|Main Character: Miami|
|Birth Date||July 21, 1968|
|Family||Tracy Cardoza (Wife;deceased)|
|Rank||CSI: Level 2|
|Portrayed By||Eddie Cibrian|
|First Appearance||Out of Time|
Jesse is portrayed as a great cop who is respected by the rest of the team. He is very well-liked by the other characters because of his good-natured and laid-back persona, and he often will do the "dirty jobs' when necessary. He also is shown to have a good eye for detail, and is friends with the entire team.
Skills and Abilities
Jesse is shown to have an extraordinarily good eye for detail, and he seems to always be prepared for dangerous situations, which is proven when he tranquilizes a bear that is chasing Ryan and Walter, or when he disarms a bomb that is about to explode. He also can climb easily and is a good marksman,
In 1997, Cardoza left the Miami-Dade Police Department, transferring to LA following the conclusion of a case which led to Horatio Caine becoming lead CSI. He was key to Tim Speedle joining CSI, as he would recommend Speedle to Horatio. Cardoza returned in 2009 as a member of Caine's team.
Jesse returned in 2009 to become a member of Caine's team and to pursue a killer who escaped from LA. In the finale, Jesse fell to the floor after being poisoned by halon gas that spread all over the crime lab.
Cardoza is in the crime lab when it is poisoned with Halon gas by serial killer Bob Starling, and dies after he hits and cuts his head during his fall, suffering a subdural hemorrhage. The other team members attempt to revive him without success.
Walter is the one most hit by his death and talks to his body about a basketball game they had planned for that night, and about Walter's having called Cardoza's mother, who wants her son to be buried in California; Walter says Horatio is arranging it.
Horatio Caine leads the manhunt for Starling all over the city. Starling tries to evade justice goading Caine into killing him via suicide by cop, but Caine will not allow Starling to get off that easy and Caine is able to formally arrest Starling for first degree murder of a police officer and attempted murder of the rest of the team.
At the end of the episode, Walter is at the basketball court, shooting baskets when the rest of the CSI team show up and split into teams for a game. Eric passes the ball to Horatio who says, "This is for Jesse", before making a perfect shot.
Horatio Caine: Jesse worked in the Miami Police Department for some time before his transfer to LA, thus he had known Horatio and was very close to him. He was key help to Horatio in helping solve a murder in 1997
Tim Speedle: Jesse had known Speed prior to his departure from Miami and would reccomend him to Horatio's new CSI team.
Walter Simmons: Both Jesse and Walter had a very close friendship with each other and had been known to play basketball together more than once.