Santa Clara Criminal Defense Lawyer

Serving Santa Clara County and Beyond Since 1985

An arrest is an embarrassing, frustrating, and scary situation, especially if it is your first encounter with the police. Getting convicted can result in severe penalties, including a jail/prison sentence, fines, and a criminal record that can negatively impact your life. However, you must understand that an arrest is not the same as a conviction. You still have a chance to protect your rights and freedom with the help of an experienced lawyer.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in San Jose or Santa Clara County, let Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law help you fight for the most favorable outcome in your case. With more than 35 years of experience, Attorney Steven H. Nakano has helped many clients get their charges/penalties reduced or their cases dismissed. He provides compassionate, strategic, and personalized legal solutions to each client, which why he only handles a few cases at a time. Attorney Nakano is not afraid to take your case to trial in order to get the best possible results.

Contact us today at (844) 983-3011 to discuss your case with a Santa Clarita criminal defense lawyer.

What Types Of Cases Do Criminal Defense Lawyers Handle?

State and federal laws distinguish between misdemeanors and felonies. In general, a misdemeanor is any crime punishable by less than 12 months in jail. It depends on the crime whether a felony carries a year or life sentence, depending on the severity of the crime.

Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law, handle all types of misdemeanor and felony cases in Santa Clara, CA. We regularly take on cases involving:

California Criminal Laws & Penalties

There are two main types of crimes in California: misdemeanors and felonies. Although felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, a conviction of either charge can lead to time behind bars, fines, and other serious penalties.

What is Considered a Misdemeanor in California?

A misdemeanor is generally punishable by a maximum jail term of six months and a fine not exceeding $1,000. On the other hand, an “aggravated” or “gross” misdemeanor carries a jail sentence of up to one year.

What is Considered a Felony in California?

When it comes to felonies, they are typically punished based on three fixed prison sentences: two years (low term), four years (middle term), or six years (high term). For felonies without specific prison terms, a conviction may lead to a county jail sentence of either 16 months, two years, or three years.

What is California's "Three Strikes Law"?

According to California’s “three strikes” law, individuals who were previously convicted of serious or violent felonies must serve lengthier prison terms if convicted. For instance, if you had two or more previous convictions, you could be facing a prison sentence between 25 years and life – not including a potential sentence enhance of up to five years for each previous serious felony conviction.

What is a "Wobbler" Crime in California?

Lastly, some crimes in California are “wobblers,” meaning they could be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the incident.

Ready to Protect Your Rights & Freedom Today

Attorney Nakano has helped countless clients avoid serious criminal penalties and get their lives back on track, which is why he has a significant number of referrals. He also provides Spanish-speaking legal services. Do not wait to let a San Jose criminal defense attorney fight for you.

Contact us today at (844) 983-3011 to discuss your case and learn about your legal options.

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  • “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 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.
  • “He has always seen me as a person, not just a case.┬áThis type of respect has made an impact on my life that will last far beyond the legal case.”

    - Sean M.

Real Case Stories

See How We Have Helped People in Your Shoes
  • 22 Felony Fraud Counts Dismissed at Preliminary Examination
  • Armed Robbery Life Sentence Overturned
  • Burglary Dismissed
  • Burglary/Theft Dismissed
  • Car Jacking & Auto Theft Sentence Reduced
  • Child Molestation Dismissal
  • Drug Crime Dismissed
  • DUI Strike Conviction
  • Gang-Related Assault Dismissal
  • Gross Vehicular Manslaughter Not Guilty

Why Choose Us?

See What Sets Us Apart
  • 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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