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Monday, October 15, 2018

San Jose Halloween Events

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Grab the family and get out and enjoy Halloween events!





There is No Substitute for Experience.

This is so true in most areas of endeavor.  With the years come a sense of confidence and trust because you know that the company or individual in question has “been through the wars” so to speak.  They bring an expertise to the table that someone with only a year or two of experience cannot offer.

San Jose criminal attorney William Chestnut has defended hundreds in our area for over more than four decades.  He has seen and fought for California citizens who have been accused of such things as domestic violence, felony crimes, environmental crimes, juvenile offenses, criminal fraud, drug violations, and so much more.

Attorney William Chestnut knows his way around California Criminal Courts.  He is a proud native of San Jose and stands at the ready when you or a loved one have been accused of a crime.  The California criminal justice system is tough.  You cannot afford to trust just anyone to defend you.  Trust the experience of Bill Chestnut.  Give him a call today at (408) 298-6990.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Maybe the charges are the only thing that’s fraudulent.

What defines a charge of fraud in the State of California?  In our state, fraud is an intentional misrepresentation, deceit, or concealment of a material fact known to the defendant with the intention on the part of the defendant of thereby depriving a person of property or legal rights or otherwise causing injury.

Intentional fraud or deceit occurs when the perpetrator uses deceit to convince the victim to rely on the false facts.  Then the victim reasonably relied on and was harmed by the deceit.  Constructive fraud occurs when the perpetrator misrepresents to the victim that an important false fact is true. 

There is a broad interpretation of fraud in the Big Bear State.  You need a top criminal fraud attorney like William Chestnut to defend you against these charges.  Attorney Chestnut has defended Californian’s accused of fraud for more than 40 years.  Arrange for a free consultation at his San Jose office by calling (408) 298-6990.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Los Lagos Oktoberfest 2018: San Jose Oct 6th

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"Los Lagos Golf Course 2nd Annual Oktoberfest celebration is BACK! We are bringing Munich’s famous festival to the San Jose community."

Live German music, dancing, traditional food, and BEER! Admission is FREE.




 


Monday, September 17, 2018

There is a Meth to the Madness.

Let’s talk about one drug in particular.  Getting charged with the possession of methamphetamine is a serious crime.  It goes by many names, but meth is a potent stimulant that carries an exceptionally negative stigma.  If you or a loved one has been charged with possessing meth, you may face a severe uphill battle.

You should know what it takes to be convicted of meth possession.  You had actual possession of the drug at the time of the arrest.  You knew that it was methamphetamine and not something else.  You are holding more than just a trace amount.  It is known as a “usable quantity”.  That could be interpreted in different ways.

You can’t turn back the clock.  Being convicted of meth possession carries life-altering penalties.  At this time, you need aggressive representation from a California drug defense attorney.  The right person for the job may well be the 45-year practicing San Jose criminal lawyer William Chestnut.  Call Bill today and discuss your case at his office.  That number is (408) 298-6990.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

p1440 San Jose Invitational

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"Join us for p1440 San Jose on September 28 - 30 at the Avaya Stadium grounds. Get ready to watch top professional beach volleyball athletes from around the globe compete and see live music performances by Foster the People, Grouplove, Daya, Marian Hill and Magic Giant."



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Juvenile Crime in California.

Every state has its problems with young people being arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.  California, because of its diversity and shear population, is at or near the top of the list.  The statistics reveal a great deal about the types of juvey crime in the Big Bear State.  Here are some of them.

In the most recent reporting period we found that over one-third of all arrests of young people are for violent offenses.  That is a startling stat!  Beyond that, nearly a third involved property violation.  Most of the rest were for offenses such as weapons, hit-and-run, drugs and alcohol possession, etc.

When a young person in your life runs afoul of California State Law you call in a veteran who has been defending kids in juvenile courts throughout the state for more than four decades.  That bull-dogged defense will be provided by William Chestnut.  Attorney Chestnut knows his way around California Juvenile Court.  Call his San Jose office for a consultation at (408) 298-6990.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Sexual Assault Charges.

They have always been very serious, but in the days of the “Me Too” movement they have become more public than ever.  Sexual harassment and sexual assault are on everyone’s radar in the State of California.  The Hollywood community south of us really brought it to the forefront, but it is a serious charge wherever you are in the Big Bear State.

To say the least, reports of sexual assault are not uncommon in California.  It is estimated that nearly 10 million people have been the victim of some kind of sexual violence just in our state!  Are you even aware that men account for nearly one-third of the sexual assault victims?  Add to that, the fact that many of these events go unreported.

Being accused of Sexual Assault, harassment, or other related charges must be dealt with quickly and professionally.  He said…she said could get you in even more trouble.  You may require the guiding hand of California sexual assault lawyer William Chestnut.  Please call Bill before another day passes to meet him at his San Jose office.  That number is (408) 298-6990.

San Jose Unified School District Calendar, 2018-2019

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School is back in session and there are some dates that you should have on your calendar! 



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Robbery, Burglary, and Theft…are they the Same?

We tend to throw around the words robbery, burglary and theft interchangeably.   The three have something in common, of course.  They all may involve the unauthorized taking of someone’s personal property by another person.  Let us use this opportunity to explain the differences between these three.

Theft is the most basic of the three crimes.  It occurs with the unauthorized attempt to deprive someone of their personal property.  Robbery is essentially theft accomplished through the use of physical force or fear.  Burglary is simply the unlawful entry into a structure, such as a home or business even if a theft never occurs.

Those differences could dramatically impact the future of you or a loved one.  To sort out the defense strategy between robbery, burglary, and theft you could use a seasoned San Jose area criminal defense attorney.  That man is William Chestnut.  Please call Bill to go over your case as soon as possible at (408) 298-6990.

Hands-on Tech Family Fun Night - Free!

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"Attend the Technovation Innovation Celebration and Tech Expo, a family-friendly event bringing future tech and business leaders – girls ages 13-18 – together from around the world."



 


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Turn up the Heat and Up go the Tempers.

Have you ever noticed that you get more irritated when you are uncomfortably hot?  It doesn’t take Einstein to figure that heat plus temper could equal domestic disaster.  Here is the thing…there are always 3 sides to these stories (including the one in the middle).  Being accused of domestic violence must be taken seriously!

Any act of domestic violence is considered assault by the laws of the State of California.  If it is deemed to have been done with a “deadly weapon”, the stakes get even higher.  If someone even makes a threat these days, it could be construed as an act of terrorism.  Oh yes, the times they are a changin’.

What can you do when you are accused of this serious crime?  The first thing is to contact San Jose domestic violence lawyer William Chestnut.  Bill has been a part of the criminal defense scene in the valley for well over four decades and he will bring his experience and expertise to your case.  Call today for an appointment at his San Jose office (408) 298-6990.  

July Passport Celebration Day

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Sat, July 21st - "Visit 50+ wineries in and around the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique Passport Celebration Day winery experience."






Monday, July 2, 2018

Pot 101.

Is that how many joints you’ve smoked legally since the law changed in California?  No, this is a tutorial on how marijuana laws have evolved this year and where they are now.  Here is a fact.  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 over 21 as you read this, you are allowed to possess up to one ounce of dried marijuana or eight grams of concentrated cannabis.  Now, here is what you NEED to know!   Adults who exceed these amounts can be charged with a misdemeanor and punished by up to 6 months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

So, it is NOT a free ride by any means.  You can still do jail time for just possessing weed.  You may have lost track of that.  If you or a loved one is facing a fine or jail time for marijuana consumption in California, then call San Jose Criminal Attorney William Chestnut.  Sit down with Bill at his office and consider your options.  That number is (408) 298-6990.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

San Jose - 4th of July Fireworks Celebration 2018

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"Celebrating their 104th year and a new century of service, the Rotary Club of San Jose invites you, your family, and your friends to enjoy another world-class fireworks display at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose on July 4, 2018."

 



Friday, June 15, 2018

Don’t Get Cocky…You’re not Free to Come and Go as you Please just yet.

Under the terms of probation, you know very well that there are certain restrictions and requirements.  These could include submitting to random drug testing, avoiding contact with certain spurious individuals, routinely reporting to a probation officer; and above all, don’t get involved in any other criminal activities!

Probation is supposed to be a benefit NOT more jail time.  If you don't uphold the terms, judges can impose the entire sentence that was avoided through probation, adding time for the violation.  No two judges will handle these cases exactly the same way, but one thing is certain – you need a lawyer to advocate for you.

When you or a loved one is faced with a probation violation call veteran San Jose Criminal Defense attorney William Chestnut.  Bill has decades of experience dealing with probation violators in the State of California.  Arrange a meeting at Attorney Chestnut’s office located in San Jose by calling (408) 298-6990.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ribs and Reds Father's Day Event!

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"Spoil your Dad and bring the whole family to this wonderful Ribs and Reds Father's Day event!"





Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How does the Bail Bond Process Work?

We all know about it, (preferably not first hand!) but what if we are suddenly faced with this situation in helping a loved one or family member?  In breaking it down to its basics, bail is a financial arrangement that a bail bond agency makes on behalf of an accused criminal defendant.  They act on behalf of the accused.

With a cash bond the entire amount of bail must be paid in cash AND in full.  The money is then held until the case is concluded and is refunded to the person who posted it.  If the defendant posts his or her own cash, then the court may deduct any fines and costs before returning the money.

This is just the first process in successfully defending someone against a criminal charge in the State of California.  The next, most important thing to do is contact San Jose criminal attorney William Chestnut.  Talk to Bill about the entire process from start to finish by calling his office at (408) 298-6990.

June 17th, Father's Day 5K -San Jose - *Virtual Race*

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"Join us for our fifth annual FATHER’S DAY 5K virtual race! It’s time to celebrate your father the HERO! We will also be donating at least 15% of each registration to Team Hoyt, which works to build the individual character, confidence and self-esteem of America’s disabled and physically challenged young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life."



 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hotter Weather…Hotter Tempers.

With the coming of summer, temperatures will heat up in the San Jose area.  Unfortunately, in some area households so will tempers.  Domestic violence takes no holiday in California, but summer is a particularly important time of year when it becomes more prevalent.  This state has tried to curb it, but it will never completely disappear.

Just what are some of the charges you or a loved one may be facing?

1.  The use of excessive force.  This is not confined to whom is bigger.
2.  Kidnapping is not limited to youth.  Anyone can be held against their will.
3.  Family violence that traumatizes a minor.
4.  Making a terrorist threat.  Something new, but very real.

Being convicted of domestic violence in California will result in any of a number of sentences.  There are variables, of course, such as any previous record of arrest.  In the San Jose area you have an ally in William Chestnut.  Bill is a four decade plus veteran when it comes to handling California domestic violence defense.  Call him today at (408) 298-6990.

Pier Pressure SF – Memorial Day Yacht Party

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"Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco with a party experience on the water aboard the San Francisco Spirit Yacht."

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Contractor License Suspension after a Criminal Conviction.

Perhaps you're an electrical contractor or a glazing specialist.  Maybe carpentry or fencing is your area of expertise.  If you're part of the California construction trade - one of the state's largest industries, you need to know your options if you have been convicted of a criminal charge in the Big Bear State.

Not only is your freedom at stake, but so is the contracting career you worked so hard to develop.  The CSLB is the acronym for the Contractors State License Board in California.  They can and will harshly discipline you if you are a convicted criminal.  Is there any recourse?  The answer may be an emphatic YES!

San Jose area criminal defense attorney William Chestnut may be just the man you need to know at a time like this.  He has decades of experience in dealing with the CSLB.  You have rights under the law.  DO NOT take this suspension lying down!  Please immediately contact attorney William Chestnut for a meeting at his 4020 Moorpark Ave. office at (408) 298-6990.

Mother's Day Celebration 2018

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Come out to the Refuge to join us for our Mother's Day Celebration!





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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Tech Museum of Innovation

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"The Tech Museum of Innovation is a Silicon Valley landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most innovative place on Earth."





Thursday, February 1, 2018

Defining Fraud.

Here is a white-collar crime with a number of different meanings attached to it.  Specifically, criminal fraud involves using a lie, deception, falsehood, or dishonesty in an attempt to gain a benefit.  Fraud can also be a civil wrong-doing meaning that victims can bring a civil lawsuit for money damages, to fairly compensate them for the losses they suffered as a result of the fraud.

Types of fraud in California may include –

1.  Computer or internet fraud…a growth industry for sure!
2.  Benefits.  Someone has been arrested for dipping into a company’s benefits program.
3.  Welfare.  It is very common as people on the edge try to “get an edge”.
4.  Workers’ comp.  Obviously, there are many who may have exaggerated their claims.

Fraud involves a great deal of complicated legal matters.  If you or a loved one have been arrested, please call William Chestnut.  He is a San Jose California area fraud attorney who has just about seen all of its versions in his four and a half decades defending central and northern California.  Arrange a consultation with Bill Chestnut by calling (408) 298-6990.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

35th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon

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"The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K is an avid supporter of the San Francisco Bay Area community."



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I Just Got a Call from Jail.

That’s not a call any of us wants to get.  First of all, who is calling collect these days?  Once you receive that fateful call you have to make a decision.  What can I do to help my friend or family member?  Usually the answer is to post bail.  It rolls off the tongue, but do you know exactly how to do it?

As one of San Jose’s top criminal attorneys may I recommend Bodyguard Bail Bonds.  They have several locations in the Bay Area including Monterey County, Alameda County, and San Mateo County…including Stockton, Livermore, and Sacramento  Best of all, they will patiently explain the exact steps that need to be taken to free your loved one on bail.

Once you have done that, I hope that the next call will be to me.  I am Attorney William Chestnut.  I have successfully represented hundreds of people who have been accused of criminal charges in the San Jose Area for more than 40 years.  Step 1…Call Bodyguard Bail Bonds…step 2…call me, Bill Chestnut at (408) 298-6990.

Free Walking Tours, San Francisco

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"Every day SF City Guides (part of the SF Public Library) offers a number of free walking tours. They range from the popular Golden Gate Bridge tour to one dedicated to the impact of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire."


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Plenty of Sex Offense in the News these Days.

What on earth is going on here?  I suppose where there is smoke there is fire.  However, where there is smoke there is often time someone holding a lighter.  In other words, many of these charges involving celebrities accused of sexual harassment lately may be true or false.  Only time will tell.

The problem is, with sexual abuse charges too often the accused is guilty by opinion until proven innocent.  That is NOT the way our system is supposed to work!  In the real world not everyone is as high profile as Kevin Spacey, Bill O’Reilly, or Louie CK, but charges against them are just as stark and real and threaten their very future.

If you or a loved one are charged with sexual abuse or harassment in this area, immediately contact San Jose sex offense attorney William Chestnut.  Attorney Chestnut has successfully defended falsely accused sex offenders in California for decades.  Don’t be a victim!  Call Bill today at (408) 298-6990.