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Felony and Misdemeanor Cases in Orange County

What Distinguishes a Misdemeanor Crime From a Felony?

At Law Office of Michael L. Guisti, we represent clients who have been charged with a wide variety of offenses at both the felony and misdemeanor levels. No matter how challenging a case may be, we are always prepared to provide capable and well-rounded defense, helping our clients with an increased chance of success.

Whatever the nature of your case may be, the charges you face fall under one of three categories:

1. Infractions

Minor offenses, including traffic offenses such as driving over the speed limit and violations of municipal codes, are considered infractions. Infractions can be penalized by a fine but not jail time.

2. Misdemeanors in Orange County

Offenses that violate the law but are considered less serious, including petty theft, marijuana possession, and driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), are misdemeanors. Just because a misdemeanor is not the gravest offense possible does not mean it isn't a crime. You could face expensive fines, up to a year in county jail, and / or probation. Our knowledgeable Orange County criminal defense lawyers may be able to get your charges reduced or dropped.

3. Felonies in California

Felonies encompass the most serious offenses, including sexual assault, homicide, weapons charges, and some drug crimes. Because you could face years in state prison, or even the death penalty in homicide cases, a felony charge must be taken very seriously. Our attorneys may be able to get the charges dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor in Santa Ana or another local city.

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Failing to speak with an equipped and qualified defense attorney means you could be jeopardizing your future. After your first conversation with our experienced lawyers, you'll feel informed about your case and possess a more complete understanding of the charges you face and what your options may be. Schedule a free consultation with a member of our team at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti. We proudly serve clients in Irvine and other cities in Orange County, CA.

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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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