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San Francisco County Client Charged with Felony Aggravated Mayhem-Charges Reduced

November 2019

Client was charged with a very serious and gruesome felony violation of a Penal Code
Section 205 – Aggravated Mayhem in San Francisco County, when he bit off the tip of the thumb of the victim. The charge was later reduced to a Violation of Penal Code Section 245(A)(1) – (Assault with a Deadly Weapon). The court granted our petition for a dismissal pursuant to Penal Code Section 1203.4 and charges were reduced to a misdemeanor pursuant to Penal Code Section 17(b).

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