Wednesday, December 11, 2019

There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!

It was an expression used frequently in Northern California in the late 1840’s and 1850’s.  By the time it ended, California had gone from a thinly populated ex-Mexican territory, to having one of its first two U.S. Senators John C. Fremont becoming the first Republican Party candidate for President of the United States in 1856.

The effects of the Gold Rush were substantial.  Outside of California, the first to arrive were from Oregon, Hawaii, and Latin America.  Of the approximately 300,000 people who came to California during the Gold Rush, about half arrived by sea and half came overland.  The forty-niners often faced substantial hardships on the trip, but they felt it was worth it!

Today, the 49rs are mostly confined to the gridiron, but the effect that those original 49rs had on Northern California was forever impactful.  I am proud to be a part of this ever-growing valley.  My name is William (Bill) Chestnut.  For decades, I have been a criminal defense attorney out of San Jose.  To you and your family I wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

You’rrre Outta There!

Three strikes and you’re out on the baseball diamond AND in the California court system.  In 1994, California passed a sentencing law colloquially called the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law.  At the time it was originally enacted, the law established a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison for any defendant convicted of a third felony, or third “strike,” regardless of the nature of the felony.

Finally, in 2012 Californians voted in support of Proposition 36.  It revised the law so that mandatory life sentences would only be imposed for “violent” or “serious” felonies.  For example, if a defendant is convicted of selling or distributing cocaine, heroin, meth-making materials, or PCP to a person under the age of 18, and has two prior strikes, he or she will be subject to the Three Strikes sentencing law.

It may be more lenient than it used to be, but The Big Bear State has a very low tolerance for convicted drug dealers.  San Jose criminal defense attorney William Chestnut knows that the legalization of small amounts of marijuana does NOT clear the way for other drugs!  Call on Bill for vigorous California drug defense at (480) 298-6990.   

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Eastridge Center - 12/8 - Santa Cares

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Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Theft or Larceny…a Rose by any Other Name.

They are different words, but they mean the same thing in the State of California.  If you, or a loved one, has been detained on a charge of theft, you have been accused of a crime against property.  Note that Grand Theft can lead to imprisonment of up to three years, or in the alternative, a person can spend up to one year in the county jail.

Theft takes on several forms such as –

1.  Personal property
2.  Money…good ole’ greenbacks
3.  Real property…perhaps land or buildings
4.  The determined value of labor or services

If someone is convicted of theft in California, they could face up to 364 days in county jail and up to a $1000 fine.  Even petty theft (value less than $950.00) can carry a sere penalty.  The time is NOW to contact San Jose criminal defense attorney William Chestnut.  Bill will use his 40+ years of defending Californians against a charge of theft.  Call him today at (480) 298-6990.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Did You or Someone you Care about Violate Penal Code Section 273.5?

California Penal Code Section 273.5 is the most commonly charged domestic violence related charge that deals with corporal injury to an individual who is or who once was an intimate partner of the accused.  Remember this…some women and men who are accused of domestic violence are actually victims of domestic violence!

Here are some things to know about the elements of 273.5 –

1.  Did the act lead to a traumatic condition?
2.  Was it an intentional act?
3.  How is an “intimate partner” defined?
4.  Was the defendant falsely accused? 

There is the rub.  Even in this “me too” world, thousands of people are being falsely accused of domestic violence.  Were you one of them?  Please call domestic violence defense attorney William Chestnut right away.  He practices out of San Jose CA and serves all of the surrounding area.  Just give Bill a call at (480) 298-6990. 

Annual Veterans Day Parade | San Jose

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Honor all those who have served and those who are continuing to serve their country at the 99th Annual Veterans Day Parade starting at noon in downtown San Jose on November 11, 2019.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Welfare Fraud Defined and Defended.

Welfare fraud is the act of illegally using state welfare systems by knowingly withholding or giving information to obtain more funds than would otherwise be allocated fairly and equitably.    Interviews with welfare recipients where the interviewer has succeeded in gaining the trust of a defrauder have shown that many, if not most, fail to report incomes.

A survey of the general population has found that more than 80% are prepared to cheat on welfare if the risk of audit is only about 15%.  In the majority of cases, welfare fraud involves modest sums of money and is committed by people who struggle with poverty and who are acting out of desperation. 

Maybe it started on a very small scale, then it accelerated until the State of California arrested you or a loved one for welfare fraud.  If that is the case, immediately call on the vigorous defense of Criminal Defense attorney William Chestnut.  Bill will go to court in San Jose and the surrounding area to defend you against a charge of welfare fraud.  Just call (408) 298-6990.