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Contra Costa County Client Charged with Petty Theft - Charges Dismissed

July 2021

Thanks to aggressive negotiations, our client (from an immigrant family and first in his family to go to college) in Hercules was only charged with a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code Section 484 - (Petty Theft) after embezzling items that could have brought a felony charge.  Further negotiations with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office led to a disposition of an informal diversion, which the client completed and which resulted in all charges being dismissed.

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