Success Stories

At Chew Law, we believe our case results speak for themselves. By winning not guilty verdicts and negotiating favorable plea agreements, we have saved countless clients from prison, restored their job and educational opportunities and afforded their families the opportunity to move forward. Below is a small sampling of our success.


Juvenile charged as an adult, faces deportation

Case: Our client, a 15-year-old undocumented immigrant, was charged as an adult for allegedly stabbing a man in a Financial District alley. He faced 12 years in state prison. The head of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Gang Unit was personally prosecuting his case.

Results: Our office was able to get the case reassigned to juvenile court, allowing the client to avoid a “strike” and to stay in the country.

DUI with great bodily injury

Case: Our client was charged with DUI with great bodily injury following a car accident in San Mateo County. The complaining witness was hospitalized for several days and was briefly in a coma.

Results: Case dismissed after our office successfully argued that the district attorney failed to prove his client was driving or that the victim suffered great bodily injury connected to the accident.

Federal DUI threatens future

Case: Our client's lifelong dream to join the U.S. Navy was in jeopardy after being arrested for federal DUI a few weeks before reporting for duty.

Results: Our client was admitted to the three-month DUI First Offender Program.Upon completion, he was allowed to terminate his probation to join the Navy.

Medical Marijuana Trial For Father and Son

Case: A San Mateo county man on felony probation and his father were charged with growing more than 200 marijuana plants. The younger man was also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, a rifle and a shotgun.

Results: Father and son acquitted of all charges following a five-week trial, thanks to a successful medical marijuana defense. The trial and verdict were cheered by medical marijuana advocates and garnered media attention.

Teen Faces Armed Robbery, Gun Charges

Case: Seventeen-year-old client was charged with armed robbery of two minors in San Francisco's Sunset District. Case involved two guns and the teen faced 12 years in state prison.

Results: Our office was able to negotiate a deal that spared his client a strike on his record, as well as any prison time.

Two-Strikes Robbery Jury Trial

Case: During our client's San Francisco Superior Court trial, two people testified he robbed them of money out of their pockets on a Tenderloin street. He faced a minimum of seven years in prison.

Results: After our client testified that the "crime" was actually a drug deal gone awry, he was acquitted of all charges.

Possession For Sale of Methamphetamine

Case: A man was charged with selling methamphetamine, despite his claim that he was only a user.

Results: Under cross examination by our office, a police officer expert was forced to admit that he did not believe that our client planned to sell the half-ounce of meth in his possession and was likely just a user. Case dismissed.

White Collar Computer Crime

Case: Our client, a San Mateo County resident, was charged in federal court with misappropriating hundred of thousands of dollars.

Results: Our office was able to negotiate a deal that included no jail time. Client’s felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

Embezzlement Accusation Brings Dozens of Felonies

Case: A San Francisco city employee was charged with more than 30 felonies after being accused of embezzling $50,000 from the city.

Results: Our office secured a plea agreement that included no jail time, only probation and 60 days home detention.

Involuntary Manslaughter At Sea

Case: The captain of a small vessel faced an involuntary manslaughter charge after his boat capsized and a crew member drowned. Prosecutors alleged the incident was due to negligent loading.

Results: Extensive work with a maritime expert brought by the defense resulted in the case being dismissed during jury selection.