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A Tale in Criminal Justice: STOP! (Kidnapping) In The Name Of Love. Wayne’s Story.

By Michael Guisti on February 18, 2021

Cal Pen Code § 207. Kidnapping defined:

(a) Every person who forcibly, or by any other means of instilling fear, steals or takes, or holds, detains, or arrests any person in this state, and carries the person into another country, state, or county, or into another part of the same county, is guilty of kidnapping.

One day I was sitting in my office on a late, sunny afternoon when I received a call from a young Vietnamese man. For the sake of this story, I will call him Wayne. Wayne told me that he needed help because the sheriffs were looking for him.

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New Claims in Orange County Jail Death Case

By Michael Guisti on March 4, 2018

pexels-photo-340585The Orange County jail system continues to disappoint Southern California, many months after the death of Danny Pham.

Pham, an inmate, was killed in an OC jail cell in July of 2017. Attorney Michael Guisti filed a wrongful death claim on behalf of Pham’s family against Orange County in January 2018, which alleges that the OC Sherriff’s Department placed Pham in a cell with an admitted double-murderer, who then strangled him. In addition, the jail staff did not follow protocol in housing locations and mandatory cell checks, only discovering the murder three hours later. Read the rest »

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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 »

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Michelle Suzanne Hadley’s Timeline – How the Story Finally Unfolded

By Michael Guisti on January 19, 2017

A story with all the twists and turns of a feature film or an episode of “Dateline,” and as diabolical and convoluted as the plot of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” came to an end on January 9th, 2017—or at least it did for Michelle Suzanne Hadley of Ontario, California, whose life has been a surreal nightmare for the last eight months. Here is her bizarre story in a chronological timeline:

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Law Office of Michael L. Guisti 2016 Scholarship Winner!

By Michael Guisti on June 30, 2016

Reviewing all of these scholarship applications certainly kept us busy, especially this last month or so! Now, the moment all of our applicants have been waiting for. After receiving more than 1200 applications and selecting 10 finalists, our law firm is proud to announce that the winner of the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti 2016 Scholarship is…

Victor A. of Powder Springs, Georgia!

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Law Office of Michael L. Guisti 2016 Scholarship Finalists!

By Michael Guisti on June 15, 2016

We were quite impressed with the near 1200 applications we received from talented students across the country! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to visit our website and share your inspiring essays with us for the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti 2016 Scholarship. It was long, meticulous process, but after careful consideration, we arrived at our list of finalists. So here, in no particular order, are those finalists: Read the rest »

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90% of Orange County Cases End in Conviction

By Michael Guisti on June 13, 2016

Orange County Criminal Defense AttorneyWhat kind of attorney do you need?

A real fighter who’ll kick some DA A–?

An attorney who knows all the judges and prosecutors and meets with them socially?

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Michael Guisti Named Top Attorney in Coast Magazine

By Michael Guisti on March 3, 2016

For Michael Guisti, being a successful attorney comes down to determination – and it shows. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Guisti has made a name for himself as one of the most formidable criminal defense attorneys operating in Southern California.

Whether you’ve been charged with DUI, juvenile offenses, federal crime, gang related issues, or assault and battery, you can count on the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti to be there every step of the way. He is so active in the community that Avvo recently named Michael one of the top attorneys in the area. The featured article can be found in Coast Magazine – a regional publication that explores a variety of different topics, from community events to local news, impacting Orange County. Read the rest »

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In The Courtroom Truth Can be More Frustrating Than Fiction

By Michael Guisti on February 11, 2015

We all know how trials work on TV and in the movies. The prosecution and the defense make their opening statements, question some witnesses and then after a few closing remarks the jury renders a verdict. On a show like Law & Order, the whole thing might take half an hour or less.

And even though we all know intellectually that drama can’t be complete accurate, it can set up certain expectations when we find ourselves in a new situation. For example, on TV suspects are read their Miranda rights as soon as they’re arrested, but in real life police don’t have to inform you of your rights until they intend to question you.

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