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Costa Mesa Criminal Defense Attorney

Arrested in Costa Mesa?

Costa Mesa is home to the South Coast Plaza and John Wayne Airport, and Costa Mesa is often the first place people see when they arrive in Orange County, which means Costa Mesa Police are very aggressive on crime, and if you've been arrested for a crime or DUI our attorney specializes in handling all Felony or Misdemeanor criminal cases at the Harbor Justice Center.

We have over a decade of experience dealing with criminal cases minor and major, and if you've been arrested, cited or charged with a crime you must call us right away for a free consultation at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti so our Harbor Court specialists can get you the best possible result.

We know you need somebody right away, and if you've been arrested in the afternoon we'll be here for you in the evening so you can get the answers you deserve and begin to put this behind you.

Our Costa Mesa Criminal Lawyers and Costa Mesa Drunk Driving Attorneys are very aggressive from the moment we receive your case we immediately begin working with the Orange County District Attorney and prosecutors at the Harbor Justice Center that could lead to your case being dismiss or your charges being greatly reduced.

The Kind of Cases We Handle

Our Costa Mesa criminal attorneys handle EVERY type of criminal case at Harbor Court and by calling (949) 566-8368 your case will be handled in a professional matter. While our lawyers have successfully handle a wide range of criminal cases below are some of the more common cases our Costa Mesa criminal attorneys have successfully defended against.

Costa Mesa is home to the world famous South Coast Plaza and home to several major corporations, and Costa Mesa Police are very aggressive going after shoplifters and people accused of theft crimes. If you've been arrested for shoplifting, burglary, robbery or any other theft crime you must contact the Costa Mesa theft attorneys so we can defend you against theft charges such as petty theft, grand theft, embezzlement and other misdemeanor and felony theft charges.

Costa Mesa is rapidly becoming a popular place for bars and clubs, and Costa Mesa Police have responded with DUI patrols and DUI checkpoints. If you've been arrested for DUI you must contact our Costa Mesa DUI lawyer right away, because DUI arrests are not as clear-cut as it may seem and they're ways we can prove you really weren't DUI, so call us and we can work to get your license back and put this behind you.

Assault and Battery
Assault and battery are often associated with domestic violence cases, but they're other possible ways you could face assault and battery charges. The most common way people face assault and battery is often the result of a fight perhaps at a bar or club. If you've been arrested it's very important to contact our Costa Mesa assault and battery lawyer specialists.

Domestic Violence
Costa Mesa is very serious when it comes to domestic violence and if you've been arrested charges could include, making criminal threats, child endangerment, assault and battery, domestic battery, corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, or elder abuse, which is why you need to get in contact with our Costa Mesa domestic violence lawyer right away.

Sex Crimes
We know this is a very serious allegation and if you've been arrested for rape, statutory rape, lewd acts, indecent exposure, sexual battery, sexual assault, child molestation, prostitution or other sex crime it's very important to contact our Costa Mesa sex crimes lawyer specialists right now. We understand the sensitivity of this charge and our meeting will be confidential.

About Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa, located between the ocean, Disneyland and John Wayne Airport, is in the middle of the excitement that makes up Orange County, but what brings people to Costa Mesa is one of World's most popular destinations, the South Coast Plaza.

The South Coast Plaza is not just a typical Southern California suburban mall, in fact the owners will tell you to, "never call the South Coast Plaza a mall," but an experience in luxury shopping. Many people from around the world specifically go to Costa Mesa just to shop at the South Coast Plaza. As such the Costa Mesa Police Department vigorously makes sure the South Coast Plaza is crime-free, and that means aggressively catching and prosecuting shoplifters.

Shoplifting cases for petty theft and grand theft are tried at the Harbor Justice Center, and this is where the Costa Mesa criminal attorneys at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti come in for you. Our legal team has established professional relationships with numerous Orange County prosecutors at the Harbor Justice Center and law enforcement officials throughout South County, which greatly benefits our clients accused of shoplifting and other crimes.

Call an Attorney with Years of Experience

If you're facing a shoplifting charge, or any other kind of criminal charge, contact Law Office of Michael L. Guisti. Our OC criminal defense lawyer has extensive experience with the Orange County court system and can help you make the most of your situation.

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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