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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!

Santa Rosa

Our Santa Rosa Office is located at:

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

3558 Round Barn Blvd Suite 200
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 583-9986

Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Landing Page

The City of Santa Rosa was founded on March 26, 1868. It has an estimated population of 176,753 in 2019. Santa Rosa is the largest city in California’s Redwood Coast and Wine Country. It’s known for being the main city in California’s famous wine culture and being home to the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

Helpful city resources:

Santa Rosa Police Department
965 Sonoma Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 543-3600

Santa Rosa City Hall
100 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 543-3010

Sonoma County Library
211 E St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 308-3020

Attractions Around Santa Rosa, CA

Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 579-2551

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Ln.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

Spring Lake Park
5585 Newanga Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 539-8092

Luther Burbank Gardens
204 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 524-5445

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
1835 W Steele Ln.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 546-4069

Howarth Park
630 Summerfield Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 543-3425

Crime in Santa Rosa

One of Santa Rosa’s downfalls is its crime. Neighborhoods such as South Park, Roseland, West Ninth District, Monroe, City Center, and Apple Valley in west Santa Rosa have the highest criminal activity rates. Crimes in these areas are typically graffiti, burglaries, and violent gang activity. Sureños and Norteños street gangs have a significant presence throughout Santa Rosa. Most arrests for assault and theft occur at or near the intersections of:

  • Sebastopol Rd./Dutton Ave
  • Mendocino Ave./Steele Ln.
  • Piner Rd./Range Ave.
  • College Ave./Stony Point Rd.

Local Criminal Court:

Hall of Justice
600 Administration Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Get Directions
(707) 521-6500

You may not be familiar with this court but the Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc., are. When hiring a Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer, it’s essential that you hire an advocate who has measurable experience inside the court that will be hearing your case. Their expertise can make or break the outcome you end up with. When lawyers are deeply aware of how a specific court operates and what its judges and prosecutors are like, it’s beneficial for their client.

Misdemeanor Charges

Misdemeanors are often thought of as “minor” crimes, although they carry a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and a steep fine. These consequences can lead to a significant disturbance in the life of an individual and their entire family. Someone who is facing one or more misdemeanor charges, including charges that could end up turning into felony charges, should obtain experienced and skilled legal representation from a Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer.

Under California criminal code, several crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It’s up to the district attorney to decide which they should be. Since they can go either way, they are referred to as “wobbler” charges. Examples of these criminal charges include:

  • Domestic violence
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Some drug offenses
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Second-degree burglary
  • Embezzlement
  • Criminal threats
  • Fraud
  • Vandalism
  • Hit and run
  • Possession of firearm

To keep your “wobbler” charge from turning into a felony, you need a fierce attorney who knows how to defend clients in these positions successfully.

Misdemeanor Penalties
If someone is convicted of a misdemeanor charge in California, their sentence might entail:

  • Fines
  • Restitution—in other words paying back the victim, such as for a theft
  • Community service
  • Mandatory counseling such as psychological, anger, or drug/alcohol counseling
  • Jail or prison time

Felony Charges

Felony convictions are serious and can alter a person’s life forever. Under California law, a felony is defined as a crime for which someone can be sentenced to state prison for more than a year.

Suppose you’ve been charged with a felony or think you might soon be. In that case, it is crucial that you have a highly qualified Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney on your side from beginning to end. There are close to 100 different felony crimes found in California’s criminal code. They can be grouped into categories like:

  • Violent felonies— kidnapping, mayhem, armed robbery, manslaughter, and homicide
  • Drug felonies— possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacturing, trafficking
  • Sex-related felonies— distribution of child pornography via the internet, rape, and child molestation
  • White-collar felonies— fraud, computer crimes, embezzlement, forgery, and identity theft

If you’ve been charged with one of these crimes or any other felonies in California, you need representation from an experienced Santa Rosa criminal attorney who will fight on your behalf to minimize the adverse outcomes of your felony case.

Consequences of a Felony Conviction in California
The stakes for felony convictions are high. The potential consequences you might face can vary depending on the circumstances of your charges. Many felony arrests lead to a conviction. A sentence of probation with a brief jail term is possible in some cases. Still, you should also keep in mind that the minimum prison sentence for any California felony conviction is 16 months. Additionally, civil rights and privileges can be taken away. Obtaining employment or promotions often becomes challenging after a felony charge as well.

Turn to a Seasoned Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney Today
At the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, we have what you need: an aggressive and effective defense against many different types of criminal charges. You need an attorney who is dedicated to protecting your freedom and achieving an outcome that doesn’t constrain or impact the rest of your life. This might include measures such as discussing plea arrangements with the prosecution. We will use results-driven tactics. If necessary, we can craft compelling court arguments to benefit your case.

Our Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyers fight to make sure our clients receive the best outcomes possible when handling criminal charges involving theft, drugs, DUI, sex crimes, and many others. We fight for your family, career, wallet, and future. Call (707) 583-9986 today for a consultation with a proven Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer.