Richard Chae, the Palo Alto attorney who was charged with trying to bribe his way out of a drunken driving arrest in 2010, was convicted of felony bribery during a retrial Thursday, June 28.
A jury had found Chae guilty of a misdemeanor drunken driving charge but was deadlocked on whether he was guilty of bribery.
Steve Wagstaffe, district attorney for San Mateo County, stated in an email that he was pleased with the verdict.
"The act of attempting to bribe a police officer strikes at the very integrity of our criminal justice system and to hold Mr. Chae accountable for this criminal conduct is important to the credibility of our justice system," he stated.
Chae had been convicted of drunken driving twice before and offered to pay $900 in cash to the police officer if he was allowed to go free. When the officer refused the bribe, Chae allegedly offered $5,000, and when that was refused, he said he would pay $35,000.
Chae was arrested for bribery and suspected drunken driving during the stop in Colma on Feb. 24, 2010. When he was searched, police found $1,055 in cash and $135 in casino chips from Lucky Chances casino, prosecutors said. Police determined his blood alcohol level was .13 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.
Chae's sentencing is set for Aug. 24 before Judge Robert Atack.