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San Diego Criminal Attorney

San Diego County is the third largest county by population in California, just behind Orange County, its neighbor to the north. Its cities have a combined population of over 3 million, including residents of San Diego, Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, Chula Vista, and Carlsbad. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in San Diego County, one of the most important things you can do is obtain representation by an experienced Southern California Criminal Defense Lawyer.

The seasoned criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti have over a decade of experience defending clients at the San Diego County Superior Court, both in state and federal court. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of criminal cases, from misdemeanor to felony charges. Some of these crimes include grand theft, federal medical fraud, insurance fraud, white collar crime, murder, three strikes, drug crimes / narcotics, and sex crimes.

Defense lawyer Michael Guisti is also an outstanding appeal lawyer and appellate attorney at both state and federal level. He has exceptional knowledge and experience in writs, habeas corpus, appeal and appellate. Often times, the difference between a conviction and an acquittal on your San Diego criminal defense case is being represented by an attorney that is familiar with the judges and prosecutors that work in the San Diego Superior Court system.

Criminal cases in San Diego County are handled at the following Superior Court locations:

  • Central Courthouse - 220 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • East County Regional Center - 250 East Main Street, El Cajon, California 92020
  • North County Regional Center - 325 South Melrose, Vista, California 92081
  • South County Regional Center - 500 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista, California 91910

Law Office of Michael L. Guisti is one of the most well-respected criminal defense firms in all of Southern California, and we will put our familiarity and professional relationships with the judges and local prosecutors within the San Diego Superior Court system to full use in achieving our objective of successfully defending your case.

If you have any questions regarding your San Diego County criminal case, please call us at (888) 478-8999 for a no-cost initial consultation with an attorney.

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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