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Accused of a Hit and Run? Michael L. Guisti Can Help!

If you've recently been arrested for a hit-and-run in Southern California, or if you've received a letter from the California Highway Patrol or a local police department alleging your involvement in a hit-and-run, call on the experience of Law Office of Michael L. Guisti. We know and understand the fears of being faced with hit-and-run charges. Over more than a decade, our attorneys have won many difficult hit-and-run cases for our clients and are dedicated to defending you.

Call us today to discuss your case in a free case evaluation!

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Misdemeanor vs. Felony

In a hit-and-run case, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony and understanding the difference is crucial to defending your case. The classification for each is as follows:

  • Misdemeanor Hit-and-Run – You can be charged with a misdemeanor if you damage public or private property with your vehicle and leave the scene without providing your information.
  • Felony Hit-and-Run – A felony will be charged you cause injury to a pedestrian or occupant of another vehicle and leave the scene without giving your information or calling authorities.

If a hit-and-run is classified as a felony, it will lead to more severe penalties than a misdemeanor. However, both are very serious charges that can not only result in fines and jail time, but also raise your insurance rates. With experienced legal representation and the right defense, we can help fight to dismiss your charges or reduce the penalties that you face.

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Call our OC Hit-and-Run Defense Attorneys Right Away!

For more than a decade, we have defended clients accused of both misdemeanor and felony hit-and-run charges in the Southern California courts. At Law Office of Michael L. Guisti, we will work with you to formulate a defense that best serves your case. Contact an Orange County criminal defense attorney at (714) 530-9690 or (888) 478-8999 today!

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Additional Information

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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