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Monday, April 16, 2018

Rehab May Equal Reduction.

When someone has been convicted of a major crime the state wants to know that they are contrite.  It is not about what HAS happened, but rather the expectations of that individual’s behavior in the future.  That is why the state of California has rehabilitation programs for people who are truly trying to get on the right track.

There is a method by which past indiscretions can be mitigated through rehab.  Most of the felony and misdemeanor convictions in the Big Bear State can be cleared by a state court decision.  California is definitely NOT Texas!  This state is very forgiving and wants to give convicted felons a fresh start.

If you or a loved one are in this situation here is one important way you can take action.  Contact William Chestnut a noted rehabilitation lawyer serving the San Jose Valley in our state.  He will sit down with you and begin the process of taking your life back.  You won’t know until you call him for a sit-down at (408) 298-6990.

San Francisco Theater & Best of Broadway

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"The San Francisco theater has hundreds of shows every year. With more than a dozen theaters in SF, you will find a wide variety of shows from dramas to comedies." 



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Defining Environmental Crime.

Just a handful of years ago environmentalists, government agencies, and environmental attorneys were still grappling with how to define exactly what was an environmental crime, what actions should be prosecuted, and what penalties were considered appropriate.  In the late 20th century it mostly defined polluting the water or contaminating the air.

Rather than calling all environmental crime white-collar crime, law professionals tried to develop a better definition. Some of the factors are: (1) the harm done, whether the action caused harm immediately or was only potentially harmful; (2) the action itself, ranging from littering to major dumping of hazardous wastes; and, (3) the offender, whether individual or corporation.

Being accused of an environmental crime can be frightening and confusing.  In the San Jose area one of the top environmental crime defense attorneys is William Chestnut.  Over the years, Bill has defined HIS defense of those accused and brings unique expertise to the table.  Please call him to day to discuss your case at (408) 298-6990.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Robbery Comes in All Shapes and Sizes.

There are about as many different types of robbery as there are shoe sizes!  Let me give you a for instance.  Let’s say the owner of a boat may take it to a marina to have it fixed. Once the work has been completed, the owner retrieves the boat without paying the bill.  However, robbery often includes force…so what type of robbery is this?

The internet is a new culprit.  It makes it easy to take part in obtaining and selling illegal copies of artistic material and for criminals to remain nameless.  Have you ever heard of crimes of false pretense?  They may involve an individual that obtains ownership rights to property by committing an act of fraud.

I have seen just about every type of robbery in my 40 plus years of criminal defense throughout Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, Silicon Valley and the South Bay Area.  Experience counts a great deal when the subject is robbery defense.  Please give me a call to look at your case (408) 298-6990.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Redefining Drug Possession in California.

It is a brave new world out there Mr. Huxley.  Pot is now legal in our state.  Some are saying hallelujah while others exclaim oh no!  Proposition 64 is over 60 pages in length.  Make no mistake about it, you could still be arrested for the illegal use of marijuana in this state.  You need to know some of the facts.

Here are several…

1.  You have to be over 21.
2.  Don’t think that you can light up wherever you feel like it.
3.  You will be fined for smoking in public.
4.  If you want to sell it, you will need a state license.
5.  Selling pot without a license could easily result in fines and incarceration.

Just be careful and sensible out there.  Look at it this way…the 2nd amendment does not give us the right to fire off guns in public!  When you need aggressive drug possession or trafficking defense you call William Chestnut.  He has protected Californians for more than four decades from his office now located in San Jose.  Give Bill a call at (408) 298-6990.

Whiskies of the World®, San Jose, 2018

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Thu, March 22, 2018

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

"Whiskies of the World® Expo brings together distillers from around the world to share their finest spirits and knowledge with whisky enthusiasts."



Friday, February 16, 2018

When things Go South Quickly.

Maybe it starts with a disagreement.  Perhaps it was pre-determined.  Whatever the case may be, when you or a loved one is arrested for an alleged violent crime all bets are off.  The situation just got real!  Make no mistake about it, if you are convicted for committing a violent crime, things will never be the same again.

I know it may be remedial, but here are some types of violent crimes –

1.  Weapons charges.  Why were you packing?  It is too late to change that now.
2.  Property offenses.  This covers a gamut of different things.
3.  Assault.  What I mentioned earlier about a disagreement leading to disastrous events.
4.  Sexual assault.  Ripped from today’s headlines.
5.  Rape.  Ditto.

You don’t need a good lawyer.  Say what?  You need a great attorney!  I am William Chestnut.  I have defended violent crime accusations for more than four decades in the San Jose California area.  Call me Bill, but definitely call me.  Let’s tackle this charge together.  That phone number is (408) 298-6990.