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    (916) 248-4717
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    (510) 403-8809
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    (805) 248-7408
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    (559) 365-7055
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    (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 Francisco

Our San Francisco Office is located at:

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

201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
(510) 403-8809

San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney

San Francisco is the commercial, cultural and financial center in Northern California. It’s the fourth largest city in the state, with an estimated 81,549 residents as of 2019. San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge and the infamous Alcatraz prison. San Francisco has many renowned Chinese, Mexican, and Filipino ethnic neighborhoods, including Chinatown and the Mission District.

Helpful city resources:

San Francisco Police Department
1251 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 553-0123

San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4000

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4400

Attractions Around San Francisco, CA

Oracle Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 972-2000

The Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 376-1704

Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
(415) 831-2700

Exploratorium
Pier 15, The Embarcadero.
San Francisco, CA 94100
(415) 528-4444

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 345-6800

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000

Crime in San Francisco
The most frequent violent crime arrests in San Francisco are made for robbery and aggravated assault. When it comes to property crimes, larceny-theft and burglary are the most frequent arrests. San Francisco’s Tenderloin area has the highest crime rate in the city. About 70 percent of the city’s violent crimes and approximately one-quarter of the city’s murders occur in this neighborhood. The Tenderloin also sees high rates of drug abuse, prostitution, and gang violence. Other areas with high crime rates include:

  • Avenue D/4th Street
  • Lincoln Way/South Dr.
  • SFSU/19th Ave.
  • Parnassus Ave./Stanyon St.

Local Criminal Courts:

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 551-0651

Southern Branch: Hall of Justice and Records
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 261-5100

Northern Branch
1050 Mission Road
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 261-5100

On the surface, these criminal courts might all seem the same, but our San Francisco criminal defense attorneys are quite familiar with each and their critical differences. At the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, we can leverage our familiarity to boost your case’s success. Our knowledge of how each court works, how each judge handles cases, the authority, and the ways of each prosecutor can positively impact your experience.

What does a San Francisco Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?

In short, criminal justice attorneys advocate for people accused of a misdemeanor or felony crimes in local, state, or federal courts. Criminal defense lawyers can also defend clients before prosecutor charges are even filed. Each lawyer has to earn a JD and be licensed by the California State Bar to practice. Depending on the case and the client, the job of a criminal defense attorney also entails:

  • Examining criminal charges or potential charges
  • Determining if charges can be avoided
  • Speaking on behalf of the client so that the client doesn’t jeopardize themselves by talking to law enforcement officers or other parties
  • Determining which defense might be the best for each case
  • Hiring private investigators
  • Finding witnesses to provide testimony
  • Looking for flaws in the prosecution’s case
  • Negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecutor to drop or reduce charges
  • Representing clients in court and at trial
  • Attempting to negotiate a lesser sentence if the client is convicted

Common Criminal Defense Strategies
Your San Francisco criminal defense attorney has ways to handle the defense of your criminal charge no matter the particular defense used. Many of these strategies begin to take place before a trial ever happens. Understanding how to use these tactical strategies can make a big difference in your criminal case.

Plea Bargains
Criminal cases often result in a plea agreement or bargains. Plea agreements might involve reduced charges. In some cases, it’s not necessary to plead guilty at all for a plea bargain. The prosecutor and the defense attorney are the ones who can possibly negotiate a plea. While these frequently give a defendant an advantageous outcome in their charges, some circumstances make taking a case to trial advisable. Your San Francisco criminal defense lawyer can advise you as to which option might be better in our case.

Motions to Dismiss
Some criminal charges are critically flawed due to procedural violations or legal technicalities. If the law stops a case from going forward, your lawyer can file a motion to dismiss the case altogether. A motion to dismiss could apply if the statute of limitations has expired or if the speedy trial clock has run out.

Motions in Limine
Another pretrial motion is a motion in limine. This motion requests that the court to block the state from bringing specific evidence into the trial. It applies if law enforcement officers have violated your Fourth Amendment rights regarding search and seizure.

Do You Need an Aggressive San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney? Call Our Office Today

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime, you can turn to the Law Offices of David S. Chesley. Our San Francisco criminal defense lawyers have vast experience as both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys in California. Our lawyers have defended clients against charges ranging from minor property damage to homicide. Choosing a lawyer to represent you now can have life-changing consequences and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

We believe that everyone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Our San Francisco criminal defense attorneys use their legal expertise and advocacy skills to give you the best possible defense. Your defense begins with conducting a thorough investigation, including witness interviews and collecting evidence that supports your case. Then we can call on appropriate experts in areas crucial to establishing and winning your case. These include experts in the fields of forensic pathology, toxicology, computer science, and epidemiology.

If you are facing criminal charges or soon could be, time is of the essence. Call (510) 403-8809 to arrange your case review.