FAQs / General FAQs

General FAQs

Can you provide me with legal advice?
No. The District Attorney’s Office is prevented by law from answering legal questions or offering legal advice (California Business & Professions Code section 6131).

The Sacramento County Bar Association offers attorney referral services. You may visit their site at: http://www.sacbar.org.
How do I report a crime?
All crime reports should be directed to the law enforcement agency in the city or county where the crime occurred. The District Attorney's Office does not take crime reports. If you're trying to report an emergency situation, call 911 on your telephone to be connected to the emergency services you require.

However, there are some exceptions. Crimes involving consumer fraud, environmental crimes or those involving misconduct of public officials may be reported to the District Attorney's specialized divisions. Call us directly at 916-874-6218.
How do I get a copy of a police report?
Contact the police agency that created the report to obtain a copy.
Can I get information about a criminal case online?
There is no mechanism in place for public access to criminal records online. Contact the Sacramento County Superior Court at www.saccourt.ca.gov for this information.
How do I find what employment opportunities exist in your office?
The District Attorney's Office provides a link to job opportunities within our office. Please visit our employment page to find information on internships, and to visit the County Employment website for current permanent employee examinations.
Who decides what charges to file, and how do they make that decision?
Deputy district attorneys review cases brought to the District Attorney’s Office by law enforcement agencies. The facts are reviewed in light of current laws to decide whether criminal charges should be filed in court.
What happens at the arraignment, preliminary hearing, and pre-trial court dates?
The arraignment is a hearing in court in which the defendant is formally charged with an offense, given a copy of the complaint, and informed of his/her constitutional rights. The defendant enters a plea of guilty or not guilty at this hearing.

The preliminary hearing is not a trial. It is a hearing in court at which witnesses testify and the judge decides if there is enough evidence to require the defendant to stand trial. The jury is not present; the judge alone makes the decision.

A pre-trial conference is an opportunity for the parties to discuss the case with the judge, including possible dispositions and dates for future court hearings.
How can I find out where someone is incarcerated?
If an individual is incarcerated in Sacramento County, you can check the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office’s website at http://www.sacsheriff.com. Click on Inmate Information to search the Sacramento County jail inmate list.

To locate an inmate within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), please call (916) 445-6713, which is accessible 24 hours a day. You must have either the inmate’s CDCR number or the inmate’s full name and date of birth to receive information. You can also find this information on the CDCR website at: http://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov.
I want to file a complaint about a police officer or sheriff’s deputy. What do I do?
You should report the matter to the officer’s employing agency. Law enforcement agencies are required by law to receive complaints, investigate the matter, and respond back to the complaining party.
I have a complaint about an employee of the District Attorney’s Office. How do I contact you and will you respond?
You may call (916) 874-6218, write a letter to 901 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 or send an email to daoffice@sacda.org summarizing your complaint. It will be reviewed by appropriate personnel and in most cases you will be contacted afterwards.
What if I have a question that is not answered in your FAQs?
Call (916) 874-6218 or visit our office at 901 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Our receptionists will try to assist you; however, we cannot give legal advice on private legal issues.

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