Criminal Prosecution

The District Attorney employs Deputy District Attorneys.  The Deputy District Attorneys serve as prosecutors for criminal cases in Shasta County.  The criminal prosecution responsibilities of the various prosecutors are divided among several specialized units within the office.

Misdemeanor Unit

A group of prosecutors is assigned to handle all misdemeanor cases filed in Shasta County.  These Deputy District Attorneys are responsible for reviewing and filing misdemeanor cases, appearing in misdemeanor home courts and handling misdemeanor trials.

Juvenile Delinquency Prosecution

A Deputy District Attorney is assigned to prosecute cases involving juveniles who are alleged to have committed crimes.  This prosecutor works closely with the Probation Department to work toward rehabilitation of the juvenile. 

Felony Home Court Prosecution

A Deputy District Attorney is assigned to assigned to each of the felony home courts (Departments 1 and 2).  These prosecutors handle felony case which are not vertically prosecuted from arraignment through preliminary hearing stage.  Once a case is set for trial, it is assigned to a trial Deputy District Attorney for further prosecution. 

General Felony Unit

These prosecutors handle general felony level offenses that are not captured by one of the vertical prosecution units.  These crimes are varied and include everything from burglary, robbery, vehicle theft, and a wide variety of other crimes. 

Serious Offender Unit

The Serious Offender Unit prosecutors are the District Attorneys most experienced prosecutors, they are assigned to prosecute homicides, serious violent crimes, and other serious and complicated felony offenses. 

Family Violence Unit

The Family Violence Unit is a team of prosecutors assigned to prosecute cases involving the most vulnerable victims.  These prosecutors are specially trained to handle cases involving child sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, stalking and adult sexual assault. 

Consumer Protection Unit

The Consumer Protection Unit operates to investigate and prosecute civilly or criminally businesses or individuals that defraud the public consumer.  A prosecutor is assigned to prosecute these cases and is assisted by an investigator from the Bureau of Investigations.  The Shasta County Consumer Protection Unit often works in coordination with other counties to the benefit of all counties involved.  The goal of the unit is to obtain restitution for these consumers who have been defrauded. 

Workers Compensation Fraud and Automobile Insurance Fraud

A prosecutor and investigators are assigned to investigate and prosecute cases involving individuals who illegally obtained worker's compensation benefits, employers who illegally paid insufficient worker's compensation premiums, and those who obtained automobile insurance settlement monies through fraudulent means. 

Welfare Fraud Unit

An agreement between the Shasta County District Attorney and the Shasta County Department of Social Services, provides for a prosecutor to engage in the prosecution of welfare fraud in Shasta County.  As public assistance programs involve complicated regulations and specialized issues, the assigned prosecutor handles and manages the prosecution of all welfare prosecution case vertically.  Several District Attorney Investigators are also part of the county wide efforts to prevent and reduce welfare fraud and to prosecute those who commit welfare fraud.