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Jonah Chaplin Chew

Jonah Chaplin Chew

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI

About Me

Jonah Chew has over 16 years of experience in the courtroom, earning him a reputation as one of San Francisco’s most aggressive and effective criminal litigators. His work and expertise in a wide range of criminal cases has earned him media coverage in numerous Bay Area publications.


After earning his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1998 and being admitted to the California State Bar the same year, he opened a private criminal practice with another attorney. Three years later, he was hired at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, considered among the best public defender offices in the United States. It was there he sharpened his skills as a top trial attorney, representing thousands of clients, writing and arguing hundreds of motions and successfully defending people in cases ranging from simple drug possession to serious felonies.


Whether he is defending clients in federal court or in state court, Jonah Chew is a trial attorney who consistently obtains outstanding results. He is aggressive and negotiates the best deals for his clients and guides them towards treatment and rehabilitation when necessary. He is an expert in dealing with complex criminal issues and assists all of his clients in navigating through the intricacies of the legal system.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    16 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    16 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

21 total 

  • Douglas MacMillan Borthwick

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Douglas Borthwick Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Jonah. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Jonah Chew

1388 Sutter Street
Suite 805
San Francisco, CA, 94109

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199805/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
CENTRAL VALLEY TOXICOLOGY BLOOD ALCOHOL METHOD REVIEWCertification of Attendance, Dr. Rose2012
INTERMEDIATE - INSPECTING BLOOD ETHANOL CHROMATOGRAMSCertificate of attendance, Dr. Rose2011
INTRODUCTION TO BLOOD ALCOHOL GAS CHROMATOGRAMSCertificate of Attendance, Dr. Rose2011
DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety TestingNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)Student Course by La Pier & Associates2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Jonah Chew2006 - Present
Deputy Public DefenderSan Francisco Public Defender2001 - 2006

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Minority Bar ExchangeCriminal defense attorney representative2015 - Present
Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyer's AssociationTreasurer/Founding Member2014 - Present
Asian Pacific Islander Joint Bar Association Judiciary Coalition of Northern CaliforniaAACTLA representative2014 - Present
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay AreaN/AN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationN/AN/A
California DUI Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. Johnnie W.Jury Trial Not Guilty
People v. Nicolais N.motion granted
DMV hearingset aside of suspension, license reinstated

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Chew Law Offices JournalNOT GUILTY: Man Wrongfully Accused In Beating Acquitted After Four Year Legal Saga2011

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
U of San Francisco SOLN/AlawN/A
Univ of California San DiegoN/AundergraduateN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Convergence/Scottsdale, AZDynamic Cross Examination2014
MCLEHow to Defend A Misdemeanor Case2003