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Frequently Asked Questions

If I am the victim of a crime, how can I make a report?

Can you provide me with legal advice?

If I am the victim in a domestic violence case, can I drop charges?

My business was the victim of a non-sufficient funds (NSF) bad check. What can I do?

I am the victim of someone who passed a bad check. What can I do?

Where can I find out more information about wages garnished for child support?

Who do I contact if I would like to make complaint against a Peace Officer?

Who do I contact if I would like to make a complaint against the District Attorney’s Office?

How can I obtain a temporary restraining order?

Where can I find out more information about issues related to child custody?

How do I go about getting my gun or property returned?

How do I report a Brown Act or open meeting violation? Or what if I also have any other concerns regarding an elected person or body?

I was the victim of a violent crime. What services are available to me?

I am seeking a pardon from the Governor and I am required to notify the District Attorney's Office of my request for Executive Clemency. To whom and where do I mail my notice?

What if I have another question that is not listed above?



If I am the victim of a crime, how can I make a report? [TOP]
Please contact the appropriate police agency or sheriff's office. The District Attorney does not initiate reports.



Can you provide me with legal advice?
[TOP]
No. The District Attorney's Office is prevented by law from answering legal questions or offering legal advice (California Business & Professions Code section 6131).



If I am the victim in a domestic violence case, can I drop charges?
[TOP]
No. Once a police report is made, the matter is out of the hands of the complainant and is now a decision made by the District Attorney's Office. A private citizen cannot "drop charges."



My business was the victim of a non-sufficient funds (NSF) bad check. What can I do?
  [TOP]
If you are a local business in San Bernardino County that has been the victim of a non-sufficient funds (NSF) check, please contact the District Attorney's Check Restitution Program.



I am the victim of someone who passed a bad check. What can I do?
[TOP]
If you are a private citizen in San Bernardino County who has been the victim of a bad check, contact your local law enforcement.



Where can I find out more information about wages garnished for child support?
[TOP]
The San Bernardino County Child Support Services Department has assumed legal responsibility for child support operations formerly performed by the District Attorney's Office. Please contact the Department of Child Support Services or click here.



Who do I contact if I would like to make complaint against a Peace Officer?
[TOP]
Please contact the police officer's direct supervisor.



Who do I contact if I would like to make a complaint against the District Attorney’s Office?
[TOP]
Please send, in writing, to:

San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office
303 West 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0502

Or Email: da@sbcda.org



How can I obtain a temporary restraining order?
[TOP]
The San Bernardino Superior Court offers a free online program to fill out the forms to request or respond to a Domestic Violence Restraining Order. Click here to go to the San Bernardino Superior Court site.



Where can I find out more information about issues related to child custody?
[TOP]
Please contact the courts or click here.



How do I go about getting my gun or property returned?
[TOP]
Please contact your attorney, not the District Attorney.



How do I report a Brown Act or open meeting violation? Or what if I also have any other concerns regarding an elected person or body?
[TOP]
Please submit your complaint in writing to:

San Bernardino County District Attorney
ATTN: Public Integrity Unit
303 West 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0502

Or
click here to report a complaint via the Internet.



I was the victim of a violent crime. What services are available to me?
[TOP]
Our Bureau of Victims Services offers a variety of services to victims of crime. Please visit this
section on this site.



I am seeking a pardon from the Governor and I am required to notify the District Attorney's Office of my request for Executive Clemency. To whom and where do I mail my notice?
[TOP]
Please mail your notice to the following address:

San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office
ATTN: Request for Executive Clemency
316 N. Mt. View Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0004



What if I have another question that is not listed above?
[TOP]
Call or visit one of our
branch offices, and we will try to assist you with your inquiry. Please be advised that the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office cannot give legal advice on private legal issues.

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It is the mission of the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office to represent the interests of the people in the criminal justice system, as mandated by California State law. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office serves the residents of San Bernardino County by: seeking the truth, protecting the innocent; holding the guilty accountable; preserving the dignity of victims and their families; and, ensuring that justice is done while always maintaining the highest ethical standards.

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