San Diego County District Attorney
The San Diego County District Attorney is the elected district attorney for San Diego County, California. This office is responsible for the prosecution of both felony and misdemeanor violations of California state law that occur within the jurisdiction of San Diego County, California. Courts within their jurisdiction includes the San Diego Superior Court, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, and the California Supreme Court. Federal law violations are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. The current District Attorney (since 2003) is Bonnie Dumanis. Her predecessor was Paul Pfingst.
As in most of California, some misdemeanor crimes are prosecuted by local city attorneys. City attorneys prosecute misdemeanors and infractions that are violations of the municipal code governing the incorporated city's jurisdiction. All other misdemeanor, felony, and infraction violations that occur within San Diego County are prosecuted by the district attorney.
The main office is located in Downtown San Diego in the Hall of Justice, with three regional centers in El Cajon, Chula Vista, and Vista. As of 2011 the District Attorney's office employs 310 attorneys.
The District Attorney's office claims a 94.1 percent conviction rate. The conviction rate for driving under the influence (DUI) in 2010 was 98% of 11,000 people charged with felony or misdemeanor DUI.
In the first 20 years of San Diego County there were 23 men that held the office of district attorney, the first being William C. Ferrell.
Partial List of District Attorneys
|District Attorney||Took office||Left office||Party||Notes|
|William C. Ferrell||August 19, 1801||May, 1851|
|James W. Robinson||1852||1856|
|Joseph R. Gitchell||1856||1858|
|William C. Ferrell||1859||1859|
|Dr. David B. Hoffman||1859||1861|
|William T. McNealy||1870||1873||Youngest District Attorney ever elected at age 21|
|William T. McNealy||1873|
|Martin L Ward|
|Adelbert H. Sweet||1894||1861|
||Orange County||Riverside County||Riverside County|
|Pacific Ocean||Imperial County|
|Pacific Ocean||Tijuana Municipality, Baja California||Tecate Municipality, Baja California|
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