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Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc.
Burbank Criminal Defense Attorneys and DUI Lawyers
Burbank, CA 91505
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Have You Been Charged with a Crime in Burbank?
If you or a loved one are being investigated for a crime, or you’ve already been charged, there’s no time to waste: Hire an experienced Burbank criminal defense attorney today.
With more than 50 years in criminal litigation, David Chesley and his team have an outstanding track record defending Burbank criminal defendants. Mr. Chesley has had favorable outcomes in 90% of his court cases.
And while Mr. Chesley and his team of experienced criminal defense lawyers and former prosecutors are experts in the courtroom, they are also equally good at understanding what you’re going through—the worry and fear you and your family are dealing with. Mr. Chesley and his team will help you at every stage of the process. And along the way, they will give you the personal dedication and engagement you need so that you never feel like you’re going through this alone.
Driving Under the Influence, Public Intoxication, and Related Offenses in Burbank
The City of Burbank includes enforcement of “driving under the influence” (DUI) as one of its highest priorities for the city’s police force, with regular DUI checkpoints and other efforts. The Burbank police force is also aggressive in related charges such as public intoxication.
As a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association and the National College for DUI Defense, Mr. Chesley is a certified expert in DUI defense, and it shows: Ninety-five percent (95%) of his DUI clients receive no jail time.
It’s important to act quickly after you’ve been arrested for a DUI. For example, if you file a request for a hearing within 10 days of your arrest, you can challenge your driver’s license suspension. However, if you fail to request that hearing, your license will be automatically suspended. And that automatic suspension is in addition to any suspension you might receive following a DUI conviction.
California DUI convictions carry severe penalties, including fines, community service, probation, and prison. DUI convictions also may require you to participate in alcohol programs, install an ignition lock device in your car, or pay restitution to victims of an alcohol-related crash.
Burbank police have also been charging people with “public intoxication,” which is a sort of legal catchall for alcohol-related public behavior. While this seems like it might be a comparatively minor charge, its penalties are no joke: You can still be sentenced to up to six months in county jail and have to pay fines.
Car Theft Crimes
Burbank Police are increasingly concerned about the rising number of car thefts, injury-related collisions, and other vehicle code violations occurring within the Burbank area. However, it’s important to understand how California law distinguishes between different car-theft related crimes—because they’re not all the same.
California law defines carjacking as taking a car from someone in current possession of the car by force or fear. A carjacking is a felony crime with a possible prison sentence of three to nine years.
If you’ve been accused of stealing a car (without the owner being present), then you may face a charge of either joyriding or theft of a car. For a joyriding charge, the prosecutor must prove that you took the car and intended to keep it permanently or temporarily. A theft conviction requires a higher bar for conviction: The prosecutor must prove that you intended to permanently deprive the owner of the car.
And what transforms a car theft into “grand theft auto” is not about how you were alleged to have stolen the car; instead it relates to the car’s value. If someone steals a car worth less than $950, then it is considered “petty theft,” while stealing a car worth more than $950 is “grand theft auto.”
Choosing a defense attorney is important in defending a car theft case because both joyriding and auto theft cases can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony—which can mean a much longer prison term. Prior convictions and other factors can also result in enhanced penalties which would substantially increase a prison term.
Additionally, Burbank has seen a rise of thefts from cars—breaking into a car to steal money or valuable item (e.g., a laptop). While California law considers theft from a car to be a form of burglary, similar to breaking into a home or place of business, these thefts, too, are known as “wobbler crimes.” To describe a crime as a wobbler means that it is up to a prosecutor to decide whether the crime should be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
Hiring an expert criminal defense attorney can make a crucial difference in wobbler cases. By providing evidence and legal argument, a defense attorney may be able to sway a prosecutor on how to charge you with the alleged crime. That decision will impact the possible punishments you could face and affect what evidence is needed for a conviction.
Types of Burbank Criminal Cases Mr. Chesley Defends:
- Driving Under the Influence
- Public intoxication
- Grand Theft Auto, Car Theft and Theft from a Vehicle
- Forgery and passing of counterfeit currency
- Narcotics Possession and Distribution
- Domestic Violence and Related Restraining Orders
- Property crimes (e.g., vandalism)
- White-Collar Crimes
- Rape, Sexual Assault, and Aggravated Assault
Why You Should Choose the Law Office of David Chesley:
Whether you face a petty theft or a major crime, you need the best criminal defense attorney.
Mr. Chesley and his team of Burbank criminal defense lawyers are among the nation’s best, with ratings of “Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell and “Superb” by Avvo. Mr. Chesley is one of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 and the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) ‘s Top 100 in the nation. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys rated him as in the Top 10 in the Nation for Client Satisfaction. He has an Avvo “Five Star” Clients Choice Award and an “A+” rating by the Better Business Bureau.
National media have also featured Mr. Chesley’s firm, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, FOX News, CNN, NBC News, and more.