About Orange County District
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, “As the sole countywide law enforcement agency
in Orange County, the Office of the District Attorney represents the People of California in some civil and in most criminal
proceedings. Tthe Office has a budget of $80 million and a staff of 650 including executive managers, attorneys, investigative
staff, paralegals and legal support staff, and administrative staff. The Office’s 250 attorneys annually
prosecute over 80,000 cases. Office personnel are located in six Justice Centers (Central, Harbor, North,
South, West and Juvenile) throughout the County.”
The District Attorney has a number
of specialized units such as insurance fraud, worker’s compensation fraud and juvenile crime.
According to the Orange County District
Attorney’s Office “The Office of the District Attorney has a vertical unit to prosecute automobile insurance fraud.
There are many kinds of auto insurance fraud including fraudulent or false claims by drivers, schemes involving staged
collisions or accidents in which medical and legal professionals are involved, and insider fraud by persons employed by auto
California’s employers must maintain
Workers Compensation Insurance coverage for their employees. The system exists to create a mechanism
for employees to receive treatment and compensation for injuries which occur on the job. The system
is expensive for employers who have faced premium increases in recent years. There is huge fraud in the
system, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office maintains a vertical unit devoted to prosecution of crimes
involving fraud in Workers Compensation Insurance.
The Office of the District Attorney
is responsible for presenting evidence in Juvenile Court of the criminal activity of minors within Orange County. In a juvenile
court hearing, the prosecuting attorney appears on behalf of the People of the State of California. The District Attorney’s
Office is also responsible for referring and monitoring juveniles placed in Juvenile Drug Court and filing petitions on chronic
truants. Unlike adjudication in adult criminal court proceedings, the goal of juvenile delinquency law is to rehabilitate
the minor, not necessarily punish or incarcerate. The minor is represented by an attorney on his or her behalf.
The primary duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice in light of the special interests and needs of the juvenile as
well as the safety and welfare of the community.”