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July 10, 2013

Orange County Man Got Death Sentence for Kidnapping, Rape and Murder of Young Girl

Orange County - The California Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for an Orange County man who was convicted back in 1989. Fifty-six year old Richard Lucio DeHoyos was arrested in '89 for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of a nine-year-old schoolgirl. DeHoyos was first sentenced to the death penalty in 1993, but since then, the Chief Justice had ordered a second trial on the basis of juror misconduct. This second trial, however, also found DeHoyos guilty.

Nadia Puente, the 9-year-old girl, was found dead in a trashcan in Griffith Park, wrapped in a bedspread from a Santa Ana motel. DeHoyos, who was nicknamed "Uncle Fester" by his inmates, admitted to luring the young schoolgirl into his car by posing as a schoolteacher. Of all the allegations, DeHoyos denied the rape charge, as he claimed that he had sodomized her only after she was dead. Well, that helps his case - now it's just kidnapping and murder.

Expert Orange County criminal defense attorney Michael L. Guisti points this case out for its heightened poignancy, as it involves a number of crimes, including kidnapping, rape, and murder, all of an underage girl, which makes each of the allegations worse. Murder alone could find the defendant 25 years to life in prison, depending on the degree of murder.

Our team of murder, rape, and kidnapping criminal defense attorneys state that Penal Code 207 describes kidnapping as the use of force or fear to take a person and move that person a "substantial distance." To disprove a kidnapping, you must be able to prove that the person in question consented to move this substantial distance.

Child molestation is covered in a number of Penal Codes, but is generally described as non-consensual lewd acts with a minor, PC 288. Many of these child molestation charges will be tried as felonies, explains child molestation defense lawyer Michael L. Guisti, which drastically increases the severity of the sentences. If convicted of child molestation, you could likely face several years to life in prison, depending on the facts of the case. Not to mention the life-long entitling of "Sex Offender" that will stick with you, ruining your reputation and job availability.

First-degree murder, which "Uncle Fester" received, immediately found him with at least 25 years in state prison. The fact that it was a child, and lewd acts were performed prior (or worse, after) only heightens the sentencing, which evolved to the death penalty in this case.

Our team of murder defense experts wants to urge you to seek our counsel if you or someone close have been arrested or convicted for murder of any degree, or any of the criminal charges above. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can defend your case, clear your name, and ensure a clear road ahead. Our diligent and aggressive approach often gets the case won or thrown out before it even reaches the District Attorney's desk, which is great news for you. Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti today for your free consultation. Call us at: 888-478-8999.

March 28, 2013

Irvine Man Allegedly Commits Indecent Exposure

Irvine, Orange County - Irvine Police have increased patrols around schools and on the lookout for a suspect after a man allegedly committed indecent exposure.

Police say the man was driving up towards a group of girls, and then asked a young girl if she had "seen this," and that is when the suspect allegedly exposed himself.

Irvine sex crimes attorney Michael L. Guisti explains that if this suspect is caught and convicted he will likely have to register as a sex offender for life, along with likely jail time.

Guisti, who has for over a decade successfully dealt with sex crime cases, explains that alleged acts of indecent exposure aren't always as clear as they may seem, because of the way the indecent exposure laws are written.

To be charged with indecent exposoure Guisti explains they're basically two things that need to be met. The first, you need to expose and draw attention to your genitals, and the second, you need to have exposed yourself in a public place.

Wearing something revealing, like a thong, isn't considered indecent exposure, but however, Guisti explains, cops in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach have been known to cite and arrested people on indecent exposure charges for just this reason, and this is why you need to contact an Irvine criminal defense attorney.

There have been other times where, say in Fullerton or Santa Ana, maybe in a very darken alley you may need to just use the bathroom, or you and another slip away to have some "fun," but of course a cop happens to be in the area, and you find yourself cited, or arrested for indecent exposure.

Well, says Guisti, as long as you were out of public view you shouldn't be charged with this sex crime, because being in a dark place, out of view of people, and not drawing attention to your genitals isn't indecent exposure, which is all the more reason to contact an Irvine criminal defense lawyer.

Again, Guisti stresses, the real point of indecent exposure is drawing attention to your genitals, and even if for whatever reason you happened to be nude in public as long as you never had specific intent to draw attention to your genital you shouldn't be charged with this crime.

Being charged with indecent exposure is very serious as you could have to register as a sex offender for life, which is why it's so important to call the Irvine sex crime attorney experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right now at, 888-478-8999.

This is a crime that could ruin you for the rest of your life, and that is why it's important to call the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti, because their legal experts have well over a decade of successfully winning sex crime cases for our clients in the Orange County courts.

You can't wait, you must call now!

July 31, 2012

Santa Ana Man Wanted for Kidnapping and Sexual Assault

Santa Ana police is searching for a man who kidnapped a 6-year-old girl from front of his house and then sexually assault her in the nearby parking lot.

The girl was playing in front of her house with a 4-year-old boy when the suspect kidnapped her. The man is described in his mid-20s to mid-30s, Latino, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build, dark spiked hair and a thin mustache.

Police said that the assault took place on July 15, near the 1400 Block of South Townsend Street. The suspect was driving a silver 1990s Honda Civic.

Recently the person name is added into the Orange County register Most Wanted List of Suspects.

According to the Orange County Sex Crime Attorney, the person would possibly face charges for sexually assault a minor, lewd act with the minor or possibly Child molestation.

Our expert Santa Ana Sex Defense Lawyer explain Lewd Act with minor under Penal Code (PC) 647(a) is when a person, "solicits anyone to engage in or engages in lewd or dissolute conduct in any public place or in any place open to the public or exposed to public view."

On the other hand, the Child molestation is to be described by our California Sex Defense Lawyer Under (PC) 288 as when a person "touch a minor for the sexual gratification".

If you kidnapped a minor you could face charges under PC 209 kidnap with intent to commit a sexual crime.

Orange County Child molestation Lawyer explains that if a person is convicted of any kind of Sex charges explained above, he'll possibly face years of jail time, depending upon the circumstances and factors involved in the crime.

One possibility convicted of this crime could be that you can be registered as a sex offender for life, which allows your name to appear on Megan's List.

After understanding this charge and the serious consequences attached to it, it is very important that you call an experienced person to help you to avoid jail time.

Our Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney has years of experience to deal with the cases regarding Child molestation, Lewd Acts with minor, Sexual Assault/Battery, Sex Offender Register Removal and other related sex crimes.

So, Call Us right now, if you want us to fight for you and to put your life back on track!!!!!

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June 29, 2012

Santa Ana Man Plead guilty for Rape charges

Santa Ana - A man in Santa Ana face charges for child rape plead guilty this Friday. Victorino Gonzalez's, 41, gets 40 years of prison as a sentence to the rape with the minor.

He had charges for sexually assault a 10-year-old girl or younger. The assault took place between January to July 2011, for which the Superior Court jury found him guilty.

Child Rape is a serious crime that falls under the category of Sex Crime. The penalties attached to it become more serious when the victim involved in this act is a child or under 14, says Orange County Sex Crime Attorney Michael Guisti.

Child Rape falls under the category of Child Molestation. Our Santa Ana Sex Defense Lawyer explains that the Child rape is not a single act, but rather can be considered as a series of crime covered under California Sex Crime law.

The rape of a minor is covered under PC 261 aggravated sexual assault of a child, which in addition to facing this charge you'll likely face rape charges.

In addition to the rape charges if the person was under 14 you could face charges of PC 289(j) sexual penetration with a person under 14, or PC 261.5(d) statutory rape with a minor under 16.

You could face additional charges if you used an object for sexual penetration under PC 289.

If the sexual contact with a minor involved sodomy you'll likely face PC 286(c) sodomy with a child.

Now depending how long the sexual contacted allegedly continued you could face further charges under PC 288.5 continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Our California Sex Defense Attorney stresses that in addition to these charges, you could probably face more charges fall under the category of sex crime, depend upon the circumstances.

After a look on this crime and the possible consequences, it becomes very important to call an experienced person like us, to fight for your charges or to reduce the possible jail time.

So, if you, or someone you know, face charges for Sex with minor or other sex crime, in area of Fullerton, Santa Ana, Westminster, Newport Beach or anywhere in orange county, call Orange County Criminal Lawyer right now.

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June 22, 2012

San Clemente - Another Person Comes Forward for Teacher Sex Crime with Minor

San Clemente - Orange County, 4th person comes forward as a victim in the investigation of a school teacher who already facing sexual charges with the former students. The teacher have allegations for convincing others to send nude pictures and have inappropriate behavior with the students.

Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff Department already speaks to three other victims in this case. Richard Rack, a 50-year-old teacher of Shorecliffs Middle School face charges of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-ol girl or younger, who was his former student.

Rick was under investigation since Nov, 2011 and currently being held in Theo Lacy Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, according to the arrest records.

The case unfolds when a former student of Rack told the investigators about the inappropriate behavior of the teacher as making sexual comments about their physical appearance and accused of asking the girl for wearing low cut blouses and hugging and kissing.Rack also faces charges for convincing a former student to send his nude pictures.

He was taken into custody June 6, and released after posting bond June 9.Investigators also find evidence of Rack having sexual relationship with one of the victim.

Being accused of a sex crime is not only a horrify experience but the result of this crime can also lasts for lifetime, said Orange county Sex Attorney Michael Guisti.You can be registered as a Sex Offender for the Child molestation, Sexual Assault or Lewd acts with the minor.

According to the Newport Beach Sex Crime Defense Attorney, the Lewd acts with a minor can be describes as, ""Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act [...] upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child." as of Penal Code (PC)288.

They're two different types of punishment you face, and that depends if you're charged with child molestation where the alleged victim was 14 or 15 years old, or if you're charged with lewd acts with a minor who is/was under the age of 14.

To the first charge, if the alleged victim is 14 or 15 years old and you are at least ten years older than the minor you face a "wobbler," which means it can be filed by the Orange County District Attorney as either a misdemeanor or felony.

If convicted of misdemeanor child molestation you face a one-year Orange County jail sentence and maximum fine of $1,000.

If convicted of felony child molestation you face between one to eight years in a California State Prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 fine.

If charged with lewd acts with a minor under 14 years old this is a felony and if convicted you face between one to eight years in a California State Prison, an additional and consecutive five-year prison sentence if the alleged victim suffered great bodily injury during the incident, required to registered as a sex offender, and paying for the alleged victim's psychological and/or medical treatment.

The charges for this serious crime can not only ruin your reputation, but can also leads to years of jail time and serious fines. Our expert Newport Beach Sex Defense Lawyer have years of experience to successfully win these cases.

So, if you or someone you know, faces charges for child molestation, sexual assault or lewed acts with minors, you need a Orange county sex crime attorney who can fight for you.

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April 12, 2012

Santa Ana Raw Egg 'Cleansing' Rape Suspect in Court

Santa Ana, Orange County - A San Clemente man who lured a woman under the pretense of performing a "spiritual cleansing" using raw eggs was arraigned Thursday at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana on charges of rape and sexual assault.

Alberto Flores Ramirez, 36, is charged with three felony counts, including forcible rape and sexual assault, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

The defendant met the 33-year-old victim through an online dating website, and he offered to perform "a spiritual cleansing on her to get rid of her negative vibes" and the pair met earlier this month at a McDonald's in Santa Ana, according to the DA's office.

After meeting at McDonald's Ramirez drove the victim to a motel, where after asking her to undress he rubbed raw eggs on her body and began fondling her, and soon after restrained the victim to sexual assault and rape her, according to the DA.

Allegations of sex crimes are always very serious, and a lot of people understandably think sexual assault and rape are one of the same crimes, but they're different crimes with different punishments, says Santa Ana criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti.

The crime of rape is when a suspect engages in sexual intercourse with another person against that person's will, or consent, and by means of force, fear, violence, duress or fraud, and also, Guisti explains, if the victim was too intoxicated, unconscious or unable to consent due to a mental or physical disability that is considered rape.

Now sexual assault, explains Guisti, is when a person unlawfully touches another person for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, but the difference between sexual assault and rape is with the crime of sexual assault there is no penetration.

The other difference between the two crimes is rape is always charged as a felony while sexual assault is a "wobblier" and could be charged either as a felony or misdemeanor, explains Guisti.

In sexual assault charges it's important to note that if you "touched" somebody outside their clothes, even if it was just for less than a second, you can face sexual assault charges, says Guisti.

As a side-note, using the same situation as above, if you "touched" a minor in the same matter not only could you be brought up on sexual assault charges, but you would likely be brought up on charges of lewd acts with a minor, Guisti stresses.

If convicted these crimes carry major prison sentences along with having to register for life as a sex offender.

If you're being accused of a sex crime it's very important to contact the Orange County sex crimes attorney experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right away.

For over a decade our legal defense team has successfully defended our clients against sex crime charges in the courts of, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego.

So please, call us now.

April 5, 2012

School Board Member Arrested for Pimping and Pandering

Riverside - A Moreno Valley school board member who is already facing two counts of attempted murder was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of rape, along with pandering and pimping charges, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office said.

Mike Rios, 42, was charged with 11 felonies, including two counts of rape by force or fear, three counts of pimping and six counts of pandering.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that Rios failed in a 2008 campaign for the Moreno Valley City Council, but later garnered the most votes out of eight candidates running in the November 2010 election for the Moreno Valley Unified School District.

These are all very serious crimes, but a lot of people think prostitution, pandering and pimping are one of the same crime, but they're very different crimes with drastically different charges, says Riverside sex crimes attorney Michael L. Guisti.

The crime of prostitution itself covers the male or female selling him/herself for money, and the "John" for solicitation, explains Guisti.

Now pandering, explains Guisti, is when you make available a person, or persons, for prostitution, but you don't collect any money.

Pimping, says Guisti, is when you collect some or all of the prostitutes money.

What is very important to put out, stresses Guisti, is that pimping and pandering are both charged as felonies, where as prostitution is only charged as a misdemeanor.

In pimping and pandering cases it's not unusual to see massage parlor owners, especially during police crackdowns and undercover investigations in Westminster and Garden Grove, arrested for pimping and pandering, says Guisti.

Being charged with solicitation of prostitution or for being a prostitute is one thing, but being charged with pandering and/or pimping is a much more severe crime that could result in years in prison.

If you've been arrested for such a crime it's very important that you contact the Orange County sex crimes defense attorney experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right away.

For over a decade our expert sex crimes defense lawyers have won several cases for our clients in the Southern California courts of Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego.

This is a very serious charge, and so please, call us now.

April 2, 2012

Man Pleads Guilty to Pimping Teenager in Anaheim

Santa Ana, Orange County - An Oakland man was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday for pimping a 17-year-old girl to clients over the internet.

Deandre Levon Gant, 22, admitted in his guilty plea at the Central Justice Center that he accepted money from the teenage prostitute knowing that the cash came from sex acts, but he denied knowing the girl was underage.

Anaheim Police noticed details about their arrangement when they arrested the prostitute and checked text messages on her cellphone, according to court documents.

The teenager told Anaheim detectives that she gave Gant thousands of dollars and that he placed ads for her on the Internet and rented hotel rooms for her to host clients, including hotel rooms around the Disneyland area.

It's unclear if the teenager faced any prostitution charges, and it's also unclear if any of the "Johns" will be arrested for solicitation or lewd acts with a minor.

What is interesting is prostitution itself is only a misdemeanor while the crime of pimping is a felony, explains Santa Ana criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti.

The main reason for this has more to do with the fact the many prostitutes who have pimps are often being forced and held against their will to perform sex acts and collect money for their pimp, explains Guisti.

Basically, says Guisti, in this situation prostitutes are seen more as victims than criminals, especially if they're underage, which is why the district attorney is more prone to go after the pimp rather than charging the prostitute.

The crime of pimping is, Guisti explains, when you find customers for a prostitute and then collect some or all of the prostitute's pay or you collected some or all of a prostitute's pay regardless if you found the customer.

A lot of massage parlor owners and managers, especially in Westminster and Garden Grove, get into trouble when they're employees perform "an extra service," and, Guisti explains, these owners and managers may not always know what's going on, but they're arrested because they, often times, collect money from the employees.

They've been cases where massage parlor owners "look the other way" or ignore what's happening, or simply have no idea what's happening, but, Guisti stresses, as long as the employees gave some or all the money over to the owner and/or manager that is considered pimping.

As to the case of prostitutes being underage, sometimes in police investigations if the prostitute, or prostitutes, is underage investigators will try to track down "Johns" and attempt to arrest and charge them with solicitation and lewd acts with a minor, explains Guisti.

In these situations it can be difficult to prove a "John" engaged in the act, but, Guisti stresses, with a lot of prostitution online they're ways to to connect the prostitute and "John."

If you've been arrested for pimping, pandering,or other sex crime you must contact our Orange County prostitution attorney expert at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti.

For over a decade we've won difficult sex crime cases for our clients in the Orange County courts of, Santa Ana, Fullerton, Westminster and Newport Beach.

So please, call us now!

February 27, 2012

Cypress Looking to Restrict Where Sex Offenders Can Live

Cypress, Orange County - Cypress is the latest Orange County city looking to restrict registered sex offenders from city parks and restricting where they could live in that city.

If the ban passes sex offenders wanting to move to Cypress would have to find a place to live in the northwest corner of the city.

While the proposed law would prevent registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any the city's more than 20 parks or schools or any childcare center the proposed law wouldn't ban sex offenders from visiting parks or schools.

Cypress joins a growing list of other Orange County cities, like Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Westminster, and Mission Viejo, looking to restrict sex offenders around parks and other places where children gather.

Santa Ana criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti explains that these cities proposing such bans will need to define the level of sex offenders who are to be affected by such new law, because if the city approves a law banning all sex offenders that could easily include somebody who was caught urinating or a couple who were caught in public doing a little more than making out.

Currently they're even some proposals in Orange County that would prevent sex offenders who are parents from taking their children to the park, according to Guisti.

To avoid problems like this it may be best for a registered sex offender to seek an expungement and to be removed from the registered sex offender list, say Guisti.

With cities here in Orange County and across the country looking to ban sex offenders from parks and other public places the feeling among the legal community is at some point the question of the rights of sex offenders will probably make it to the U.S. Supreme Court, says Guisti.

If you are facing a sex crime charge it's very important you contact the Orange County sex crimes attorney experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti.

For over a decade our legal experts have won major sex crime cases for our clients in the courts of Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego.

So please, call us now.

February 9, 2012

Santa Ana Man Found Guilty of Sex Act in Front of Grandmother

Santa Ana, Orange County - A Santa Ana man was found guilty Thursday for first-degree residential burglary, indecent exposure and child annoyance after he broke into a Stanton home, and masturbated in front of a grandmother and her two young granddaughters.

It took the jury at the Central Justice Center about a day and a half to reach the verdict.

Prosecutors wanted to charge the man with assault and battery after police reported he touched the grandmother, but however the man's defense attorney showed the district attorney his client never touched the grandmother nor her grandchildren, and prosecutors dropped charges.

Had the suspect even barely touched the grandmother or grandchildren he could have invited much more serious charges of assault, battery, sexual battery and even lewd acts with a child, says Santa Ana criminal defense attorney Michael L. Guisti.

The crime of burglary is basically when you enter a structure to commit a theft crime or felony, says Guisti.

The crime of indecent exposure is when you expose your genitals with lewd intent, explains Guisti.

It's very important to understand the main element of indecent exposure is if you drew attention to your genitals, and in this Santa Ana case masturbating qualifies as that, says Guisti.

They've been many cases in the past where somebody was charged with indecent exposure for urinating in public, but, explains Guisti, since they weren't drawing attention to their "private area" while going to the bathroom there is no crime of indecent exposure.

Now when the guy in this case was masturbating had he at anytime just touched, if only for a second, the grandmother or her grandchildren anywhere on their bodies he would likely have faced sexual assault charges and lewd acts on a child charges, according to Guisti.

Now if the man threatened to harm the grandmother or grandchildren he could have been charged with assault, and had he just touched either person, no matter the force, he would have been charged with battery, says Guisti.

In a case like this where prosecutors always overcharge it's so important to have a criminal defense attorney who can show the district attorney these crimes didn't occur and the defense lawyer's client is properly charged, explains Guisti.

If you've been arrested for a series of crimes it's so important to contact our Orange County criminal defense attorney experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti so we can make sure you're not overcharged and work to successfully defend you against your criminal charges.

We have over a decade winning cases and keeping our clients out of prison, so please, call us now.

January 9, 2012

Santa Ana Man Arrested in Craigslist Sex Sting

Huntington Beach, Orange County - A 35-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested this past weekend in a Craigslist sex sting operation after he allegedly went to Huntington Beach to engage in lewd acts with a minor.

Huntington Beach Police detectives posed as a 13-year-old girl on Craigslist and authorities say the suspect, Oscar Pinedo, sent several lewd messages to the undercover officers several times and planned to pay the minor money to have sex with her.

Authorities say they informed the suspect several times of the minor's age.

It's important to understand that even though no actual physical contact took place prosecutors can still charge the suspect with lewd acts on a minor since the suspect willfully drove to the location knowing the age of the "victim" with the intention to commit these acts, explains Huntington Beach criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti.

Since there was no physical actions that took place and, more importantly, there was no actual victim the suspect will likely be charged with attempting to commit a lewd act on a minor, explains Guisti.

This is a charge that could be filed either as a misdemeanor or felony, and a felony conviction could result in having to register as a sex offender for life, says Guisti.

In this case an expert defense attorney will try to get the charges reduced to a misdemeanor and examine the police's actions on whether or not they entrapped the suspect, says Guisti.

There have been a lot of cases like this where perhaps the suspect realizes their mistake and backs out, but the undercover officer entices and lures the suspect back in, but laws generally state the suspect must have agreed upon this action without any "encouragement" from undercover detectives, explains Guisti.

Subsequently such cases have been thrown out of court, says Guisti.

This case should really highlight the dangers of meeting somebody online as many law enforcement agencies use Craigslist for prostitution cases, says Guisti.

If you email an undercover officer posing as a prostitute an agreed price then that is enough to be arrested for soliciting prostitution as there is a record, says Guisti.

If you've been arrested in an online sex sting operation you need to call our Orange County sex crimes attorney experts right now at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti.

Our law firm has over a decade of successfully winning even the toughest cases for our clients in the courts of Orange County, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego.

December 15, 2011

Ex-San Bernardino Sheriff Deputy Ordered to Stand Trial in Sex Crime

San Bernardino - A former San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on six felony counts that he had sex with an underage female who was in the sheriff's department's Explorer program.

Ex-deputy Nathan Gastineau is accused of having sex with the former female Explorer scout at least six times at his Redlands apartment before her 16th birthday, according to the San Bernardino District Attorney.

The DA's report claims the ex-deputy and female had sex at least one time out in the field in his patrol car.

The reason it's important to note sexual action took place before the female's 16th birthday is, explains Newport Beach criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti, under California law any person over the age of 21, as was the ex-deputy, who participates in an act of oral copulation with a minor under 16 years of age charged with a felony.

Interestingly enough, Guisti goes on to say, penetration between a person 21 years or order and a person under 16-years-old can be charged either as a felony or misdemeanor, unlike oral copulation with a minor, which is a felony.

Statutory rape charges are taken very seriously by the courts of Southern California and most prosecutors will look for a "loophole" and try to get a more serious charge, and in this case it is the act of oral copulation with another person who is under 16 years of age, according to Guisti.

Statutory rape is often a very emotionally driven charge that prosecutors, often pushed by overzealous parents, look to overcharge and it's not uncommon for the DA's office to charge a suspect with a more serious charge like oral copulation or a minor or even the much more serious charge of lewd acts with a minor, explains Guisti.

Furthermore, Guisti goes on to say, prosecutors often will charge the suspect each time the offense allegedly occurred.

A professional attorney can work to have all the charges reduced to one single charge and, perhaps most importantly, can work to have the overcharges dismissed, explains Guisti.

The charge of statutory rape is very serious charge that can not only ruin your reputation, but send you to prison, and this is why if you or somebody you love is being accused of this crime you must contact the Orange County sex crimes attorney experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti at 888-478-8999.

Our experienced sex crime lawyers have over a decade of successfully winning even the most difficult sex crime cases for our clients in the courts of Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.

No matter the crime our goal is to always win the case for our client, because we never settle for anything less, so please, give us a call now.

December 13, 2011

Laguna Hills Seeking to Ban Sex Offenders from Parks

Laguna Hills, Orange County - Laguna Hills is the latest Orange County city on the verge of passing a law banning convicted sex offenders from all city parks.

City officials are still working out the details, but if the measure passes, as is expected, most serious sex offenders would be banned from Laguna Hills' park.

If caught breaking this law the registered sex offender could face a misdemeanor charge of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500 or both.

Irvine, Yorba Linda, Westminster and Huntington Beach have passed similar bans within the last year.

Even though the city has loosely defined those to be banned from their city parks as "serious sex offenders" Santa Ana criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti explains Laguna Hills should define the level of sex offenders who are to be banned from city parks, because if the city approves a law banning all sex offenders that could easily include somebody who was caught urinating or a couple who were caught in public doing more than making out.

Guisti says he clearly understands the reasons cities have enacted this law, but some proposals in Orange County would prevent low-level sex offenders who are parents from taking their children to the park, or from somebody being barred from seeking employment say at a job fair at a park or even from voting if the polling place is at a park, all of which poses the larger constitutional problem with these laws.

To avoid problems like this right now it may be best for a registered sex offender to seek an expungement and to get off the registered sex offender list, say Guisti.

With cities here in Orange County and across the country looking to ban sex offenders from parks and other public places the feeling among the legal community is at some point the question of the rights of sex offenders will probably make it to the U.S. Supreme Court, says Guisti.

Should these laws affect you, Guisti says, you're just going to have to wait until the issue is fully answered and clarified in the higher courts, and as much as it may not seem fair it's best that you fully obey these laws to avoid any further problems.

Sex crimes are taken very seriously in the courts and just an accusation can quickly ruin your reputation, which is why if you're being accused of this crime you need to contact the Orange County sex crimes attorney experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right away at, 888-478-8999.

We have a very successful track record of winning even the toughest sex crime cases for our clients, which is why you must give us a call now so we can prepare to win your case and you can go on with your life.

November 9, 2011

Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal

Irvine, Orange County - Within the past week there has been a growing child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State where authorities allege Jerry Sandusky, the former coach and defensive coordinator of the school's famed football team, sexually abused eight boys over a 15-year period.

This alleged crime has forced many officials at Penn State to resign, including legendary head coach Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier is reportedly set to resign, according to media reports.

Irvine criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti explains child sexual abuse charges are always taken very seriously, but the big problem for defendants is emotions more than facts tend to guide prosecutors and the general public, which is why it's very important to have a professional Orange County sex crimes defense attorney on your side if you're ever accused of this crime.

One thing a defense lawyer does for you, says Guisti, is making sure the court of law and court of public opinion fairly hears your side of the story amid emotionally charged allegations such as sexual molestation of children.

Now this is occurring in Pennsylvania, but had this occurred here in California they're several charges, depending on the details of the case, Sandusky could face, including, Penal Code (PC) 288 felony lewd acts with a minor, PC 269 aggravated sexual assault of a child, PC 286(c) sodomy with a child, PC 288.5 continuous sexual abuse of a child, PC 289(j) sexual penetration with a person under 14, PC 261.5(d) statutory rape with a minor under 16, according to Guisti.

In many cases like this the district attorney tends to overcharge cases, and having retained a professional sexual abuse defense lawyer your attorney will work to reduce and dismiss these charges, and most importantly, says Guisti, a professional sex crimes defense lawyer will make sure evidence and other information proving your innocence is entered into trial and not conveniently left out.

Guisti does say that even though this may seem hopeless it's so important to understand you do have defense options, which, Guisti says, has lead to many of his clients being found not guilty of these serious charges.

Here in California if you're convicted of sex crimes with a minor it's usually a felony with many years in a state prison and you must register as a sex offender for life, says Guisti.

If you're facing child sexual abuse charges it's very important to contact our Orange County sex crimes attorney experts right away at 888-478-8999 at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti.

This is an extraordinarily serious charge that you can't waste time on hiring a lawyer for, so call us now and our expert attorneys will see to it your side of the story is heard and that you can go back on with your life.

November 3, 2011

Huntington Beach Considers Banning Sex Offenders from Parks

Huntington Beach, Orange County - Huntington Beach is the latest Orange County city to consider an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from their city parks, which, if approved, violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and a $1,000 fine or jail time, if convicted.

Huntington Beach has 184 registered sex offenders, 94 of those are registered with the California Megan's Law Website and another 90 are not required to publicly disclose their status but have registered with the police department, according to a city report.

Orange, Tustin and Fullerton have already have some type of ordinance banning sex offenders from their park while other cities, like Costa Mesa, Westminster, and Mission Viejo, are considering such a rule

Huntington Beach criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti explains that city is going to need to define the level of sex offenders who are to be banned from city parks, because if the city approves a law banning all sex offenders that could easily include somebody who was caught urinating or a couple who were caught in public doing a little more than making out.

They're even some proposals in Orange County that would prevent sex offenders who are parents from taking their children to the park, according to Guisti.

To avoid problems like this it may be best for a registered sex offender to seek and expungement and to get off the registered sex offender list, say Guisti.

With cities here in Orange County and across the country looking to ban sex offenders from parks and other public places the feeling among the legal community is at some point the question of the rights of sex offenders will probably make it to the U.S. Supreme Court, says Guisti.

If you're facing a sex crime charge or need an expungement call the Orange County sex crime attorney experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti at 888-478-8999.

With over of a decade of experience our law firm has successfully won cases for our clients accused of sex crimes.