Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Domestic Violence During the Holidays.

Domestic violence is a growing problem during the holidays as it is every year.  There is so much increased stress with gift giving and family gatherings.  When all is said and done sometimes the wrong thing is said to the wrong person at the wrong time and anger erupts.  Sometimes a family gathering is like fish if it is left sitting out too long- it goes bad!

If alcohol and drugs are added to the mix things can go wrong very quickly.  The more people that are involved the more witnesses and interpretations there will be.  We hope that none of this applies to any type of gathering that you will be a part of during this holiday season.  Use discretion and walk away from any potential confrontation.

If you are involved in a misunderstanding that leads to domestic violence this holiday season please reach out to San Jose Criminal attorney William Chestnut.  For more than 35 Christmas seasons he has helped people from throughout the San Jose Valley with vigorous defense in all types of criminal cases.  Give him a call at (408) 298-6990.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday season from the law office of William Chestnut.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

An Increase in Crime During the Holidays.

The holiday season seems to create more crime.  Maybe you needed extra money for presents or you just felt a sense of hopelessness at this time of year.  Needless to say this season comes with an excess of DUI’s as well.   A combination of celebration and seasonal depression can lead to a spike around the holidays, but the result is the same if you find yourself facing a DUI charge.

In San Jose, if you are arrested for a criminal DUI, there are certain steps you can take to help avoid a conviction.  Everyone knows that driving a vehicle under the influence carries serious consequences.  The authorities do not care that you were celebrating a company party.

The first step is consulting with San Jose Criminal Defense Attorney, William Chestnut. He has defended citizens for over 35 years and knows that no two cases are alike.  Because of his experience he is qualified to understand the local rules and regularly works against the attorneys at the District Attorney's office. His extensive legal experience and familiarity with the process will be vital to your criminal defense.  You must never face this alone.  Call Attorney Bill Chestnut today at (408) 298-6990.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Can My Felony Charge Be Reduced?

When you are charged and especially convicted of a felony it can set you back for the rest of your life.  It effects your job seeking, your relationship building, and even potentially your housing choices.  You are aware that in this day and age there is ALWAYS a way to find out your criminal record when someone is vetting you.

The good news is that there IS a way to reduce the damaging effects of a criminal conviction.  Most misdemeanors and felonies can be cleared in state court.  Were you aware of that?  If it is a more serious matter you may be able to turn to Certificates of Rehabilitation.  In California we have one of the most “pardoning” governors in the country.

Hope is not lost.  There is a San Jose Criminal attorney who has had 3 decades of experience in matters of expungement and rehabilitation.  That man is William Chestnut.  He will help you repair your life after a felony conviction.  Give Attorney Chestnut a call today at (408) 298-6990.  Discuss your particular situation with him and he will begin the process of trying to find a solution.

Monday, November 9, 2015

San Jose Harvest Festival 2015

San Jose Harvest Festival
San Jose Convention Center, November 27-29
-Black Friday shoppers looking for those unique gifts, have the chance to forgo the big box stores and support independent artists and craftspeople by visiting the San Jose Harvest Festival, happening November 27 – 29 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Ramifications of a DUI

What are the financial, lifestyle, and legal ramifications of a DUI?  Assuming it is a first–time offense and there are no additional charges or aggravating circumstances, you should prepare for the following:

1. Your driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days and you will be faced with administrative fees to the DMV to have it reinstated.

2. You will be ordered to pay a fine up to $1000 plus court costs and administrative fees.

3. You will receive a jail sentence of two days to six months, or community service if you are lucky.

4. You will be ordered to attend DUI School which you would have to pay for.

This is just part of the nightmare of getting a DUI.  Good people sometimes make bad decisions.  You have put yourself and others in jeopardy, but you should be able to get on with your life.  To make sure of that outcome, please call San Jose DUI attorney William Chestnut at (408) 298-6990.  Bill has defended thousands of clients for over 30 years.  Trust him to handle your case efficiently and aggressively.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

La Ultima Parada

La Ultima Parada
On November 1, 2015, East San Jose will once again embrace the cultural beauty of Day of the Dead. This event will be a safe, family-friendly celebration held at the historic Mexican Heritage Plaza.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence counts on silence from the perpetrator as well as the victim.  This is the time when silence is not an option, nor is it an option to stand by when someone may be falsely accused of a domestic violence crime.  Everyone wants to end this pervasive problem, and some will go as far as trumping up charges to eliminate someone from their lives.

We all need to be vigilant and look for the signs of domestic violence in our home and the homes of our friends and relatives.  It is important to attempt to have a rational and meaningful discussion about the issue before any accusations are thrown about.  False or exaggerated reports of violence within the household occur every day.

If you have been accused of domestic violence please take immediate, but unemotional action.  Contact San Jose Criminal Defense Attorney William Chestnut.  Attorney Chestnut represents people throughout Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, Silicon Valley, and the South Bay area.  For any criminal matter call William Chestnut today at (408) 298-6990.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Domestic Violence in California

California has increased its efforts to curb domestic violence.  Recent efforts have included requiring arrests, increased prosecution, and tougher sentences.  Some of these new tougher policies can lead to overcharging and unfair convictions.  Sometimes the best solution is NOT criminal punishment, but rather constructive rehabilitation within the family unit.

If you or a loved one have been charged with domestic violence or assault, it is essential to hire a defense attorney who will listen to your side of the story and make sure your rights are protected.  San Jose criminal defense attorney William Chestnut has been protecting the rights of the accused for more than 3 decades and has defended thousands of clients over that time.

Attorney Chestnut provides powerful criminal defense representation for clients throughout Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, Silicon Valley and the South Bay Area who are facing charges of domestic violence.  Among those charges are: excessive force, assault, kidnapping, making terrorist threats, attempting to sway a witness, and much more.  Do not waste another minute, call Attorney William Chestnut at (408) 298-6990.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Los Altos 24th Annual Fall Festival

Los Altos Fall Festival
The 24th annual Los Altos Fall Festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the South Parking Plaza in downtown Los Altos. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Oktoberfest Celebrations in Silicon Valley

Oktoberfest Celebrations in Silicon Valley
Oktoberfest is back in Silicon Valley with numerous opportunities to enjoy quality German-style beers paired with German culture and cuisine.
View a list of events here!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Juvenile Crimes

Juvenile crimes are a nightmare for the entire family.  Lives may be torn apart when a minor is accused of a serious crime.  If you are under 18 and break the law, you can be charged with a juvenile crime.  Your case will be handled by the Juvenile System, including Juvenile Corrections and Juvenile Court.  This is true even if you are emancipated.

There are several different events that a court may order in the state of California including…

           Your child may live with you under court supervision.
           Your child may be put on probation. He or she may have to live with a relative, in a foster home or group home, or in an institution.
           Your child may be put on probation and sent to a probation camp or ranch. Your child can be sent to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. If your child is tried in adult court, he or she WILL be sent to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

If you are ever faced with a minor being arrested in the San Jose area make sure that you take the proper and immediate steps.  Your first step is to call the experienced juvenile defense attorney in the area, William Chestnut.  Attorney Chestnut has been dealing with the defense of minors for over 30 years.  Call him to walk through the proper steps at (408) 298-6990.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

California State Law on Marijuana.

Just because some surrounding western states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana does not mean anything has changed in the state of California.  Many forms of possession, use, and sale of marijuana could get you arrested and land you in jail.  Here is a brief overview of the current California law on the subject.

Unless you are a qualified marijuana patient, possession of 28.5 grams or less for personal use is considered an infraction with a maximum penalty of a $100 fine.  If there is an intent to distribute ANY amount of the drug, that is a felony subject to between 16 months and 3 years of incarceration!  Even if you cultivate any amount of marijuana the penalty once again could be up to 3 years in prison.

If you or someone you care about has been arrested for any marijuana infraction you must not hesitate.  Maybe someday soon the laws of the Big Bear state will change, but for now you must call Attorney William Chestnut a top criminal attorney for more than 3 decades at (408) 298-6990.  Tomorrow’s accepted lifestyle may be today’s prison sentence!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

San Jose Bacon Festival of America

San Jose Bacon Festival of America
3rd Annual Bacon Festival of America
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Labor Day Weekend
September 5th & 6th, 12 pm to 7 pm

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Police Brutality in the News.

It seems like no week passes without the news of another incident of police brutality.  While this ugly trend seems to be on the upswing people need to be vigilant in protecting themselves from over aggressive law enforcement officers while at the same time obeying their commands whenever possible.

There will always be a need for law enforcement, but not brutality.  Sometimes there is a fine line between the two.  The San Jose area is a melting pot of diverse races, creeds, and colors.  Regardless of the way each member of society believes in the way the law is enforced there will be certain guidelines that MUST be followed to ensure order.

It is up to the courts to sort out the difference between restraint and brutality.  It is absolutely essential that you hire strong representation when accused of a crime in the San Jose area.  For the very best criminal defense in the area with decades of experience call Attorney William Chestnut today at (408)298-6990.  Mr. Chestnut will work with you personally to get the best outcome possible.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Violent Crimes in San Jose

If you are convicted of a violent crime it will haunt you for the rest of your life.  If you have been accused of what is generally considered a violent crime you need to consult an aggressive defense attorney to represent you in the San Jose area courts.

What constitutes a violent crime?  Some of the wide variety includes, but may not be limited to:

           Sexual assault
           Weapons charges
           Property offenses

Never gamble with your future freedom!  Call San Jose Criminal Defense Attorney William Chestnut today!  Attorney Chestnut has over 30 years of criminal trial experience.  He will put that expertise to work for you immediately.  You may contact him 24/7 at (408) 298-6990.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Santa Clara County Fair
The Santa Clara County Fair returns for another fantastic event the whole family will enjoy. This four-day celebration features live music, exhibitions, demonstrations, amazing food and much more.
Thursday, July 30th - Sunday, Aug 2nd

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Domestic Violence in San Jose.

Domestic violence is in the news more and more because of high-profile athletes and the stories that we hear almost every week.  Domestic violence is defined as physical or emotional abuse caused by one person to control another. 

It is a very complicated and unique issue since there are always two sides to the situation.  A prosecutor only sees one side and asks for the maximum penalty allowed by the law.  Many times a false allegation leads to arrest and trial.

At times like this you need aggressive representation to defend you against the charge of domestic violence.  San Jose criminal attorney William Chestnut has defended hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases.  You must not trust your future freedom to just anyone.  Call Attorney William Chestnut regardless of the circumstances of the accusation so that he may help you sort things out.  Contact him anytime - day or night, at (408) 298-6990.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Facing Criminal Charges in San Jose CA.

In this large metropolitan area there are many innocent people who are facing criminal charges and need aggressive legal help.  You cannot do better than to hire William Chestnut whether you are English speaking or if your first language is Spanish.  Just look at this amazing list of areas where Attorney Chestnut may be your best answer…

              Felony and Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
              DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving
              Traffic Violations and Speeding Tickets
              Drug Offenses
              Theft, Fraud, Property and White Collar Crimes
              Violent Crimes
              Domestic Violence
              Sex Offenses
              Internet Crimes
              Environmental Crimes
              Three Strikes Cases
              Parole and Probation Violations
              Juvenile Offenses
              Record Clearances, Expungements, Certificates of Rehabilitation and Pardons
              Administrative Hearings & Adjudication
              Administrative Investigations
              Search & Seizure Protections
              Criminal Fraud
              Drug Violations
              Juvenile Crimes
              Parole & Probation
              Domestic Violence & Neglect
              Computer Crimes
              Identity Theft
              State Trial Practice
              Other Professionals Malpractice
              Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Now add the fact that Bill has been defending Californians against these charges for nearly 40 years and realize you have made the right choice.  Call Attorney William Chestnut, an aggressive defender of your rights at (408) 298-6990.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hiring a Criminal Attorney in San Jose May Be Intimidating if English is Your Second Language.

When you or a loved-one is faced with the scary prospect of being accused of a crime it is very stressful.  If Spanish is your primary language it becomes even more intimidating.  You ask yourself if you will get the best possible representation because of a potential language barrier.  You must not take that risk!

Please visit the website of William Chestnut at www.williamchestnutlegal.com.  Here you will find a friend who has only your best interests at heart.  He will communicate with you in Spanish as well as English if you prefer and do his very best to defend your innocence in a court of law.

The decision to hire a criminal attorney is one of the most important ones you will ever make.  Hiring someone from a large firm and having one attorney that happens to speak Spanish may not be the correct decision.

William Chestnut will give you and your case individual attention.  Please read his website.  It shows the years of experience and expertise that Mr. Chestnut has in the San Jose court system.  Give www.williamchestnutlegal.com a call at (408) 298-6990 for criminal defense that you can understand.

Monday, January 5, 2015

How are San Jose Residents Effected by The Controlled Substances Act?

In the San Jose area, thousands of people are charged with drug crimes every year.  The U.S. Controlled Substances Act sets the criteria for what constitutes criminal offenses in the manufacturing, possession, sale and abuse of drugs. 

The list includes some of the most insidious drugs such as heroine, crack cocaine and meth, while there are some that when taken in moderation are actually beneficial.  For example, prescription drugs that have been abused because an individual has taken more than prescribed and they were purchased or sold illegally.

If you have sold or purchased some of the less dangerous drugs such as marijuana, prescription drugs or barbiturates you are just as guilty and you require strong representation in the San Jose area.  Contact The Law Offices of William Chestnut at (408) 298-6990 right away for aggressive help with your drug crime accusation.