San Jose Criminal Defense Lawyer in California


If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony in the San Jose or Silicon Valley Area, a criminal defense attorney can help. At Summit Defense, 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.



Summit Defense


2570 North 1st Street
Second Floor
San Jose, CA 95131
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Summit Defense Criminal Defense Attorney San Jose 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.

Criminal Defense Attorneys San Jose

We are San Jose’s premiere team of Criminal Defense firm 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, resolve and an intimate relationship with the District Attorneys and court staff, it often requires expertise that no single criminal lawyer in San Jose 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 handle all misdemeanor, felony and juvenile criminal offenses that are litigated in the Santa Clara county courts in San Jose, Palo Alto and Morgan Hill.

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

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Successful Case Results in San Jose

Client: Beth R
Location: San Jose
Attorney: Richard Weese, Jim Riley
Charge(s): Mortgage Fraud
Client was charged with mortgage fraud in federal court and the matter proceeded to trial in federal court in San Jose.

Result – First Not Guilty finding in Judge’s court for over 25 years.

Client: Raji M.
Location: San Jose
Attorney: Tennille Duffy
Charge(s): Domestic Violence
Client was charged with domestic violence and criminal threats against his wife. Client also appeared to suffer from a drug addiction that made his representation quite difficult (several missed court appearances).

Result – Case dismissed by District Attorney three days into trial after only about a day into our cross examination.

Client: Nathan G.
Location: San Jose
Attorneys: Richard Weese and Rabin Nabizadeh
Charge(s): Possession of Drugs for Sale
Officers found scales, payout sheets and large sums of cash in the car.

Result – After numerous attempts case was reduced from felony sales to misdemeanor possession and deferred entry of judgment leading to dismissal.


  • Hall of Justice (HOJ) – 191 West Hedding Street San Jose, CA 95110
    • Cases Handled: If you are accused of committing any criminal offense in San Jose, your case will likely be handled at the Hall of Justice.
    • Phone: (408) 808-6600
  • Family Justice Center Courthouse (FJCC) 01 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
    • Cases Handled: Drug charges
    • Phone: (408) 792-4200
    • Criminal Court Calendar: Santa Clara County


  • The Main Jail – All inmates are initially booked through this correctional facility in Downtown San Jose.
  • Elmwood Correctional Facility – This correctional facility in Milpitas has complexes for both male and female inmates.

Current San Jose Career Opportunities

Position: Criminal Defense Attorney

We are seeking an experienced attorney to work with our team in San Jose. Qualified candidate will have 5-7 years of experience working as a Criminal Defense Attorney. We are seeking an aggressive attorney with proven track record and winning trial strategies. Prefer an individual with background in District Attorney’s office. Position will require extensive felony trial work and will focus on Santa Clara courts including San Jose, Palo Alto and Morgan Hill.

Please send a resume, cover letter, salary history as well as sample writing to: office “@”

Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer in San Jose, California

Summit Defense Criminal Lawyer, San Jose DUI Attorney is located on 2570 North 1st Street Second Floor, San Jose. From San Francisco International Airport head south and keep left, follow signs for US-101 S/San Jose and merge onto US-101 S. Then keep right to stay on US-101 S and take exit 391A toward Trimble Road to merge onto De La Cruz Blvd. Next, continue straight to stay on De La Cruz Blvd and continue straight onto W Trimble Rd. After that, turn right and continue straight. At this point, turn right. Finally, turn right and ummit Defense Criminal Lawyer, San Jose DUI Attorney will be on your right.

We’re open 24 Hours.

For additional questions you can call us at (408) 333-9622 or you can find us on Yelp.


Driving Directions to our San Jose Office

From North (River Oaks)

From River Oaks, get into River Oak Pkwy going South-West. Follow this road, passing Villagio, Epic Apartment Homes and Hobee’s as you go. This will turn into E Plumeria Dr. Follow for two blocks until you reach Zanker Rd., then take a left. On Component Dr., take a left. Our Office will be on your right, next to Specialties Café & Bakery.

From East (Berryessa)

Get on Murphy Ave driving West. This will turn into E Brokaw Rd. just as you pass City Sports Club and Sprouts Farmer’s Market. Continue West on Brokaw, passing over Coyote Creek and underneath I-880. Once you reach Pacific Bay Recycling Center and Porcelanosa San Josa, take a right onto Zaker Rd. Follow Zanker for just under a mile, until you reach Component Dr. Take a left on Component, and our office will be on your right, right next to LG Display America.

From South (Downtown San Jose)

From Downtown San Jose, hop on CA-87 N heading to North San Jose. Continue North, passing Guadalupe Park, Columbus Park and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport. Take exit 9A toward N 1st St. Once you see PayPal Headquarters, take a left onto N 1st St. Follow N 1st St., once you see Ebay’s headquarters on your left, our office is on the right side of the street.

From West (Santa Clara)

Start by heading North on Scott Blvd. Follow Scott for 1.3 miles. Once you see NVIDIA on your left and Owen’s Corning on your right, turn right onto Central Expy. Once you reach the airport, take a left onto W Trimble Road. Pass under Highway 101 and over the Guadalupe River, passing Lumileds on your right. Take a right onto Orchard Pkwy, then a quick left onto Component Dr. Our office is on your left after Ebay.

Reviews from San Jose Clients

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by Michelle Cortez on Summit Defense
Location: San Jose
Charge: Pc 487(a)

Summit Defense is nothing short of AMAZING, namely, Rabin N. When I caught my case, I was scared out of my mind and didn’t know what to do or what to expect, Rabin kept gave me realistic expectations but got me THEE BEST outcome imaginable. I was facing 3-5 years IN PRISON, and walked away with NO JAIL TIME!! I will forever be grateful for his knowledge and expertise!! This man KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING and is VERY WELL CONNECTED!

by Sunny C on Summit Defense
Location: Los Altos
Charge: Welfare Fraud

After my son’s arrest, I met with several attorneys who promised miracles for very high fees.  I ended up hiring Summit Defense right before the Preliminary Hearing in the case.  If you are looking for honest and skilled lawyers, choose Summit Defense.  Despite several mistakes by my first lawyer, Mr. Weese was able to correct the record and get us the best results at a reasonable price.

by Marcus P on Summit Defense
Location: San Jose
Charge: Attempted Murder

Thank you Mr. Riley for not giving up and saving our family from ruin.  I can’t imagine where I would be if it weren’t for your diligence and amazing talent.  You are truly one of a kind Mr. Riley and I will be greatful for you for the rest of my life.

by Timothy C on Summit Defense

The attorneys at this firm are amazing!  It  took two years to resolve my case and through out everyone was amazing.  Special mention for Jessica, the paralegal who worked tirelessly with me to deliver all the documents needed and was probably my best friend for the entire time.

by Ginger W on Summit Defense

Amazing lawyer and just a kind, no bullshit human being.  Told me what could be done and did it for half the price and ridiculous promises other attorneys delivered.

by Tony F on Summit Defense

Thank you for everything.  Your empathy, diligence and for not giving up.  Highly recommend if you get a DUI.

by Connie L on Summit Defense

I have known many lawyers in my day and these guys are top guns. Richard Weise was professional and  really went to bat for our whole family.  Highly recommend if you need a criminal lawyer..

by Athena H on Summit Defense

Can’t express how pleased with Tennille Duffy.  She is the most talented attorney I have seen and challenged every detail and never backed down. 

by Sophie H. on Summit Defense

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”

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