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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!

    La Jolla

    Our La Jolla Office is located at:

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

    4660 La Jolla Village Drive, Ste 500
    La Jolla , CA 92121
    (858) 333-8478

    La Jolla Criminal Defense Attorneys

    Being Arrested for a Crime in La Jolla Can Be a Scary and Disorienting Experience: Our Defense Lawyers Have a Track Record of Success Dealing with Cases Like Yours.

    People sometimes mistakenly believe that those with money have an easy life. What’s that saying though? “More money, more problems”?

    La Jolla is a beautiful place to live. It’s also one of the most expensive in California. The average homes prices here regularly top every other zip code in the country. And have you seen the price of the Grand Marnier Nougat Glace at the Marine Room?

    Keeping up with the Joneses takes on a whole new meaning in a place like La Jolla, so it’s no surprise that, while the area isn’t exactly a hotbed of carjacking and muggings, it does have its fair share of crime:

    Helpful La Jolla City Resources:

    San Diego Police Department – Northern Division
    4275 Eastgate Mall
    San Diego, CA 92037
    (858) 552-1700

    La Jolla Community Center
    6811 La Jolla Blvd.
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    (858) 459-0831

    La Jolla Recovery
    7632 Herschel Av.
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    (858) 206-8148

    Superior Court of California – Central Courthouse
    1101 Union St.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 844-2700

    White-collar crime:
    Most of us will do anything to hang on to the lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to. If you’ve been caught cutting a few legal corners to keep up, you’re probably feeling pretty stressed right now. What you need are a few good answers and someone who can help straighten everything out. We’ve got you covered. Take a look below at some of the basic information on white-collar crimes. Then contact the Law Offices of David S. Chesley to get the representation you can trust.

    Generally speaking, “white-collar crime” refers to illegal activity done for some sort of financial gain. It’s all about the money. Corporate vice presidents aren’t usually violent types. They don’t hang out in alleyways but rather boardrooms and corner offices. They don’t go around waving guns or breaking anyone’s kneecaps.

    That doesn’t mean, however, that the state of California doesn’t take such crimes seriously. White-collar crime can result in serious prison time to say nothing of the fines you can accumulate. Consider some of the most common examples.

    Embezzlement: In simplest terms, embezzlement means taking property you’ve been entrusted with and “fraudulently” misappropriating it. Any employee at any company can embezzle, from a Known Restaurant cashier to the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. If the amount you’ve misappropriated is under $950, it’s merely “petty theft,” and treated as a misdemeanor. That’s a serious enough charge, and can result in up to six months in jail and a $1000 fine.

    Amounts over $950, though, constitute “Grand Theft.” That too can be a misdemeanor, carrying a sentence of up to one year and a $1000 fine. However, it can also be treated as a felony, which raises the possible penalty to 3 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

    Fraud: As with embezzlement, the basic definition of “fraud” is pretty easy to understand. It has to do with deception or misrepresentation that deprives someone of their property or their rights. There are many different kinds of fraud, though. Putting false information on a home loan application, for instance, constitutes a form of mortgage fraud. A doctor who charges insurance companies for non-existent patients has committed insurance fraud. All forms of identity theft are treated as “fraud” as well.

    Because fraud can happen in so many different ways, sentences can vary widely. However, those sentences can certainly include jail time and fines. In addition, you can be sued in civil court for any damage you’ve done to your victims.

    Forgery: Fraud, another type of white collar crime, is a specific form of fraud. Most people associate forgery with signing someone else’s name to a document, like a check or a contract. However, forgery includes any type of document tampering, whether you’ve signed a fictitious name to a boat loan or changed the wording in a government contract.

    As with most white-collar crimes, the important threshold is $950. Anything below that amount is treated as a misdemeanor. If your crime involves sums above $950, it is a felony and punishable with up to three years in jail and $10,000 in fines.

    Counterfeiting: Here again, the average person doesn’t always understand what counterfeiting actually is. Certainly, you can counterfeit money, but you can also counterfeit clothing, purses, and jewelry. Counterfeiting simply means representing an item as something other than what it is.

    Whatever you might be counterfeiting, you can be charged with a felony, and a conviction carries a sentence of two to four years and/ or a fine of up to $1000.

    What To Do Now:

    Just because you’ve been accused of a white-collar crime doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be convicted. There are many ways to defend yourself from such charges, and a skilled attorney can help you craft a winning strategy in your case. Here are just a few possibilities:

    • In embezzlement cases, the government must prove intent in order to convict you. If you took money that you believed was yours, but that you later discovered belonged to the company that might be a reasonable defense for your actions.
    • If you can prove you had a person’s permission to sign a document on their behalf, you should be able to escape forgery charges.
    • If you’ve sold a counterfeit designer dress, you might argue you believed the dress was genuine.

    Maybe you’ve been falsely accused of a crime and need help to clear your name. On the other hand, maybe the authorities have you dead to rights, and you’re looking to make the best possible deal you can. Whatever your situation, David S. Chelsey can help. Our attorneys understand the ins and outs of the California justice system. They know the law, and they’re practiced in court procedures. Most of all, though, they genuinely care about their clients. They want to get you through the crisis you’re facing and back onto your feet.

    If you’ve been arrested in La Jolla for white-collar or any other type of crime, make sure you have a competent attorney on your side. Contact the Law Offices of David L. Chesley today, at 760-625-0714.