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District Attorney - Questions and Answers

 
  • Q: Can I report a crime to the District Attorney’s Office?
  • A: In most cases, a crime must be reported to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the city or county where the crime occurred. For example, if a crime occurred in the city of Yuba City, the crime should be reported to the Yuba City Police Department. If a crime occurred in the county of Sutter, the crime should be reported to the Sutter Sheriff’s Department.
  • Q: I am the victim of a crime and I want to drop charges. Can I do this?
  • A: Crimes are charged by the District Attorney’s Office on behalf of the People of the State of California, not on behalf of any particular victim. The decision to file or to drop charges in any criminal prosecution can only be made by an attorney in the District Attorney’s Office. A victim’s wishes will be considered, but the final determination as to whether or not charges will be filed or dismissed rests with the D.A.’s Office.
  • Q: I was the victim of a violent crime and need assistance with paying medical, funeral, mental health, income or other related losses. Where can I get this assistance?
  • A: Contact the Victim/Witness Assistance Program of the District Attorney's Office. Victim advocates can provide information about the California State Victim Compensation Program and information about other services.
  • Q: I am a merchant who received a bad check. Can the D.A.’s Office help me collect on this bad check?
  • A: The D.A.’s office will investigate and help you collect bad checks. For further information call the Sutter County District Attorney's Check Enforcement Program Toll Free: 1-888-820-4173 or Contact us by E-mail at: [email protected] Address: Sutter County District Attorney's Check Enforcement Program, 463 Second Street, Yuba City, CA 95991 or visit our website: http://www.hotchecks.net/sutter/
  • Q: Can I get any help in obtaining a restraining order to keep my spouse or other persons away from me?
  • A: Contact the Victim/Witness Assistance Program of the District Attorney's Office. A victim advocate will explain and help with the process.
  • Q: I received a subpoena from the D.A.’s Office to appear as a witness in a criminal case. What do I do if I am unable to appear on the date stated in the subpoena?
  • A: A subpoena is a court order that must be obeyed. If you have a date conflict, you should contact the deputy district attorney handling the case before the appearance date and discuss your conflict. You may call the main office at (530) 822-7330 to find out what deputy district attorney will be handling your case. If you do not appear, without receiving permission from the deputy district attorney, a warrant can be issued for your arrest.
  • Q: How can I file a complaint involving a law enforcement agency?
  • A: Complaints against a law enforcement agency should be directed to the particular agency which is the subject of the complaint.
  • Q: I have to testify in court and it is making me very anxious. I am concerned about not knowing what to expect. Who can I talk to about my concerns?
  • A: Contact the Victim/Witness Assistance Program of the District Attorney's Office. A victim advocate can explain the process and address your concerns.