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San Francisco County Client Charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol--No Jail Time

July 2015

San Francisco County client was driving with .31 blood alcohol level (almost 5 times the legal limit) along with high levels of prescription medications, committed a hit and run after hitting a parked vehicle and fled the scene, then got into another solo collision where he rolled his vehicle.  Client was charged with a violation of Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) and 23152(b) – driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, Vehicle Code Section 20002(a) – hit and run with special a enhancement for driving with a blood alcohol level over .20 and the District Attorney sought to amend the compliant to add a charge of driving under the influence of drugs.  After presenting a strong case in mitigation on behalf of our client and after numerous contacts with the San Francisco County District Attorney's Office, our client was convicted of only a violation of Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) and was placed on probation with No Jail Time

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