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Criminal Prosecutions

Adult Sexual Assault
The Adult Sexual Assault Prosecution unit handles sexual assault offenses involving victims 14 years and older. ASAP works with the county's Sexual Assault Response Team, which is comprised of specially trained medical practitioners, representatives from local law enforcement agencies and counselors from Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE).

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Career Criminal
Career Criminal prosecution focuses on criminal recidivists who commit robbery and residential burglary. The goal of the unit is to seek maximum sentences consistent with justice for multiple and repeat offenders. CCP also has two subunits, Targeting Armed Recidivist Gangsters Enforcement Team (TARGET) and Vehicle Theft.
Community Prosecution Unit (CPU)
CPU, a nationally recognized program, has prosecutors working in neighborhoods throughout the city and county. Community prosecutors create partnerships with citizens, law enforcement, community groups, and businesses to proactively address quality of life issues including blight, prostitution, graffiti, and homelessness.

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Cyber Crimes
This unit prosecutes crimes committed against children using the Internet or social media, including the possession or distribution of child pornography. The unit also handles financial crimes by use of computer devices.
Domestic Violence (Elder Abuse & Human Trafficking)
The Domestic Violence Unit is comprised of attorneys, victim advocates, investigators and support staff who are involved in the prosecution of domestic violence cases, including Elder Abuse and Human Trafficking. The cases prosecuted include sexual abuse, physical abuse, stalking and restraining order violations.

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Felony Bureau
Felony cases not assigned to one of the office's specialized units are handled by this unit. Cases include thefts, assaults, narcotics possession, three strikes offenses, robbery, burglary, firearms charges, manslaughter and attempted murder. There are three teams, each handling a distinct phase of felony case prosecutions – Superior Court Review (pretrial court appearances, including settlement conferences), Preliminary Hearing and Felony Trial Teams. Alternative and collaborative courts are also under this unit.
Gangs & Hate Crimes
Gangs and Hate Crimes vertically prosecutes hardcore street gang offenders, targeting individuals who commit gang-related violent felonies and who function as leaders of their criminal street gang. The unit also works closely with victim advocates and law enforcement to formulate and develop prevention strategies. The team also prosecutes hate and bias-related criminal conduct, with an emphasis on victim participation and support. In both endeavors, the Gang Violence and Hate Crime Suppression Team works closely with local law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney's victim advocates. During monthly meetings, the team collaborates with authorities from various agencies in order to share information about gang and hate activity in our community, and to develop investigative strategies which will lead to successful prosecution of these crimes.
Homicides
Murders, cold-case homicides, vehicular homicides, and similar unlawful killings are prosecuted by the Major Crimes Unit. Cases prosecuted by this unit involve some of the most heinous crimes committed within Sacramento County and often entail substantial follow-up investigation, trial preparation, and the use of cutting edge forensic DNA analysis and evidence. Experienced attorneys work closely with the law enforcement agencies responsible for investigating the crime.
Juvenile
The Juvenile division prosecutes minors who engage in criminal activity. The goal in these cases is to preserve and strengthen the minor's family ties whenever possible, removing the minor from the custody of his or her parents only when necessary for his or her welfare or for the safety and protection of the public. The division is also responsible for determining whether or not a serious felony case involving a juvenile should be filed directly in adult court. For more information on court proceedings, the Sacramento Superior Court has created a video on juvenile delinquency court.
Major Narcotics
Major Narcotics prosecutes the county's largest drug cases, including clandestine methamphetamine labs, transportation, sales and possession for sale of all types of controlled substances. Working with investigating narcotics officers from local law enforcement and state agencies, the unit ensures compliance with search and seizure and other legal requirements and provides a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week on-call service to narcotics enforcement agencies for legal advice and search warrant review. The unit also handles all Asset Forfeiture cases, depriving drug dealers of their illegally attained money and assets. Once the money seized from these major narcotics offenders is determined to be tied to the sale, transport and/or distribution of drugs, the funds are distributed among law enforcement agencies.
Misdemeanor Court Review
Misdemeanor Court Review is responsible for handling the misdemeanor calendar departments and all misdemeanor appeals. The unit utilizes a large number of interns, including work study, clinical and volunteer. Interns gain a broad view of a trial lawyer’s responsibilities and of how the office operates. This provides invaluable experience to the student and contributes to office recruitment and retention when interns become new staff.
Misdemeanors
Misdemeanor Court Review is responsible for handling the misdemeanor calendar departments and all misdemeanor appeals. The unit utilizes a large number of interns, including work study, clinical and volunteer. Interns gain a broad view of a trial lawyer’s responsibilities and of how the office operates. This provides invaluable experience to the student and contributes to office recruitment and retention when interns become new staff.
Prison Crimes
The Prison Prosecution Unit reviews and prosecutes crimes committed at state prison facilities located in Sacramento County. Referrals include crimes allegedly committed by inmates, staff and visitors, as well as by state prison inmates in transit or in escape status.
Public Assistance Fraud
The Public Assistance Fraud Unit reviews and prosecutes all instances of fraud including allegations of aid ineligibility, non-existing dependents, forgery, duplicate aid, food stamp trafficking or employee fraud. Fraud allegations are investigated by the Department of Human Assistance. Reports of fraud should be made to 916.875.8909 or at the Public Integrity website.
Special Assault and Child Abuse
The Special Assault and Child Abuse unit handles crimes committed against the most vulnerable of victims: children. These victims are the least likely to be able to stop crimes from being committed against them, report crimes to law enforcement and have the support they need to get through the legal process.

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TARGET
The Targeting Armed Recidivist Gangsters Enforcement Team (TARGET) prosecutes violent armed recidivists and current, validated gang members who present the highest level of threat to the community. By collaborating with law enforcement to develop cases from the ground level, TARGET works to intercept and convict these individuals before they injure or kill another citizen.
Vehicle Theft
The Vehicle Theft Unit prosecutes serious vehicle theft crimes, including carjackings, “chop shops,” two strikes vehicle thefts, vehicle thefts involving high-speed chases that result in injury or death and vehicle thefts committed by individuals who have already been convicted of vehicle theft at least twice.

Hotlines

DA´s Office Reception 916-874-6218
DA´s Victim/Witness 916-874-5701
DA´s Domestic Violence 916-874-6171
Sacramento Sheriff 916-874-5115
Sacramento Police 916-264-5471
Citrus Heights Police 916-727-5500
Elk Grove Police 916-714-5115
Folsom Police 916-355-7234
Galt Police 209-366-7000
Rancho Cordova Police 916-875-9600
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