Media FAQs

Who may I contact regarding a media inquiry?

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

Our Media Relations Division team consists of:

  • Shiara Dávila-Morales, Chief of Media Relations
    For matters including appellate cases, post-conviction litigation & discovery and Public Records Act requests

  • Greg Risling, Assistant Chief of Media Relations
    For cases filed by the Justice System Integrity, Public Integrity, Major Crimes, Major Narcotics, Sex Crimes, Family Violence, Target Crimes and Juvenile divisions

  • Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer 
    For cases filed in the Airport, Alhambra, Antelope Valley, Bellflower, Burbank, Compton, Downey, El Monte, Glendale, Inglewood, Long Beach, Norwalk, Pasadena, Pomona, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Torrance, Van Nuys and West Covina courthouses

  • Paul Eakins, Public Information Officer
    For cases filed by the Bureau of Central Operations in the Foltz Criminal Justice Center and the East Los Angeles and Metropolitan courthouses, and by the Cyber Crime, White Collar Crime and Organized Crime Crimes divisions, and the Healthcare Fraud, Public Assistance Fraud, Auto Insurance Fraud and Consumer Protection divisions

  • Venusse Navid, Public Information Officer
    For matters including LADA’s digital and social media communications and Courageous Citizen Awards

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 (http://sheriff.lacounty.gov). Information for state prison inmates may be obtained from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (www.cdcr.ca.gov).

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 (www.courts.ca.gov/10018.htm) for the statewide rules and forms. For more information about local practices, visit the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s website (www.lacourt.org) 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.