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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 Oakland Office is located at:

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

    1901 Harrison Street, Suite 1100
    Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 306-2889

    Oakland Criminal Defense Landing Page

    Oakland is the eighth-most populated California city and the 45th most populated city in the U.S., with an estimated population of 433,031 in 2019. It was incorporated as a city on March 25, 1854. Lake Merritt is the only natural saltwater lake within city boundaries in the world. The oldest U.S. wildlife refuge, which was designated in 1870, also calls Oakland home. The Port of Oakland sees 99 percent of containerized goods that come through Northern California. Oakland is the home of the University of California system headquarters and the University of California Office of the President.

    Helpful city resources:

    Oakland Police Department
    455 7th St.
    Oakland, CA 94607
    (510) 777-3333

    Oakland Town Hall
    455 7th St.
    Oakland, CA 94607
    (510) 238-7001

    Oakland Public Library
    125 14th St.
    Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 238-3134

    Attractions Around Oakland, CA

    Oracle Arena
    7000 Coliseum Way
    Oakland, CA 94621
    (510) 569-2121

    Oakland Museum of California
    1000 Oak St.
    Oakland, CA 94607
    (510) 318-8400

    Redwood Regional Park
    7867 Redwood Rd.
    Oakland, CA 94619
    (888) 327-2757

    Oakland Zoo
    9777 Golf Links Rd.
    Oakland, CA 94605
    (510) 632-9525

    Chabot Space and Science Center
    10000 Skyline Blvd.
    Oakland, CA 94619
    (510) 336-7300

    Children’s Fairyland
    699 Bellevue Ave.
    Oakland, CA 94610
    (510) 452-2259

    Crime in Oakland

    Historically, Oakland’s crime rates are nuanced. There are both positive and negative facets of the crime trends here. Violent crime is a serious problem in several of Oakland’s East and West neighborhoods. Other areas with frequent crime include:

    • Doolittle Dr./Earhart Rd.
    • Coliseum Way/45th Ave.
    • Majestic Ave./Outlook Ave.
    • International Blvd./77th Ave.
    • Bancroft Ave./107th Ave.

    Local Criminal Courts:

    Dublin – East County Hall of Justice
    5151 Gleason Drive
    Dublin, CA 94568
    (925) 227-6700

    Fremont Hall of Justice
    39439 Paseo Padre Parkway
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 818-7500

    Oakland – René C. Davidson Courthouse
    1225 Fallon Street
    Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 891-6000

    Oakland – Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse
    661 Washington Street
    Oakland, CA 94607
    (510) 627-4700

    Going to court can be naturally frightening and overwhelming. At the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, our Oakland criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience in the area’s criminal courts and all areas of California’s criminal laws. We are well-versed in each court’s proceedings, as well as the judges who work there and the prosecutors that might be assigned to your case.

    How an Oakland Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

    A knowledgeable can help you before and after you have been charged with a crime. They will evaluate the charges or potential charges against you to determine what defenses might be successful against them. If charges haven’t yet been filed, they might be able to stop them from being formally filed or have lesser charges filed.

    Your Oakland criminal defense attorney will work towards a plea bargain with the prosecutor whenever appropriate and possible. A plea bargain can result in lesser penalties, reduced charges, and sometimes even the charges against you being dropped.

    If your case goes to trial, your attorney will be right there with you representing you and fighting for your legal rights. If you are convicted, they can negotiate sentencing or alternative sentencing options. Alternative sentencing programs are founded on the principle that rehabilitation is a more successful solution for offenders than prison. Some standard options include therapy, alcohol or drug programs, house arrest, and community service.

    California Criminal Charge Convictions: Collateral Consequences

    If you have been charged with a crime, your first thought might be: will I go to jail or prison? Imprisonment is a scary potential. It means being away from family. If you are the primary source of income for your family, that could put them in a financial crisis. Even if no one depends on you, going to jail is not something anyone wants to think about.

    However, there’s more to a criminal conviction than incarceration, fines, probation, community service, and other possible statutory consequences. If you are convicted, you will have a criminal record. That record often leads to serious collateral consequences that can affect your life decades after you have paid your debt to society. Common collateral consequences you might face for a criminal conviction include the following:

    • Trouble obtaining employment
    • Difficulty keeping a current job
    • Possibly losing a professional or business license
    • Immigration issues
    • Obstacles with child custody
    • Difficulty traveling
    • Problems getting accepted into an educational program or continuing education
    • Trouble getting a loan
    • Issues securing housing
    • Mandated sex offender registration
    • Loss of driving privileges
    • Loss of the right to vote
    • Loss of the right to own or use a firearm

    Whether these consequences apply in your case depends on the extent and classification of the crime. Some of these collateral consequences are enforced under California or and some under federal law. You should be aware that these collateral consequences exist. If you are convicted of criminal charges, they will affect you in one way or another.

    Having a seasoned Oakland criminal defense lawyer defending you against allegations of a crime is essential to avoiding these collateral consequences. More than jail time, fines, or other legal penalties imposed on you by law, these collateral consequences can have a permanent and adverse impact on the quality of your life and future.

    Contact an Experienced Oakland Criminal Defense Lawyer Now

    If you were arrested on criminal charges, be aware that not fighting the charges can bring more problems than you might have expected. Some people get nervous and think pleading guilty, or no contest is their ideal option so they can do their time and move past this phase. However, with a criminal conviction, the past never leaves you. You will always have a criminal record. Fighting the charges is often the best option to avoiding collateral consequences.

    At the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, our Oakland criminal defense lawyers work tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcome, no matter your criminal charges. We handle many different misdemeanor and felony charges such as theft, assault, sex crimes, murder, and drug crimes. Contact us at (510) 306-2889 or (510) 519-9200 to schedule your case consultation.