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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!


    Our Bakersfield Office is located at:

    Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc.
    Bakersfield Criminal Defense Attorneys and DUI Lawyers

    1430 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 500
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    (661) 473-0422

    Bakersfield Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Criminal Defense Attorneys in Bakersfield Standing Up for the Rights of the Accused

    Bakersfield, California, was founded in 1869, and as of 2019, 377,917 people call this city home. It’s well-known for its oil and agricultural industries as well as its arts, cultures, and sports arenas. “Bakersfield Sound,” a genre of country music made known by Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and several others was born here. Since 1986 the city has hosted an annual Jazz Festival. Bakersfield, CA, directly inspired chain restaurants located in several major cities across the U.S.

    Helpful city resources:
    Bakersfield Police Department
    1601 Truxtun Ave
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    (661) 327-7111

    Bakersfield City Hall
    1600 Truxtun Ave
    Bakersfield, CA 93306
    (661) 326-3767

    Beale Memorial Library
    701 Truxtun Ave
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    (661) 868-0701

    Arrests and Crimes Occurring in Bakersfield, California

    Crime rates in Bakersfield are 66 percent higher than the California average. Property crimes such as theft, vehicle theft, and burglary are much higher here than in all cities throughout the U.S. Assault is also a common crime in Bakersfield.

    The neighborhoods with the highest crime rates in Bakersfield include:

    • Lakeview
    • East Bakersfield
    • Rio Bravo
    • Southgate
    • Amberton
    • Quailwood
    • Homaker Park
    • Benton Park
    • Eastridge Estates
    • Downtown
    • Tyner Homes
    • Spice Tract

    Keep in mind that even after being arrested and charged with a crime, those charged are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Have Extensive Experience in Local Bakersfield Criminal Courts
    In addition to general experience appearing in a courtroom, it’s also helpful to have an attorney who has a rapport with the judges who would likely preside over your case. A Bakersfield criminal defense attorney who knows the local prosecutors will also have a better idea of what to expect from them and how to shape your defense around their potential actions. When you hire a Bakersfield criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc., you and your family can rest easy knowing you are in good hands.

    Local Criminal Court:
    Metro Division
    Criminal Misdemeanor
    1415 Truxtun Ave
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    (661) 868-5393

    Metro Justice Building
    Criminal Felony
    1215 Truxtun Ave
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    (661) 868-5393

    3131 Arrow St
    Bakersfield, CA 93308
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    (661) 335-7100

    When Should You Contact a Bakersfield Criminal Defense Attorney?
    There are many situations in which you may need a criminal defense lawyer’s help more than you initially thought. Consider these scenarios:

    • Police officers “just want to ask you questions.” If you witnessed an event but had nothing to do with it, then it’s probably safe to talk with the police. Still, you should be wary about what you say. If police officers didn’t witness what took place, you could be falsely accused. If officers want your statement, request an appointment with the officer. This should give you the time and opportunity to call an attorney and discuss what you witnessed and how you were involved.
    • The police ask you to sign something. Always remember one crucial fact about law enforcement officers— they can’t force you to do anything unless they have a reasonable suspicion that you committed a crime. The Fourth Amendment protects your right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. If the police observe you breaking the law or have credible evidence to believe that you committed a crime, only then can they obtain warrants to search you or your property or demand that you provide access to your personal records or health information.

      Suppose police officers request that you sign a release that will provide them with access to sensitive records. In that case, the best thing to do is politely refuse and hire an attorney as soon as possible. The police may not have a legitimate reason to get to your records. By voluntarily allowing them access, they can use it against you without penalty.

    • The police arrest you for a crime. The most obvious reason you would need to contact a Bakersfield criminal defense lawyer is any time that you are detained by the police or under arrest. If this is the case, immediately stop answering questions and talking. Politely assert your right to not speak any further without an attorney present on your behalf.

    It’s always better to be safe than sorry and contact a criminal defense attorney any time you feel like you could be in legal trouble for any reason. The sooner, the better.

    What Happens After You’re Arrested?
    Usually, after someone is arrested, they are brought to the police station or sheriff’s office, where they are “booked.” Booked means law enforcement officers will obtain your personal, historical and biographical information. Then they will use this information to determine if you have any outstanding warrants or a criminal history. With this information, they will evaluate whether you should be released from custody or if the payment of a bail/bond will be required.

    Depending upon the jurisdiction, if the authorities intend to detain someone, the detainee may have the right to have their detention reviewed by a judicial official. Typically, the police will file a criminal complaint in the appropriate court. The detained individual will need to appear before that court. Keep in mind that police officers also have the right to seize property, records, and other materials as evidence during the arrest process. If obtained properly, this evidence can be used against you in court.

    Attractions in Bakersfield

    California Living Museum
    10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy
    Bakersfield, CA 93306
    (661) 872-2256

    Kern County Museum
    3801 Chester Ave
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    (661) 437-3330

    The Park at River Walk
    11298 Stockdale Hwy
    Bakersfield, CA 93311
    (661) 326-3866

    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science
    2018 Chester Ave
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    (661) 324-6350

    Fox Theater
    2001 H St
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    (661) 324-1369

    McMurtrey Aquatic Center
    1325 Q St Suite 200
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    (661) 852-7430

    Secure the Reliable Representation of Our Bakersfield Criminal Defense Attorneys Today
    At Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc., we can offer you the criminal defense representation you need to make the most of this overwhelming situation. Our attorneys are waiting to help you. The sooner you reach out, the more they can do to help. Our vast and unique career experience and knowledge give us an advantageous angle to go to bat for you. Don’t wait any longer to get the legal representation you need. Call us anytime at (661) 473-0422. We know that legal problems can arise day or not, and we are here for you and your family should that time come.