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Liquor License Defense

Alcohol sales are a key part of business plans for bars, restaurants, and pubs all around Orange County. We know that it's important for you to be able to serve alcohol, and a defense attorney from our firm will do everything in our power to help you regain your liquor license. If you own a business that's been accused of serving alcohol to minors, the criminal defense team at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti is ready to offer you the defense representation you need.

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What Is Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor?

As the name suggests, furnishing alcohol to minors is service alcohol to minors under the legal drinking age of 21. Because this involves a professional license, intent is not necessarily an element of discussion when it comes to furnishing alcohol to minors. It does not matter if you didn't know that the person was below 21 years of age; if you served alcohol to a minor, you could lose your license regardless of your knowledge or intent.

For serving someone under 21, you could face the following penalties:

  • A $250 fine
  • 24-32 hours of community service in an alcohol/drug treatment facility, or in a coroner's office
  • Alcohol license suspension by The Alcohol Beverage Control Department (ABC) for up to 15 days (first offense), 25 days (second offense), or life (third offense)

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Shoulder Tap Program

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has created the Decoy Shoulder Tap Program. This, according to ABC, uses decoy minors to see if stores are selling alcohol to underage individuals. Unlike certain illegal entrapment laws, the California Supreme Court ruled that minor decoys could be used by law enforcement to check up on licensed establishments.

There are certain defenses that could lead to possible reduction or dismissal of charges:

  • The minor possessed a bona fide, genuine government issued ID claiming legal age
  • The defendant had reason to conclude the ID was real
  • The defendant had reason to believe the minor was over 21
  • The minor who received alcohol look considerably older than their age
  • The person who checked the ID lacked proper training or capacity to recognize forged ID's (possible reduction of charges)

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"My business was accused of selling alcohol to minors and the state was planning on taking our liquor license away, but Orange County attorney Michael L. Guisti saved our license. Without Michael L. Guisti we would have lost our business."

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Call an Irvine Liquor License Attorney

As a business owner, being accused of serving alcohol to minors is a serious problem. You may lose your business license, your reputation, and a potentially significant amount of time and money. If you need a defense attorney in Orange County, you should call Law Office of Michael L. Guisti at (714) 530-9690 right away.

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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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“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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