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David Steven Chesley

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Violent Crime, Domestic Violence, Immigration

About Me

Our offices are located statewide: in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, & Sacramento. See our website www.chesleylawyers.com for our list of locations. We are Former Judges and District Attorneys with over 35 Years of Experience!  Avvo rating "Superb 10!" CA's Largest Criminal Defense Firm! We've handled over 25,000 criminal cases!!! Clients Choice Award last 4 years!


     Hello (Buen Dia), We are pleased to have this opportunity to introduce ourselves to you and provide you with some information about attorney David Chesley and his law firm. Getting your case rejected before your first Court date or dismissed prior to trial is our first priority! Alternatives include reductions to lesser offenses, or helping you to achieve an aquittal at jury trial. We take pride in providing the best criminal defense representation available, defending your rights, helping you to maintain your license(s) (driving, professional, and otherwise), protecting your reputation, and most importantly safeguarding your personal freedom!


     After working in the Los Angeles County District Attorneys' office, David Chesley saw the potential to protect California criminal defendants from unfounded allegations. He observed many instances of unlawfully-obtained testimony, illegally-seized "evidence," and situations where he felt his fellow Angelenos were being unjustly prosecuted without cause. In addition, David observed that many of these criminal cases were complicated by the potential for disastrous immigration consequences for those in USCIS processing or without documentation.


     Following this experience, David began defending DUI, felony, and misdemeanor cases in Courts throughout Los Angeles County as well as assisting clients with immigration matters. Since that time, David Chesley has successfully defended many clients in major violent felony strike cases, against serious allegations including rape, child molestation, and gang-murder trials where his clients potentially faced multiple life sentences. He has also helped many clients avoid deportation, obtain green cards or permanent residency status, and achieve citizenship. 


     His reputation for excellence in the Court, specifically his focused, aggressive and successful defense of his clients against serious criminal charges has led to further demand for his services, and inspired him to expand his criminal defense law firm throughout the entire State of California over the past 10 years.  In addition to defending clients in Court, David, with the help of other attorneys at the firm, manages a staff of over 50 employees thoughout the state, including over 25 full-time criminal defense attorneys. David has been careful to recruit only the best, most well-trained, and experienced lawyers from top-tier law schools, including former Judges and District Attorneys, with each of the firms' attorneys having practiced criminal defense and handled heavy felony cases for well-over 20 years. 


      In the legal community, among judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, legal experts, court staff, law enforcement, detectives, and criminal defendants, The Law Offices of David Chesley are widely-recognized as the largest and most successful criminal defense firm in California. The Chesley law firm has handled well over 25,000 major felony, dui. and misdemeanor cases since its inception and represents clients in over 3,000 criminal cases every year. We regularly receive referral clients from the Court, from other lawyers, and from the many satisfied clients we have represented in the past.  


     Our offices are located throughout Southern, Central, and Northern California. We have multiple offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego, Ventura, Kern, Fresno, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, and Sacramento. See our website: www.chesleylawyers.com for our exact addresses and locations.


     Call us today so we can provide you with the best criminal defense representation available, and assist you in getting your case thrown out, dismissed, or reduced, or in achieving an aquittal of all charges. Thank you for choosing us as your "go-to" law firm for all criminal defense related matters!!! And if your case is complicated by immigration issues, we can assist you in avoiding convictions for deportable offenses and help you avoid deportation in immigration court as well. Hablamos español. Estamos muy contentos de que nos haya elegido para que lo defienda.


Thank you and Gracias! 


Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc. 


(800) 883-9076

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Languages Spoken: Armenian, Korean, Tagalog, Spanish, Mandarin, Farsi, English, Hindi, Persian

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Violent Crime: 27%
    10 years, 15 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 27%
    10 years, 15 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 27%
    10 years, 15 thousand cases
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    10 years, 6 thousand cases
  5. Immigration: 9%
    10 years, 5 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

26 total 

  • Corey Wlodarczyk

    Mr. Chesley has assisted tens of thousands of defendants in their defense against criminal charges in Southern California. His wealth of experience is an invaluable asset to his clients.

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    Corey Wlodarczyk DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Donald Blake Serafano

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Chesley provides an effective and affordable defense for all of his clients.

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    Donald Serafano Debt Settlement Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc.

445 South Figueroa Street.
Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200505/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
DUI Advanced Training SeminarCA DUI Lawyers Association2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2014
Alcohol Breath Testing CertificationVentura College2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Handling DUI Cases SeminarCACJ Association2012
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2012
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Amjur-rated #1 in LegislationSouthwestern Law School2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
President, Managing AttorneyLaw Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc.2006 - Present
Government AttorneyLos Angeles County District Attorney's Office2003 - 2006

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Criminal Courts Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2004 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Attempted Murder, California Penal Code 187, PC 664CLIENT WAS FACING LIFE IN PRISON, DISMISSAL OF ALL CHARGES
Armed Robbery, PC 211FACING 15 YEARS, PROVED MISIDENTIFICATION, DISMISSAL OF ALL CHARGES
Assault with a Deadly Weapon PC 245(a)(1), Domestic Violence (Corporal Injury on a Spouse) PC 273.5(a)DISMISSAL OF ALL CHARGES

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Chesley Law Firm Criminal Defense WebsiteLAPD Using New Computer Techniques to Predict Crimes2014
Chesley Law Firm Criminal Defense WebsiteCalifornia DNA Collection Law For Felony Arrests Upheld2014
Chesley Law Firm Legal ArticlesVictory in the Courts for Gun Rights Advocates in California2014
Chesley Law FirmHow To Behave During an Arrest2013
Chesley Law FirmWhat to Do When You Are Pulled Over for a DUI2013
Chesley Law FirmCosts of a First Time DUI2013

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Univ of California Santa BarbaraEnglishundergraduate2002

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
North Hollywood Actors StudioLegal Ethics- Stage Reading2015