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on Jun 28, 2012
Does "Palo Alto lawyer" mean he lives in Palo Alto or works in Palo Alto or both? Where is his office? Does he still have a license?
The State Bar of California still lists him as an active member, and lists his address as being in San Francisco, though that might not be current, so I won't link. He at one point had an office in Palo Alto.
Reapeat DUI offender legislation was signed into law by Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Assembly Bill 1601 takes effect from January 1st 2012.
The bill authorizes Judges to revoke a drivers license for a period of 10 years for persons convicted of 3 or more DUI's within a 10 year period.
He had 3 DUIs within 10 years but last conviction was before 1601 went into effect.
It is surprising that the State Bar has apparently taken to action on his license to practice law in California.
This is another of those many situations where video surveillance cameras on police vehicles would go a long way towards providing everyone both audio, and video, of the events that led up to this man's arrest.
Without hard evidence that money was offered, it's another case of he said/he said.
I agree with Wayne, so they can truly see what happens, plus the audio and video is very good for folks that drive drunk/drugged or also can happen if you are REALLY tired. . Keep it up Police men, We Truly Need You..
Assuming he is guilty I would take his license away and take it away for longer than may be usual due to his attempt to bribe a police officer. Also, for this aspect I think he should be brought up in front of the bar
Imagine working so hard to get your law degree then blowing it by doing something so stupid? Admit to your problem and seek help. Arrogance is a bigger killer than ignorance.
A "campaign donation" might have been more effective and less questionable from a legal standpoint.
Kudos to the cop who refused the $35,000 bribe and proceeded with the arrest. I hope all of our cops are like that
A Palo Alto patent attorney's $35,000 offer wasn't enough to convince a Colma police officer to let him off for drunken driving.
But it was sufficient to convince a San Mateo County jury to convict Richard Chae, 49, Thursday of bribing a state worker, said assistant district attorney Al Serrato.
He faces up to four years behind bars when he's sentenced August 24.
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