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If you have been charged with Unlawful possession or possession with an intent to sell drug abuse charges, our criminal defense attorney can help you to get out of the case in the best and safest manner. With credibility, reputation, and a legacy of success, we have resolved hundreds of drug abuse cases across California.
Along with some commonly abused substances such as heroin, meth, and ecstasy, some of the prescription drugs also fall under regulated substances under the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Scheduled drugs. These drugs are prescribed by physicians, dentists, veterinary doctors, and psychologists are only available at licensed pharmacies and dispensaries through approved prescription. Various prescription drugs fall into this category including oxycodone, fentanyl, meperidine, methadone, Hydrocodone, etc. The Benzodiazepines based drugs including Valium and Xanax are also part of controlled substance act according to both state and federal laws. With prolonged use, these drugs can be addictive and can have detrimental effects on the health of patients. Therefore, these drugs are only allowed with a valid prescription.
The illegal possession of prescription drugs is a criminal offense under California’s Health and Safety Code 11350 and possession with an intent to sell is an offense under HSC 11351. Therefore, if you do not have a valid prescription and you are caught with any of the listed prescription drugs, you can be immediately arrested by police. Conviction of possession of prescription drug can cause up to one year of jail time and up to $1,000 in fines. However, these sentences can be as harsh as up to three years prison time and $20,000 in fines. It is a wobbler crime in California which means it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony which is at the discretion of district attorney, your previous criminal record
However, sometimes the police officers mistakenly arrest people and charge them with illegal possession of prescription drugs. In other cases, the patient started on the drugs with a valid prescription, but with prolonged use became addicted to it. So, after the withdrawal, the patient continued to access these drugs in ways such as a fake prescription. We understand the toll these charges can take on your life. Therefore, we are always ready to stand by your side even when no one else is ready to listen to your story. Criminal Defense Lawyers at Chesley’s Law office identify the relevant criminal defenses and hone them in convincible arguments to be presented in court. Our 90% of clients successfully avoid jail time due to compelling defense.
Possession of Cocaine (CA. Penal
Code 1203.073) commonly called “coke”, “snow”, “blow” is a controlled substance.
Ecstasy is a popular drug, used commonly by “partygoers”, ecstasy is both a stimulant and hallucinogen that produces…
Heroin (Health and Safety Code 11350 & 11351 HS) is a Schedule 1 drug under the United States Controlled Substances Act.
California’s Health & Safety Code has many sections that deal with the various offenses related to Marijuana.
Methamphetamines (CA. Health & Safety Code 11377 &11378 HS) are among the most commonly abused drugs in California.
Multiple defendants each facing 7 years charged with smuggling prescription drugs into California from Mexico our client was the only defendant who received NO JAIL TIME!
Client facing 5 years for possession of deadly weapon we negotiated a plea for NO JAIL TIME!
Client facing 3 life terms for multiple felony counts of Child Molestation and Sodomy with child we proved the charges were fabricated by victims mother DISMISSAL of all charges at preliminary hearing!
Strike case: Client charged with possession of methamphetamine facing 25 years we filed a Romero Motion which was granted case REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR!
Client's estranged girlfriend alleged Client broke into her room and choked her facing 14 years in State Prison we won at trial JURY ACQUITTAL.
Police allegedly discovered 3 bags of marijuana in client's glove box faced 6 years we filed a 1538.5 motion to suppress resulting in DISMISSAL of all charges!
Client allegedly sold rock cocaine to undercover officer faced 10 years following our argument client received NO JAIL TIME!
Client facing 15 years for Armed Robbery we proved misidentification Judge DISMISSED the case!
Rodrigo L. San Fernando, CA (Sherman Oaks Yelp Review)
I am truly pleased with my experience with the Law Offices Of David S Chesley. They answered all my questions and provided me with great advice and legal services. My case resolved quickly. Thank you!
Ricardo Esteves Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Google Places Review)
I left court yesterday with my last case being wrapped up. Two court appearances and that's it. He represented me in a couple of different cases and was impressive to say the least. Always a phone call or text message away. Confident and aggressive when he needed to be. Calming and thorough when meeting with me. Attorney Chesley did exactly what he said he would and I got the results I needed. He seemed to know all the right people at the Temple Street courthouse. You can always get in contact with him quickly and he is a great lawyer. I highly recommend his legal services.
Erica Geller Ontario, CA (Ontario Facebook review)
My brother was given a very caring attorney that was assigned to his case and we had very helpful case managers throughout the process. I strongly recommend David Chesley to anyone who is in trouble. I called in to get help on my brothers case and right away I liked their service. My brothers charges were eventually dismissed after the attorney got him into a program, now he could go on without the trouble of having anything on his record
Elizabeth F. San Diego, CA (San Diego Google Places Review)
I retained Mr. Chesley and his firm and from the beginning they were extremely professional both in communicating the status of my case to me, explaining the situation as a whole, and just downright taking care of business. It was money well spent for a job well done. Thanks again to David and Melissa others that worked on my case. I recommend this firm to anyone in need of legal representation. Don’t just accept things the courts force on you, call this firm and protect yourself.
Leon Hanley Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Avvo review)
I contacted Mr. Chesley and his firm because some unfortunate events had left me in a jam. Detectives were demanding I testify or be prosecuted for a crime I didn’t commit. (I wasn’t involved or even at the scene of the alleged crime when it supposedly took place.) Mr. Chesley explained to me that he had been through similar situations with his clients before and understood exactly what was going on. His response to what took place was nothing short of amazing. No matter how small my concern, Mr. Chesley addressed it in a timely manner. He advocated for what is right and empathized with me in dealing with the Court system. After meeting with the supervising D.A. and providing alibi evidence he was able to get me out the situation. I’m very grateful to have found him.
Britanny Givens Newport Beach, CA (Newport Beach Google Places)
I hired David Chesley for my criminal defense in 2012. he was recommended to us for is success results and his low fees. David is very smart and his professional legal advice was honest & much appreciated during these stressful time. David's knowledge, advice, and communication about what we were to expect was reassuring and beneficial to me. He charged me a reasonable flat rate and didn't charge me any surprise fees. In my case David Chesley was able to negotiate with the prosecution attorney for the best result I could hope for. He had success at getting my criminal charges dismissed with the judges approval. You will not be disappointed if you hire The Law Offices of David S. Chesley.
Andrew A. North Hollywood, CA (Better Business Bureau review)
David is very professional, yet very casual. Although it is typically not easy to speak straight up with an attorney, he is very easy to talk to. He replied to my questions quickly and was available all hours. Not only did he get my case resolved with a dismissal, he went above and beyond and got me an expungement without me even requesting it. He never beats around the bush and tells you like it is. At the same time is willing to work overtime to get the results you request. I would use David's services again in the future.