ACCUSED OF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN THE SAN JOSE AREA?

If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony in the San Jose or Silicon Valley Area, our goal is always the complete dismissal of all charges. If this isn’t possible, we often negotiate solutions for our clients that allow them to avoid jail and sometimes even prosecution.


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Summit Defense
Phone: (408) 333-9622

2570 North 1st Street – Second Floor
San Jose, CA 95131

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WE CAN HELP YOU WITH:

A criminal lawyer can convince the District Attorney not to charge the case or resolve cases through civil compromise.

Our criminal lawyers want you home because fighting your case out of jail is a huge advantage.

Our criminal lawyers are battle-tested, aggressive, and rely on each other while fighting for you.

Our criminal attorneys are former district attorneys and police officers who understand the system works to get you the best results possible.

Our team can leverage the vast expertise of our team to help you keep your job, license, etc.

Our team includes an expert Immigration attorney to help you avoid deportation proceedings.

A criminal lawyer can convince the District Attorney not to charge the case or resolve cases through civil compromise.

Our criminal lawyers want you home because fighting your case out of jail is a huge advantage.

Our team can leverage the vast expertise of our team to help you keep your job, license, etc.

Our criminal lawyers are battle-tested, aggressive, and rely on each other while fighting for you.

Our criminal attorneys are former district attorneys and police officers who understand the system works to get you the best results possible.

Our team includes an expert Immigration attorney to help you avoid deportation proceedings.

SAN JOSE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

 

Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys have earned a reputation for aggressive and results oriented defense strategy in San Jose.  Our practice is devoted solely to Criminal Defense and our team has had over 120 years of cumulative experience in Santa Clara County.

 

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

 

We are San Jose’s premiere team of Criminal Defense Attorneys and rely on each other’s expertise and prior knowledge to get you the best results.  Fighting Santa Clara County or the State of California requires not only tenacity and resolve, an intimate relationship with the District Attorneys and court staff, it often requires expertise that no single attorney will ever possess.

Our attorneys often appear on local news coverage relating to Santa Clara Criminal news and have, for the most part, been born and raised in the bay area.

Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys handles all misdemeanor, felony and juvenile cases that are located in the Santa Clara county courts in San Jose, Palo Alto and Morgan Hill.

 

Reviews from San Jose Clients

Client: Sophie H
Attorneys: Richard Weese and Steve Davidson
Review:“forever grateful to whole team of attorneys for doing an outstanding job on a DUI case. Very responsive and talented. Richard is an exceptional lawyer and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a criminal lawyer”
Summit Defense is San Jose’s largest and most experienced groups of Criminal Defense Attorneys.   Our team is led by the renowned Jim Riley, a former supervising prosecutor and a defense attorney for over forty years.  The legal team includes three former prosecutors, a former Police Officer and attorneys who graduated from the country’s top law schools.

 

Some of the more common types of cases we handle in San Jose are:

 

  • Domestic Violence – When the stakes are high and your reputation is on the line, you want an experienced San Jose Domestic Violence team of lawyers on your side.  Police are trained to make a felony arrest in every domestic violence call and you have probably been caught in a system that spiraled out of control.   If contacted early enough, we may be able to convince the District Attorney not to file charges against you.  If not, our team of attorney will aggressively fight your San Jose Domestic Violence charge.  We have had experience with almost every arresting agency in Santa Clara and have built contact with the special Domestic Violence unit of the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office.
  • DUI/Drunk Driving –  Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys are experts at fighting both misdemeanor and felony DUI charges.  Our attorneys have successfully defended hundreds of DUI charges in San Jose and litigated many DUI trials.  There is no substitute for experience when it comes to picking a San Jose DUI attorney.  Our team relies on each other’s experience, motions and background to develop the best strategy for you DUI case.
  • Theft and Shoplifting– We can help you keep your record clean and your reputation untarnished.  Theft cases can result in jail time and a host of collateral consequences.  It is crucial that you entrust your matter to an aggressive team of criminal lawyers whether you are charged with petty theft, grand theft or other theft related charges in San Jose.
  • Sex Offenses – Sex offenses OFTEN result in long prison sentences as well as sex offender registration pursuant to penal code section 290.  Our office is led by Mr. Jim Riley who was a supervising sexual offense District Attorney for ten years.  Over the last thirty years, Mr. Riley has practiced Criminal Defense and has tried many sex offense cases in Santa Clara County including in Morgan hill, Palo Alto and San Jose.
  • Embezzlement – Over the years, Summit Defense has helped many clients resolve Embezzlement charges (penal code 503) either by out of court settlement, plea negotiation or court trial.  If you have been arrested or accused of embezzlement, it is imperative that you contact a San Jose Embezzlement attorney immediately.  Don’t wait for the detective to contact you.  These cases require a pro active approach.
  • Hit and Run – If you are the driver of a vehicle that was involved in an accident which resulted in damage to another parties’ property and you did not immediately stop your car at the nearest possible location, and identify yourself to the other party or parties you may be charged with a hit and run. Our staff includes three former prosecutors and a former police officer, so we know how to resolve these cases with civil compromise, diversion and dismissal. For both felonies and misdemeanors our goal will be to keep your driving privileges intact and to avoid a criminal record.

 

I’VE BEEN ARRESTED IN SAN JOSE WHERE WILL MY COURT BE?

 

If you are accused of committing an offense in San Jose, your case will likely be dealt with at the Hall of Justice, at 191 West Hedding Street in downtown San Jose. Courthouses that deal with criminal matters are also located at Palo Alto, and South County Morgan Hill. Further, the Drug Court is held at the Terraine courthouse in Terraine Street, San Jose.

To find out which court you are in, you need to consult the Criminal Calendars. These are posted daily in the courthouses, and are also available online at the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara website. If you have an attorney representing you, however, they will keep you updated about all court appearances and whether you need to attend.

 

DO I HAVE TO ATTEND COURT, OR CAN MY ATTORNEY GO FOR ME?

 

In most misdemeanor cases you do not have to attend court if you have a lawyer – they can go on your behalf. The exception to that rule is if you have been charged with an offense involving domestic violence, or if the Judge orders you to appear. You must also attend court if you are facing a felony charge.

 

WHERE IS THE JAIL FOR SAN JOSE?

 

There are two county jails in San Jose, under the control of the Santa Clara County Sheriff. The Elmwood Correctional Facility, located in Milpitas, has complexes that house both male and female inmates. The Main Jail Facility is located on W. Hedding Street, in Downtown San Jose. All inmates are initially booked through the Main Jail.

 

CAN I LOOK UP THE COURT CALENDAR ONLINE?

 

Yes, in San Jose the Court Calendar is available online, here. Those list the cases that are scheduled for the next five days. However, if you have an attorney, they will advise you of all court dates well in advance.

 

HOW DO I VISIT SOMEONE IN JAIL IN SAN JOSE?

 

All visitors are required to schedule their visits in advance via the Sheriff’s Department. The Department allows visits to be scheduled online, here, as well as by telephone or by attending the visit office. If you do not know which jail someone is being held in, you can search for inmate booking information online through the Department of Corrections website, here. You will need either the inmate’s Person File Number (PFN), Booking Number (CEN), or their name and date of birth or booking date.

It is important that you know exactly where an inmate is held before scheduling a visit. This is because each jail has a different visiting hours schedule. The Elmwood Complex allows visits in different parts of the jail on different days throughout the week and weekend, and the Main Jail Complex allows visits at specified times throughout the week and weekends. When visiting an inmate, you must be aware of and comply with all of the rules concerning appropriate dress, and which items you are allowed and not allowed to take to the jail. If you violate the rules your visit will be cancelled.

 

HOW DO I HELP MY FRIEND OR RELATIVE BAIL OUT IN SAN JOSE?

 

An accused person’s bail is set either when they are booked, or when they have appeared before a judge. Thereafter, a bond needs to be paid for them to be released. When you retain Summit Defense Attorneys, we can refer you to a bail bonds company that we work with, and that gives our clients a discount.

If you, or a friend or relative willing to post bail, owns a home or other property, they may be eligible to post a property bond. If you want to know if a property bond is available in your case, you should consult your attorney.

In San Jose, you can post bail for any inmate at the Main Jail Complex, in Downtown San Jose. Bail can be posted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except between the hours of 2.00am and 5.00am when the office is closed.

 

CAN I LOOK UP MY SAN JOSE CRIMINAL RECORD ONLINE?

 

You cannot find your official criminal record online. You can, however, request a copy of your local criminal record from the County of Santa Clara Sherriff’s Office. It is best to make an appointment first, by calling (408) 808-4700, and then attend the office in person at 55 West Younger Avenue, San Jose. You should take identification with you, and be prepared to pay their required fee.

If you need a copy of your full and complete criminal record, such as for expungement proceedings, you need to make an application via the California Department of Justice. More information on the process can be found on their website, here. You will need to attend a livescan facility to be fingerprinted, and submit a form and the required fee.