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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WHAT YOU CAN LEARN HERE

  • 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
 

WHAT YOU CAN DO HERE

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

WHAT YOU CANNOT DO HERE

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

COURTHOUSE INFORMATION

 

FAQS / HOW DO I...

For Your Information - 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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