Case Results

  • Not Guilty
    Gross Vehicular Manslaughter
    Gross Vehicular Manslaughter, Jury Trial April 2017 I represented a young client, who was attending Evergreen Valley College, located at the top of the hill on Yerba Buena Avenue in San Jose, California. He was on his way down Yerba Buena Avenue on ...
  • Dismissed at Preliminary Examination
    22 Felony Fraud Counts
    Steve Nakano employed a Forensic Accountant in successfully defending a couple charged with Elder Fraud. Not only were the criminal charges dismissed before trial, but Nakano successfully defended Patricia and Wendell in the Civil Court trial and won ...
  • Life Sentence Overturned
    Armed Robbery
    The Defendant, Kenneth Foley, was wrongfully convicted of Armed Robbery in a 3 strikes case. He served 11 years and 10 months of a life sentence. All of his appeals had been exhausted when Steve Nakano wrote the District Attorney’s Office to ask that ...
  • Dismissed
    Drug Crime
    Steve Nakano is perhaps best known for defending clients on Drug Possession and Drug Sales Cases . He recently got the District Attorney to dismiss charges against a client where police illegally detained and searched a client’s home without a search ...
  • Dismissed
    Burglary/Theft
    In a case in which my client was charged with having stolen a prototype instrument made by Kwiklok Corporation, I called the actual thief as a witness to a preliminary examination hearing under the pretense that I needed him to testify as a friend of ...
  • Not Guilty
    Stabbing
    Stabbing with Great Bodily Injury Jury Trial November 2016 NOT GUILTY VERDICT (C1501360) I represented a young man named Jesse. He was accused of slicing the cheek of his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend in a fight that occurred at a bar in San Jose, ...
  • Dismissal
    Child Molestation
    Polygraph (lie detector test) Used to Dismiss Child Molest Case C1347648. I represented a Spanish speaking client, who was accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. The children were his Sister’s stepchildren, my client’s sister’s ...
  • Dismissed
    Burglary
    Judge wipes out wrongful conviction for Foley Kenneth Wayne Foley’s long road to vindication and justice ended in court Thursday when a wrongful burglary conviction that had cost him more than 11 years in prison was erased with the help of ...
  • Dismissal
    Gang-Related Assault
    Gang-related Assault Dismissed after Preliminary Examination C1110660 Steve Nakano has successfully defended a client charged with Gang Related Assault by proving at Preliminary Examination that the Defendant was acting in Self Defense and that the ...
  • Short Jury Trial to Not Guilty Verdict
    Misdemeanor Stalking
    I represented a gentleman accused of a misdemeanor stalking by the ex-wife of his son. It took a day to pick a jury (May 22, 2018) It took one day for the evidence (May 23, 2018) And, it took a morning to argue the case. The jury returned a Not ...
  • Strike Conviction
    DUI
    DUI With Serious Injuries C1918797 On August 11, 2019, my client and her friend went to dinner at Aqui Restaurant. They had several “Industrial Swirls” with dinner. My client’s friend drove to the restaurant. When they were walking back to the car, ...
  • Dismissed
    Misdemeanor Manslaughter
    B1685326 On October 22, 2015, my client was driving to work at approximately 6:35 in the morning. It was before sunrise. The street was dimly lit. There were two women walking in a crosswalk. My client was behind a white Toyota Prius driving the ...
  • Property Bond Release
    Robbery
    C1765033 Two men wearing dark clothing and hoodies, walk into a Walgreen’s Pharmacy and demand the Pharmacist and pharmacy techs hand over cough syrup with codeine. One man has a handgun and takes a cell phone from a customer. He then runs with a ...
  • Sentence Reduced
    Car Jacking & Auto Theft
    C1527425 On December 23, 2015 at approximately 6:15 a.m. a Milpitas police officer observed a 2004 ford van with 2 California license plates on the back. One license plate belonged to a car reported stolen out of Oakland, CA. My client exited the van ...
  • Probation Granted
    Weapon Offense
    C1754093 On New Year’s Eve, my client shouted, “Happy New Year!” and shot a handgun in the air outside a small nightclub/bar. My client, happened to have had prior felony convictions and the police happened to be parked across the street from the ...
  • Proved Client Acted in Self Defense
    Murder
    Murder Case Information # 199950 Creation of Forensic Animation as Demonstrative Evidence leading to acquittal. Steven Nakano was the first lawyer in Santa Clara County to use a Computer Generated Forensic Reconstruction of a shooting-based upon the ...