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Santa Ana Criminal Defense Attorney

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Santa Ana is the center of Orange County. If you've been arrested for a crime or DUI in Santa Ana your charges will be handled downtown at the Central Justice Center. Though you and your family are likely distressed at the prospect of facing a criminal charge, you do not have to lose hope. Our legal team is prepared to represent you against a wide range of misdemeanor and felony charges. Get in contact with us today to learn how we can help!

With more than a decade of experience, our attorneys know time is very important, which means if you were arrested in the late afternoon we'll be here to meet with you and your family in the evening. If you were arrested in the middle of the night we'll be here first thing in the morning to see you through this case.

Our Unique Approach

We've mentioned time is very important, which is why from the moment you decide to choose our firm, Attorney Michael L. Guisti will aggressively represent you against the Orange County District Attorney and other prosecutors at the Central Justice Center. As has happened many times before with our clients, this could result in your case being dismissed or your charges being greatly reduced.

Our firm handles a broad spectrum of claims:

Assault and Battery
Because Santa Ana is a densely populated city, sometimes a combination of things come together that cause problems. As violent crimes charges, assault and battery cases are not to be taken lightly. If you've been arrested it's important that you get in touch with a lawyer who is an experienced advocate and can provide the defense you need.

Domestic Violence
Santa Ana is home to several immigrant groups with cultural norms that differ from American customs, but it's important to understand domestic violence charges are taken very seriously by police and could include, making criminal threats, child endangerment, assault and battery, domestic battery, corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, or elder abuse.

Sex Crimes
If you've been arrested for rape, statutory rape, lewd acts, indecent exposure, sexual battery, sexual assault, child molestation or any other kind sex crime it's very important to contact an experienced attorney. Your meeting with our sex crimes lawyer will be highly confidential.

Downtown Santa Ana has grown to become a very popular place for bars and clubs, and police have DUI patrols and DUI checkpoints. Our DUI lawyer knows from years of experience, that DUI charges are not always cut-and-dry as they may seem. We'll work to get your license back and put this behind you.

Santa Ana is home to the MainPlace Shopping Center and major corporations. If you've been arrested for shoplifting, burglary, robbery, a white-collar crime, or any other theft crime you must contact a theft attorney so we can offer the defense required in your situation.

Understanding the Crime Scene in Santa Ana

According to the latest U.S. Census, Santa Ana is the third most densely populated city in the United States behind New York and San Francisco, respectfully. In recent years a nightlife and bar scene has grown throughout the city, which has resulted in the unintentional consequence of more people being arrested for assault, battery, DUI, drunk in public and sex crimes, among other charges.

As Santa Ana has become more popular, attracting people to its bars and clubs, there have been conflicts and even fights with local residents. As the city tries to clean up its image as a "rough town" and be more in tune to the ideal Southern California lifestyle, the police force has stepped up patrols and is aggressively citing and arresting people for various crimes.

Our Solution: Your Defense

This is where the Santa Ana criminal attorneys from Law Office of Michael L. Guisti come in. Over the past decade the legal professionals at our firm have established professional relationships with numerous prosecutors at the Central Justice Center and law enforcement throughout the area. This knowledge is of great benefit to our clients as we represent them against various charges.

If you're facing battery charges, Law Office of Michael L. Guisti can help you to deal with your legal problems, because our criminal defense lawyer knows the local court system. Call (714) 426-9988 today to request a free consultation and discuss your defense options at this time.

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.

(714) 530-9690

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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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