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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!

Sacramento

Our Sacramento Office is located at:

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

770 L Street, Suite 950
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 248-4717

Sacramento Criminal Defense Landing Page

Sacramento officially became a city on February 27, 1850. In 2010, this city had a population of 466,488 with an estimated 2019 population of 513,625. It’s known for its growing contemporary culture and has been dubbed the most “hipster city” in America. Sacramento was also the first U.S. city with the City of Trees designation by the Arbor Day Foundation in 1978, which gives it one of its nicknames. Although upon its inception, it was known as the “City of Plains,” it now has several different thriving tree varieties. Here you will find cottonwood, elm eucalyptus, fruit, and palm trees. Several celebrities are from Sacramento, including Eddie Murphy, Molly Ringwald, Sam Elliot, Colin Hanks, Henry Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and the Jabbawockeez.

Helpful city resources:

Sacramento Police Department
5303 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 264-5471

Sacramento City Hall
915 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(619) 590-3431

Sacramento Central Library
828 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 264-2700

Attractions Around Sacramento, CA

California State Railroad Museum
125 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-7387

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000

California State Capitol Museum
1315 10th St.
Room B-27
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0333

Sacramento Zoo
3930 W Land Park Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 808-5888

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
1200 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 483-8818

William Land Regional Park
3800 W Land Park Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 808-6060

Crime in Sacramento

Property crimes are much more rampant in Sacramento than violent crimes. However, like many other California cities, theft and assault remain the top two reasons for arrest. The areas of the city with the most criminal activity include:

  • Brighton/Perkins
  • Richards Blvd/Jibbom St.
  • Armadale Way/Deer Lake Dr.
  • Del Paso Heights
  • Ben Ali
  • North Sacramento
  • El Camino Ave./Altos Ave.
  • El Camino Ave./Truxel Rd.

Local Criminal Courts:

Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse
720 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 874-5522

Lorenzo Patiño Hall of Justice
651 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 874-6936

Local court rules typically apply in each legal jurisdiction, with distinctions specific to each state and federal court. For instance, in many jurisdictions, only limited prosecutors have the ability to negotiate and authorize plea bargains. When you hire a Sacramento criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, they can go directly to the correct district attorney the first time. They know how to get results and have the experience to know what plea deal may be possible in each specific court.

Defenses to California Criminal Charges

There are numerous statutes within the California penal code. Each statute applies a different type of criminal activity. There are too many potential crimes to count that range in severity between murder and shoplifting. However, each of these offenses shares a common factor; you can beat a criminal charge at trial under the right circumstances. Winning your criminal case begins with building a solid defense.

A defense is a legal principle that a defendant and their Sacramento criminal defense attorney establish their case around. Depending on the charges you face, several different defenses might apply. Some defenses might apply to any charge, and others are particular to one criminal charge.

Is Self-Defense a Valid Defense?

Defending yourself from a brutal attack is one of the most common defenses for any violent criminal charges, such as those for assault or murder. While hurting another person is usually against the law, you aren’t obligated to let someone hurt you. California law allows you to defend yourself if threatened with violence or if you are attacked. However, you must have a reasonable belief that you will be hurt. Your response must also be relative to the threat; you can’t commit murder in response to being punched or spit on.

These laws also apply to the defense of another person. If someone you love or even a stranger is in imminent danger of harm, you have the right to defend them as you would defend yourself. In addition, you have the right to defend your property. You may only use as much force as required to dissuade the wrongdoer, but you can’t use deadly force to protect your property.

The Statute of Limitations Defense

The statute of limitations is a valuable defense that might apply to any criminal charge. The statute of limitations is the time limit in which the prosecutor has to file criminal charges. If the state allows the deadline to expire, they can’t ever file that particular criminal charge.

However, the statute of limitations is varies depending on the type of crime. For minor offenses and traffic violations, it might only be one year. On the other hand, serious crimes like murder don’t have a statute of limitations. For example, a prosecutor could bring murder charges decades after the alleged crime occurs. There isn’t much a court can do if the statute of limitations expires. As such, it is a powerful defense. Most California prosecutors are very aware of the statute of limitations for each crime. Violations of the statute of limitations aren’t commonplace, but they do happen. Your Sacramento criminal defense attorney will carefully assess your case to determine if this defense or any others might be appropriate.

Need Legal Help? Reach Out to a Skilled Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney Today

When it comes to criminal charges, there are no one size fits all defenses. Your defense should be carefully selected to support the facts of your case. To maximize the best defense, it is critical that your attorney makes the right strategic decisions before a trial. Our Sacramento criminal defense lawyers are experienced litigators that understand the elements of a winning defense. To find out the right defense for your charges or get answers to your questions, reach out to the Law Offices of David S. Chesley to schedule a criminal defense consultation right away. You can reach our Sacramento office at (916) 248-4717. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help.