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Understand California’s Mayhem Laws

By Michael Guisti on March 18, 2021

California courts can issue harsh punishments for violent crimes, often requiring defendants to serve long prison sentences for assault and battery, especially if the incident involved a firearm or weapon. While the majority of these cases involve physical fights or violent robberies, California also has unique laws against disfiguring a victim. A mayhem charge allows courts to punish defendants with extensive penalties for disabling or disfiguring victims.

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Claiming Self-Defense in an Assault Case

By Michael Guisti on March 19, 2020

Let’s say that someone attempted to mug you on your way home or attacked you at a party and you chose to fight back to defend yourself. However, after this incident, the other individual claims that you accosted them and are charging you with assault. At this point, you and your criminal defense attorney may consider it a case of self-defense. But what does that mean legally? How do California courts assess self-defense?

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Avoid Fighting The Crowds This Holiday Season – Literally

By Michael Guisti on December 4, 2015

Holiday SeasonThe Christmas holiday brings out the best in everyone, doesn’t it? It is a time for friends, family, and neighbors to come together in joyous celebration. A time that allows the whole nation to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. In many respects, it does feel like the most wonderful time of the year. Unless of course you find yourself involved in Black Friday brawl or a holiday function gone bad. Then you may be wondering – what is the best way for me to avoid ending up in jail in 2016?  Read the rest »

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Assault With a Deadly Weapon: Guns, Knives, and Ceramic Tiles?

By Michael Guisti on November 10, 2015

Assault with a Deadly WeaponWhen most people hear the phrase “assault with a deadly weapon” on the news, they assume that a gun or a knife was involved. If you’ve been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, it’s safe to assume whatever you had in your hand could do some serious damage. Whether that item was a knife, a gun, or some other object, it all equals up to the same charge.  Read the rest »

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