David Steven Chesley’s Answers

David Steven Chesley

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Will I be facing jail time?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Matthew Murillo
    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3. David Steven Chesley
    4. Elliot Rahmim Zarabi
    5. Wade J. Skalsky
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    For a first time DUI you could face jail time, the jail time can vary between 48 hours and six months. Your license will be suspended and you will face probation from three to five years. Also you will most likely have to participate in a DUI education program. For your second question, I believe the help and knowledge an attorney will provide in a DUI case is very valuable. Many attorneys offer free consultations and will be able to tell you what defenses will apply to your particular...

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  2. Can I fight my DUI?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. David Steven Chesley
    2. Anthony Michael Solis
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    4. Sharon Paris Babakhan
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    There are many factors that can increase or decrease your chance of successfully fighting a DUI. Such as your attorney, the judge at your trial, any evidence against you and many other factors that could be specific to your case. No one here will be able to give you a straight answer on the chances of successfully fighting a DUI, but speaking to a few attorneys will give you a better understanding of your situation. Most attorneys offer free consultations, so it is best to speak to a few...

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  3. First time offense, should I hire an attorney

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Anthony Michael Solis
    2. David Steven Chesley
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    Yes to both of your questions. As a young person you will still have many opportunities to find employment in the future. This can be made very difficult with a conviction on your record, especially one for theft. Many people believe it is wise to represent themselves in court, but even if you are very intelligent and can learn the knowledge necessary to defend yourself. This will not replace the experience an attorney has in the courtroom. There are many defenses applicable to every...

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  4. How serious is my sons charge?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. David Steven Chesley
    2. Anthony Michael Solis
    3. Sharon Paris Babakhan
    4. Elliot Rahmim Zarabi
    5. Karren Melinda Kenney
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    All criminal charges are very serious, when it comes to vandalism it depends on the property damage done. If it is under $400 then your son is facing a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in county jail and a maximum fine of $1000. If the property damage is over $400 then your son will face a felony charge, which is punishable by one and three years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 or more depending on the property damage. A lot of your son's case will be based on his particular...

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  5. What is the sentencing for a second DUI?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. David Steven Chesley
    2. Anthony Michael Solis
    3. Sarkis Jacob Babachanian
    4. Michael Jon Fremont
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    For a second time DUI the penalties are, a mandatory minimum of 96 hours in a county jail (you probably have already served this time over the weekend) and can lead to a maximum sentence of a year in a county jail, a fine that can total near $2000, license suspension, and you will either receive a 3 or 5 year probation. Since you have already plead Not Guilty, my advice would be to hire an attorney, An experienced attorney will be able to look at your case completely, starting from your first...

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  6. Should I fight this offense?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Sharon Paris Babakhan
    2. David Steven Chesley
    3. James Brian Campbell
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    Your best bet is to speak with an attorney who is experienced with this types of cases and tell him your story in complete detail. Where you and your friend being excessively loud? rude to any pedestrians? at what time of the day was this? these are just a few questions that your attorney will need answered in order to build a good defense for your case. Many attorneys offer free consultations, it is smart to speak with a few before making a decision on which attorney to hire. I have...

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  7. Will my son be arrested?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. David Steven Chesley
    2. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    3. George Costas Andriotis
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    It seem someone may have contacted the police and accused your son of painting that wall. The police came to your door and took a statement from your son, who denied it. So far the police have received a call and are doing their job by investigating the disturbance. If your son denied the crime he was accused of and they have no evidence, you may not hear from the police again. If someone accused your son and has told police they saw your son paint the wall, or if the police have any...

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  8. Will a petty theft misdemeanor show up on my record?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Carle Kingsley Parkhurst
    2. David Steven Chesley
    3. Sharon Paris Babakhan
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    Most petty thefts are charged as misdemeanors, however if the value of the property taken is below 50 dollars, the prosecutor has the ability to charge it as an infraction. If it is charged as a misdemeanor, you may face jail time of up to six months, probation, fines up to 1000 dollars. if it gets reduced to an infraction, there is no jail time and the maximum fine is 250 dollars. Even if the charges get reduced to an infraction, it may still come up on a background check as a...

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  9. Can I get in trouble for using pepper spray to defend myself?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    2. David Steven Chesley
    3. Malosack Berjis
    4. Sarkis Jacob Babachanian
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    If you are defending yourself the only way you could be arrested would be if the force used to defend yourself clearly exceeds what would be reasonable in order for you to defend yourself. For example if your neighbor comes and attempts to grab you or attack you, you spray him with pepper spray and contact the police, you will be fine. Now if your neighbor attempts to grab you and you shoot him with a pistol, you could be charged with a crime.

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  10. Was i charged correctly?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. David Steven Chesley
    2. Angela M Berry-Jacoby
    3. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    4. Neil James Fraser
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    Under Penal Code 242 PC, Battery is defined as any willful and unlawful touch that is harmful or offensive. Even if there is no injury, any type of unwanted physical contact can trigger battery charges. While all charges are serious, battery is a misdemeanor and can be fought in court depending on your particular situation. There are many defenses that can be used in this type of case, but it must be handled by a professional. Hiring an attorney, or even just consulting with one can help you...

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