Criminal Court

Criminal Court is the court where the state holds people accountable for violations of criminal law. Only the State, through the office of the District Attorney in each county, can charge individuals with criminal violations. For more  information about how criminal cases proceed, see the: Overview of the California Court System. Criminal cases range from infractions to misdemeanors to felonies.
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  • You can learn about different types of criminal violations
  • How arrest warrants work
  • How to post and get back bail/bond
  • How to get copies of criminal court records
  • How to get protective/restraining orders
  • How to pay fines
  • Information about Drug Court Services
  • Appeal a conviction


  • You can get resource and referral information
  • Find links to court rules and forms that you may need for your case


  • You cannot post bond
  • Pay fines
  • File documents through this website




For Your Information

Effective January 5, 2015, Criminal Clerk's Offices will be open until 4:30pm. Click here for more information.
*NEW* Form Adopted for Petitioning to Reduce a Felony to a Misdemeanor Under Penal Code Section 1170.18 (aka "Proposition 47")
New form for persons who have completed their sentences to use to request a reduction of a felony to a midsdemeanor as permitted under Penal Code section 1170.18(f).  For more information and to obtain the new form, click here.
New Form Adopted for Petitioning to Reduce Sentence Under Penal Code Section 1170.18 (aka "Proposition 47")

New form for defendants currently serving sentences for certain felony convictions to use in seeking a reduction in sentence as permitted under Penal Code section 1170.18(a).  For more information and to obtain the new form, click here.

Government Entities to be Charged Fees for Copies of Criminal Records

Effective August 1, 2014, the Court will begin charging other government entities for copies of criminal records. The charges for criminal records requests made by other government entities are specified in statute and are defined as $.50 per page and $1.00 per page for certifying to a copy. When fully implemented, the new fees will be accompanied by the launch of a web portal for criminal records requests that will allow the public and other government entities to request criminal records online.

Orders regarding Genetic Marker Typing

Defendants in criminal cases may be ordered to submit two (2) blood samples and one (1) saliva sample for the purpose of Genetic Marker Typing pursuant to Section 296 of the Penal Code.  Samples will be obtained in a medically approved manner.
If the defendant is in custody, samples will usually be taken before the defendant is released.
If the defendant is out of custody, the defendant should report to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory at 15001 Foothill Blvd., 2nd Floor in San Leandro with a copy of the order from the judge on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  Please note that you must arrive by 3:00 PM to ensure time for sampling.  The Sheriff's Office will conduct the prescribed sample collection for all qualifying out of custody defendants.
For more information, please contact the Alameda County Sheriff's Office at the Criminalistics Laboratory at (510) 667-7700.
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