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Monday, September 16, 2019

More is More.

It seems like a simple statement, but in California if you are found in possession of certain dangerous drugs, you may face criminal charges.  However, if you are found in possession of larger quantities of those drugs, packaged drugs to sell, or other signs that the drugs are intended for distribution, you could face higher penalties, including felony drug charges.

The penalties for possession with intent to sell depend on a number of factors, including how much you have in your possession, type of substance, and whether any other criminal activity may have been taking place.  Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell is not limited to illegal narcotics, it can also include pharmaceutical drugs.

Drugs whether they be prescribed or illegal throughout the Big Bear State must never be trafficked!  That is a given.  Maybe you or a loved one have been arrested for the possession of an amount of drugs that have been deemed intended for distribution.  If so, fight back with the steady hand of San Jose criminal attorney William Chestnut.  Call Bill at (408) 298-6990.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Gavin Newsom Please Hear my Plea!

If you did not know, Gavin Newsom has taken over for Jerry Brown as the governor of California.  In case you were not aware, if you have been convicted of a felony in the Big Bear State AND since your conviction you have had no further criminal charges or convictions, you may be eligible for a pardon from the governor of our state.

Here are a few steps in applying for that pardon –

1.  A Certificate of Rehabilitation is an order that can be issued by a Superior Court judge.
2.  You may obtain an application packet for a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
3.  Perfectly complete that application.

That last part will be much easier if you retain the services of San Jose criminal defense attorney William Chestnut.  Bill has been helping the convicted felons of California properly prepare and submit a Certificate of Rehabilitation to several different governors over his four plus decades of service.  Call William Chestnut and see if you qualify at (408) 298-6990.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Visit the Children's Discovery Museum this Labor Day weekend!

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The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose inspires creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning. 
VISIT TODAY! 


 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Obtaining a Real Estate License with a Criminal Record.

Pretty much everyone knows that the San Jose area is a hot bed for real estate right now.  Unfortunately, The California Business and Professions Code grants the Department of Real Estate the right to deny a license based on anyone’s previous criminal record.  This includes misdemeanors AND felonies anywhere in the US!

Count on the DRE to investigate each case individually to determine if a conviction warrants denial.  In addition to the conviction, aggravating factors will also be considered in their decision.  Here is some advice…come clean!  One of the basic requirements to apply for a license is honesty.

I want to help you get started or continue working in real estate sales.  My name is William Chestnut, a criminal defense attorney out of San Jose serving the entire area.  I have helped many people retain their real estate license in the past.  Why not give me a call and see how we may work together?  The phone number is (408) 298-6990.

Back to School Bash Wine Stroll to benefit SVEF, Sept 10th

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The kids are back in school, it's time to unwind! Join us on Tuesday, September 10th from 6-9pm for a wine stroll around The Row benefitting the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.  

 

Friday, August 2, 2019

BACK TO SCHOOL BLAST! Aug 10th, 2019

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"This event is designed for youth in foster care and those youth experiencing housing instability in Santa Clara County. Resources planned include school supply distribution, housing support, health screenings, educational options, employment assistance and legal service agencies."


 




Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Robbery vs. Burglary.

We have certainly heard both terms, but how do they differ?  There is a significant difference between robbery and burglary.  Robbery in contrast to theft is the taking of property during one-on-one interaction using force, coercion, or intimidation.  Burglary applies when someone enters a home or building with the intention of committing a crime.

Theft, burglary, and robbery are each governed by their own provisions under the California Penal Code and have their own sets of possible penalties. 

Theft itself has three categories –

1.  Theft…the simple taking of property
2.  Petty theft…less than $50 of merchandise was stolen and there are no priors
3.  Grand theft…it could be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances

Theft and its related charges come in different varieties with various penalties attached to them if you are convicted in a California Criminal Court.  San Jose criminal attorney William Chestnut wants to help you make sure that does not happen.  He has defended theft, burglary, and robbery in this state for decades.  Call him at (408) 298-6990.