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Charles David Eyster

Charles David Eyster

also known as C David Eyster, David Eyster

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Reason: Government Attorney

About me

David Eyster assumed office as Mendocino County's elected District Attorney on January 3, 2011 for a four year term.  Mr. Eyster was the senior supervisor and lead trial attorney in the same office from 1984 to 1996.

Mr. Eyster out polled the incumbent in the November 2010 general election by over 7 1/2 percentage points, making that election outcome the widest margin of victory of any contested local District Attorney election in at least the last 40 years.

During the 2014 election cycle Mr. Eyster's bid for re-election was unopposed.  The last time an incumbent DA went unopposed in an election year in Mendocino County was in 1994, twenty years ago.

In 2016, Mr. Eyster was elected to serve on the Board of the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA). He has also served as the co-chair of the Asset Forfeiture Committee for CDAA.


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  • Bradford Weston III

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Eyster is a skilled attorney and a tough, no nonsense D.A. in Ukiah, CA. I had a case against him and I found him to be direct, fair and policy minded.


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    David Eyster is a great mentor to learn from. He emphasizes looking at the big picture of each case and then plotting a strategy to achieve the desired result. He has a great deal of experience on both the criminal and civil side of criminal prosecutions.


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Contact info

Mendocino County District Attorney

100 N. State Street
Ukiah, CA, 95482


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Exemplary Service AwardRedwood Empire Fair Board of Directors2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
Prosecutor of the Decade: 1985-1995Mendocino County District Attorney's Office1995
Certificate of Outstanding ServicePhi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Int'l1983
University of California Service AwardUniversity of California at Santa Barbara1979
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1975
Order of the ArrowBoy Scouts of America1974
Wolfeboro PioneersBoy Scouts of America1973
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member, Board of DirectorsCalifornia District Attorneys Association2016 - Present
Elected District AttorneyMendocino County2011 - Present
Senior Trial AttorneyLaw Office of Duncan M. James2006 - 2010
Supervising Criminal Defense Trial AttorneyThe Chase Law Group2002 - 2006
Senior Criminal Defense Trial AttorneyMiller & Associates, LLP1998 - 2002
Senior CounselBurger & Plavan1996 - 1998
Deputy District AttorneyLake County District Attorney's Office1996 - 1996
Senior Supervising Deputy District AttorneyMendocino County District Attorney's Office1984 - 1996
Law ClerkKiernan & Finnegan1983 - 1984
Law ClerkUnited States Attorney's Office (Portland, OR)1981 - 1983
Deputy ClerkUnited States Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit1979 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
California District Attorneys AssociationMember2011 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted1997 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1984 - Present
Mendocino County Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted1984 - Present
Placer County Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2006
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1998 - 2010
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMember1996 - 2006
CDAA Master Trial Advocacy CollegeGraduate1992 - 1992
California Welfare Fraud Investigators AssociationMember1985 - 1996
California District Attorneys AssociationMember1984 - 1996
Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity - Hall S. Lusk ChapterChapter Justice1982 - 1983
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. ElliottAcquittal By Jury Of Murder Liability
People v. ArreolaAcquittal By Jury On All Charges
People v. RoseAcquittal By Jury On All Charges
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Ukiah Daily JournalAnother Voice: Ballot measure not really about public safety2016
The Santa Rosa Press DemocratWillits woman guilty of embezzling almost $500,000 from Laytonville grocery2016
The Ukiah Daily JournalLaytonville stabbing suspect agrees to plea-deal with 71-year prison term2015
The Ukiah Daily JournalDA says he had no contact with Pinoleville2015
The Ukiah Daily JournalDollar Tree to pay $2.7 million settlement for illegal disposal of hazardous wastes2015
The Willits NewsRedwood Valley convict charged $100,000 in restitution2014
The Willits NewsCannabis attorney calls pot laws "huge mess"2014
The Ukiah Daily JournalUkiah woman sentenced for fraud, perjury2014
The Anderson Valley AdvertiserWarrant On Trial2014
The Willits NewsGuilty verdict in landmark Mendocino County marijuana trial2013
The Anderson Valley AdvertiserChristmas In Prison2013
Fort Bragg Advocate NewsChristmas robber sentenced to life in prison2013
Fort Bragg Advocate-NewsTrial of man accused of shooting at deputy began Tuesday2013
The Anderson Valley AdvertiserTrial By Ambush & The Stealth Juror2013
Ukiah Daily JournalMiller guilty on all counts2013
San Francisco Daily JournalDA whittles marijuana cases down2012
The Ukiah Daily JournalEight unlicensed contractors cited in DA sting in Mendocino Co.2012
The Willits NewsNorbury gets 50 to life for murdering neighbor2012
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat45 years to life sentence in Point Arena bank robbery2012
The Ukiah Daily JournalDA launches 'lifer' tracking system2012
Santa Rosa Press DemocratSentences extended for inmates abusing drugs and alcohol2012
Santa Rosa Press Democrat13-year prison sentence for Mendocino woman who set fire to kill self, disabled son2012
Santa Rosa Press DemocratFatal shooting by Mendocino deputy justified2012
Santa Rosa Press DemocratMendocino D.A. says medical pot growers should tag plants2012
The Ukiah Daily JournalMendocino Co. Sheriff's Office reserve of $700,000 approved2012
The Anderson Valley AdvertiserThe Night Jamal Died2012
The Ukiah Daily JournalEditorial: Bassler Report Impressive2012
The Anderson Valley AdvertiserMendocino County Today: July 18, 20122012
Lake County Record BeeMan faces charges in two counties2011
The Eureka Times-StandardMcKinleyville man receives life sentence in Mendocino case2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of California - Santa BarbaraPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Vehicular Homicide & DUID SeminarLegal Update - Changing Marijuana Laws2016
Rotary Club of South UkiahUpcoming Changes in Marijuana Laws2016
Leadership Mendocino XXIIIThe Role of the District Attorney in the Criminal Justice System2016
CDAA Winter ConferenceNew Medical Marijuana Statutes And Recreational Marijuana Initiatives2016
7th Grade Guest SpeakerThe Bill of Rights2016
Willits Rotary ClubWhat's Been Happening In The Law2015
Leadership Mendocino XXIIThe Role of the District Attorney in the Criminal Justice System2015
7th Grade Guest SpeakerThe Bill of Rights2015
Willits Rotary ClubHow's The District Attorney Doing?2014
Leadership Mendocino XXIThe Role of the District Attorney in the Criminal Justice System2014
7th Grade Guest SpeakerThe Bill of Rights2014
Rotary Club of South UkiahState of the District Attorney's Office2013
Leadership Mendocino XXThe Role of the District Attorney in the Criminal Justice System2013
Community College Law Class Guest SpeakerSearch and Seizure Law and Q&A2013
7th Grade Guest SpeakerThe Bill of Rights2013
Unity Club of Anderson ValleyState of the District Attorney's Office2012
Leadership Mendocino XIXThe District Attorney In County Government2012
Junior College Class Guest InstructorAdvanced Evidence Collection2012
7th Grade Guest SpeakerThe Bill of Rights2012
Radio CuriousThe Power of the Prosecutor2011
Leadership Mendocino XVIIIThe Role of the District Attorney in the Criminal Justice System2011
19th Annual CWFIA Training ConferenceStatutes of Limitations1989