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Due to the quickly changing situation related to the Coronavirus, Kern County has declared a local emergency effective immediately. On Monday, March 16 at 5:00 PM, Kern County moved to an essential-staffing only model until April 14 at 8:00 AM. Most County buildings will be closed to the public with only essential services being offered.



District Attorney Criminal Division

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Kern County District Attorney's Office is to fairly and vigorously represent the People of the State of California in the administration of justice in Kern County.

In furtherance of this mission, this Office is committed to investigate and prosecute criminal cases with professionalism, skill and courage, and to administer the laws of California and the United States equally and impartially as to all persons.


Division Sections

Visit our Criminal Division Sections page to learn more about the following:

  • Branch Operations
  • Complaints
  • Gangs
  • General Felony
  • Juvenile Court Division
  • Misdemeanors
  • Office of Traffic Safety
  • Preliminary Hearings
  • Prisons
  • Special Prosecutions
  • Civil Enforcement & White Collar Crime

Services


Forms

  • Walk-in Complaint Form (PDF) – Submit this form to our office for review after you have filed your report with law enforcement if the agency has completed their investigation and has NOT submitted a request to our office for filing.

  • Good Cause Form (PDF)

  • Forma de Buena Causa (PDF) – Use this form to file for court-ordered custody within 30 days of leaving the alleged abusive parent.


Employment

Attorneys and third year law students who wish to apply for a position as a Deputy District Attorney should mail a copy of his or her résumé to:

Kern County District Attorney
1215 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, California 93301

A limited number of summer internships are available for first and second year law students. Interested individuals should mail a copy of his or her résumé to the address above.

Résumés may also be e-mailed to dahiring@kernda.org.

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