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Seth Chazin, Attorney at Law
Seth P Chazin

1164 Solano Ave
Albany CA 94706
1-800-499-9902

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Fax: (510) 525-0087
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Aggressive California Criminal Law Specialist* During his more than 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Seth P. Chazin has represented clients in over 1,000 felony criminal trials. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in state and federal court, and handling both state and federal appeals. Attorney Chazin's commitment, persistence, and aggressive representation have resulted in hundreds of successful resolutions for clients charged with criminal offenses in San Francisco, Oakland, and throughout the Bay area. Learn more about Attorney Chazin's experience, credentials, and criminal defense background by reviewing his profile below. Whether you were charged with identity theft, fraud, or possession of child pornography, you can trust in the Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin to provide you with the resilient defense representation you need. Seth P. Chazin Contact California criminal defense attorney Seth P. Chazin for a free initial consultation. *Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Seth P. Chazin 
Berkeley, California
phone (510) 665-6219
(800) 499-9902
fax (510) 525-0087
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Seth P. Chazin - has represented clients in more than 1,000 felony cases. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Chazin has litigated numerous state and federal appeals. He successfully investigated and prepared the "actual innocence" claim for a habeas corpus petition in a death penalty case pending before the California Supreme Court. Mr. Chazin received his B.S. in Broadcasting from the University of Florida in Gainesville and his J.D. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. In 1993, Mr. Chazin was nominated to receive the State Bar of California's Public Lawyer of the Year Award. He is a member of the San Francisco County, Alameda County, Solano County and Contra Costa County Bar Associations. Mr. Chazin is the author of several articles including "Castle Under Siege." He is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts, and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee for 2002.

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Areas of Practice:
Civil Rights
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
DUI/DWI
Domestic Violence & Neglect
Licensing
Litigation & Appeals
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Science & Technology Law
Transportation Law
White Collar Crimes
Drug Crimes
Fraud - Embezzlement
Computer Crimes
Expungements
Appeals
Certificates of Rehabilitation & Pardons
Sex Crimes
Child Molestation
Assault - Battery
Violent Crime - Murder
Robbery
Certification/Specialties:
Certified Criminal Law Specialist, California State Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions:
Massachusetts, 1987
California, 1988
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1988
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
Education:
Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
J.D.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1979
B.S.
Major:  Journalism
Major:  Broadcasting

Honors and Awards:
Distinguished Service Award for the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, 2002

State Bar of California's Public Lawyers of the Year, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships:
California Public Defenders Association


Alameda County Bar Association


Alameda County Bar Association
Board Member, Lawyer Referral Service Advisory Committee

Contra Costa County Bar Association


Solano County Bar Association


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


California Attorneys of Criminal Justice


Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Board of Directors

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Attorney Profile

Aggressive California Criminal Law Specialist*

During his more than 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Seth P. Chazin has represented clients in over 1,000 felony criminal trials. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in state and federal court, and handling both state and federal appeals. Attorney Chazin's commitment, persistence, and aggressive representation have resulted in hundreds of successful resolutions for clients charged with criminal offenses in San Francisco, Oakland, and throughout the Bay area.

Learn more about Attorney Chazin's experience, credentials, and criminal defense background by reviewing his profile below. Whether you were charged with identity theft, fraud, or possession of child pornography, you can trust in the Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin to provide you with the resilient defense representation you need.

Seth P. Chazin 
Berkeley, California
phone (510) 665-6219
(800) 499-9902
fax (510) 525-0087
email Email Me

Seth P. Chazin - has represented clients in more than 1,000 felony cases. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Chazin has litigated numerous state and federal appeals. He successfully investigated and prepared the "actual innocence" claim for a habeas corpus petition in a death penalty case pending before the California Supreme Court. Mr. Chazin received his B.S. in Broadcasting from the University of Florida in Gainesville and his J.D. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. In 1993, Mr. Chazin was nominated to receive the State Bar of California's Public Lawyer of the Year Award. He is a member of the San Francisco County, Alameda County, Solano County and Contra Costa County Bar Associations. Mr. Chazin is the author of several articles including "Castle Under Siege." He is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts, and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee for 2002.

Areas of Practice:
Civil Rights
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
DUI/DWI
Domestic Violence & Neglect
Licensing
Litigation & Appeals
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Science & Technology Law
Transportation Law
White Collar Crimes
Drug Crimes
Fraud - Embezzlement
Computer Crimes
Expungements
Appeals
Certificates of Rehabilitation & Pardons
Sex Crimes
Child Molestation
Assault - Battery
Violent Crime - Murder
Robbery
Certification/Specialties:
Certified Criminal Law Specialist, California State Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions:
Massachusetts, 1987
California, 1988
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1988
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
Education:
Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
J.D.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1979
B.S.
Major:  Journalism
Major:  Broadcasting

Honors and Awards:
Distinguished Service Award for the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, 2002

State Bar of California's Public Lawyers of the Year, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships:
California Public Defenders Association


Alameda County Bar Association


Alameda County Bar Association
Board Member, Lawyer Referral Service Advisory Committee

Contra Costa County Bar Association


Solano County Bar Association


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


California Attorneys of Criminal Justice


Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Board of Directors

Firm Overview

Aggressive Criminal Defense Law Firm Serving Clients in the Bay Area and throughout California

Criminal defense attorney Seth P. Chazin has been practicing law since 1988. His law firm specializes exclusively in providing aggressive criminal defense services to clients in Oakland, San Francisco, the surrounding counties, and throughout California. Contact attorney Chazin for a free consultation and immediate assistance.

Recognized as One of the "Top Experts in the Field"

Mr. Chazin has earned his reputation as a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Criminal defense lawyer Seth P. Chazin is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Board of Legal Specialization. He has been recognized by a producer for Dateline NBC and NBC News as "one of the top experts in the field". Attorney Chazin has been quoted in an ALM Media and Connecticut Law Tribune article on sentencing laws, sex offenders, and possession of child pornography. His criminal defense articles have appeared in the San Francisco Journal, The Recorder, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Effective Criminal Defense Representation

Regardless of the charges against you, Mr. Chazin has the knowledge and understanding to provide honest professional advice. He can help you determine how to move forward. His aggressive defense prior to any charges being filed has resulted in hundreds of cases being resolved before charges were ever filed. Furthermore, Mr. Chazin’s pre-trial representation has resulted in many cases being dismissed after charges were filed. His superior trial skills have helped many clients receive "Not Guilty" verdicts, or other satisfactory outcomes. View Victories/Successes. He has also drafted many criminal appeals in state and federal courts.

The Experience You Need

As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Mr. Chazin has a thorough knowledge of criminal investigation techniques. He is skilled at having the court exclude evidence which was illegally seized by law enforcement, successfully arguing motions to suppress evidence. His negotiation skills and extensive trial experience are invaluable to clients in all types of criminal law cases, ranging from major federal cases involving fraud or embezzlement, to serious internet sex crimes.

Whether you face allegations of computer and internet crimes, identity theft, or major white collar offenses, you should consult a lawyer right away who has the experience, skill, and persistence to effectively and aggressively defend you against such serious charges. Contact California criminal defense lawyer Seth Chazin for a free consultation.

Practice Areas

California Criminal Defense Attorney

As a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist*, Attorney Seth P. Chazin has the experience and skill to provide broad criminal defense services, including both state and federal felonies and misdemeanors.

Federal Crime: Federal defense attorney Seth Chazin provides relentless and proactive defense to clients charged with various federal crimes, such as:

  • Sex crimes
  • Drug trafficking
  • Computer fraud
  • White collar crimes
  • Other federal crimes

White Collar Crimes: Mr. Chazin provides effective representation to help clients resolve serious federal and white collar cases prior to charges being filed. He also represents clients after charges are filed, at the arraignment, in pre-trial proceedings, at trial, and on appeal, if needed. He represents peoples charge with all types of white collar crimes, including:

Sex Crimes: Attorney Chazin helps clients remove their names from sex offender registries through expungements, certificates of rehabilitation, and pardons. In addition, he provides zealous defense against sex offense charges, such as:

Violent Crimes: Mr. Chazin is a criminal defense lawyer with the professionalism, discretion, and skill to provide thorough representation to clients charged with very sensitive matters, such as:

Professional License Defense: In conjunction with many criminal charges, professionals often face suspension or revocation of professional licenses, such as a real estate license or teaching license. California defense lawyer Seth Chazin helps professionals protect their license. If a license has been suspended, he will work to have it reinstated.

Other Criminal Defense: With more than 20 years of experience, Attorney Chazin is able to provide aggressive representation to clients charged with other crimes, such as:

Learn More: Learn more about Mr. Chazin's experience, successful defenses, or more about the charges you face:

Contact Seth B. Chazin: For vigorous criminal defense representation in Oakland, or anywhere in the San Francisco Bay area, contact a federal crime lawyer for a free initial consultation.

*Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Federal Crimes

Federal Crime Attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area

Federal criminal cases typically involve full-scale investigations by law enforcement which can result in insurmountable evidence against the accused. As a result sophisticated investigative tools, such as wire-taps and other surveillance techniques, this evidence can be difficult to challenge. It is crucial to hire an experienced federal criminal lawyer with a reputation for success.

With more than 20 years of legal experience, the Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin provides the aggressive, experienced, and reputable defense that clients facing federal charges need. Contact federal crimes lawyer Seth Chazin for a free consultation.

Aggressive Federal Crime Defense

A Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist*, Seth P. Chazin is familiar with federal criminal procedure as well as the methods which many prosecutors utilize. He puts this knowledge to use providing clients with relentless proactive representation. He is experienced handling cases ranging from federal computer fraud to computer sex crimes and other federal crimes, such as:

Pre-File Representation - Early Intervention

As an experienced federal crime lawyer, he recognizes the significance of early intervention. Therefore, he strives to get involved as soon as clients become aware of federal investigations against them. This pre-file representation has in many cases resulted in the dismissal of charges or resolution of the case without charges ever having been filed.

The large-scale surveillance and sophisticated investigative techniques employed in federal criminal investigations necessitate a large-scale defense. Attorney Chazin has the organizational skills, resources, and negotiation techniques to handle complicated federal criminal cases. His use of experts, independent investigators, and his negotiations with prosecutors can increase the chance for dismissal or for successful resolution.


Victories/Successful Defenses


  • Federal money laundering: Wiretap evidence exposed defendant in major money laundering and extortion ring - case dismissed.
  • Federal Fraud: Pre-file resolution of highly publicized internet scam allegations – no charges filed.
  • Federal Social Security Fraud: Pre-file resolution in fraud investigation - no charges filed.
  • Federal Narcotics: International drug importation – client received probation and no jail time.
  • International Drug Trafficking: Major federal wiretap case involving more than 20 co-defendants in an international narcotics ring. More than 20 years of prison was negotiated down to nearly “Credit for time served” meaning that he received one of the lowest sentences of anyone involved.
  • Importation of Prostitutes / Human Trafficking: Major federal wiretap case involving more than 20 co-defendants for importation of prostitutes. The client, a refugee, was not deported and served minimum time in jail.
  • Theft: client accused of stealing various items off of federal property. Client confesses. Aggressive pre-trial preparation and negotiations results in ALL CHARGES DISMISSED.

Read more about our victories and successess


If you are the subject of a federal investigation or have been charged with a federal crime, protect your rights and your future. Start planning your defense strategy and contact federal crime defense lawyer Seth Chazin. While many of his clients come from Oakland and San Francisco, Attorney Chazin accepts clients throughout the Bay area, including those in San Mateo, Marin, and Contra Costa Counties.

*Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Sex Crimes

"Sex crimes" is a general area of crime that includes molestation or lewd conduct with a minor, rape, child pornography, internet or cyber crimes, prostitution, sexual battery, indecent exposure and others. Charges of molestation can be initiated by a SINGLE complaint by a single person and are some of the most serious charges a criminal defendant can face. Sex crimes can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony but are usually charged as a felony. Sex crimes usually carry a maximum sentence of three, six or eight years in state prison for each individual act and these full sentences can be added together for each act committed if force is proven. Many laws relating to molestation and other sex offenses now can result in criminal defendants being sentenced to life imprisonment or to sentences ranging from a few years in prison to hundreds of years in prison. Also, many sex crimes do not allow probation and require mandatory state prison. A conviction for Molestation almost always results in life-time registration as a sex-offender. A prosecutor can charge these offenses under many sections of the Penal Code including the following sections: 243, 243.4, 261, 261.5, 288, 288.5, 289, 647.

Thus, whether you are suspected of having committed a felony or misdemeanor sex crime or have already been arrested or charged with a felony or misdemeanor sex crime, it is essential that you secure the highest quality criminal defense attorney for yourself, family member or friend. Seth P. Chazin is a San Francisco and Oakland Criminal Defense Lawyer who specializes in sex crimes cases and who has an excellent record of success in defending clients accused of various sex of crimes. Mr. Chazin has won acquittals (NOT GUILTY verdicts) in sex crimes cases where the client was accused of rape, child molestation and similar charges. He has successfully represented clients in felony and misdemeanor sex crimes cases in both Federal and state court.

We use an aggressive, concerted plan of attack to defend you and your rights! Here are just some of the methods SETH P. CHAZIN regularly uses in successfully defending clients accused of sex crimes such as cyber crimes, possession of pornography, molestation, rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure and other related charges:

  • initiate a private investigation immediately including background investigation of key witnesses
  • photographs, videos, tape recordings
  • conduct witness interviews including interviews of eyewitnesses, victims, police, informants, etc
  • polygraph examinations
  • use doctors or other experts to analyze physical evidence and conduct forensic examinations
  • Use psychiatrists or psychologists to prepare psychological evaluations

Molestation/Lewd Act with a Minor refers to any lewd or lascivious act upon, or with the body of, a person under the age of 14, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust or sexual desires of that person or the child.

Rape charges are used where sexual intercourse/contact occurred without the consent of the alleged victim and the act involved violence or force, duress, menace or fear of harm.

Statutory rape or Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor means sexual intercourse with a female below the legal age of consent (18) but above the age of a child (14). Even if the person under the age of 14 has knowingly, willingly, and with mutual consent, participated in sexual intercourse with an adult, and refuses to cooperate with the state, charges can still be filed against the adult involved. There are additional laws and penalties imposed when a person of authority such as a teacher, priest, or member of the community held in high esteem engages in sexual relations with any person under the age of 18.

Date Rape is forcible sexual intercourse by a male acquaintance of a woman, during a voluntary social engagement in which the woman did not intend to submit to the sexual advances and resisted. The fact that the socializing was voluntary and the parties were acquainted is not a defense to this type of charge.

Possession or Distribution of Child Pornography is charged where pornographic materials portray any person(s) under the age of 18. Child pornography laws are being utilized to prosecute the use of computers to obtain and distribute pornographic images involving minors.

Prostitution, solicitation, pandering or pimping may be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors in California. Prostitution is an allegation of giving or receiving money for sexual intercourse or any other sexual acts. Pimping is charged for soliciting acts of prostitution or pandering on behalf of another.

Lewd acts, lascivious conduct and indecent exposure are usually charged as misdemeanors in California. These crimes involve public sexual acts or the exposing of the genitals in a public place.


Victories/Successful Defenses

ALL CHARGES DISMISSED IN MAJOR GANG RAPE CASE: client, charged with two other defendants in Oakland, Alameda County, California, allegedly drugged and gang-raped a 19 year-old woman. Extensive defense fact and forensic investigation and disclosure of impeachment evidence cause all charges to be dropped against client who was facing more than forty years in prison. Additional charges of possession of marijuana for sale, forgery and receiving stolen property also dismissed.

CASE DISMISSED IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE - Client was charged with possession of many images of child pornography in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California. Client actually confessed to possession of the child pornography and destroyed some computer components which the police later found. However, forensic analysis and legal research, along with tough negotiations and aggressive stance with the district attorney resulted in all charges being dismissed after we proved that there was no way to prove that the client knowingly possessed child pornography.

A pre-file allegation of rape by a teenager who had been befriended by the family was never prosecuted after client passed a polygraph and his verifiable explanations were communicated to the District Attorney - NO CHARGES FILED.

Prostitution charges dismissed, followed by a factual finding of innocence, so that the defendant has NO criminal record.

NOT GUILTY verdicts or mistrials/dismissals: People vs. Michael Gardner, People vs. Michael Lee, People vs. Wahid Khugiani, People vs. Kevin Larry and others.

  • 2004 - Alleged child Molest - NO CHARGES FILED
  • 2003 - Alleged child Molest - NO CHARGES FILED
  • 2002 - Alleged child Molest - NO CHARGES FILED

Major federal wiretap case with 20+ Co-defendants, client accused of Importation of Prostitutes.  Client was refugee, raised in U.S. facing 20 years in prison and deportation – CLIENT NOT DEPORTED, ADMITTED LESSER OFFENSE, SERVED MINIMUM TIME.

Sex Offender Registration-Meagan's List- We convinced the Department of Justice in TWO separate cases to remove each client from the Meagan's List database.

Client committed child molest against his daughter every week for more than one year. Daughter had previously been a victim of rape by a stranger during a home invasion robbery. CLIENT GRANTED PROBATION - DID NOT HAVE TO SERVE A SINGLE DAY IN JAIL.

Client caught trying to communicate with female minor and distributing large amounts of child pornography to undercover cop. Aggressive pre-trial investigation and use of expert witnesses results in client not having to serve any time in jail.

Client accused of possession of child pornography and failing to register as a sex offender in violation of Penal Code section 290. NO CHARGES FILED

Client accused in two different cases in two different counties of sexually assaulting and/or battering victim. Aggressive investigation, pre-file preparation and negotiations resulted in NO CHARGES FILED in either case.

Read more about our sex crimes victories and successess


DID YOU KNOW? There IS a way to eliminate the obligation to register as a sex-offender for certain sex offenses? First, you must obtain an expungement pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4.from the court in which you were convicted. Then you must obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation from your county of residence. Call.....for immediate assistance to determine whether your obligation to register as a sex-offender can be deleted.

DID YOU KNOW? If you have been notified of an investigation BUT NOT YET CHARGED - it is extremely important to start your defense IMMEDIATELY. Mr. Chazin has had a very high rate of success in seeing that charges are never filed when he is retained to defend his client BEFORE CHARGES ARE FILED.


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