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Defending Juveniles who have been charged with Violent Crimes in California
In many instances, people under 18 years of age and who have been accused of committing a crime will be tried in juvenile court. However, in the case of more violent crimes, juveniles can be tried in adult court, potentially resulting in severe penalties that could affect them for the rest of their lives.
If you or a loved one is a juvenile under the California Penal Code and have been charged with committing a crime of violence, you need an experienced defense lawyer on your side who regularly handles juvenile cases. At The Law Offices of David S. Chesley, our knowledgeable team of California juvenile criminal defense lawyers offer you skilled representation at defending your case and helping you achieve the best possible result in your circumstances
Many juvenile criminal proceedings go forward in juvenile court. The primary goal of juvenile court is to rehabilitate the minor. The major steps in the juvenile court process include the following:
All of these hearings and legal proceedings in a juvenile criminal case must occur within certain time frames. This ensures that all cases are kept on track and that they do not drag on for years at a time. The experienced California juvenile violent crime lawyers at The Law Offices of David S. Chesley can explain the steps of the juvenile court process to you and can determine if your case is likely to be transferred to adult court.
If a case is allowed to proceed forward in juvenile court, there are several available case dispositions. In some instances, the minor may be able to complete a diversion program and have his or her charge dismissed after successfully completing the probation. The minor may also be subject to one of the following:
The juvenile criminal defense lawyers at The Law Offices of David S. Chesley can help you explore all of the available alternatives and may be able to help you obtain the lightest sentence possible. A lawyer can also argue for a diversion program or a period of criminal probation on your behalf, potentially helping you avoid a conviction.
In some instances, minors who have been charged with a serious crime of violence may have their cases tried in adult court, as opposed to juvenile court. The California prosecutor, for example, may request a transfer hearing. During that hearing, a judge will decide whether or not the minor should be criminally charged as an adult, rather than as a juvenile. Once a person turns 21 years old, he or she is no longer eligible for juvenile court, and the juvenile court will no longer have jurisdiction over him or her.
There are numerous violent crimes which can subject a juvenile to adult court proceedings, rather than juvenile court proceedings. Some of those crimes include the following:
In cases where a juvenile is charged as an adult, the juvenile may be subject to adult penalties, including fines and incarceration. The California juvenile violent crime lawyers at The Law Offices of David S. Chesley can help you minimize the consequences of an adult conviction and can fight for a charge reduction or plea deal on your behalf.
At The Law Offices of David S. Chesley, we understand the stress and uncertainty of being charged with a juvenile crime of violence. Our skilled legal team is ready to assist you with your case and defend you in the courtroom. Your lawyer may be able to raise an alibi on your behalf, allege that you were entrapped by a police officer, or that you committed the crime under duress.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with our California juvenile violent crimes lawyer, please call us today at 1-800-755-5174, or contact us online.
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!
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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.
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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.