The San Jose criminal defense attorneys at Spodek Law Group fight to get felony, misdemeanor, and infraction charges lowered or dismissed in the Bay Area and throughout Santa Clara County.
Our San Jose criminal defense team includes former prosecutors and law enforcement officers. From our years of experience, we know how the police handle criminal charges. We use their tactics against them to battle against the District Attorney in pursuit of the best outcome possible for our clients.
A few of the most common cases our criminal defense firm works on include:
The San Jose DUI attorneys on our team deal with both your criminal DUI case as well as your DMV license suspension hearing.
The surrounding areas we serve include Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Burbank, Mountain View , Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Stanford, San Jose, Santa Clara, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale, and beyond.
Police Department and Courts Information for Santa Clara County
Law enforcement is handled by the San Jose Police Department in the city of San Jose. The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department handles enforcement in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County in addition to Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, and Saratoga.
Individuals arrested in San Jose will customarily be booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail, located at 150 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 808-2804.
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Criminal matters in Santa Clara County are heard at the Hall of Justice Superior Court, which is at 190-200 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 808-6600.
You can look for inmate information here.
The San Jose Criminal Court Process
After people are arrested and booked, they can generally get released from jail on bail or their own recognizance (OR Release). The condition of the release is to appear at all future court appearances in their cases. If defendant hires a private attorney, they might be able to skip some or all of these court dates
A defendant who is unable to pay for legal representation will be assigned a public defender by the court.
For defendants who skip a court appearance, a bench warrant is issued by the presiding judge. During the time that a bench warrant is active, the defendant may be arrested at any time and brought into court. The bench warrant never expires. Nevertheless, judges may recall a bench warrant if the defense files a motion to quash the warrant and shows up at a hearing.
Once the arraignment is over, the defense lawyer and prosecutors communicate with each other in the hopes of arriving at a resolution without a trial. Depending on how strong or weak the District Attorney’s case is, the prosecutors may agree to dismiss or reduce the charges through a plea agreement.
Individuals charged with felonies are entitled to a preliminary hearing. The only exception to this rule is if a grand jury indicted the defendant. The purpose of the preliminary hearing is for prosecutors to demonstrate to the court that they have sufficient evidence to continue pressing charges.
The prosecutors typically win the preliminary hearing, because the burden of proof is low. At this point, they do not have to prove the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, they just need to show there is probable cause the defendant committed the crime. If, by chance, the defense attorney wins the hearing, then the charges are dismissed.
Conviction in San Jose Criminal Cases
In the event that the defendant gets convicted of a crime, the court will then impose a sentence. Depending on the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history, the judge may grant probation carrying no jail time as long as the defendant abides by all the probationary terms.
Reach out to the criminal defense attorneys at Spodek Law Group for legal advice. Our attorneys offer you a free, confidential consultation on your legal issues.
Have you or a loved one been accused of a crime? Our San Jose criminal defense lawyers and trial attorneys may be able to get your charges reduced or even completely dropped.
Our highly skilled attorneys fight the criminal justice system all around southern, central, and northern California, including San Francisco, Fremont, Redwood City, Alameda, Oakland, and all of Silicon Valley. The practice areas we serve include personal injury, family law and estate planning in addition to criminal law and DUI/DWI. Every attorney at law at Spodek Law Group appears in both state and federal courts.
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