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April 13, 2014

54 Pounds of Cocaine Found at an SUV at San Clemente Checkpoint Passing Border

SAN CLEMENTE - During a routine stop, police at a San Clemente checkpoint allegedly found 54 pounds of cocaine being carried in a 2003 Ford Explorer. The drivers, a pair of siblings from Mexico, claimed that they were in the US in order to go shopping.

Reports say that police dogs detected the presence of contraband under the SUV's floor and in the hatchback. The amount of cocaine was estimated to be worth $702, 130. The police arrested the drivers and put them in DEA custody.

Drug crimes are among the most common crimes committed in the United States. Despite this, possessing even small amounts of hard drugs (such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamines) can lead to long jail terms. Prosecutors are especially hard on those who are found with large quantities of these substances.

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April 1, 2014

Whittier E-convict Aused of Drug Crime and ID Theft

WHITTIER - The arrest of Ulices Roman Soto, a former convict, has led police to what may be an extensive identity theft ring. Authorities are reporting that they have found a wealth of evidence in Soto's mobile home.

A SWAT team raided the home in the early morning. After stunning Soto with a flash-bang grenade, the police arrested him; he did not put up any struggle. Searching the home, the officers say they uncovered credit card skimmers and other tools associated with fraud.

The report also mentions that firearms, methamphetamines, and a large number of credit profiles were in Soto's residence. Soto was allegedly using personal information from the profiles in order to create fake credit cards.

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March 3, 2014

California Man Injured in His Marijuana Lab Explosion

Moreno Valley - The explosion of a clandestine marijuana lab has resulted in the hospitalization of a Moreno Valley man named Chad Bishop. With burns covering much of his body, Bishop is currently being treated at a hospital.

Bishop's troubles may not end once he is released. Though he has not yet been charged, the police have found evidence that Bishop was making concentrated marijuana in the lab. It is this substance that caused the conflagration. Police also discovered a number of marijuana plants and medical marijuana in his home.

The laws regarding marijuana have been gradually loosening over the years. However, you can still be arrested and convicted for possessing or selling marijuana. You can even be charged for minor acts, like handling seeds or caring for the soil in which the plant is grown.

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February 20, 2014

LA County Man Arrested for Drug Crimes

Los Angeles - This week, a man named Victor Pinto was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs. During the arrest, police also seized substantial amounts of cocaine, steroids, and methylone. Methylone is a drug that is similar to ecstasy.

It is believed that Pinto sold these drugs in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. Charges have not yet been filed, but considering the severity with which dealing drugs is treated, Pinto may face a very serious punishment.

Countless people fall afoul of drug-related crimes every year. Laws against drugs are numerous, and many carry harsh penalties. In general, prosecutors are keen to crack down on drug offenders.

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July 18, 2013

Orange County Woman Arrested for Drug Possession and Case Dismissed

Orange County - The good news is : Hiring the right criminal defense attorney can help you to fight a case successfully and get a dismissal. An Orange County woman has recently been arrested on drug charges - possession of crystal methamphetamines - and he hired an experienced criminal attorney and the case was dismissed later.

In this case, a Westminster police officer was dispatched to a location where a loud argument was reportedly occurring between the defendant and her boyfriend. After interviewing the subjects at the scene, the officer searched the defendant's vehicle and found a "clear baggie of what appeared to be a crystal-like substance" and a prescription bottle filled with more of the substance. Soon after, the defendant was arrested and booked, as the drugs were believed to be hers, as they were in her vehicle.

The expert team of drug possession lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti urge you to realize that drug charges are extremely serious, and simply possessing an amount of an illegal substance can get your arrested for a felony. In this case, the defendant was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

Drug possession is a fairly straightforward crime in that its name describes the illegal action needed to warrant the charge. What is important, though, is that there are several forms of possession: "actual" possession means that the drug or substance was found on your person; "constructive" possession means that the authorities found the drugs in a place you have control over, like your house; and "joint" possession means that you and one or more people share constructive possession of the drugs.

According to Orange County drug crimes attorney Michael L. Guisti, the prosecutor in a meth possession case needs to prove four facts: (1) that you had the right to control the drugs, (2) that you willingly knew you possessed the meth, (3) that you knew the nature of meth as a controlled substance, and (4) that there was enough meth to be used as a drug. The amount of methamphetamine found at the crime is crucial, as the charges could be increased from possession to intent to sell if a large enough quantity is found.

A felony meth possession charge can find you facing 16 months to 3 years in state prison, and a maximum $10,000 fine. Our team of meth possession lawyers knows that these hefty fines can throw your life off track, and affect you forever. That is why we take an aggressive and diligent approach to defend your case or see it dismissed. With our decade of experience with Orange County courts, our criminal attorneys know the steps we have to take to get the case dismissed and ensure your freedom. If you want to get your life back on track, do not hesitate to call us for a free consultation today, at 888-478-8999.

July 1, 2013

Westminster Garage Explosion Leads Police to Illegal Drugs and Weapons

Westminster, Orange County - On Thursday, June 27th, a Westminster resident was arrested after his garage exploded, leaving him with severe burns. It may seem unfortunate for 49-year-old Michael Parr to be injured and then arrested, but the police's investigation report will clear up any misconceptions.

After the warranted investigation of Parr's garage and house, he was arrested on charges of illegal possession of drugs, weapons, and explosive materials. Authorities say that they found homemade fireworks, fuses, various chemicals, a loaded shotgun, and bags of methamphetamine on his property. He is hardly the victim of a random mishap.

Parr remains in jail with bail set at $500,000 and could face more than six years in prison if convicted.

This case is interesting, comments expert Westminster defense attorney Michael L. Guisti, because it involves so many different allegations. The various possession charges - explosives, drugs, chemicals, and weapons - each have varying sentences and punishments, but they could also lead to other convictions. For possessing homemade explosives, prosecutors could argue for arson or even terrorism; for bags of methamphetamine, they could argue for intent to illegally sell drugs; and for weapons, intent to commit murder.

According to the report, prosecutors have not followed up any of the possession charges with these further allegations, but the possibility is certainly there. The team of experienced Orange County drug defense attorney at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti urges everyone to know the facts on these various possession charges, and to call immediately if you require defense.

Firearm possession:

In the state of California, possession of an unlicensed firearm is a felony. If the gun is loaded and outside your home or place of business (say, in your car or on your person), you could face up to 3.5 years in prison. Unlicensed sale of firearms without a license is also a felony, which could be argued if illegal firearms are found on a property.

Drug possession:

Drug possession is a complex matter, and is not to be taken lightly. There are three different types of drug possession, as defined by Health and Safety Code 11350: actual, constructive, and joint possession. "Actual" possession means that the drugs were found on your person. "Constructive" possession means that the paraphernalia were found in a place you have control over, like your house. "Joint" possession means that you and one or more people share a "constructive" possession of the drugs. Any of these types can result in a $1,000 fine and/or 1 to 3 years in state prison.

If you or someone close has been accused of possession of any of the above substances - drugs, explosives, or weapons - it is in your best interests to call the Orange County Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right away. Time is of the essence when it comes to successfully defending cases, as our team of experienced attorneys take an aggressive approach to your case, often dissolving it before it reaches the District Attorney's desk. Let us protect your future and your freedom by calling your local criminal defense lawyers in Orange County today! Call 888-478-8999 for a free consultation.


June 20, 2013

Two Los Angeles Men Arrested for Marijuana Sales and Cultivation

Oxnard, California - A month-long police investigation ended on Friday, June 14th at a warehouse in Oxnard, where the police had but to follow their noses to the crimes scene. Over 1,000 marijuana plants were found growing in the warehouse, along with $150,000 worth of hydroponic equipment and 20 pounds of dried weed, ready to be sold. With the entire stash estimated at $3.5 million by officials, this investigation put a stop to a major marijuana provider for Southern California.

Brandyn Cowgill and Julia Danilkevich, the two heads of the operation, were arrested when the Oxnard police busted down the warehouse doors, warrant in hand. The two were arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales, and conspiracy.

Marijuana law is a growing interest for law enforcement, as the drug has seen a rapid increase in popularity over the past decade, and marijuana crimes are as serious as ever. Expert Southern California marijuana defense attorney Michael L. Guisti explains that selling marijuana is a felony in California, and cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Often times, to catch marijuana dealers, police will "entrap" sellers by going undercover and offering to buy the drug. Once the transaction takes place, the officer will slap on the handcuffs - a quick felony in hand. An interesting note, states attorney Guisti, is that if police observe you simply handing over pot to someone, regardless of currency exchange, you could be arrested and charged with a felony under HS 11360.

If convicted of pot sales, you could face two to four years in state prison. But HC 11361 demands longer prison times for marijuana sales to a minor; if the buyer is under the age of 14, the sentence could include up to seven years in prison. If you are arrested for just transporting marijuana or handing over up to one ounce, Orange County Courts are often more lenient and will generally only impose a $100 fine, plus court costs.

Experienced Southern California drug crimes lawyer Michael L. Guisti and his team have seen every kind of marijuana allegation and urge you to know the facts. Selling weed is a felony, and felonies require professional and successful attorneys to defend your case. Our team of lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti have over a decade of drug crime defense and can ensure the protection of your future, through the defense of your story.

Every case is unique, requiring skill, diligence, and an aggressive stance to take on prosecutors. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a marijuana crime, or any drug crime, do not hesitate in calling the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti today for expert marijuana allegation defense. Felonies are scary, and our team can make that fear disappear. Call today at 888-478-8999 for a free consultation.

June 7, 2013

Tustin Man Arrested for Drug Sale of Meth to Undercover Detectives

Undercover police in Ada County, Idaho, arrested a Tustin resident after finding 12 pounds of methamphetamine in his possession. Joel Gonzalez Laureano was arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail after he allegedly tried to sell meth to undercover detectives. Laureano was tried in court on Tuesday and received one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, with his bail set at $1 million.

An undercover officer had agreed to pay $150,000 for the drugs, which were reportedly brought from Mexico up to Idaho. "His connection to Idaho is unclear," stated the sheriff's spokesman Patrick Orr, but the 6 bags of meth found in Laureano's backpack (totaling 12 pounds) are certainly clear.

Drug crimes can be very serious charges, resulting in heavy fines and ample jail time, making those 12 pounds of meth seriously not worth it - as the $1 million bail is already much higher than the agreed upon pay for the drugs in the first place. There are many different charges relating to meth possession, and it takes an expert Orange County methamphetamine defense attorney to be able to know the subtle differences and to use experienced tactics to defend your future.

Laureano will likely be facing a felony intent to sell and transport methamphetamine charge, as the 12 pounds were found in his car, which implies drug transportation, and the sting operation caught him red-handed (note: the hearing is set for June 18th, so a sentence has not yet been decided). With this charge, he could be facing between 16 months and 3 years in prison, and a maximum $10,000 fine.

On the bright side, there are ways to prove your innocence, have the charges reduced, or have the case thrown out altogether, explains expert methamphetamine defense lawyer Michael L. Guisti. California Health and Safety Code (HSC) 11377 states, "unless upon the prescription of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian, licensed to practice in this state," possession of methamphetamine without a valid prescription is illegal. So, if you have a valid prescription from one of these health authorities, you are in the clear.

There is also a distinct difference between charges of possession of meth with intent to sell, and simply possession of methamphetamines. If your attorney can prove that you only possessed the drugs for personal use, the charge will be reduced, as there was no intent to sell. Obviously Laureano had clear intent, as the police caught him in the act, but your story might be different.

Southern California criminal defense lawyer Michael L. Guisti also states that the police's search and seizure could have been done illegally, offering a chance to throw out your case.

No matter what your methamphetamine or drug-related arrest might be for, the bottom line is that you need an experienced, expert defense attorney like those at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti. With over 15 years of experience in Southern Californian criminal defense and drug crimes, our team of defense lawyers use their prowess and personal contacts within the Orange County Courts system to defend your case.

This is certainly a trying and scary time in your life, after an arrest for methamphetamine or other drug possession - but attorney Michael L. Guisti is here to help. With so many lawyers out there who are not truly invested in your story, who don't care about the outcome of your case, it is imperative that you call 888-478-8999 for a free consultation today. Every case is unique, and you owe it to yourself to get the diligence, tailored, and experienced defense that your deserve.

May 30, 2013

Actress Amanda Bynes Facing Charge of Drug Possession

Newport Beach, Orange County - Amanda Bynes was arrested Thursday night, May 24th, after throwing her bong out of her New York City apartment. This latest controversial act earned her charges of unlawful possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment, and tampering with evidence. Each of these charges can result in serious consequences, highlighting the importance of having an expert Orange County defense attorney on your side - even celebrities are not above the law.

Bynes, who has been an increasingly prominent star in police reports and online (with a recent DUI arrest and risqué Twitter pictures), was seen with a joint in her apartment complex's lobby. A building official told the police that she was smoking and talking to herself. When law enforcement arrived at her apartment and saw her bong, police told The Associated Press, Bynes threw it out of her open window. Before being taken to the police station, though, she was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, suggesting a possible cause for the recent stream of mishaps.

Drug crime is a very serious matter, and lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti know that these allegations must be handled with diligence, devotion, and intelligence. The first charge that Bynes faces - unlawful possession of marijuana - can take a number of forms. If the amount of marijuana found on the person is less than an ounce, the charge will count as a misdemeanor only, punishable by a $100 fine. If there is more than an ounce, the charge will become a felony, resulting in up to six months of jail time, a $500 fine, and a criminal record that can interfere with job security.

Orange County defense attorney Michael L. Guisti explains that if you receive the misdemeanor marijuana charge, you will most likely qualify for a drug diversion program under Proposition 36 or Penal Code 1000. The state of California tends to value rehabilitation over jail time, and after completion of the program, your case will be dismissed. If the marijuana charge is deemed a felony, then more involved defense measures and tactics must be taken, but Guisti has won many of these cases, as an expert drug crimes lawyer.

The charge for tampering with evidence is arguably the most serious allegation within this arrest. Anyone convicted of this crime under federal law can face up to 20 years in prison and a hefty fine.

Attorney Michael L. Guisti and his team of experienced drug crime defense attorneys have defended a large amount of marijuana cases, and know the precise tactics required to come out successful. If you or a someone close find yourself in a situation similar to Amanda Bynes' (though the celebrity portion is unlikely) do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti for a free consultation. His expert advice can mean the difference between prison and freedom.

May 14, 2013

Two Los Anageles Men Arrested for Sale of Marijuana at Home

Orange County, CA - Police in Oxnard completed a month long investigation Wednesday, that resulted in the arrest of two men on possession of marijuana.

The investigation began after Oxnard Police received anonymous tips indicating these two men were involved in selling marijuana out of their home. On Wednesday, May 8th, Oxnard Police served a search warrant on the men at their home on the 300 block of Kiawah River Drive.

When police searched the home, they found more than fifteen pounds of marijuana. Police also found clear evidence that the drug was being sold from their home, which is located within 1000 feet of an elementary school.

Both men, Robert Mckee, 29 years old, and Cameron Fletcher, 23 years old, were immediately arrested at their home after the search warrant was completed.

Orange County has a very aggressive approach to drug crimes, particularly when the crime is occurring near children, such as close to a school or day care facility. Law Enforcement agencies in Southern California take these type of tips very seriously, and will always act upon information they receive. It is imperative that you have an aggressive, knowledgeable attorney on your side.

If you or a loved one are facing charges in for drug possession or drug sales, you need someone to protect and fight for your rights. The Orange County criminal attorneys at Law offices of Attorney Michael L. Guisti have been defending their clients for over a decade.

Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor drug charge, or a felony drug charge in Orange County, you must make sure you have a dedicate Drug defense attorney working on your behalf. An Attorney like the specialist attorneys on staff at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti. A conviction for possession or sale of a drug can have a life long negative impact on your reputation and your earning ability. Having a record can severely limit the type of job you can be hired for, and the income you can earn.

The Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti know how to defend you. They have spent years developing working relationships with Orange County Law Enforcement agencies, prosecutors and courts. These relationships allow them to achieve the best possible outcome in every situation, for every client, regardless of the charge.

We know that if you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with possessing drugs it is a very scary time for you. The legal system is overwhelming and intimidating. Southern California Attorney Michael L. Guisti knows the system, and has over a decade of experience protecting his client's rights.

When arrested or charged with a crime, your first instinct might be to try and handle it alone, or to just pick the first attorney you find. It is important to keep in mind that Orange County is aggressive in its prosecution of drug crimes, and they will be working hard to convict. You need an attorney that will be working hard for you, making sure that your rights are not taken away. This is a serious matter, and you must have an aggressive, committed attorney on your side, one who is dedicated to protecting your freedom.

The Orange County Law offices of Michael L. Guisti, and his staff of specialist attorneys will be working hard to achieve the best possible result in your specific case. With years of experience, they have developed strategies and techniques, giving them the ability to win where others could not. They have a well earned reputation of being aggressive attorneys who will fight tirelessly on their clients behalf.

There is a reason that people tell others about their experience with the Law offices of Michael L. Guisti. They feel complete trust and confidence in their attorney, and when you are in a frightening situation, you need that kind of reassurance.

Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Michael L. Guisti and his staff will protect your most valuable asset, your freedom. If you are facing criminal charges, do not hesitate to call. We are ready to stand by your side, and make sure that your life continues on with as little disruption as possible.

May 7, 2013

Missing Orange County Hitchhikers Charged with Drug Possession

In a stunning turn of events, one of the Orange County teenaged hitchhikers that was the focus of an intensive search and rescue mission after going missing in Trabuco Canyon this past March, was charged Wednesday, May 1st with possession of methamphetamine.
This past Easter Sunday, Orange County teenagers Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and his friend, 18-year-old Kyndall Jack, went hitchhiking in Trabuco Canyon. When they failed to return their families reported them missing, and the exhaustive search and rescue effort was underway. They were found separately a few days later, and while they were exhausted and dehydrated, thankfully neither was seriously injured.

The Orange County District Attorneys office said that on or around March 31st, methamphetamine was found in Cendoyas parked car whilst investigators were searching for the missing teens. "The Orange County Sheriff's Department was searching his car looking for any information that might help them locate the two missing hikers and while they were looking in the car they found 497 milligrams, or a small useable amount, of methamphetamine," said Farrah Emami a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
Nicolas Cendoya was charged with one felony count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. This is a serious charge, and if convicted he could face up to three years in jail. According to the Orange County District Attorneys office Kyndall Jack has not been charged at this time.

Investigators did not request that the hikers take a toxicology test after they were found. Since Cendoya was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine, there has been a suggestion that perhaps Cendoya and Jack should be held legally and financially responsible for the exhaustive search that ensued after they went missing in Orange Countys Trabuco Canyon.

Orange County officials state that the cost of this search and rescue is over $160,000.00. In addition, one deputy involved in this was seriously injured.

At this time, however, Orange County officials have stated they will not be seeking reimbursement from the pair. Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has expressed outrage over the entire series of events. The complete disregard for anyone else that the pair displayed is frustrating. Their reckless behavior has been a huge financial burden to California tax payers, as well as resulting in a serious injury to an Orange County deputy.
Cendoya has told reporters that he did not remember much from the time he spent lost in the Orange County canyon area, although he did remember having strange visions during that time. He has said that he was hallucinating and desperately searching for water. He would eat plants, and was even sucking the juice out of plants, because he was so desperate for water.

The Orange County law offices of Criminal Defense Attorney Michael L. Guisti have years of experience successfully defending people who have been charged with felony drug possession as well as many other crimes, from misdemeanors to major felonies.
They are skilled, aggressive criminal defense attorneys who have over a decade worth of experience in all Southern California court systems. Over the years they have earned a reputation as a group of attorneys that will work tirelessly for their clients, protecting and defending their freedom. Because they are trustworthy, dedicated professionals, they have been able to build working relationships with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors offices alike, in and around Orange County, thereby ensuring the best possible outcome for you or your loved one.

If you have been arrested or charged with a drug crime, time is not on your side. You must obtain legal counsel immediately, so that you have someone working on your behalf, looking out for your interests. The district attorneys office will begin to build their case right away. The criminal attorneys at the law firm of Michael L. Guisti will start working for you right away, to put in place the best possible defense and ensure the best possible outcome.

Orange County has an active, aggressive law enforcement agency and district attorneys office. Make sure that you have an experienced, tough attorney on your side. Michael L. Guisti, veteran criminal defense attorney, and his team of highly skilled and dedicated drug possession specialists have years of successfully defending their clients in the court systems in and around Southern California.

We understand how overwhelming and scary this kind of charge can be, for you and your family. Do not try to go it alone. You need the help of an attorney with a proven track record. The law firm of Michael L. Guisti will work to protect your freedom, and see to it that you can go back to your normal life, with as little interruption as possible. Do not wait, help is just a phone call away.

April 19, 2013

Orange County DUI Checkpoints for April 19 Weekend

Santa Ana, Orange County - The weekend is here, and police departments will be out doing DUI patrols and checkpoints, seeking DUI arrests. It also so happens that Saturday is April 20, or "4/20," which is a special date for marijuana smokers.

Law enforcement in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside are also aware of this "special" date, and they're responding in kind with added DUI patrols.

At this time there is only one DUI checkpoint we are aware of.

Santa Ana DUI Checkpoint.

Friday, April 19
Santa Ana - Main Street, between First Street and Fourth Street
8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Throughout Southern California police officers will be out looking for people DUI, DUI-Drugs, and under the influence.

If you know of any DUI checkpoints in Southern California this weekend please let us know on our Facebook page or on our Twitter, OCLegalHelp.

Santa Ana drug crimes attorney Michael L. Guisti explains that a DUI charge is something you must take very seriously, because a lot of people who receive a DUI for the first time think it's nothing more than a traffic ticket. Well, Guisti stresses, sadly they're wrong, because a DUI is a criminal offense that can result in jail time, and will be on your criminal record, which can make life difficult for you.

Now if you're under the influence of marijuana while driving, even if it's legal medical marijuana, you could be arrested and charged with DUI-Drugs, says Guisti.

Guisti explains that with DUI-Drugs, "drugs" means, under state law, "your physical or mental abilities are impaired to such a degree that you no longer have the ability to drive with the caution characteristic of a sober person of ordinary prudence under the same or similar circumstances".

To determine if you were DUID a Drug Recognition Evaluator from an Orange County law enforcement agency with special drug training is usually brought to in to assess a DUID suspect. Unlike a DUI test a DUID test usually takes place in a police station, explains Guisti.

With a DUI-Drug conviction you could have a drug crime on your record, says Guisti.

If you've been arrested for DUI, DUI-Drugs, marijuana, or any drug crime, please contact The Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right away.

For over a decade the DUI specialists at The Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti have won very tough DUI and DUI related cases for our clients in the Orange County counts.

So please, contact us now.

April 2, 2013

Santa Ana Man Charged With Federal Drug Crime

Santa Ana, Orange County - A Santa Ana man has been sentenced to at least 46-months in a federal prison for his role in a federal crime following an undercover drug crimes sting operation by Santa Ana Police.

Police say they entered an audio store in Santa Ana where Hugo Perez worked, and that is where undercover agents asked where they could buy meth, and Perez sent them to a person who sold them the meth. For Perez's role he received $100, according to police.

Despite the small payment and no drugs changing hands from Perez to the undercover Santa Ana Police officer Perez was arrested and charged with federal drug crimes.

On the advice of his court appointed public defender, Perez pleaded guilty to the charge for a reduced sentence.

Orange County federal crimes attorney Michael L. Guisti explains that he has seen and dealt with many cases where somebody who might, or might not, just know something about where to obtain drugs gets caught up in the legal system in the worst way possible, and this case with Perez is a stunning example.

Basically for a $100 payoff this guy, Guisti explains, faced federal charges and is going to federal prison, and, Guisti goes on to explain, federal charges are very different from criminal charges at the Orange County courthouse.

Now had this been a drug crime situation on the Orange County court level, this guy probably would have faced probation, or possibly, depending on what transpired, been able to enter drug treatment under PC 1000 or Proposition 36 and not have had a drug charge on his record, Guisti explains.

His sentence urgently points out the need to explain why you should hire a private defense attorney. Now, Guisti stresses, they're a lot of excellent and outstanding public defenders, but the problem is they're so overworked that they don't always have the time to give to your case. Especially when you're facing federal charges it's so important to have a private Orange County criminal defense attorney who will give your case all the attention it needs to ensure fairness and that you get the best possible outcome, explains Guisti.

Sometimes when a family member is in major trouble it's important to have everybody come together and help out the family member, and sometimes that means getting a private defense attorney, says Guisti.

To be fair, in this federal drug crimes case it's certainly possible Perez could of received a more severe punishment had he had a private attorney, says Guisti. Yet studies have shown having a private Orange County criminal lawyer does reduce punishment, says Guisti.

If you've been arrested for a drug crime, federal crime, or any crime, it's urgent that you call The Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right away at, 888-478-8999, because TIME IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE!

For over a decade The Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti have won several cases at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana, along with winning hundreds of cases in the Orange County courthouse of, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Westminster and Santa Ana.

So please, call us now, 888-478-8999!

April 1, 2013

Anaheim Man Arrested for Irvine Gun and Drug Crimes

Irvine, Orange County - An Anaheim man was arrested for gun crimes and drug charges in Irvine on Friday.

Following a three month in investigation police say Anthony Risberg, 37, was arrested on suspicion of drug sales and illegal weapon possession.

Police received a tip that the suspect was selling illegal drugs in Irvine, and after being pulled over by Irvine Police investigators found 150 Oxycodone pills, two loaded handguns and two loaded magazines for another weapon.

A later search at the suspect's home in Anaheim turned up additional weapons, including a firearm that had been converted into an assault rifle.

Irvine criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti explains that the suspect is going to need a very good criminal defense, because they're several potential charges this suspect could face, including several firearms crime and several drug crimes.

Guisti, who is an experienced Orange County gun crime defense attorney with profound knowledge of gun and firearms crimes, explains that simply possessing an unlicensed firearm is an automatic felony, and having an unlicensed assault weapon is also an automatic felony. As well, simply having a magazine for a pistol that can hold more than ten rounds is a felony, stresses Guisti.

Also, Guisti further stresses, California has complex firearm laws. If this suspect in Irvine wasn't suppose to be possessing a gun, because maybe he has a mental issue, or if he is maybe a registered sex offender, he could face further charges. This is why it's so important to contact a professional Orange County gun crimes attorney, because a lot of people arrested on gun crime charges are surprised to learn of addition charges against them.

As for the Irvine drug crime charges, Guisti explains that the crime of drug sales is actually a very complex crime to prove, and that is why it's very important to contact an Orange County drug crimes attorney to make sure the cops really did prove you committed a drug sales crime.

Guisti explains that proving you had the intent to sell the drugs is very difficult, because unless there is a confession most drug sales crimes rely solely on circumstantial evidence. For the police to simply say you had a large quantity drugs, more than the "average" drug user would take, doesn't prove you were selling drugs.

The crime of drug possession doesn't simply mean you had drugs in your hands or in your pocket, but rather, Guisti explains, it means either you had the drugs directly on you, or you had in them in area where you would likely have control, like your car or house, or, maybe somebody else has drugs on them, keeps it at your house, and you knew about it, which is referred to as "joint" possession.

Gun crimes and drug crimes, like drug sales, are very serious crimes, and if you or a loved one have been arrested for one of these crimes it is SO IMPORTANT to contact the the drug crimes and firearm crimes legal experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right away at, 888-478-8999!

These are VERY serious crimes, but the legal team at The Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti have for over a decade in the Orange County courts of Santa Ana, Fullerton, Newport Beach and Westminster won several serious gun and drug cases for our clients!

Why? Because we know the legal defenses that work to set you free, and so call us now, 888-478-8999!

February 4, 2013

Has Your Orange County Medical Marijuana Clinic Been Raided By the Feds?

Santa Ana, Orange County - The attitudes, values and outlook on the use of marijuana, whether it's for medical marijuana use, or even personal use, is rapidly changing in our society, but a lot of people in Orange County and throughout Southern California are still being arrested for marijuana use and charged with drug crimes.

While California does allow the use of medical marijuana Orange County marijuana attorney Michael L. Guisti stresses that it's very important to understand that use and possession of marijuana is still a federal crime and considered illegal by the feds.

The Obama Administration hasn't been very clear how they will handle the use of medical marijuana, and in recent years the Obama White House has ordered the DEA to raid legal California medical marijuana businesses in California, including shops in Orange County.

The big issue here, says Guisti, is marijuana is a federal crime, and if you're in possession of it when federal officials come in at a medical marijuana shop you will likely face federal charges.

As far as the federal government is concerned marijuana is still considered to be a drug with no medical value.

Here is the problem, even if your medical marijuana shop is well within the legal boundaries of California's medical marijuana laws federal law DOES NOT recognize California's medical marijuana laws, and this is why it's so important to contact an Orange County federal crimes attorney.

What this means is if your medical marijuana shop is raided by federal authorities and you were arrested you will face federal criminal charges, and, Guisti explains, federal marijuana charges come with more complex rules and stiffer prison sentences.

In these federal drug crime cases it's very important to know and understand that unlike a drug crime tried in a California drug court where you can receive alternative sentencing, like attending drug rehabilitation, federal courts DO NOT allow this, which is all the more reason it's so important to contact an Orange County drug crimes attorney right away.

Furthermore, Guisti stresses that it's so important to understand that in federal court simply saying your medical marijuana operation was totally legal in California WILL NOT be accepted as a valid defense by the federal court.

If you have received a notice by federal officials to close down your medical marijuana store, or your medical marijuana store has already been raided by federal authorities it's so important to contact the Orange County federal crimes defense attorney at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right away at, 888-478-8999.

When you're facing a federal charge you need to understand that time is NOT on your side, and you need to have a winning criminal defense team who has over a decade of experience winning federal drugs cases in the federal courts of Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego.

So please, call The Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right now so we can begin to work on your case!