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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!


    Our Vista Office is located at:

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

    138 Civic Center Drive
    Vista, CA 92084
    (760) 659-5050

    Vista Criminal Defense Attorney

    Vista is a city in northwestern San Diego County located seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. For hundreds of years, Vista was an unincorporated area that fell under the jurisdiction of San Diego City and San Diego County. In 2007 the city was chartered and organized under its own municipal government. With a mild San Diego climate, ample educational facilities, and a business park that houses over eight hundred businesses, Vista is a popular destination for many residents looking to settle in the San Diego area. Vista’s population increased by about four thousand residents between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.

    If you have been arrested in Vista, California, you need legal representation immediately. The Law Office of David Chesley is here to help, and our Vista criminal defense attorneys know how to protect your rights. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation.

    Here are some links to helpful local resources for Vista residents:

    San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
    Vista Station
    325 South Melrose Dr., Ste. 210
    Vista, CA 92081
    Telephone: (760) 940-4551

    San Diego County Library
    Vista Branch Library
    700 Eucalyptus Ave.
    Vista, CA 92084
    (760) 643-5100

    Vista City Hall
    200 Civic Center Drive
    Vista, CA 92084
    Telephone: (760) 726-1340

    Local Attractions
    The Wave Waterpark
    101 Wave Drive
    Vista, CA 92083
    Phone: (760) 940-9283

    Rancho Buena Vista Adobe
    640 Alta Vista Drive
    Vista, CA 92084
    Phone: (760) 639-6164

    Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
    1270 Vale Terrace Drive
    Vista, CA 92084
    Telephone: (760) 945-3954

    Crime in Vista
    Neighborhood Scout reports on the crime rate in Vista. Vista has an average crime rate of 3.52 crimes per thousand residents, which is lower than both the state average of 4.41 and the national median of 4 crimes per thousand residents. Visa also has rates of both property crimes and violent crimes that are below the state and national averages. Vista has a lower crime rate than many other cities across Southern California.

    Neighborhood Scout also rates the safest neighborhoods within Vista:

    1. Twin Oaks
    2. Buena Creek Rd / Monte Vista Dr
    3. Sunset Dr / Crest View Rd
    4. Mar Vista Dr / Buena Vista Dr
    5. Buena
    6. E Vista Way / Osborne St
    7. Foothill Dr / Sunrise Dr
    8. Foothill Dr / Via Christina
    9. N Melrose Dr / Shuboro St
    10. S Melrose Dr / Hacienda Dr

    Vista Court Houses
    Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
    North County Regional Center
    325 South Melrose Dr.
    Vista, CA 92081
    Telephone: (760) 201-8600

    What Happens When I Go to Court?
    The criminal case process can be overwhelming, especially if you have never been through it before. Our defense attorneys prepare you for everything that will happen in court. It can also be helpful to have a general idea about the case process in a criminal court. What follows are the basic steps of a criminal case.

    Initial Appearance, Arraignment, and Bail Hearings
    The first step in a criminal case is to be formally notified of the charges against you. There are many different ways this can happen. If you have been charged with a minor misdemeanor, you might simply receive a summons in the main directing you to appear in court on a particular date and time. If the police arrest you on a minor misdemeanor, they may also release you with your promise to appear in court, something known as being released on your “own recognizance.”

    If the charges against you are more serious, the prosecutor will likely want you to post bail in order to secure your appearance in court in the future. Posting bail sometimes requires a hearing before a judge. In these cases, a prosecutor files a complaint or a grand jury indictment in the court. A warrant is then issued for your arrest. After you are arrested, you will have the right to post a bond or to appear before a judge to argue your pretrial release conditions (including the amount of your bail). An attorney’s presence can make a huge difference in your pretrial release conditions. If, for example, the prosecutor wants you to post a cash bail, you would be unable to use a bondsman’s services or to post collateral with the court, which could prevent you from being released from jail before your trial date (which will be months away). A defense lawyer will protect your right to contest unreasonable release conditions to a judge.

    Scheduling Conferences
    Once the preliminary matters have been addressed, the attorneys will begin investigating the case and exchanging evidence they intend to use at trial. These are formal processes known as discovery and disclosure. These are critical steps that allow your attorney to investigate potential police misconduct, Miranda violations, search and seizure violations, or questionable eyewitness testimony. While important, these steps can take a long time. You will have to periodically appear in court during this process so that the attorneys can update the judge on the status of your case. The judge will also want to check that you are adhering to any pretrial release conditions.

    Change of Plea Hearing or Trial
    During discovery, the attorneys are also negotiating. Most criminal cases are resolved through plea agreements. If you decide to accept a plea agreement that your attorney considers to be fair, you will have to appear in front of the judge at a “change of plea” hearing. The judge will then confirm that you are voluntarily waiving your constitutional right to a trial and that there are no other legal irregularities in the plea deal. If the attorneys are unable to make a plea deal, you have the right to take your case to trial and let a jury determine whether you are guilty.

    Schedule a Free Consultation with a Vista Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

    You could spend hours searching online for a “Vista criminal attorney near me,” but the best defense lawyers in the San Diego area are right here at The Law Offices of David S. Chesley. Our skilled legal team serves clients in Vista, Escondido, Carlsbad, and throughout the San Diego area. Clients trust our experienced criminal defense attorneys to protect their legal rights during a critical time in their lives. Call our Vista offices at (619) 752-2235 or contact us online today to schedule your case review. The sooner you have an experienced defense lawyer on your side, the better options you will have for resolving any criminal charges that have been filed against you.