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    (213) 341-4427
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    (909) 748-5272
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    (619) 752-2235
  • Kern / Santa Barbara
    (661) 473-0422
  • Sacramento / Sonoma
    (916) 248-4717
  • Alameda / San Joaquin
    (510) 403-8809
  • Ventura County
    (805) 248-7408
  • Fresno / Santa Clara
    (559) 365-7055
  • Northern California
    (530) 427-4167

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  • 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!

DUI California

The Law Offices of David S. Chesley, INC was voted best California DUI lawyers (expertise) in 2016, 2017, and 2018. If you have been charged with a DUI in California, settle for nothing less than the best legal representation available. We are a team of fighters who mount aggressive defenses on behalf of our clients.

Take Your DUI Seriously

There seems to be a tendency for people to downplay the severity of a DUI charge. Make no mistake; this is not just another traffic infraction. At best, a DUI is a Class A Misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to one year in a county jail and heavy fines. If this is not your first DUI, you might be facing a felony charge.

For First-Time DUI Convictions

In California, a first-time DUI means that you have not been convicted of a DUI or a wet-reckless in the last 10 years. If you are convicted of a first-time DUI, you can expect a range of consequences as follows.


If convicted, the judge will put you on probation for 3-5 years. This is not the kind of probation that involves a probation officer. This is just Summary Probation to the Court. What this means is that if you commit another crime on this probation or fail to adhere to DUI terms, you can be sentenced to up to 6 months in jail which can run concurrent or consecutive to any new charges who acquire.


Typically, the fine amount for a DUI conviction is about $2,000. That fine amount can often be satisfied by community service or jail time. Fortunately, the judges are usually good about giving people time to pay their fines.


On a first-time conviction, the alcohol program is usually a three-month term. Most people go once a week for three months. However, if you refused to take the blood or breath test or you BAC was measured at 0.20 or higher, the court will impose an automatic nine-month DUI school term.


For a first-time DUI, a 6-month driver's license suspension is standard. However, you would be entitled to a restricted license after the first 30 days of suspension unless you refused to take a blood or breath test when arrested or if you're under 21. In that case, the suspension term is for one year without any opportunity to get a restricted license.


There is a potential for up to six months in jail for a first-time DUI conviction. In most counties, the judges will not impose jail time on a standard first-time DUI if there are no aggravating factors. Riverside County and Ventura County are more strict and typically impose at least a few days in jail on a first-time DUI.

Contact Us

If you need the best DUI California law firm on your side, contact the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, INC today. We will make sure your rights are protected and put together an aggressive defense to stop you from being convicted.

DUI California

Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc

(213) 341-4427
445 S Figueroa St #2700

Los Angeles

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