Jose was instructed to represent a young woman alleged to have committed various firearms offences, including possession of two firearms with intent to endanger life in the context of a gang "ride out". Jose's client was one of four defendants.
Two main issues of admissibility arose from the Crown's case, whereby the Crown were relying on:
1. 'gang association'
2. prison call recordings.
The case against Jose's client was that they associated with gang members on the basis of a purported romantic relationship with a gang member and a shared residence with another gang member (both of which were disputed). There were also references in prison calls by a co-defendant to a person who had been told to lie to police related to Jose's client.
Jose was due to argue the inadmissibility of the gang associated evidence and to exclude the prison call recordings, however, the Crown offered no evidence against Jose's client-only, before such submissions needed to be made.
Jose Olivares-Chandler defends and prosecutes in criminal cases involving the most serious allegations including offences of violence, sexual offences (including rapes and sex trafficking), firearms offences, drugs offences, fraud and confiscation proceedings. He has been ranked in the Legal 500 since 2016 and is also ranked in Chambers and Partners.