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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!

    Newport Beach

    Our Newport Beach Village Office is located at:

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

    2801 West Coast Hwy, Suite 270
    Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (949) 891-0102

    Newport Beach Criminal Defense Attorneys

    Do You Stand Accused of Committing a Serious Crime in Newport Beach? Experienced Local Attorneys with an Outstanding Track Record Can Help You Get Perspective and Control Over Your Case. If you’ve been accused of a crime, any crime, whether you did it or not, you deserve quality legal representation. That’s one of your fundamental rights as an American.

    Unfortunately, not everyone understands this. We live in a culture that is quick to jump on you when you’ve made a mistake, to assume you’re guilty before you’ve even had a trial, and to hold past sins against you forever. That’s especially true in a wealthy, insular community like Newport Beach.

    Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, though: you still have rights.

    You’re probably under a lot of stress right now. You’re not sure what may happen to you, you’re wondering what kinds of penalties you might be facing. You’re trying to hold everything together. Let us help. We’ve taken the time to outline some of the most common types of crime in Newport Beach. We explain how they are normally prosecuted and detail what fines and other punishments they typically bring.

    Once you’ve learned a little more about what you’re up against, though, we also want to help in more direct ways. At the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, we specialize in defending clients from a wide range of charges. Whether you’ve been accused of pickpocketing in Balboa Village or assault at Fashion Island, we’re on your side.

    Helpful City Resources:

    Newport Beach Police Department
    870 Santa Barbara Dr.
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 644-3681

    West Newport Community Center
    883 W. 15th St.
    Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (949) 644-3151

    Ocean Recovery Drug Rehabilitation Center
    1601 West Balboa Blvd.
    Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (888) 348-1937

    Superior Court of California – West Justice Center
    8141 13th St.
    Westminster, CA 92683-4593
    (657) 622-6878

    DUI (Driving Under Influence)
    Like most cities and towns across America, Newport Beach has its fair share of DUIs each year—400, in fact, in 2020. If you’re one of that number, how are you likely to be treated?

    If you’ve been arrested, you already know the police force in Newport Beach takes DUIs seriously. You may even have spent a little time in the Orange County jail. Ultimately, though, the police will hand your case over to the Harbor Justice Center branch of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

    The “legal limit,” for operating a motor vehicle in California is .08% blood alcohol content. However, you should know that if an officer believes you are under influence, they’re allowed to arrest you no matter what the breathalyzer might say. They can also take you in for refusing to cooperate. Further, you can be charged with a DUI for simply having drugs or alcohol in your vehicle, whether or not you’ve been using them.

    A first-time DUI conviction is typically only a misdemeanor, but it can bring with it several penalties:

    • Fine of between $390 and $1000
    • Jail time of between 48 hours and six months (though the more likely outcome is three to five years’ probation)
    • Six months suspended or restricted license
    • Three months of DUI school

    A DUI remains on your record for up to ten years, and subsequent convictions come with stiffer penalties. In addition, aggravating factors like an injury or a fatality can turn a DUI into a felony.


    Burglary is defined under California law as entering any building, commercial or residential, with the intention of committing theft. Burglary can be charged in either the first or second degree.

    Stealing from a residence is a more serious crime. It is always treated as the first-degree burglary and always charged as a felony. Second-degree burglary, in contrast, involves theft from a commercial property. To qualify as burglary, you must take at least $950 in merchandise. Otherwise, you’ve committed shoplifting rather than actual burglary. Second-degree burglary can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor.

    Sentences vary based on the specific charge and the circumstances surrounding the crime.

    • A first-degree burglary conviction carries a sentence of between two and six years in state prison.
    • A second-degree felony conviction can garner a county jail sentence of between sixteen months and three years
    • A misdemeanor conviction is punishable by up to a year in county jail

    Finally, it is important to note that burglary doesn’t necessitate that you actually take something. That is, if a prosecutor can prove you intended to take something, they may be able to convict you, even if you never actually took the item.


    Like burglary, how Newport Beach treats an assault depends on a number of factors. Simple assault means attempting to do violent injury to someone else. A conviction for simple assault can get you up to a $1000 fine and up to six months in county jail.

    Assault differs from “battery,” which means actually committing violent injury on someone. In other words, taking a swing at someone on the Newport Beach pier qualifies as assault. Actually hitting them qualifies as battery. Note that you don’t actually have to injure the other person in order to have committed battery. Like assault, misdemeanor battery comes with a six-month stint in county jail. The fine, however, is $2000.

    However, the battery can also be charged as a felony punishable by up to four years in state prison.

    In addition, aggravating factors can exacerbate the offense. Threatening someone with a knife, for instance, is usually treated as assault with a deadly weapon. Try to hit a police officer can get you charged with assault on a public official.

    Your Local Newport Beach Defense Attorney, David L. Chesley

    Whatever you may be accused of—DUI, burglary, assault, or some other charge—David L. Chesley can help. David L. Chesley has built a reputation as a tough defense attorney. That means prosecutors are more eager to negotiate good plea deals. They don’t want to face him in court. David L. Chesley has years of experience representing clients just like you, in Newport Beach and throughout the state of California. Don’t trust your future to anyone else.

    If you’ve been arrested in Newport Beach for DUI, burglary, assault, or any other type of crime, make sure you have s strong lawyer to represent your best interests. Contact the Law Offices of David L. Chesley today, at (949) 891-0102.