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There are few experiences in this world as isolating as being arrested. If you've been through the process before – stripped of your freedom and locked away – you know the feeling all too well. It can be devastating and, in some instances, feel as though the world and everyone in it is against you. If you are currently facing an arrest situation, it is critical to have competent support at your side - an individual that not only understands your position, from a personal standpoint, but is prepared to aggressively defend it in a court of law. You need a legal advocate that has your best interests in mind, and is prepared to go that extra mile to ensure your protection.

If you've been arrested in Orange County and face criminal charges, it is time to contact the understanding attorneys at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti. Whether you've been brought in for something minor or face multiple felony charges, Attorney Michael Guisti has earned a reputation as a fierce representative who dedicates every available resource to the defense of his clients. Once he takes up your case, he sees it completely through. Let his years of experience as a litigator, negotiator, and tireless advocate work in your favor. Remember – you have the right to a fair trial and Law Office of Michael L. Guisti is prepared to ensure you are provided that and much more.

Dial (714) 530-9690 today and schedule your free consultation with Attorney Guisti. Don't wait for local law enforcement to build their case against you. Take action now before it becomes too late!

We handle a wide variety of criminal cases, including but not limited to the following:

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The Best Defense is a Good Offense

In order for our team to effectively represent you before a judge and prosecutor, we'll need information – and lots of it. Our job is to defend your supposed actions, or lack thereof, and show that the state's accusations are questionable at best. We do this by going on the attack and hunting down all the facts and falsehoods surrounding your arrest. Our methodology is a proactive one, founded upon the following core fundamentals:

Request: Following our initial consult, we will begin by requesting and collecting all viable information concerning your arrest. Depending on the charges, this can include, but is not limited to, police reports, surveillance video, witness statements, photos, and any other pertinent documentation.

Research: Once we have compiled all the appropriate sources, we will begin our investigation. This can include visiting the scene of the crime to obtain additional facts on the case, conducting background checks on all witnesses and potential victims, reviewing all supplied documentation for potential errors, and utilizing the services of a private investigator.

Reliability: From that point, we will take all the evidence and information we have gathered and test it accordingly. This could mean potentially sending items off to a laboratory to be tested or hiring a professional to test the reliability of a reconstructed scene or sample.

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Our Goal = Your Freedom

As professionals working within the field of criminal defense, we have witnessed the kind of personal and professional devastation that can come with a conviction. Families can be separated for years at a time and financial ruin always seems to be right around the corner. At Law Office of Michael L. Guisti we are dedicated to helping those who have been accused of a crime avoid these kinds of disasters and successfully move on with their lives. Whether we accomplish this by having the charges dropped, reduced, or eventually thrown out, we won't quit until the job is complete. Our criminal defense team provides efficient, cost-effective, and aggressive representation and we will never relent from pursuing a positive outcome on your behalf.

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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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