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      (213) 341-4427
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      (714) 442-2601
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      (909) 748-5272
    • San Diego County
      (619) 752-2235
    • Kern / Santa Barbara
      (661) 473-0422
    • Sacramento / Sonoma
      (916) 248-4717
    • Alameda / San Joaquin
      (510) 403-8809
    • Ventura County
      (805) 248-7408
    • Fresno / Santa Clara
      (559) 365-7055
    • Northern California
      (530) 427-4167

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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!

    San Diego

    Our San Diego Office is located at:

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

    7676 Hazard Center Drive, Suite 500
    San Diego, CA 92108
    (619) 752-2235

    San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

    Founded on March 27, 1850, San Diego is known for its ideal climate and many different attractions. As of 2010, this city has a population of 1,307,402. It’s the eighth-most populated city in the U.S. and the second most populated in California. San Diego has been called “America’s Craft Beer Capital” and the “Birthplace of California” since it was the first site the Europeans visited and settled on the West Coast. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, San Diego has one of the best top-ten climates in the U.S.

    Helpful city resources:

    San Diego Police Headquarters
    1401 Broadway,
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 531-2000

    San Diego City Hall
    Civic Center Plaza
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 236-5555

    San Diego Central Library
    330 Park Blvd,
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 236-5800

    Attractions Around San Diego, CA

    USS Midway Museum
    910 N Harbor Dr,
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 544-9600

    San Diego Zoo
    2920 Zoo Dr,
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 231-1515

    Balboa Park
    San Diego, CA
    (619) 239-0512

    Petco Park
    100 Park Blvd,
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 795-5555

    Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
    Ladera St.
    San Diego, CA 92107
    (619) 525-8213

    500 Sea World Dr,
    San Diego, CA 92109
    (619) 222-4732

    Crime Rates in San Diego
    San Diego is well-known for its low crime rate. In 2013, Business Insider named it the 20th-safest city in America. Forbes magazine named San Diego the ninth-safest city in its top 10 list of safest cities in the U.S. in 2010. However, San Diego is no stranger to crime. Most arrests here are linked to either theft or assault. With some of the highest crime areas being near these locations:

    • Federal Blvd./47th St.
    • Lincoln Ave./Texas St.

    Local Criminal Courts:

    Central Courthouse
    1100 Union Street
    San Diego, CA 92101
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    Hall of Justice
    330 West Broadway
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (858) 634-1919

    East County
    250 East Main Street
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    (619) 456-4100

    North County
    325 South Melrose Dr.
    Vista, CA 92081
    (760) 201-8600

    South County
    500 3rd Avenue
    Chula Vista, CA 91910
    (619) 746-6200

    Our San Diego criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc., have represented clients in all of these courts. As such, they are familiar with the court system, staff, judges, and prosecutors that work in each. This familiarity can put your mind at ease and help benefit your case.

    How a San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You

    A San Diego criminal defense lawyer’s job is multi-faceted. When you hire a lawyer from the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, you can be assured that you are gaining a fierce advocate who will fight for your legal rights. Doing so involves the following steps.

    Evaluating Your Charges and Applicable Evidence
    Your attorney will evaluate your criminal charges, evidence, and the best criminal defenses that apply in your case. These actions provide a practical evaluation of the case scenarios and help your lawyer advise you on the best path forward.

    Stop Charges Before They are Even Filed

    Sometimes, an experienced San Diego criminal justice attorney can meet with the District Attorney (DA) or federal prosecutor after an arrest is made but prior to charges being formally filed. A knowledgeable attorney might be able to present evidence and witness statements that provide prosecutors with the entire picture, not just what the police or alleged victim have reported.

    Prosecutors might decide to file lesser charges, such as a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Your San Diego criminal defense attorney might be able to get the DA not to issue an arrest warrant or to reject the case entirely and not file criminal charges at all.

    Recommend a Potential Defense Strategy
    After a thorough assessment of your charges, applicable police reports, witnesses, and all other evidence, your lawyer can recommend the best criminal defense strategy. Whatever defense strategy they formulate will be based on the specific facts in your case. They might include trying to get the case dismissed, negotiating reduced criminal charges, or fight the charges at trial

    Communicate with the DA to Negotiate a Plea Bargain
    If negotiating charges is in your best interest, your San Diego criminal defense attorney will attempt to negotiate with the DA to reduce charges, reduce potential sentencing or consequences, or even for a complete case dismissal. Your lawyer can advise you of the benefits and disadvantages of your options.

    Help You with the Emotional Facets of Trial
    Your attorney will let you know what to expect, which can help decrease some of your anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed. They can also help you deal with the potential shock, embarrassment, and depression resulting from a criminal trial.

    Give You Objective Insight on the Criminal Justice Process
    Your attorney can coach you on what to expect during the criminal justice process or criminal trial. Our defense attorneys can keep you updated with assessments as the case proceeds through its various stages. They will let you know what is likely to happen next and if it is in your best interest to agree to a prosecutor’s plea bargain.

    Provide Education Regarding the Laws and Rules Concerning Your Case
    Criminal law is an intricate web of state and federal legislation that our San Diego criminal defense lawyers study and practice for years to skillfully help clients like yourself. They can help you understand the gravity of your charges, your rights, and what consequences you might face if you are convicted.

    Contact an Experienced San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Today
    These are just a few of the services that the San Diego criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of David S. Chesley provide to each of our clients. We recognize that no two cases are the same. The legal representation we provide is individualized and tailored to your specific case. If you have been charged with a crime, are under investigation, or have questions about California’s criminal justice system, we are here for you. Call us at (619) 752-2235 today to book your case consultation.