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Any act of vandalism is a crime in California and can land you in prison. If you have been caught doing graffiti on your neighbor’s wall to even a parking dispute, you can get into serious trouble and can be punished by criminal laws. If you, your friend or your family member is facing vandalism charges, contact Law Office of David S. Chesley for an affordable and effective defense legal representation. We have defended hundreds of graffiti cases in our extensive courtroom experience and have helped our clients with the best outcomes of their cases with almost 95% avoiding prison time.
California’s penal code statute 594 defines the acts of vandalism and prescribes punishments for the offenders. According to penal code 594, any person who defaces the property of another person with graffiti or an inscribing material, destroys it or damages it, commits the act of vandalism and is punishable by law. The act of vandalism can be committed against any property that is not your own and any public property. ¬There are two elements in the statute of vandalism. i) The defendant maliciously inscribed graffiti or destroyed or damaged property. ii) The property was not in possession of the defendant. If both these elements are proven by the prosecutor, the person is guilty of vandalism. Some of the common examples of vandalism include writing your name on the wet cement on sidewalk or wall of a building, inscribing hateful comments or speech on the door of an immigrant couple, or breaking the glass of someone else’s window by throwing a stone or a ball. If you scratch the car of your partner in rage during a fight, you can be charged with vandalism.
The act of simple vandalism that is defined in PC 594(a) is usually charged as a misdemeanor. The convict of vandalism can face up to one year in county jail, informal probation, and a fine up to $10, 000. In cases where the value of the property damaged or defaced exceeds $10, 000 the defendant can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. In a misdemeanor, the person can face one year in county jail and up to $50, 000 fines, but a felony can result in up to three years in state prison. The severity of charges depends on defendant’s criminal history, the value of the property, and seriousness of the crime.
At Law Office of David S. Chesley, we investigate the case and prepare a specific line of defense for our client. Some of the commonly available defenses are that the person is falsely accused, the property was damaged by accident or the case of mistaken identity.
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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!
Rodrigo L. San Fernando, CA (Sherman Oaks Yelp Review)
I am truly pleased with my experience with the Law Offices Of David S Chesley. They answered all my questions and provided me with great advice and legal services. My case resolved quickly. Thank you!
Ricardo Esteves Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Google Places Review)
I left court yesterday with my last case being wrapped up. Two court appearances and that’s it. He represented me in a couple of different cases and was impressive to say the least. Always a phone call or text message away. Confident and aggressive when he needed to be. Calming and thorough when meeting with me. Attorney Chesley did exactly what he said he would and I got the results I needed. He seemed to know all the right people at the Temple Street courthouse. You can always get in contact with him quickly and he is a great lawyer. I highly recommend his legal services.
Erica Geller Ontario, CA (Ontario Facebook review)
My brother was given a very caring attorney that was assigned to his case and we had very helpful case managers throughout the process. I strongly recommend David Chesley to anyone who is in trouble. I called in to get help on my brothers case and right away I liked their service. My brothers charges were eventually dismissed after the attorney got him into a program, now he could go on without the trouble of having anything on his record
Elizabeth F. San Diego, CA (San Diego Google Places Review)
I retained Mr. Chesley and his firm and from the beginning they were extremely professional both in communicating the status of my case to me, explaining the situation as a whole, and just downright taking care of business. It was money well spent for a job well done. Thanks again to David and Melissa others that worked on my case. I recommend this firm to anyone in need of legal representation. Don’t just accept things the courts force on you, call this firm and protect yourself.
Leon Hanley Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Avvo review)
I contacted Mr. Chesley and his firm because some unfortunate events had left me in a jam. Detectives were demanding I testify or be prosecuted for a crime I didn’t commit. (I wasn’t involved or even at the scene of the alleged crime when it supposedly took place.) Mr. Chesley explained to me that he had been through similar situations with his clients before and understood exactly what was going on. His response to what took place was nothing short of amazing. No matter how small my concern, Mr. Chesley addressed it in a timely manner. He advocated for what is right and empathized with me in dealing with the Court system. After meeting with the supervising D.A. and providing alibi evidence he was able to get me out the situation. I’m very grateful to have found him.
Britanny Givens Newport Beach, CA (Newport Beach Google Places)
I hired David Chesley for my criminal defense in 2012. he was recommended to us for is success results and his low fees. David is very smart and his professional legal advice was honest & much appreciated during these stressful time. David’s knowledge, advice, and communication about what we were to expect was reassuring and beneficial to me. He charged me a reasonable flat rate and didn’t charge me any surprise fees. In my case David Chesley was able to negotiate with the prosecution attorney for the best result I could hope for. He had success at getting my criminal charges dismissed with the judges approval. You will not be disappointed if you hire The Law Offices of David S. Chesley.
Andrew A. North Hollywood, CA (Better Business Bureau review)
David is very professional, yet very casual. Although it is typically not easy to speak straight up with an attorney, he is very easy to talk to. He replied to my questions quickly and was available all hours. Not only did he get my case resolved with a dismissal, he went above and beyond and got me an expungement without me even requesting it. He never beats around the bush and tells you like it is. At the same time is willing to work overtime to get the results you request. I would use David’s services again in the future.