A Palo Alto patent attorney who was convicted of attempting to bribe a police officer and drunken driving after being pulled over outside a Colma casino received an 8-month jail sentence with three years of supervised probation on Thursday, Dec. 27.
Richard Chae, 39, was convicted on June 28 of drunk driving and making three separate offers to Colma police officers to let him go. He had two prior DUI convictions from 7 and 8 years ago, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Chae had left the Lucky Chances Casino on Feb. 26, 2010, when he was stopped by officers. He had a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent, according to the DA's office. He offered police $900, then $5,000, and finally $35,000 if police would let him go. When he was searched, police found $1,055 cash and $135 casino chips in his pockets.
Judge Robert Atack rejected a defense motion for a new trial, which Chae's attorney based on incompetence of counsel for failing to object to admission of the defendant's statements on Miranda grounds.
The court imposed the sentence with no credit for time served. Chae must abstain from alcohol, submit to chemical testing, possess no weapons or ammunition, pay a $2,331 fine, enter and complete the Multiple Offender Program, and not drive with any alcohol in his system. He was ordered to pay restitution and other fines and must have genetic-marker testing. His driver's license has been revoked for three years. He was taken into custody to start serving his county-jail sentence.
Chae's license to practice law was suspended by the California State Bar Association on Oct. 19 for having a felony involving moral turpitude because of the bribery conviction.