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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!

    Panorama City

    Our Panorama City Office is located at:

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

    14500 Roscoe Boulevard, Suite 400
    Panorama City, CA 91402
    (818) 698-8261

    Panorama City Criminal Defense Attorneys

    If You Face Misdemeanor or Felony Charges, Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer In Panorama City Today
    Panorama City is a vibrant and diverse community and a great place to live. But sometimes, things go wrong. Maybe you were caught shoplifting at the Panorama Mall. Or perhaps you had one too many drinks and were pulled over on the San Diego Freeway. Or you got busted selling drugs by the Van Nuys Airport.

    No matter the reason for your arrest, the experience can be harrowing and make you feel uncertain about your future. It can seem like everyone from the police to the prosecutor’s office believes you should be punished, and you have nowhere to turn.

    A seasoned Panorama City lawyer knows how the local court system works and can help you mount a vigorous defense. Above all, hiring skilled counsel will allow you to regain a sense of control over your life.

    Helpful City Resources:
    Los Angeles Police Department – Van Nuys Police Station
    6240 Sylmar Avenue
    Van Nuys, CA 91401
    818-374-9500 Voice
    855-736-3235 TDD/TTY

    Panorama City Neighborhood Council
    Van Nuys City Hall, 3rd & 4th Floor
    14410 Sylvan Street
    Van Nuys, CA 91401

    Ambiance Detox & Recovery Center
    13373 Wentworth Street
    Arleta, CA 91331
    855-500-DETOX (3386)

    Crimes in Panorama City
    Panorama City is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with more than half of its population born abroad. All of this means that the type and frequency of crimes committed can vary widely throughout the area. Among the areas where crime is more likely to occur are along Burnett Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard and near the airport.
    Common crimes that people are charged within Panorama City include robbery, burglary, auto theft, vandalism, aggravated assault, and drug crimes.

    Below is a quick rundown of these various offenses:

    Theft: Generally speaking, theft refers to the unlawful taking of someone else’s property with the intent to keep it permanently. The term “theft,” though, covers a wide range of activities and varies widely in terms of the penalty, depending on the value of the goods taken and the method by which they are obtained. In general, petty theft, a misdemeanor, covers goods valued at under $950. Grand theft, a criminal offense, covers goods valued at over $950 as well as firearms.

    Grand Theft Auto: One of the more common forms of theft in Panorama City is auto theft. Auto theft is automatically considered a grand theft criminal charge. It doesn’t matter whether you permanently intend to steal the car. Even if you only take the vehicle for a quick “joyride,” you are still subject to grand theft charges.

    Burglary: Burglary is a form of theft that involves entering a person’s home (first-degree burglary) or place of business or vehicle (second-degree burglary) to commit the offense. First-degree burglary is punishable by up to six years in state prison.

    Robbery: Robbery refers to taking a person’s property using force, violence, or intimidation. The first-degree robbery also carries a charge of up to six years in state prison.

    Vandalism: Vandalism involves defacing, damaging, or destroying another person’s property with graffiti or an inscribing material. Although a seemingly minor charge, vandalism is taken seriously by the state of California and can land you in prison.

    Assault: Assault refers to an unlawful attempt, combined with the present ability to commit a violent injury on another person. Assault refers only to an attempt, while the related charge of battery covers the actual use of force or violence. A more serious form of assault, common in Panorama City, is assault with a deadly weapon, also known as aggravated assault. This charge carries a maximum sentence of twelve years.

    Drug Charges: There are various drug crimes that you can be charged with, carrying a wide range of penalties. All are considered very serious in the state of California. Among the most common are selling drugs, possession of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell.

    Local Criminal Court
    Van Nuys Courthouse East
    6230 Sylmar Avenue
    Van Nuys, CA 91401

    What Happens When You’re Arrested
    Whatever crime or misdemeanor you are charged with, you will find yourself facing both immediate and long-term consequences. In the short term, you may be held in prison and required to pay substantial fees. Further on down the line, you may find yourself saddled with a criminal record that could prevent you from gaining employment. Criminal convictions can also rip apart families and end relationships. That’s why it’s so important that you retain aggressive legal representation as soon as you’re arrested. Only then can you prevent things from spiraling out of control and take charge of your life once again.

    Common Legal Mistakes You May Make After Being Arrested
    Even minor errors you make as a defendant can dramatically complicate your case. The prosecution can seize on your social media posts, for instance, to paint an unflattering picture of you to a jury. Seemingly innocent remarks you make to the police can also be twisted and used against you in court. Common mistakes along these lines include:

    1. Making a statement before consulting an attorney. This can handicap your case before you’ve had a chance to craft a defense. Never make a statement or say anything without a lawyer present.
    2. Fighting with the police. Resisting arrest or being combative with police during interrogation is never a good idea. Maintain a calm, silent demeanor and wait for your lawyer to argue on your behalf.
    3. Taking too long to retain an attorney. Only an experienced lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the legal system can properly protect your rights.

    Why Choose The Law Offices of David S. Chesley to Represent You
    The lawyers at David S. Chesley have over 50 years of experience, and they know every aspect of the California court system. They employ more than 25 of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state and have a staff made up of former judges, prosecutors, and police officers.

    Our lawyers are skilled and aggressive, and they will work closely with you to develop an intelligent defense. Communication is key at Chesley Lawyers, and we pride ourselves on our excellent results. We’re honored to have won an Avvo’s Clients’ Choice Award each of the last 10 years.

    Every second counts in a criminal case; that’s why we are available to talk 24/7. Call the Law Offices of David S. Chesley in Panorama City at (818) 698-8261 for a confidential, free consultation about your options.