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Major Crimes Against Children Unit (FAQs)

What is the criteria for a Major Crimes Against Children case?

What role does Victim Services play in an MCAC case?

Why is it necessary to have a Major Crimes Against Children Unit?




WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR A MAJOR CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN CASE? [TOP]

The MCAC Unit shall handle any case in which great bodily injury or death is inflicted on a child victim 12 years of age or younger. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • PC 187 murder
  • PC 273ab assault on a child causing death
  • PC 207 torture
  • PC 203 mayhem
  • Any other felony where a special allegation of infliction of great bodily injury under PC 12022.7, or PC 12022.8, or PC12022.95 is charged and the victim is 12 years of age or younger



WHAT ROLE DOES VICTIM SERVICES PLAY IN AN MCAC CASE? [TOP]

Seriously injured child victims and their families have significant needs for support from the District Attorney’s Office during the prosecution of their case. Sometimes the child victims are placed in foster care resulting in the need for even more victim advocate involvement and support. The Major Crimes Against Children Unit will utilize a two-pronged approach to providing victim advocate services.

The first prong involves utilization of victim advocates currently in place at the Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Because of their presence at these locations, these victim advocates will often be the first member of the MCAC Unit to have contact with the victim and their family, and can provide immediate services and assistance.

The second prong involves the victim advocates located in each of our branch DA’s offices. These advocates will provide follow-up services, court support, and work closely with the assigned MCAC Unit prosecutor. Together, this two-pronged approach will ensure that all child victims and their families receive enhanced victim advocate services.


WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE AN MCAC UNIT? [TOP]

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is committed to protecting our most helpless victims, our children, from serious injury and death, and prosecuting those who commit these horrible crimes to the fullest extent of the law.  Creation of the Major Crimes Against Children Unit will ensure that we continue to achieve that goal. 

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