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Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office

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General Agency Information
Name: Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office
Address: 701 Ocean Street, Room 200
Santa Cruz,  CA  95060
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Contact Information
Primary Phone: 831-454-2400
Description: The Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office prosecutes crimes committed in Santa Cruz County on behalf of the People of the State of California. This involves the review of all requests from law enforcement agencies and determining whether the District Attorney will issue a criminal complaint; in addition to the prosecution of all cases for which a complaint has been issued.
Mission: The District Attorney represents the People of the State of California in all criminal prosecutions in Santa Cruz County. The Office is responsible for filing criminal charges, appearing in court in all felony and misdemeanor cases, and representing the People in all trials and sentencing proceedings in the Superior Court of Santa Cruz.
Programs: "The District Attorney's Office assigns specific prosecutors to specialize in and handle cases in a particular area of law, many of these prosecutors are grouped in units or teams to help maximize the efficient operation of the office.
Special Prosecution Unit
Felony Court Unit
Juvenile Court Unit
Misdemeanor Court Unit
Legal Research Unit

The Criminal Division is also divided along specialized areas of criminal conduct which have been targeted, either locally or by the state, for enhanced attention. Some of these specialized areas of prosecution are primarily funded by grants from State and Federal agencies. In addition to the funding for prosecutor staff, funding for these specialized programs often includes funding for investigator staff and support staff. The term ""Vertical Prosecution"" is used to describe these specialized prosecution activities. Vertical Prosecution refers to a method in which a prosecutor is assigned to the case from the initial point of referral to the completion of the prosecution. This method results in continuity and improved prosecution success. The following specialized vertical prosecution areas are currently part of the operations of the office:
Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit
Gang Prosecution Unit
Family Protection Unit
Narcotics Unit
Consumer Protection Unit
Environmental Protection Unit

District Attorney Jeffrey S. Rosell is pleased to announce the start of the Veteran's Treatment Program. The program is a collaborative effort including the Santa Cruz Superior Court, the Public Defender, the Veteran's Affairs office, the Santa Cruz County Probation Department, and local volunteers who mentor veterans facing criminal charges. The program applies to all military veterans who are facing criminal charges in Santa Cruz County courts, regardless of their length of service, whether they served in combat, or their discharge characterization, said Baum. Veterans who choose to participate can ""earn"" dismissal of minor charges, or reduced charges in more serious cases, by participating in therapy, completing substance abuse, anger management or post-traumatic stress disorder programs, and performing community service."
Languages other than English: Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: Call for Information
Public Transportation: Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility: Public Service
Fees: Call for Information
Areas Served: Santa Cruz County
Physical Location: Santa Cruz
Funding Source: County Government
Officials/Contact Persons
Officials: JeffreyS. Rosell
District Attorney
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Bad Check Reporting
Consumer Assistance and Protection
Consumer Complaints
Consumer Fraud Reporting
Consumer Issues
Consumer Product Safety Complaints
Consumer Protection Agencies
Consumer Services
Crime Investigation
Crime Victim Support
Environmental Protection/Advocacy Volunteer Opportunities
Government Agencies
Landlord/Tenant Assistance
Landlord/Tenant Dispute Resolution
Post Mortem Estate Administration
Tenant Rights Counseling
This agency was last updated on April 7, 2020.