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Filing a Motion for a New Trial in OC

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If you or someone you know were recently convicted of a crime, but there was some kind of misconduct by the court or jury or new evidence has since been discovered, contact Law Office of Michael L. Guisti for help filing a motion for a new trial. Jury trials are subject to several mistakes that can lead you to being wrongfully convicted. Everyone has the right to fair trial; we are dedicated to defending that right.

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What is a Motion for a New Trial in Orange County?

Simply put: a motion for a new trial is a request for a fresh start for your trial. The original trial will be disregarded and the slate will be wiped clean for a brand new trial. It's typically filed when an attorney discovers jury misconduct, prosecutorial misconduct, insufficient evidence or new evidence. The motion must be submitted to the court prior to sentencing or before the judge grants probation or rules that you have an addiction or severe mental disorder.

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What Happens When the Judge Hears My Motion?

The judge can make one of the following rulings:

  • Grant a new trial
  • Deny a new trial
  • Modify the verdict to include a lesser offense or reduce the degree of the charge

The judge must rule on whether or not to grant you a new trial within 20 days (or up to 30 days with an extension) following a verdict in your felony case. Should the judge fail to make a ruling within that timeframe you will automatically be granted a new trial.

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"Nobody anywhere would believe I wasn't guilty of this serious crime, all except Michael L. Guisti. I told by a public defender to plead guilty and go to jail for a time, or if it went to trial I could go to jail for decades. I tried to explain there was something else that would prove I was not guilty of this crime, and time was needed to find it. Nobody in court listened to me. My family found attorney Michael L. Guisti, told him what happened, and Michael L. Guisti and everybody who works for him looked at my case, and got the missing evidence. Michael L. Guisti got me a new trial and I was found not guilty. Thanks to Guisti I got a new trial and am out of jail. Thank you thank you thank you Michael L. Guisti."

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Call Law Office of Michael L. Guisti at (714) 530-9690 Now!

If you feel you didn't have a fair day in court, protect your rights, freedom and reputation by filing for a new trial. Whether it's human error or an intentional misconduct, our attorneys can help ensure that someone else's mistake doesn't result in your wrongful conviction. Call an Orange County criminal defense attorney at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti to ensure justice is served. We look forward to helping protect your legal rights.

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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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