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  • General DA

    • Does the District Attorney still handle child support enforcement?

    • How can I file a complaint about how your office handled a case?

    • Can I report a crime directly to the Kern County District Attorney's Office?

    • How do I contact the Grand Jury?

    • Does the District Attorney's Office investigate complaints against attorneys?

    • Does the District Attorney's Office investigate complaints against police officers?

    • Does the District Attorney's Office investigate complaints against judges?

    • I am the victim of a crime, but the District Attorney did not file charges. What can I do?

    • I am the victim in a case, and I want to drop charges. What should I do?

    • What financial assistance is available for victims of violent crimes?

    • Someone claiming to be from the District Attorney's Office wants to ask me some questions. How do I know they really are from your Office?

    • The court ordered that the defendant in a criminal case pay restitution to me. How do I enforce the order?

    • How do I find out if a defendant in a case is currently in custody (in jail)?

    • How do I report suspected Welfare Fraud?

  • Subpoena

    • I received a subpoena from the District Attorney's Office to appear as a witness in a criminal case. What do I do if I am unable to appear on the date stated in the subpoena?

    • I received a subpoena from the District Attorney's Office to appear as a witness in a criminal case. I also received a subpoena from the defendant's attorney to appear as a witness on the same criminal case. Why?

    • I received a subpoena from both the D.A. and the defendant's attorney. The District Attorney called and told me I did not have to appear in court. Do I still need to appear on the subpoena from the defense attorney?

    • I received a subpoena from the District Attorney's Office to appear as a witness in a criminal case. I do not want to spend hours in the courthouse waiting to testify. What can I do?