Serving Santa Clara County & Beyond Since 1985 The Experience You Need.
The Respect You Deserve.

Attorney Steven H. Nakano has specialized in Criminal Defense for more than 35 years. His unique, client-centered approach makes him not only a hard-hitting attorney, but a counselor and advocate as well.

Our Achievements

  • 5-Star Reviews on Avvo
  • 10.0 Rating on Avvo
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Top Contributor Award 2017
  • Top Contributor Award 2018
  • Unsung Heroes Award
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Bar Association of Santa Clara County

San Jose Criminal Defense Attorney

35+ Years of Experience with Criminal Defense Legal Counsel Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law

Whether you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), drug crime, or domestic violence, a conviction can lead to severe consequences, such as jail or prison time, costly fines, and a criminal record that can haunt you forever. In order to avoid serious criminal penalties, you must hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for the best possible outcome in your case.

Since 1985, Attorney Steven H. Nakano has provided strategic and personalized legal solutions to clients in San Jose and Santa Clara County. He only takes a few cases at a time to give each client the attention, commitment, and justice they deserve. Not only does Attorney Nakano know what it takes to get the most favorable results inside and outside the courtroom, he also cares about getting his clients the necessary help to change their lives for the better. Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law is ready to protect your rights and freedom.

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At Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "If I could leave 10 stars I would. He led me to the path of recovery."
    Steven Nakano saved my life! He is the kindest, most honest attorney I've ever met in my entire life. He relentlessly fought for me and his level of professionalism was impeccable.
    - Dan B.
    "Steve went out of his way to help my son far beyond the courtroom."
    Steve is an excellent attorney and an amazing person. He has a solid tool chest of life experiences and was able to connect with my son, provide guidance where I couldn't, and as a result became somewhat of a mentor.
    - Tim O.
    "Steve is honest, forthright, and worked with dedication on my behalf."
    He has always seen me as a person, not just a case. This type of respect has made an impact on my life that will last far beyond the legal case.
    - Sean M.
    "He came through for me big time. He was able to see in me something I couldn't see for myself."
    Words cannot express how thankful I am... Your more than my attorney you are a friend indeed. Someone I look up to and respect dearly.
    - Google Review
    "You can't put a price on having peace of mind when you need it most."
    Steven Nakano is the kind of lawyer you want to be in your corner when you are going through a case in the court system. He was very knowledgeable of all court expectations and procedures to help us get a favorable outcome.
    - Jake M.
    "He is the superstar of the courtroom."
    He's a genius and thinks outside of the box. He is very compassionate and seems to thrive on helping others. Every time I visit him he has a calming effect on me and I also leave more confident knowing I have the best man for the job.
    - Hugo K.
    "Steve has a big heart and a wealth of experience."
    Steve is genuine and provided solid advice and demonstrated empathy around my situation. He also encouraged me to seek to understand behaviors and the root of what really caused the circumstances.
    - Avvo User
    "He went above and beyond to get my issue resolved ASAP and get me back to work."
    Steven is by far one of the best lawyers I have had. If you are in need of an attorney it is worth your time to call Steven and see how he can help you as well.
    - James S.

What Does A Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

A criminal defense attorney, often simply referred to as a defense attorney, plays a crucial role in representing individuals who are accused of committing criminal offenses. Their primary responsibilities include:

  • Legal Consultation: Defense attorneys provide legal advice and counsel to their clients. They explain the charges, potential consequences, and legal options, helping the accused make informed decisions about their case.
  • Case Assessment: They thoroughly review the facts and evidence related to the case, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case. This evaluation helps in developing an effective defense strategy.
  • Defense Strategy: Based on their case assessment, defense attorneys develop a strategic plan for the defense. This may involve challenging evidence, questioning the legality of arrests or searches, identifying witnesses, and determining the best course of action, such as negotiating a plea deal or going to trial.
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For over 35 years, Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law, has been a trusted advocate for individuals facing criminal charges in San Jose and Santa Clara County. Whether you're dealing with a DUI, drug crime, or domestic violence accusation, the stakes are high, and the consequences can be severe. Attorney Nakano understands the gravity of these situations and is dedicated to providing strategic and personalized legal solutions. Taking on only a select number of cases at a time, he ensures each client receives the attention and commitment necessary for a strong defense. Beyond securing favorable outcomes, Attorney Nakano genuinely cares about helping clients transform their lives for the better. 

If you need a seasoned criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and freedom, contact Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law, today.

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Why Choose Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law?

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  • Direct Access to Attorney
  • Client-Centered Approach
  • Spanish Speaking Services Available
  • Specialized in Criminal Defense
  • Practicing Since 1985
  • Providing Resources & Treatment
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