Below are a list of the most frequently asked questions our office receives. Please take a moment to browse through these questions. Perhaps you'll find the answer you seek...or you'll learn something which can help another.
I would like to receive child support. Does the District Attorney’s Office help to begin this process?
No. Anyone who has a child support and/or medical support order, or wants to establish one, can apply for child support enforcement services by completing an application form (available at Salinas, Seaside and King City Child Support Services offices). After the application form is signed, the child support process begins. For further information and to obtain forms, please visit their website at: www.co.monterey.ca.us/dcss or by calling (831) 755-3700.
I want a restraining order to keep my spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or other person away from me. Will the D.A.'s Office do this for me?
No. There are several community agencies within this community that can assist you with obtaining a restraining order. For agency information go to: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/dvcc/aboutdv.htm and click on Domestic Violence Brochures. You can also file the paperwork yourself. Forms can be obtained online at: www.ezlegalfile.com
How do I file a domestic violence complaint with your office?
All criminal activitymust be reported to the police agency which has jurisdiction over the area in which the crime occurred. Once the agency completes their investigation, the report will be forwarded to our office for review by a deputy assigned to our Domestic Violence Unit.
Can the District Attorney’s Office assist me in adopting a child?
No. You may wish to contact a private attorney regarding this matter.
Does the District Attorney’s Office handle divorces?
No. You may wish to consider contacting a private attorney regarding this matter.
Can you help me file a Small Claims Court case against a merchant or someone I have a dispute with?
No. Small Claims matters are handled in the Marina Traffic Court Division located at: 1200 Aguajito Road, Monterey, CA 93940, (831) 647-5800 or you can obtain forms by visiting their website at: www.monterey.courts.ca.gov
I have a complaint about your office. Who should I contact?
We suggest that you state your concerns and/or complaints in a letter addressed to:
District Attorney Dean Flippo
230 Church St., Bldg. 2
Salinas, CA 93901
Either Mr. Flippo or his designee will address the issue as deemed appropriate.
If I am a defendant, how do I obtain a copy of the police report?
If you are represented by an attorney, he or she will obtain a copy of the police report at the time of arraignment. If you do not have an attorney, the report will be released directly to you during your court arraignment.
I have a question regarding a letter that Mr. Flippo sent to me. Is he the person that I need to speak to regarding my case?
Since Mr. Flippo is the District Attorney for the County of Monterey, his name appears on all of our letterhead. Please refer to the name of the deputy district attorney which is located in the signature area of your letter. If you are a defendant and are represented by an attorney, all attorneys are governed by a code of ethics which prevents them from speaking directly to anyone who has an attorney. As long as you are represented by an attorney, we may speak only to your attorney.
If I was cited and released by a local police agency, how can I find out if the D.A. has filed charges against me?
You can obtain this information by calling (831) 755-5070.
I have been subpoenaed by the District Attorney to appear as a witness in a criminal case. Am I entitled to get witness fees? What if I am unable to attend the court date stated in the subpoena?
Witness fees are within the discretion of the court. You may be granted witness fees plus reasonable and necessary expenses after testifying. If you are unable to attend the date indicated in the subpoena please contact the Deputy District Attorney who is handling the case as soon as possible (before the appearance date) to discuss your conflict. Their name and contact information is on your subpoena.
I am the owner of a business. Can the District Attorney’s Office help me collect on a bad check?
The District Attorney’s Bad Check Restitution Program is designed to return lost monies to the victim, and provide rehabilitation or punishment for the offender. For further information and forms, please visit this section of our website or call (800) 926-2227.
I think I may be a victim of fraud. Can the District Attorney's Office help me?
Yes.Our attorneys are part of a statewide network of consumer and environmental prosecutors throughout California and are referral sources for issues or complaints which may be handled in other jurisdictions. For further information on this matter or to obtain a consumer complaint form, please visit the Consumer Fraud Unit section of our website.
If I am the victim of a violent crime will the District Attorney's Office pay for my lost wages and medical expenses? Am I eligible to receive restitution?
Once the case has been filed, our Victim/Witness Assistance Unit can advise you of services that are available to victims. If the court grants you restitution, our Restitution Specialist will be able to assist you during this process. You may contact both units by calling: (831) 755-5070 or 755-5072.
Can I find out information on a case such as a defendant’s next court date and what charges were filed?
Yes. Our office can assist you with questions that relate to items considered to be of public record. To obtain this information, please call (831) 755-5070 or visit the court’s website at: www.monterey.courts.ca.gov
Can I drop charges against someone once a report has been made?
A: Once a report has been forwarded to our office, the ultimate filing decision will be determined by the filing deputy on behalf of the People of the State of California. Requests made by a victim will be taken into consideration during the reviewing process. If you are a victim of a violent crime, you can contact our Victim/Witness Unit at (831)755-5070 for further assistance.
Can I report a crime to the District Attorney's Office?
A: Incidents should be reported as follows:
Crimes must be reported to the police department or other law enforcement agency which has jurisdiction over the city or county where the crime occurred. Crimes committed in the unincorporated area of Monterey County should be reported to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.
Crimes involving consumer fraud and environmental crimes should be reported directly to the District Attorney's Consumer/Environmental Protection Unit.
You can reach them at: (831) 647-7770.
Please visit the Monterey County Peace Officer’s website regarding contact information for local law enforcement agencies: www.montereycountypoa.org
To file a complaint regarding an officer, please contact the Internal Affairs section of the officer's department.