District Attorney

Welcome to the Butte County District Attorney's website. The District Attorney's Office is part of the executive branch of government, supporting and enforcing the laws made by the legislative branch and interpreted by the judicial branch.

The staff of the Butte County District Attorney's Office is committed to providing professional services to further the protection of all Butte County residents and visitors. We hope this website is a helpful resource to meet the needs of our citizens.


The links listed in the Butte County District Attorney's website are provided for your convenience and for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any information, services or opinions of any individual or organization. The Butte County District Attorney bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of external website links.

Legal Advice

Before contacting our office, please understand that the District Attorney's Office is prevented by law from answering legal questions, making referrals or offering legal advice. For a list of attorneys who may be able to provide assistance, please contact the Butte County Bar Association website or the State Bar of California website.

If you are a defendant in a criminal case and are represented by an attorney, our office is prohibited from communicating directly or indirectly with you regarding your case. (California rules of Professional Conduct 2-100.)

Reporting a Crime

For emergencies, call 911.

Please contact the police agency, sheriff's office or highway patrol where the crime occurred. The District Attorney does not typically take reports or launch investigations about criminal activity. Reports about crimes or criminal investigation is done by the law enforcement agency where the crime occurred. If the investigating law enforcement agency concludes a crime occurred, the case is referred to the District Attorney's Office for review. For further information about the Butte County District Attorney's role in the criminal justice system, please see the YouTube video at the bottom of this page.

Case Information for Victims & Witnesses

If you are a victim in a case, please contact our Victim Assistance Bureau for assistance at 530-538-7340 or by email. To determine the status of a criminal case filed in the Butte County Superior Court, one can also search the online records of the Butte County Superior Court.

If you are a subpoenaed witness and have questions about your subpoena, please contact our office at 530-538-7463, email the subpoena contact, or visit our Subpoenas page.

Requesting a Lawyer

Suspects charged with a crime may request a court appointed attorney; the opportunity to request a court appointed criminal defense attorney is possible when a suspect first appears in front of a judge. A suspect's first appearance in court following an arrest, citation or notice to appear is called an arraignment and at an arraignment, a judge may appoint an attorney to represent a suspect charged with a crime.

Child Support

Due to state legislation, the Butte County District Attorney's Office no longer has jurisdiction over child support collection and services. The Butte County Child Support Services Department has legal responsibility for child support operations and services formerly performed by the District Attorney's Office.

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