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How to Pick an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Orange County

Everyone knows that the best thing you can do for yourself if you've been arrested or charged with a crime is to hire a criminal defense attorney. Unfortunately, most people don't really know how to go about finding a defense attorney that can succeed in having the charges against them reduced or dismissed.

For most people in Orange County, the only contact they have with criminal defense lawyers is when they serve Jury Duty at Superior Court in Santa Ana, Fullerton, Newport Beach, or Westminster. However, once you actually have need of an attorney, time is of the essence. The more time you spend trying to make up your mind, the more time the prosecution has to build a case against you.

Remember that there are dire consequences for a criminal conviction. Beyond the penalties and fines, there is a strong social stigma attached to being convicted or even accused of a crime. Particularly here in Orange County. That's why you need to have a strong litigator with a proven record of success on your side when you go to court.

My practice, Law Office of Michael L. Guisti, has received a 10.0 or “Superb” ratting from Avvo and was also named their “Client's Choice” for Criminal Defense in 2014. We've also been named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and are listed in the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Receiving this kind of professional recognition from my peers is highly gratifying, but pales in comparison to the goodwill I have received from the many clients that I have helped while practicing law since 1999.

I'm proud of the work I've done to help my clients over the years, and you can find a listing of our most recent case results on my website. The website also has an extensive listing of client testimonials that showcase the ways in which our work has made a positive impact and occasions when I have appeared in local media to discuss a case or an important legal issue.

Now it might seem like I'm bragging, but I have the record to back it up. While I can't guarantee that the charges against you will be dismissed or that you will be acquitted at trial. I guarantee that when you hire me, you're getting one of the toughest, sharpest, and most passionate criminal defense lawyers in Orange County. I'm not afraid to take on difficult cases and I never give up on my clients. I've successfully defended clients from all over Southern California against charges like rape, murder, theft, fraud, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and DUI.

My firm's success has allow us to open offices in Irvine, Newport Beach, and Garden Grove which gives us better access to local courts and makes us more convenient for our clients. When you come to our firm, we'll do everything in our power to make you feel more comfortable about your case. We also offer foreign language assistance as needed.

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.

(714) 530-9690

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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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