Media FAQs

Who may I contact regarding a media inquiry?

Contact the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Media Relations Division by email at or by telephone at (213) 257-2000. Office hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays.

How may I get a defendant’s booking photo?

Requests for booking photos should be made to the law enforcement agency that booked the defendant.

How may I find out if a defendant is in custody?

To search for a county jail inmate, visit the Inmate and Jail Information portion of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website ( Information for state prison inmates may be obtained from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (

How may I request permission to record courtroom proceedings?

California law allows accredited news organizations to record trial court proceedings, if authorized by the judge. You may visit the California Courts website ( for the statewide rules and forms. For more information about local practices, visit the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s website ( or call the court Public Information Office at (213) 830-0815.

How may I find out if a person has a criminal record?

California law generally bars the District Attorney’s Office from releasing an individual’s criminal history. As a result, we cannot provide a person’s prior criminal record except when prior convictions are included in a new criminal complaint, information and indictment.

What role does your office play in officer-involved shootings?

When an officer-involved shooting occurs, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division conducts a parallel investigation with the law enforcement agency or agencies involved. We do not provide any information on the pending investigation until it is complete.