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San Jose Branch Office

The San Jose Branch of the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California serves the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito, which have a combined population of 2.3 million. The San Jose Branch Office prosecutes a wide variety of criminal cases, many of which derive from the staggering economic prosperity of Silicon Valley, the home of more than 6,000 high-tech firms and worldwide headquarters to such major companies as Hewlett-Packard, Applied Materials and Cisco Systems. Silicon Valley has become fertile ground for high-tech-related crimes ranging from computer component theft and software piracy to theft of trade secrets and computer intrusions. Second only to New York in annual exports, the Silicon Valley is also a center for illegal export activities. The vast amount of money in the area, along with the extremely high cost of living, has also created a rich environment for financial crimes including bank, mail and securities fraud.

San Jose is the eleventh largest city in the United States and, as such, is also plagued by the array of violent crimes that infect every urban area in the country. San Jose is home to Vietnamese, Chinese and Hispanic gangs who are responsible for significant gun trafficking, assaults, homicides, extortion and drug trafficking. Following Oakland's lead, the San Jose Branch Office has instituted Project Exile, a joint federal and state project designed to identify and prosecute federally illicit gun activity. The South Bay -- which includes San Jose --  is also a center for the manufacture of methamphetamine: approximately 80 percent of the methamphetamine manufactured in the Northern District is manufactured there. The office works closely with DEA, the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, and the South Bay Methamphetamine Task Force in the prosecution of these cases.

Including the Chief, the San Jose Branch Office currently has about 15 Criminal AUSAs. This includes members of the CHIP (Computer Hacking/Intellectual Property) Unit, which is dedicated to the prosecution of high-tech cases. The remaining criminal AUSAs handle general and white collar crime cases, as well as narcotics and immigration cases. In addition, two Civil Division AUSAs handle General Defensive cases.

 

Directions to the San Jose Federal Building and Courthouse

San Jose U.S. Attorney's Branch Office
280 South First Street, Rm. 371
San Jose, CA 95113
Telephone: (408) 535-5367
Fax: (408) 535-5066

Directions From Gilroy/Salinas (US-101)
US-101 north towards San Jose
Take I-280 towards Downtown San Jose/San Francisco
Exit 7th Street towards CA-82
Merge onto Margaret Way which becomes 5th Street
Turn left onto E. Reed Street
Turn right on 3rd Street
Turn left on San Carlos Street
Building is on the right side corner of San Carlos between 1st and 2nd Streets

Directions From San Francisco (US-101)
US-101 south towards San Jose
Highway 87 south (Guadalupe Parkway)
Turn left on Park Avenue exit
Turn right onto S. Almaden Blvd.
Turn left onto San Carlos Street
Building is on the left side corner of San Carlos between 1st and 2nd Streets

Directions From Santa Cruz (Highway 17)
Highway 17 north
Take I-280 south towards Downtown San Jose
Exit 7th Street/Virginia (stay right)
Turn right on 3rd Street
Turn left on San Carlos Street
Building is on the right side corner of San Carlos between 1st and 2nd Streets

Directions From San Francisco (I-280)
I-280 south towards San Jose
Exit 7th Street/Virginia (stay right)
Turn right on 3rd Street
Turn left on San Carlos
Building is on the right side corner of San Carlos between 1st and 2nd Streets

Directions From Pleasanton (I-680)
I-680 towards San Jose
Take I-280 towards Downtown San Jose/San Francisco
Exit 7th Street towards CA-82
Merge onto Margaret Way which becomes 5th Street
Turn left onto E. Reed Street
Turn right on 3rd Street
Turn left on San Carlos Street
Building is on the right side corner of San Carlos between 1st and 2nd Streets

Directions From South San Jose

During rush hour traffic
Almaden Expressway north
Go under freeway (street veers to the left) and turn right on Almaden Blvd.
Turn right onto San Carlos Street
Building is on the left side corner of San Carlos between 1st and 2nd Streets

During off-commuting hours
Highway 87 north (Guadalupe Parkway)
Take I-280 south towards Downtown San Jose
Exit 7th Street/Virginia (stay right)
Turn right on 3rd Street
Turn left on San Carlos Street
Building is on the right side corner of San Carlos between 1st and 2nd Streets

Parking is available in three different locations:
There is a parking garage across the street from the Federal Building on San Carlos between 2nd and 3rd - enter from 3rd Street.  Parking expenses should not exceed $10 for an entire day.  You will be reimbursed for this expense. There is also short-term metered parking on the streets around the courthouse.  However, we recommend you park in the parking lots due to the fact that we WILL NOT reimburse you for any parking tickets you may receive.  Finally, there are various outdoor parking lots who's fees vary from lot to lot.