Jonah Chew is among the Bay Area’s most highly-skilled attorneys in resolving DUI-related offenses. Chew Law Offices has successfully defended countless DUI clients in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

Facing DUI charges can be extremely stressful. Hanging in the balance are a defendant’s driver license, financial well-being and reputation. We look at the totality of the circumstances, investigate mitigating factors and fight to win our clients the best possible legal outcomes so they can move forward with their lives.

At Chew Law Offices we are prepared to represent you both in criminal court and at your DMV hearing.  What most people don’t realize is that once you are arrested for DUI related offenses you face two separate cases — one case in criminal court and another case with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

California DMV hearings (commonly referred to as administrative per se hearings (APS)) are complicated and frustrating.  If left unchallenged DMV will automatically suspend your license.  An experienced DUI defense attorney at the Chew Law Offices will defend you at your hearing and fight for you to keep your license.

General Information:

A DUI View | The End Of The Road?

Life is a fast moving experiment that we’re all currently engaged in. There are no guarantees, no owner’s manuals, and no redos. Essentially, we are free to do as we please, we learn as we go, and… we make mistakes along the way. People are imperfect. We don’t always think things through properly. We get caught up in the moment. And on occasion, our judgment is, well, not so good. So it happens, you go out to the bar to celebrate your friend’s promotion at work and have a few rounds. The evening goes long and you suddenly realize you’ve got to get home because you have that really early meeting at work in just six hours—not good. Every minute you waste is now a loss of sleep time that you’re going to need to function tomorrow, make that—today, at work. Your phone’s lost its charge and you can’t call for a rideshare. A regular cab will take forever to get to where you are, so you decide to drive. It’s just a few miles, you’re not drunk, and you never see cops on these roads, so off you go.

And there you have it, a perfect example of poor judgment, and there is no ‘redo’ for this one. You were, as written above, ‘free to do as you please’ but in doing so you have now broken the law. As the blue lights flash, and you pull over to the side of the road, you know… this is the moment. And while you may feel fine and okay to drive, the law is probably going to think otherwise. Now it’s up to the Breathalyzer to save or seal your fate.

The results are in: you blew a .09, just over the legal limit, and life is about to change for you, not in a pleasant way. You’re heading to jail and awaiting bail. The fact that you felt ‘fine to drive’ is irrelevant, the law says .08 is the legal limit, and the law has the last word. What do you do now? You call the best DUI attorney in San Francisco, CA that you can get. A DUI charge is not the end of the road, but a DUI conviction could be. A DUI conviction could alter your life, and not in a good way, so you want to avoid getting one. That’s why you need a skilled attorney, a DUI attorney in San Francisco, CA who has been down this road before and knows how to win. That’s us. We are your DUI attorney in San Francisco, CA. Call today and let us help you.

Some Possible Penalties For The Convicted DUI Driver


A first DUI will cost you $390 to $1,000 in fines plus ‘penalty assessments’ that can significantly increase the costs.

Jail Time

First offenders can receive from 48 hours up to six months in jail. But judges are often a bit soft on first offenders and usually do not order jail time as part of the overall sentence.

License Suspension

A first time DUI conviction will probably result in at least a six-month license suspension. There are many more issues at play here, and mitigating factors, so talk to your DUI attorney in San Francisco, CA to learn more.


First time offenders typically receive a three-year term of informal probation (though it can be as many as five years). The details of the law and its options can be complex, so contact your trusted DUI attorney and get the facts.

The Bottom Line

Avoid conviction. That is the bottom line. And the best way to do that is to hire a seasoned, skilled DUI attorney in San Francisco, CA. The Law Offices of Jonah Chew in San Francisco, California has that skill and we have the experience you’ll need when your future is on the line. Call us to schedule a consultation right away.

A small sampling of DUI cases we handle include:

  • DWI/DUI drunk driving
  • DUI with serious bodily injury
  • Hit and run
  • Felony DUI, DWI
  • Misdemeanor DUI/ DWI
  • Drunken driving/hit-and-run
  • Leaving the scene of a crash
  • DUI with prior convictions


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.

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