Facing criminal charges? San Jose based attorney William
Chestnut has over 35 years experience in successfully
defending people just like you

Don’t gamble with your freedom.

Society is becoming less tolerant. The legal system continues to get tougher on individual civil liberties. As a result, more people are being convicted of crimes every year-people who might not have faced such harsh penalties in the past. Tougher sentences, mandated by sentencing guidelines, mean that more people are serving longer sentences than ever before-sentences that may not fit the crime.

If you have been charged with a crime in California, you shouldn’t gamble with the justice system.You value your freedom. You need to take action to protect it.

San Jose criminal defense attorney William Chestnut has 30 years of experience defending the rights of the accused in California, and he has defended thousands of clients. Contact him now through thisWeb site or call (408) 298 – 6990 for a free initial consultation.

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Sex Offenses


California Sex
Crimes Defense

Conviction for a sexual offense carries a lifelong stigma. Required registry as a sex offender can make that conviction very, very public. Unfortunately,
increasing reliance on black-and-white rules and society’s impatience for quick, easy solutions have subjected hundreds of thousands of people subject to these public badges of shame. Far too often, people—including juveniles—who are convicted of relatively minor, one-time offenses face years of harassment.

 

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Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Defense In California

Recently, California has increased its efforts to curb domestic violence. These efforts have centered on requiring arrests, increased prosecution, and tougher sentences.
Though well intentioned, some of these “get tough” policies create incentives that can lead to overcharging and unfair convictions. Many people are caught in this dragnet when the best solution is not criminal punishment but honest, constructive work within the family and a commitment to change.

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Violent Crimes


Violent Crimes

A conviction for a violent crime can have serious effects for the rest of your life. If you have been accused of a violent crime like robbery or assault, it should be your highest priority to find an attorney who has the experience and knowledge to mount a vigorous defense.

If you are accused or suspected of a violent crime, do not speak to the police without consulting a lawyer. Silence can only help you.

 

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Theft Crimes


Theft Crimes

Regardless of whether or not the theft was accidental or a one-time occurrence, theft charges are serious. The consequences for a conviction on a theft crime range from probation to jail time and repayment of the allegedly stolen items or their monetary value. No matter what the value of the item or items was that were allegedly stolen, a conviction could have long-term repercussions and remain on your criminal record for years to come.

If you are facing charges of theft, do not sit idly by and just wait for your court date. Your future and your freedom may be in jeopardy.

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Rehabilitation


Rehabilitation / Reductions of Felonies

A criminal record will handicap your competitiveness in the job market, and who knows how many agencies there are now selling personal information about you on the internet to anyone who is willing to pay the price of admission… There is a way to reduce the damaging effects of criminal convictions. Most misdemeanors and felonies can be cleared in state court. More serious matters can be softened by Certificates of Rehabilitation and through pardons. Jerry Brown is the most pardoning governor we have had in the past twenty years.

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Juvenile Crimes


Juvenile Crimes

On occasion, a parent is confronted with the nightmare of their child being held at Juvenile Hall accused of a serious crime. Do NOT trust the authorities to protect your child’s rights. Call Attorney William Chestnut immediately for a free consultation at (408) 921 – 5737. William Chestnut has represented children in State Court for over 35 years. He has the experience to protect your child’s rights.

 

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Drug Charges


Drug Charges

Never assume the prosecutor and the police are doing their jobs properly. A number of cases coming down from the Supreme Court highlight the problems associated with prosecuting people for drug crimes. William Chestnut has successfully handled hundreds of drug cases over a thirty-five year period. Don’t be your own lawyer. Call William Chestnut.

 

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Review


Administrative Hearings / Review

Many people assume that when their licensing status as a contractor, real estate agent, teacher, business operator, or other professional, and/or, as a result, they are forced to leave their trade or profession due to criminal convictions or arrests, or due to conduct the licensing board finds unacceptable, that there are no further remedies. There are, and you should contact William Chestnut with any questions or concerns about your rights under the law.

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Attorney Profile


Areas of Practice

  • 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

 

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