Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Why Does Summertime Bring out the Worst in Some People?

Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s too much time on some people’s hands, whatever it is there is evidence that violent crime is on the rise in the Summer.  Remember this…always, always contact a lawyer if you are suspected of or have been arrested on the suspicion of having committed a violent crime in California!

It may be a charge of assault with or without a weapon.  Perhaps the charge is rape which has received heightened awareness these days.  There are weapons charges of different types carrying a variety of penalties.  Then there is always theft and robbery and all of the different machinations that those two charges entail.

For well over 40 years William Chestnut, a San Jose Criminal Defense Attorney has defended those accused of a violent crime throughout California.  He has handled just about every type of criminal case during that time.  Call Bill immediately if you or a loved one has been accused of a violent crime at (408) 298-6990.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Fentanyl and Cocaine…A Deadly Combination.

So many California residents have died in recent years because of the introduction of fentanyl.  Combined with cocaine it has become a national crisis.  In 2017, for example, cocaine-fentanyl mixtures killed more people than heroin and fentanyl together.  This deadly cocaine-fentanyl continues and shows no signs of letting up soon.

Fentanyl (an opiate) is not a natural, adulterant for cocaine which is considered a stimulant.  Fentanyl usage in addition to the cocaine supply is occurring here in the San Jose, at the level of local dealers, street dealers and even users.  Make no mistake about it…The Golden Bear State has a fentanyl problem.

That DOES NOT mean that you are automatically guilty if you have been arrested on a charge of possessing or distributing cocaine or fentanyl!  I am here to make sure that you are aggressively represented in California Criminal Court.  My name is William Chestnut a California criminal lawyer.  At the toughest times, call me Bill Chestnut at (408) 298-6990.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Things are Heating up Inside and Out.

When it gets warmer outside in the San Jose area things often heat up indoors and tempers flair causing an accusation of domestic violence.  You can be sure that the state of California has turned up its own brand of heat on domestic violence.  Many of these tough new policies often result in overcharging for a crime.

There are various types of domestic violence such as –

1.  Excessive force. This is a charge in most domestic violence cases.
2.  Assault which is any act of physical violence against a family member.
3.  Kidnapping.  Under NO circumstances should you detain a minor child.
4.  Think twice before making any threats that could be construed as terrorism.

We hope that you have headed off any possible accusation of domestic violence at the pass.  However, if you or a loved one has been arrested on a domestic violence charge in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County immediately call on the expertise of San Jose criminal attorney William Chestnut.  That phone number is (408) 298-6990.   

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

What Makes a Good Criminal Lawyer?

It is a question that may determine the future freedom of you or a loved one.  There is a big difference between the actions of a personal injury, a civil, a divorce, a bankruptcy and a criminal attorney.  It would seem logical that when you look for the best criminal lawyer you are looking for someone practices that branch of the law…and ONLY that!

Here are some things to look for –

1.  Investigation…thoroughness is always the key.
2.  Negotiation…one who knows everything about his client and applies it in negotiations.
3.  They challenge everything that they can.
4.  Winning records…in the end that is all that matters!

San Jose criminal attorney William Chestnut checks all of the boxes.  When he tackles your case, he does so with the idea that you will both come out of this as winners.  The most important thing is that you can get your life back.  If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in California call Bill immediately at (408) 298-6990.      

Monday, May 13, 2019

Filing a Petition for Expungement.

Being charged with a crime in California is by no means a pleasant experience.  Not only are you facing potential fines, jail time, appearances in court, but damage to your reputation as well!  Because you are a resident of The Big Bear State you have an advantage.  Individuals with criminal records could “clean the slate” through expungement.

Now, this does not mean that your record is clean.  Instead, your guilty plea or conviction will be withdrawn and replaced with a permanent plea of not guilty.  What happens next?  The case is then dismissed as if the conviction never happened in the first place!  As you may have guessed, not every conviction qualifies for expungement.

To find out more about filing a petition for expungement contact San Jose criminal lawyer William Chestnut.  Attorney Chestnut has been dealing with this tricky nuance of California law for many years.  He will help you navigate these waters.  Give Bill a call today to discuss expungement at (408) 298-6990.    

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Pot is Legal in California…or is it?

First the facts, recreational use of marijuana became legal in California on January 1, 2018. The legalization is the result of voter passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016.  If you are an adult age 21 and older you may now possess up to one (1) ounce of dried marijuana or eight (8) grams of concentrated cannabis.

Now the gray areas –

1.  It is still a crime for individuals to sell marijuana in The Big Bear State.
2.  You need a state AND local license to distribute it.
3.  Marijuana is still illegal on a national basis.
4.  You can never distribute it to a minor.
5.  And…don’t even think about driving while you are high.

Having a lawyer just a phone call away who has dealt with California drug cases for decades is always important.  For all drug-related charges San Jose criminal defense attorney William Chestnut has been aggressively defending Californians since the 1970’s.  You can count on Bill!  Just give him a call at (408) 298-6990.    

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Who is William Chestnut?

Go ahead, Google him.  You will find this review written about him by The Law Firm Overview…Attorney William Chestnut is an aggressive trial attorney, but is also someone you can trust and easily talk to. Prior to founding the practice, William Chestnut was a probation officer, and encountered a number of people who he believed had been mistreated by the system.

By the way, Bill is bi-lingual.  Just visit his website at williamchestnutlegal.com and read for yourself.  As you would expect, Attorney Chestnut is committed to strict confidentiality.  What is said in his office stays in his office.  He has the time AND the desire to conduct a complete investigation of your case.

It all adds up to one thing, San Jose criminal defense attorney William Chestnut is committed to the accused of Santa Clara County and the surrounding area.  Since California is such a diverse state, Bill covers a diverse area of criminal law.  Check out his website at williamchestnutlaw.com, then give him a call at (408) 298-6990.