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San Jose CA criminal defense lawyerCriminal court trials require time for preparation, both on the part of the prosecutors involved in your case and on the part of your criminal defense attorney. In addition to actually getting your case on the court calendar and vetting those participating in a jury trial, there are numerous tasks which must be completed that can end up dragging your case out for long months or even years. While you do have the right to a speedy trial in California, there are situations where waiting a certain period of time may be worthwhile.  

Suspect and Family Members Wait Three Years For San Jose Trial

In January of 2016, the body of a 29-year-old man was found dumped alongside a creek at the base of the Santa Cruz mountains. Before the body was even discovered, another Los Altos resident, who worked alongside the deceased at a motorcycle shop in San Jose, had been charged with the crime. More than three years later, the case is finally going to trial. 

A panel of eight women and seven men were selected as jurors and will finally begin hearing testimony in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Sharon Chatman at the Hall of Justice in San Jose. The family of the victim hopes that the outcome will finally provide closure. For the accused, who has spent the past three years with charges of criminal homicide hanging over his head, it provides the opportunity to tell his version of events.

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San Jose, CA criminal defense attorneyFacing any type of criminal charges in San Jose is a serious matter. With the potential for heavy fines and jail time, you need an experienced San Jose, CA criminal defense attorney on your side. In an effort to put a dent in the high crime rates experienced throughout the area, law enforcement officials are increasingly focused on apprehending offenders, while prosecuting attorneys are aggressive in making charges stick. 

Local business and property owners have also gotten involved and are becoming more vigilant both in reporting crimes and making an effort to identify suspects. Video recordings are being used more regularly and can end up providing damaging evidence in your criminal court case. 

San Jose Merchants Use Video Recordings To Help Curb Crime In Area 

The San Jose area has been plagued by increasing crime rates, and local merchants took a drastic stand recently in calling attention to the problem. A November 2018 NBC Bay Area report states that after a year of dealing with problems such as prostitution, drug dealing, and assaults in front of their establishments, merchants on Monterey Highway released surveillance videos taken on their property to the press. Contained within the videos includes evidence of the following: 

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search warrant, California criminal investigation, San Jose criminal defense lawyers, child pornography, drug possessionIn any kind of California criminal investigation, the police usually need to get a warrant before searching a suspect's property. Warrants must be specific rather than general. That is, the warrant must describe the place that needs to be searched and the objects that the police are looking for, such as drugs, firearms, or materials containing child pornography. If a police search exceeds the scope of the warrant, a judge may suppress—exclude—any evidence obtained from the subsequent criminal trial.

San Jose Court Rejects Effort to Expand Warrant to Cover People in Range of Wireless Network

Clever prosecutors will sometimes try and convince a judge to interpret a warrant more broadly than it was intended. This can unfairly prejudice a defendant's right to a fair trial. Fortunately, a recent case from here in San Jose illustrates how courts are too smart to fall for such legal trickery.

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