorney Michael Guisti by your side.

Whether you're facing a felony or a misdemeanor, don't risk a conviction. Act quickly to redeem your reputation and protect your record by consulting with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Call today to schedule your free consultation.

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Client Reviews

“It was strongly recommended that I call federal defense attorney Michael L. Guisti. He had several investigators look at records and such, and my federal case was dismissed. Michael Guisti does what few attorneys can do, beat the federal government, and that is why if you’re in trouble with the government you need to call Michael Guisti right away!”

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“I had everything to lose, my future, my education. Basically I did something that got me a misdemeanor, and the judge wanted to give a guilty plea. But Michael Guisti would not back down. Instead he fought for me, and now my record is clean.”

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“Back in 2003 I was facing attempted murder. My family hired Michael Guisti to represent me. He is a very good attorney. He always answered my calls, addressed my questions and concerns, and kept me updated about my case. Thank you Michael Guisti for winning my case. I highly recommend anyone facing a criminal charge to see Michael Guisti.”

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Case Results

sex crimes

Case Dropped

Young man charged and arrested for sexual battery.


Case Dropped

Man charged with assault with a deadly weapon for hitting someone in the face with a heavy metal dust pan.

drug crimes

Served Less Than 30 Days in Jail

Young man charged with selling 1000 tabs of ecstasy to undercover officer.

Attempted Murder

Reduced to Assault With Deadly Weapon

Young man knocks the eye out his victim with a metal pipe. Charged with attempted murder and aggravated mayhem. Both cases carried life sentences.

Assault & Battery

Serves 80 Days on Work Furlough

Woman arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon using scissors on a co-worker.

Vehicular Assault

Serves 80 Days on Work Furlough

Man charged with three felony counts of vehicular assault with a deadly weapon.


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Dear valued clients, due to the COVID-19 virus and out of respect for the community, our office is offering our services remotely via phone and video. Please call or email us through our web contact form and we would be happy to discuss your case. Watch Michael L. Guisti's COVID-19 Public Service Announcement.

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