The following links and resources are provided by the Law Offices of Donald A. Nobles in Walnut Creek for the benefit of individuals and families throughout the East Bay seeking information on California criminal law and procedure. We hope this information is helpful to you in answering your questions. If you or a family member has been arrested and your are in need of strong, effective criminal defense in Alameda, Contra Costa or Solano County, please contact the Law Offices of Donald A. Nobles for assistance.
The California Judicial Branch is the main website for all 58 superior courts hearing criminal cases throughout the state, as well as the Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court.
The Alameda County Superior Court handles criminal trials throughout the county, with courts in Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, Pleasanton, Fremont, San Leandro and more.
Alameda County Bail Schedules can be helpful information in determining bail for any felony, non-traffic misdemeanor or infraction.
The Solano County Superior Court handles criminal trials throughout the county, with its main offices in Fairfield and a branch court at the Solano Justice Center in Vallejo.
Solano County Court Bail Schedules can be helpful information in determining bail for any offense charged in the county.
The California Court of Appeals is the first stop in appealing a conviction from superior court. The Courts of Appeal are divided statewide into six appellate districts, including the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, with jurisdiction over Alameda and Solano counties, among others.
The California Supreme Court is the state’s highest court. Its decisions are binding on all other California state courts.
The California Attorney General represents the people of California in criminal matters in the courts and also assists district attorneys and local law enforcement in the administration of the criminal justice system, including coordinating statewide narcotics enforcement efforts, participating in criminal investigations, and providing forensic science services.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation features an Inmate Locator to find a friend or family member in the system, along with guidelines for visiting, making calls, or sending money, packages, or messages. This site also hosts a community resource directory with tips on programs available to help people get a job or make a new start after release from incarceration.
The California Bar Association publishes a series of informational pamphlets for the public including What Should I Know If I Am Arrested? This pamphlet answers questions on many aspects of criminal law, including arrest warrants, bail, arraignments, preliminary hearings, and search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.
The California Criminal Jury Instructions, although written for judges and attorneys, may be useful in helping members of the public understand the elements of various crimes, including DUI, traffic offenses and drug offenses, what elements make up various defenses, what factors influence sentencing, and much more.