1530 The Alameda, Suite 115, San Jose, CA 95126

FREE CONSULTATIONS 408-246-5500 | 800-576-4210Se Habla Español

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in San Jose criminal defense attorneys

Fear of Criminal Charges Can Prevent Sex Workers from Reporting CrimesThe sex worker industry is booming throughout the Bay Area, the same as it is in other places throughout the state and across the U.S. Unfortunately, the fact that prostitutes are engaged in illegal activities makes them a target for acts of violence. Perpetrators know that they will be reluctant to report violent incidents or issues concerning forced sex work and trafficking out of fear of facing criminal charges themselves. As experienced San Jose criminal defense attorneys, we represent sex workers in these types of cases. We provide the legal representation victims need, providing caring support and legal protection while bringing those responsible to justice.  

Crimes Against Sex Workers in San Jose

A string of violent rapes committed against prostitutes highlights the potential dangers sex workers face in our area and the reluctance they often feel in reporting crimes to local law enforcement. A 24-year-old Morgan Hill man was arrested and is accused of beating and raping numerous women over the course of the summer months.  

The suspect allegedly picked up the women in various locations throughout downtown San Jose. Once he got them into his vehicle, he would take them to remote locations where he would physically and sexually assault them. Three victims came forward after the attacks. In addition to physical descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle, rape kits administered link him to the assaults via DNA evidence. Unfortunately, local law enforcement officials claim that there may be numerous other sex workers who are victims out there, as the suspect appears to be a serial rapist. However, many of them may be reluctant to come forward for fear of facing criminal charges. 

...

San Jose criminal defense attorneyIn San Jose and throughout California, you can legally possess marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use. While there are restrictions on the amount that you can cultivate or have on you, you can travel freely with it along the West Coast. Unfortunately, this can lull both locals and visitors into a false sense of security. Marijuana and related products are still illegal under federal laws and many states still have tight regulations regarding its use. If you plan on traveling in the next few months or are leaving the Bay area to return to another state, you need to be aware of the laws that apply to avoid facing criminal drug possession charges.  

Marijuana Laws State By State

The Golden State legalized marijuana for medicinal use more than 20 years ago while recreational use just became legal in 2012. If you travel to other areas of the west coast, such as Oregon and Washington, you will find similar laws in place. However, once you head east, the situation changes. 

According to the latest state cannabis program maps from the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL), marijuana laws represent a patchwork in terms of varying policies. The varying classifications and the states in which they apply include: 

...

San Jose criminal defense attorneyIn San Jose and throughout California, you can legally possess marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use. While there are restrictions on the amount that you can cultivate or have on you, you can travel freely with it along the West Coast. Unfortunately, this can lull both locals and visitors into a false sense of security. Marijuana and related products are still illegal under federal laws and many states still have tight regulations regarding its use. If you plan on traveling in the next few months or are leaving the Bay area to return to another state, you need to be aware of the laws that apply to avoid facing criminal drug possession charges.  

Marijuana Laws State By State

The Golden State legalized marijuana for medicinal use more than 20 years ago while recreational use just became legal in 2012. If you travel to other areas of the west coast, such as Oregon and Washington, you will find similar laws in place. However, once you head east, the situation changes. 

According to the latest state cannabis program maps from the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL), marijuana laws represent a patchwork in terms of varying policies. The varying classifications and the states in which they apply include: 

...

San Jose illegal prescription drug defense lawyerAs public safety officials focus on ending the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, law enforcement officials are increasingly focused on apprehending those in violation of state laws. Being in possession of certain medications without a prescription is a serious crime in California, which can result in heavy fines as well as a potentially lengthy jail sentence. If you are charged or arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.

Misuse of Prescription Medication

Prescription medications can provide much-needed relief from a variety of medical conditions. However, there are many drugs which have a powerful effect on users, leading them to misuse medications or obtain them illegally. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, taking any medication other than those prescribed by a doctor can impact your physical and mental health and may result in dependency. Some of the most commonly abused types of prescription drugs include:

  • Opioids, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin), which are used to treat pain.

    ...

San Jose illegal prescription drug defense lawyerAs public safety officials focus on ending the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, law enforcement officials are increasingly focused on apprehending those in violation of state laws. Being in possession of certain medications without a prescription is a serious crime in California, which can result in heavy fines as well as a potentially lengthy jail sentence. If you are charged or arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.

Misuse of Prescription Medication

Prescription medications can provide much-needed relief from a variety of medical conditions. However, there are many drugs which have a powerful effect on users, leading them to misuse medications or obtain them illegally. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, taking any medication other than those prescribed by a doctor can impact your physical and mental health and may result in dependency. Some of the most commonly abused types of prescription drugs include:

  • Opioids, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin), which are used to treat pain.

    ...

San Jose criminal defense attorneys, San Jose arrest,  misdemeanor charges,  felony crime allegations, San Jose criminal chargesYou may think of getting arrested as something that only happens to serious offenders or to those who live a life of crime. However, thousands of otherwise hardworking, honest people in our area end up behind bars each year. Whether you are detained for only a few hours or for several days, any amount of time spent in jail can be a traumatic experience.

What you say and do during this time can have a major impact on the likelihood of a conviction, which is why you need to get an experienced San Jose criminal defense attorney on your side right away. We can guide you through the legal process while ensuring your rights are protected. 

The Odds of Getting Arrested in San Jose

...

San Jose criminal defense attorneys, San Jose arrest,  misdemeanor charges,  felony crime allegations, San Jose criminal chargesYou may think of getting arrested as something that only happens to serious offenders or to those who live a life of crime. However, thousands of otherwise hardworking, honest people in our area end up behind bars each year. Whether you are detained for only a few hours or for several days, any amount of time spent in jail can be a traumatic experience.

What you say and do during this time can have a major impact on the likelihood of a conviction, which is why you need to get an experienced San Jose criminal defense attorney on your side right away. We can guide you through the legal process while ensuring your rights are protected. 

The Odds of Getting Arrested in San Jose

...

charged with murder, San Jose criminal defense attorneys, manslaughter charges, purse snatching, facing criminal chargesWhen a crime is committed, innocent people can get hurt. A recent case in the Bay area involves a man who committed a purse snatching. An otherwise minor crime in which he likely would have faced minimal time in jail became far more serious when the victim fell and died as a result of the incident. Charged with murder, the man now faces a potential life sentence, though an experienced criminal defense attorney may argue that the crime itself amounts to a case of involuntary manslaughter.

East Bay Man Accused of Murder in Death of 93-Year-Old Victim

In mid-July, 2018, the NBC Bay Area News reported on the tragic death of an elderly woman, due to a fall that occurred during a purse snatching. The victim, a 93-year-old woman, was walking into a Bank of America with a friend, when she was allegedly approached by the accused — an East Bay man.

...

charged with murder, San Jose criminal defense attorneys, manslaughter charges, purse snatching, facing criminal chargesWhen a crime is committed, innocent people can get hurt. A recent case in the Bay area involves a man who committed a purse snatching. An otherwise minor crime in which he likely would have faced minimal time in jail became far more serious when the victim fell and died as a result of the incident. Charged with murder, the man now faces a potential life sentence, though an experienced criminal defense attorney may argue that the crime itself amounts to a case of involuntary manslaughter.

East Bay Man Accused of Murder in Death of 93-Year-Old Victim

In mid-July, 2018, the NBC Bay Area News reported on the tragic death of an elderly woman, due to a fall that occurred during a purse snatching. The victim, a 93-year-old woman, was walking into a Bank of America with a friend, when she was allegedly approached by the accused — an East Bay man.

...

San Jose criminal defense attorneys, hit and run accident, car accident injuries, severe criminal penalties, hit and run chargesMotor vehicle accidents can happen when you least expect them. They may be due to reckless driving behaviors on the part of others, such as making sudden stops or failing to yield, or due to your own errors in judgement, such as driving distracted or under the influence. Whatever the cause and circumstances surrounding a crash, it is important to stop immediately at the scene to protect yourself against criminal charges. Hit and run is a serious matter in San Jose and throughout California. In addition to being liable for injuries others suffer as the result of your actions, you could end up facing severe criminal penalties. 

San Jose Driver Charged With Hit and Run after Multi-Vehicle Accident

A recent accident involving a pick up truck along Vine Street in downtown San Jose set off a chain reaction, resulting in serious injuries for several drivers and passengers, along with causing extensive damage to six other vehicles. ABC7 reported on the accident, which occurred just after midnight on June 28, 2018.

...

San Jose criminal defense attorneys, hit and run accident, car accident injuries, severe criminal penalties, hit and run chargesMotor vehicle accidents can happen when you least expect them. They may be due to reckless driving behaviors on the part of others, such as making sudden stops or failing to yield, or due to your own errors in judgement, such as driving distracted or under the influence. Whatever the cause and circumstances surrounding a crash, it is important to stop immediately at the scene to protect yourself against criminal charges. Hit and run is a serious matter in San Jose and throughout California. In addition to being liable for injuries others suffer as the result of your actions, you could end up facing severe criminal penalties. 

San Jose Driver Charged With Hit and Run after Multi-Vehicle Accident

A recent accident involving a pick up truck along Vine Street in downtown San Jose set off a chain reaction, resulting in serious injuries for several drivers and passengers, along with causing extensive damage to six other vehicles. ABC7 reported on the accident, which occurred just after midnight on June 28, 2018.

...

San Jose criminal defense attorneys, protester rights, protesting permits, protester charges, criminal chargesIn recent years, Americans have taken to the streets in large numbers to protest a large variety of local, national, and international policies and practices. Speaking out against perceived injustice is a long and hard won tradition in this country; however, it has become a flashpoint for controversy.

While free speech and the ability to peacefully assemble is a constitutional right, legal actions against protesters have resulted in numerous arrests and the need for a strong criminal defense. Citizens should continue to unite and stand up for what they believe, but it is important to be aware of your rights and the legal limitations before taking part in a protest.

Permits Required For Protesting

...

San Jose criminal defense attorneys, protester rights, protesting permits, protester charges, criminal chargesIn recent years, Americans have taken to the streets in large numbers to protest a large variety of local, national, and international policies and practices. Speaking out against perceived injustice is a long and hard won tradition in this country; however, it has become a flashpoint for controversy.

While free speech and the ability to peacefully assemble is a constitutional right, legal actions against protesters have resulted in numerous arrests and the need for a strong criminal defense. Citizens should continue to unite and stand up for what they believe, but it is important to be aware of your rights and the legal limitations before taking part in a protest.

Permits Required For Protesting

...

cyberbullying, Internet crimes, San Jose criminal defense attorneys, criminal charges, electronic harassmentBullying behaviors, such as calling others names or picking on aspects of their appearance, has long been a problem among school age children. With the Internet and social media sites allowing for easy communications and comments among users, it has become an increasing common problem with adults as well. When disagreements and differences of opinions turn into personal attacks, you could find yourself facing charges of cyberbullying. This is a potentially serious type of Internet crime that requires an aggressive defense to avoid both criminal and civil penalties.

Cyberbullying in California

The California Attorney General takes a strong stance against cyberbullying in light of the potential impacts it can have on victims. The anonymity provided by social media can often embolden this type of behavior, but the fact is you can easily be tracked down and charged for this crime, particularly if the person targeted suffers physical, emotional, or financial harm as a result.

...

cyberbullying, Internet crimes, San Jose criminal defense attorneys, criminal charges, electronic harassmentBullying behaviors, such as calling others names or picking on aspects of their appearance, has long been a problem among school age children. With the Internet and social media sites allowing for easy communications and comments among users, it has become an increasing common problem with adults as well. When disagreements and differences of opinions turn into personal attacks, you could find yourself facing charges of cyberbullying. This is a potentially serious type of Internet crime that requires an aggressive defense to avoid both criminal and civil penalties.

Cyberbullying in California

The California Attorney General takes a strong stance against cyberbullying in light of the potential impacts it can have on victims. The anonymity provided by social media can often embolden this type of behavior, but the fact is you can easily be tracked down and charged for this crime, particularly if the person targeted suffers physical, emotional, or financial harm as a result.

...

petty theft crimes, San Jose criminal defense attorneys, stolen property, theft crimes, minor criminal chargesWhen you think of theft crimes, you may envision a hardened criminal or a slick grifter who eyes up his or her prey before making off with money, cars, jewelry, or other valuable assets. While these types of cases often make headlines, petty theft crimes often go unnoticed. Unfortunately, even a minor incident can draw lots of negative attention, depending on your career or your reputation within the community.

A recent case involving a local newscaster covering an NBA game highlights the controversy even a seemingly minor crime can cause, particularly if you are in the public eye.

Bay Area Newscaster Faces Hot Water After Taking Team Jacket

...

petty theft crimes, San Jose criminal defense attorneys, stolen property, theft crimes, minor criminal chargesWhen you think of theft crimes, you may envision a hardened criminal or a slick grifter who eyes up his or her prey before making off with money, cars, jewelry, or other valuable assets. While these types of cases often make headlines, petty theft crimes often go unnoticed. Unfortunately, even a minor incident can draw lots of negative attention, depending on your career or your reputation within the community.

A recent case involving a local newscaster covering an NBA game highlights the controversy even a seemingly minor crime can cause, particularly if you are in the public eye.

Bay Area Newscaster Faces Hot Water After Taking Team Jacket

...

arrest warrant, San Jose criminal defense attorneys, misdemeanor crimes, San Jose criminal charges, criminal chargesHearing that an arrest warrant has been issued against you may send you into a panic. You may envision being pulled over for minor infractions and being taken to jail after the warrant is discovered, or having the police show up at your home or place of business. While these scenarios do occur, the fact is that actions taken by law enforcement largely depend on the specific criminal charges and the circumstances surrounding a person's case. An arrest warrant is nothing to take lightly, however, and is something you should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney on right away to ensure your rights and best interests are protected.

California Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant can be issued whenever the law is broken, whether it involves a traffic ticket, a white collar crime such as fraud or embezzlement, or more serious and violent criminal offenses. Under the California Penal Code, a law enforcement official can arrest you at the scene immediately if he or she sees a crime has been committed. Or, an officer can request an arrest warrant from the court based on the evidence in your case.

...

arrest warrant, San Jose criminal defense attorneys, misdemeanor crimes, San Jose criminal charges, criminal chargesHearing that an arrest warrant has been issued against you may send you into a panic. You may envision being pulled over for minor infractions and being taken to jail after the warrant is discovered, or having the police show up at your home or place of business. While these scenarios do occur, the fact is that actions taken by law enforcement largely depend on the specific criminal charges and the circumstances surrounding a person's case. An arrest warrant is nothing to take lightly, however, and is something you should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney on right away to ensure your rights and best interests are protected.

California Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant can be issued whenever the law is broken, whether it involves a traffic ticket, a white collar crime such as fraud or embezzlement, or more serious and violent criminal offenses. Under the California Penal Code, a law enforcement official can arrest you at the scene immediately if he or she sees a crime has been committed. Or, an officer can request an arrest warrant from the court based on the evidence in your case.

...

San Jose criminal defense attorneys, California criminal charges, criminal defenses,  mitigating circumstance, insanity defenseFacing any type of criminal charges in California is a serious matter. In addition to potential court costs, fines, and the prospect of a criminal record that follows you for the rest of your life, you could also be subject to a mandatory minimum jail sentence. In these situations, you need an experienced San Jose criminal defense attorney to begin working immediately on your case.

Even in situations where there is overwhelming evidence against you, we may be able to show you were not responsible for your actions, thereby avoiding many of the harsher penalties associated with a conviction.

Building a Strong Defense Against Criminal Charges

...
Elite Lawyer Badge CAC CACj sbc nacdl calbar lead councel sccba sl
Back to Top