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    Recent Results

    • 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 Fresno Office is located at:

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

    5588 North Palm Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93704
    (559) 365-7055

    Fresno Criminal Defense Lawyer

    Located near the geographical center of California, the City of Fresno is also the county seat of Fresno County. Its recorded history began with Native American inhabitants who were known to trade with coastal tribes nearby. The city was formed in 1856 after the California Gold Rush. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Fresno developed a diverse population that represented many different ethnic groups and nationalities. Its population quadrupled between the 1960 and 2000 censuses. Today, the city has a diverse economy, and employment is strong in the education and military sectors.

    If you have been accused of criminal misconduct in the area, you should contact a Fresno criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. At the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, we will evaluate your case at no cost to you and advise you as to your legal options. Call us to schedule your free consultation with a criminal defense attorney in Fresno.

    Here are some links to helpful local resources:

    Fresno Police Department
    2323 Mariposa Street
    Fresno, CA 93721
    Telephone: (559) 621-7000

    Fresno City Hall
    2600 Fresno Street
    Fresno, CA 93721
    Telephone: (559) 621-2489

    Crime in Fresno
    Compared with the national average and state average, Fresno has a high crime rate. Neighborhood Scout reports that Freno has more property crimes, violent crimes and crimes per square mile than either California or the United States as a whole. In spite of this, there are still areas of Fresno that are safer than others. Neighborhood Scout reports that the safest areas of Fresno are at:

    1. E Copper Avenue and N Maple Avenue
    2. Burness and Ivesta
    3. N Cedar Avenue and E Omaha Avenue
    4. N Fowler Avenue and E Shields Avenue
    5. E Ashlan Avenue and N Maroa Avenue
    6. W Alluvial Avenue and N Marks Avenue
    7. E Cole Avenue and N Millbrook Avenue
    8. Locans and Lone Star
    9. N Winery Avenue and E Shea Drive
    10. E Teague Avenue and N Willow Avenue

    Fresno Court Houses

    Fresno County Superior Court1100 Van Ness Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93724
    Telephone: (559) 457-2000

    B.F. Sisk Courthouse
    1130 O Street
    Fresno, CA 93721
    Telephone: (559) 457-2000

    The Collateral Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
    There are a lot of misconceptions about domestic violence. Thanks to TV dramas, many people think that domestic violence only occurs when someone is violently beaten. This is not the case. There are many, many criminal offenses that can be classified as domestic violence when the victim is a family member, intimate partner, or former romantic partner. Threats, harassment, verbal abuse, misdemeanor assault and battery, or even disorderly conduct can all result in a domestic violence conviction on a person’s criminal record. A domestic violence conviction can affect your life in many ways. Even if you are convicted of a low level misdemeanor offense, the collateral consequences of a conviction could affect your life for years to come. It is important to understand these consequences before you enter into any time of plea agreement.

    Loss of Gun Rights
    In 1993, Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The Brady Law enacted many restrictions on gun ownership in order to reduce gun violence in the United states. One of the strictest restrictions was placed on anyone who is convicted of a domestic violence offense. Once convicted, a person loses his or her gun ownership rights for the rest of their life. There is no time limit, and convicts cannot apply for reinstate the way one can after a felony conviction. The ban is permanent. Unless the conviction is overturned on appeal, the ban will be in place for life. Moreover, “domestic violence” is defined under federal law. This means that you could plead guilty to a charge that is not considered “domestic violence” under state law, but still lose your gun ownership rights, but it is considered a domestic violence offense under federal law. The provisions of the Brady Law are strict and permanent. Be sure you consult with a lawyer before pleading guilty to any offense involving a family member – even if it is not designated as domestic violence under state law.

    Loss of Parental Rights
    Any accusations of domestic violence are taken very seriously by the family court. Even if you are not convicted, a child custody judge can make rulings based on allegations of domestic violence. The family court will want to know the details of any incident that resulted in police involvement, arrest, or any amount of violence. Your parental rights can be affected – or even lost – without a formal conviction on your record. Child custody rulings are based on the best interest of the child. This means that judges have more latitude about what evidence they may consider in acting in the child’s best interest. The best way to mitigate the damage of any allegations of domestic violence is to hire an experienced defense lawyer to mitigate the damage of such accusations as soon as possible.

    Loss of Employment or Security Clearance
    A domestic violence conviction can also affect your employment. Even if your employer does not take action, you might find that your professional licensure or security clearance is in jeopardy. This, in turn, can force an employer to suspend or terminate your employment until you become eligible to work again. This is another in which a domestic violence defense lawyer can mitigate damage by acting quickly.

    Experienced Fresno Defense Attorneys For All Criminal Charges
    The best criminal defense attorneys in Fresno are right here at The Law Offices of David S. Chesley. Our experienced legal team serves clients in Clovis, Sanger, Selma, Kerman, Reedley, Kingsburg, Friant, Parlier, Fowler, Shaver Lake and throughout Fresno County. Our defense lawyers also have years of experience defending clients on all types of criminal charges. Call our Fresno offices at (559) 365-7055 to schedule your case review. Don’t wait to get legal advice. Your constitutional rights are in jeopardy even before criminal charges are filed. The sooner you have an experienced California criminal defense lawyer fighting on your side, the better protected you will be from a wrongful conviction and the collateral consequences that can follow.