What is the District Attorney’s jurisdiction?
[ TOP ] The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office prosecutes
felony crimes throughout Los Angeles County – a
covering 4,083 square miles. The territory stretches from Antelope
Valley to Long Beach, from Pomona to Malibu. The District Attorney’s
Office also prosecutes misdemeanor crimes in
unincorporated areas of
the County and in 78 of the 88 county cities. Los Angeles County is
larger in population than 42 states in the nation with a population
of approximately 9.8 million people.
Can you provide me with legal advice?
[ TOP ] No. The District Attorney’s Office is prevented by law from
answering legal questions or offering legal advice (California
Business & Professions Code section 6131).
How do I report a crime?
[ TOP ] All crime reports should be directed to the police agency in
the area 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.
How do I get a copy of a police report?
[ TOP ] Contact the police agency that created the report to obtain a
Can you help me clear up a felony
warrant I have against me?
[ TOP ] The District Attorney's Office is prohibited by state law and
the California State Bar Rules from providing legal assistance or
advice to a defendant. You may contact the Los Angeles County Public
Defender at Foltz Criminal Justice Center, 210 W. Temple Street,
19th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone: (213) 974-2811 Fax:
(213) 229-2577 for advice about how to take care of the warrant,
etc. The Public Defender represents indigent defendants. You can
find them online at
Can I gain access to criminal records online?
[ TOP ] The Los Angeles Superior Court is the agency that
archives this information. You must deal with them
directly. You can find them on the web at
How do I find what employment opportunities exist in your
[ TOP ] The District Attorney's Office provides a link to job opportunities
within our office. Please visit
to see a listing of current openings.
I’m a victim of identity theft. How can I restore my
[ TOP ] California law offers powerful solutions for victims of
identity theft. For steps you can take to prevent identity theft or
clear your credit report of negative entries resulting from this
crime, visit our web page on identity theft at
How can I have my criminal record
[ TOP ] Because there are different procedures
depending on what the crime was and how the sentencing was handled, you need to go to
the court that convicted you and request, from the clerk's office -
criminal window, the correct forms and procedures for expungement. A judge will then come to a
decision that could reduce your conviction from a felony to a
misdemeanor or a misdemeanor to dismissal. Another approach is to
request clemency from the Governor of California and the Public
Defender's Office will assist you in accomplishing this or you can
hire your own attorney. With this approach your record is not
expunged, but you're given clemency.
Whom can I talk to about a consumer-related problem?
[ TOP ] The County Consumer Affairs Department, located on the web at
is a valuable resource for reporting a consumer related problem or
in finding information about the types of consumer crimes people
are experiencing. They will only provide services to Los Angeles
How do I verify if a business is operating legitimately or if
it has been the subject of complaints?
TOP ] The Better Business Bureau provides information about
businesses and consumer complaints on the web at
How do I make "spam" stop showing up
in my e-mail? [ TOP ] There are no easy answers to this question. Spam is legally
required to contain an "Opt-Out" option, but using it often adds you
to even more lists that are sold to the spamming community and
increases the amount of spam you receive. Some e-mail programs offer
filtering capabilities to delete incoming spam, but you need to
manually configure this option. The governing authority over this
type of problem is the Federal Trade Commission. They will take your
complaints if you write to
Complaints to the FTC help the agency fight spammers who are scam
Where do I go to make a complaint about a problem with a
privately retained attorney? [ TOP
] The California State Bar Association takes complaints against
attorneys investigates those complaints, and
prosecutes/disciplines attorneys. For more information on how the
State Bar can help, visit their website at
http://www.calbar.ca.gov. The District Attorney’s
Justice System Integrity Division
investigates and prosecutes criminal misconduct among all
individuals working within the justice system in Los Angeles
County, including attorneys, law enforcement officers, and judges. The District Attorney’s
Consumer Protection Division
investigates and prosecutes unauthorized practitioners of law,
including non-attorneys posing as attorneys and attorneys who have
I'd like to report a
case of bigamy, how is that done? [ TOP ] As with all crimes, you need to contact your local law
enforcement agency and make a crime report. Once you make a crime
report to the appropriate law enforcement agency, they will bring it
to the prosecutorial agency which has jurisdiction.
Where do I find information on
child support? Who can I talk to about wages garnished for child support?
[ TOP ] On July 1, 2001, the Los Angeles County
Support Services Department assumed legal responsibility for
child support operations formerly performed by the District
Attorney's Office. Please submit all child support inquiries to a call
center at (866)
901-3212. All written correspondence should be directed to: