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Client Arrested For Malicious Mischief And Vandalism

In this Oakland case arising out of an anti-police brutality protest, our client was arrested for a misdemeanor violation of California Penal Code Section 594(a) – vandalism for damaging a cop car.  After aggressive negotiations with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the presentation of an extensive mitigation case, charges were reduced to a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code Section 415 – disturbing the peace - and entry of judgment was deferred for 2 years pending client's completion of community service work and sustaining no new arrests.  Charges will be dismissed if client remains in full compliance.

Practice area(s): Criminal Defense

Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


“The death penalty is a lie, a misguided mistake born of anger and frustration. Capital punishment has become a perverse monument to inequality, to how some lives matter and others do not. It is a violent example of how we protect and value the rich and abandon and devalue the poor. The death penalty is a grim, disturbing shadow formed by the legacy of racial apartheid and bias against the poor that condemns the disfavored among us, but corrupts us all. It’s the perverse symbol elected officials use to strengthen their ‘tough on crime’ reputations and distract us from confronting the causes of violence. It is finally the enemy of grace, redemption and all of us who recognize that each person is more than their worse act.”
- Bryan Stevenson