Frequently Asked Questions
In most cases, a crime must be reported to the police department or other law enforcement agency which has jurisdiction over the city or county where the crime occurred. For example, if the crime occurred in Placerville or South Lake Tahoe, it should be reported to the Placerville Police Department or the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. If the crime was committed in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County, the crime should be reported to the Sheriff’s Office. However, there are certain exceptions. Crimes involving consumer fraud, bad checks, insurance fraud, and environmental crimes should be reported directly to the District Attorney’s Consumer/Environmental Protection Unit.
The decision to drop charges in any criminal prosecution can only be made by a Deputy District Attorney with the approval of a judge. A victim’s wishes will be considered, but the final determination as to whether or not charges will be filed or dismissed rests with the District Attorney’s Office.
Contact your local law enforcement agency. They are responsible for the investigation of domestic violence cases. Our Domestic Violence Unit will review the investigation report and file any appropriate criminal charges.
The District Attorney’s Office may be able to help you with unreimbursed medical expenses and lost income. You should contact the District Attorney Victim Witness Assistance Program at (530) 642-4760 in Placerville and at (530) 573-3337 in South Lake Tahoe. To obtain compensation for pain and suffering, you may need to contact a private attorney. If you do not have a private attorney, you can contact the El Dorado County Bar Association at (530) 626-4906 for a referral.
The District Attorney’s Office can provide you with the next court date if we have filed charges against the defendant. To obtain this information, call (530) 642-4760 for assistance.
No, but a private attorney may be able to help you. If you do not have a lawyer, you can call the El Dorado County Bar Association at (530) 303-8051 for a referral. You may also contact The Center for Violence Free Relationships at (530) 626-1450 for assistance.
Whether a witness receives any witness fee is within the discretion of the court. A court can order that you receive witness fees (not to exceed $18 per day) plus reasonable and necessary expenses after testifying. If you have a conflict with the date on the subpoena, contact the Deputy District Attorney handling the case before the appearance date and discuss your conflict. You may obtain this information by calling (530) 621-6472.
To find out whether charges have been filed against you, call the District Attorney’s Office at (530) 621-6472
Mr. Pierson is the County of El Dorado District Attorney and his name appears on most court documents in your case. Mr. Pierson’s name also appears on most District Attorney’s Office correspondence in your case just above the signature of the employee who wrote the letter. The person working on your case is most likely the person who actually signed the court document or letter. This is the person you should contact.
No. All attorneys are governed by a code of ethics which prevents them from speaking directly to anyone who has an attorney. As long as you are represented by an attorney, we may speak only to your attorney. Any questions that you have about your case should be answered by your attorney.
Please write to me at the District Attorney’s Office, 778 Pacific Street, Placerville, CA 95667. I or someone in authority, will contact you in writing, telephone, or schedule an appointment.
No. If you want to file a Small Claims Court case, you can go the the Small Claims Court at 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville or 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 100, in South Lake Tahoe for the necessary forms.
If you are a defendant in a case, and you have an attorney, he or she will obtain a copy of the police report from our discovery clerk. If you have been charged with an offense and you have been arraigned and are representing yourself, you can obtain a copy of the police report. You will be charged $0.10 a page with a $1.00 minimum and you must pay cash and appear in person at the District Attorney’s Office with a picture identification.
In El Dorado County, we have a civil Grand Jury. The civil Grand Jury reviews the civil functions and fiscal affairs of city and county government and its agencies or departments. Its findings and recommendations are filed with the Superior Court. The members of the civil Grand Jury are selected by the Judges of the El Dorado County Municipal Court and Superior Court. These jurors serve for one year. The civil Grand Jury can be contacted by writing to the following address or visit their website.
Grand Jury Foreman
El Dorado County Superior Court
495 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
If you are a defendant in a case, and you have an attorney, he or she will obtain a copy of the police report from our discovery clerk. If you have been charged with an offense and you have been arraigned and are representing yourself, you can obtain a copy of the police report with a picture identification.