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Orange County Criminal Threat Attorneys

Charged with CA Penal Code 422 PC?

Are you being accused of making criminal threats and don't know what to do? The Orange County criminal attorneys at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti will help explain the process and what your options are.

It is illegal to threaten someone with immediate harm that evokes fear in the person threatened and if convicted of making threats you could face one year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. In addition, the court can order you to perform up to 400 hours of community service.

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What Elements May Be Involved?

There are six elements a criminal threat needs to be considered creditable by police:

  • A willful threat to unlawfully kill or unlawfully inflict great bodily injury on another person
  • Threat (s) can be oral, written, or electronic threat
  • Intent that the statement be understood as threatening by the other person
  • Clear, immediate, unconditional, and specific communication to the other person of a serious intent to harm and the immediate prospect that the threat would be carried out
  • Threatened party had sustained fear for their own safety or for the safety of their immediate family
  • Reasonable fear under the circumstances on the part of the threatened

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"My wife and I got into an argument one night, somebody called the cops and I was arrested for making criminal threats. I have never been arrested before and didn't even know what to expect. A friend strongly recommended Orange County attorney Michael L. Guisti. Michael dismissed my criminal threat charges. If you're in trouble call Michael and he'll save you."

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Hire a Quality OC Criminal Defense Attorney to Defend You

Law Office of Michael L. Guisti will handle your criminal threat case in the best possible way to reduce your criminal charges or even have your case dismissed in the courts of Orange County.

We will guide you through the legal process, represent you in and out of court, give you the best possible options for your case, and will do everything possible to make this complicated time much easier for you.

Call our firm at (714) 530-9690 today so we can put our experience to work for you!

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Additional Information

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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“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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“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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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

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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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