Jul. 29, 2014

Criminal

Sentencing Guidelines

Click here to view the sentencing guidelines for offenses occuring 03/01/07 -06/09/10. Please be patient as it is a large file.
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Click here to view the sentencing guidelines for offenses occurring 06/28/12 -Forward. Please be patient as it is a large file.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the different types of hearings?

• Arraignment - A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime (felony or misdemeanor) is brought into court where there is a reading of the charges against you, reading of your Constitutional rights, entering a plea.

• Pretrial Conference (PTC) - A conference for a misdemeanor case between parties (prosecutor and defense) regarding planning of the trial, review of proposed evidence and witnesses, and setting the trial schedule. May also discuss the possibility of settling the case.

• Preliminary Examination/Hearing (PX) - A felony hearing held before a judicial officer in which evidence is presented so that the court can determine whether there is sufficient evidence or cause to hold the accused for a trial on a felony charge in Superior Court.

• Trial - The examination of evidence and the decision of the issues of law by a judge or jury to determine guilt or innocence. Can be either (1) a bench trial, i.e., a court trial that is heard and decided by a judge, or (2) a jury trial, i.e., a court trial that is heard and decided by a jury, which usually consists of 12 people.

How long should I plan to be in Court?

As a defendant, you should expect to be in Court for a substantial portion of the day to take care of all possible matters.

What should I bring to Court?

When you come to Court it is important that you bring any relevant paperwork having to do with your case, such as:
• Copy of citation
• Appearance letter • Jail release papers
• Bond receipt
• Cash bail receipt
• Documents demonstrating proof of compliance with judicial orders and sentence
• Money for fines and fees

What should I do when I come to Court?

Look for your name, your Courtroom location, and the time your case will be heard on the scrolling calendar monitor. The calendar Kiosk is located near the security station on the 2nd floor of the main courthouse located at 725 Court Street. If your name does not appear on the screen you may go to the Criminal Division in Room 111 which is located on the bottom floor of the main courthouse for assistance. *Note* Information displayed on the calendar monitor is sorted alphabetically by last name, first name.

How do I find out which department my case is being heard in

To find out which department your case is being heard in, please review the Daily Calendar section on this Website (click here) or phone the Criminal Division to speak to a clerk at (530) 406-6705.

What should I do if I was scheduled to appear in Court and my name doesn't appear on the calendar?

If you were scheduled to appear in Court and your name doesn't appear on the calendar, call (530) 406-6705 to speak to a clerk or go to the Criminal Division, Room 111 located on the bottom floor of the main courthouse.

Do I need an attorney the first time I appear in Court?

Whether or not you need an attorney will be determined when you appear in Court. If you can not afford an attorney one may be appointed for you by the court.

I just learned that I have a felony warrant out for my arrest. What can I do?

You can call the Criminal Division at (530) 406-6705 to speak to a deputy clerk who will assist you; turn yourself in to law enforcement or contact an attorney who can advise you.

What can I do if I can't make my arraignment for a misdemeanor charge?

You can call the Criminal Division at (530) 406-6705 to speak to a deputy clerk who will assist you. You can request to be placed on calendar for a “warrant surrender". If your request is granted, and you do not appear for you scheduled court date, you will have to surrender yourself to law enforcement. The court will not grant another court date and the warrant will remain outstanding until you appear.

What can I do if there is a misdemeanor warrant out for my arrest?

If there is a misdemeanor warrant out for your arrest you can contact the Criminal Division at (530) 406-6705 to set a court date for a “warrant surrender" or turn yourself into local law enforcement. *Note* The court permits a “one time" request to be placed on calendar for a warrant surrender. No further court dates will be scheduled if you fail to appear and the warrant will remain outstanding.

When are in-custody arraignments?

In-custody arraignments are held Monday-Friday at 1:30 p.m. in department 9, located at 213 Third Street, directly across the street from the main courthouse. Most in-custody defendants are placed on calendar the morning of court and may not appear on the court calendar.

When are misdemeanor arraignments held?

Misdemeanor arraignments are held Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Department 9, located at 213 Third Street, directly across the street from the main courthouse.

What can I do if I need to post bail for someone in my family?

For information about posting bail, please contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 668-5245.

Do I have to appear in person or speak to a clerk to obtain information about my case?

No, you can access your case information on this web-site by clicking on the link below or you can call the criminal division number at (530) 406-6705 and access your case information via our telephone automated system. At the menu option select: “For court dates and appearance information”. To search a criminal case via the courts telephone system or web site access, you will need to provide a case number or driver license number and date of birth. (click here)

What type of information can I get about my case?

You can find out if you have fines owing, if a warrant exists or if you have a court date and the date, time and department of the hearing.

*Note* At times the age of the case prevents the system from being able to access the file therefore, the information may not be available to you via the telephone or web site system. If this happens, you will need to call the criminal division at (530) 406-6705 to speak to a deputy clerk who will assist you.

How do I go about getting copies of my case?

There are two ways to obtain copies of your case.
• In Person: You can appear in person at the criminal division located in room #111 and the clerk will assist you. The cost is $.50 per each page copied. For certified copies, there is an additional cost of $25.00 per document.
• In Writing: You can request to have copies by submitting a written request. You will need to include your full name, date of birth, which documents you would like copied and the year of arrest/violation along with a telephone number where we can reach you if additional information is needed in order to process your request. The cost is the same as above, but there is an additional research fee of $15.00. You will also need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that the court can return your documents/copies. Mail your request to: Yolo Superior Court, 725 Court Street, Attn: RM. 111 Research, Woodland, CA. 95695.

Is my case information open or viewable to the public and what can they see?

Yes. Anyone can review a case that has been filed with the court. Viewable information includes the charging document, minutes of the court, reporter transcripts, sentencing information and various other documents and filings.

Confidential information such as police reports, probation reports or any document deemed confidential under the law is not made available or viewable to the general public.

Is there a direct line to the Criminal Department for government agencies?

If you are calling from another government agency for reference checks, court dates and times, or background history, please call (530) 406-6705 and notify the clerk that you are calling from a government agency regarding one of the above items.

What is a civil assessment?

A civil assessment is a $300 penalty issued for failing to appear for court or for failing to pay your fines.

What can I do if I've been issued a civil assessment?

If you have been issued a civil assessment you have 15 days to contact the Court to schedule a Court date to stop the process. After 15 days the civil assessment is final and you will need to file a “Motion to Vacate Civil Assessment". At this point a civil assessment can only be dropped per the Judge's discretion. The filing fee for this process is $60.00.

What can I do if I want to have a non-motor vehicle related infraction or a misdemeanor conviction dismissed from my record?

If you were convicted of a non-motor vehicle related infraction or misdemeanor and were not placed on probation, you or an attorney can file a Petition per PC 1203.4a and Order for Petition per PC 1203.4a to have the charges dismissed from your record. Click here for more information. A filing fee of up to $60 may be collected by the court, to be determined by the judge.

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What can I do if I have a conviction which included probation as part of sentencing and I want to have it dismissed from my record?

If you want to have a charge dismissed from your record and sentencing included being placed on probation, you or an attorney can file a Petition per 1203.4 and Order for Petition per 1203.4

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A filing fee of up to $150 may be collected by the court, to be determined by the judge.

What does the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) abstract term mean?

Abstracts - A summary of the sentence in your case. The DMV may request an abstract pertaining to your case. If you are coming to the Court for this reason, please bring a print-out from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Location and Hours

Main Courthouse
725 Court Street, Room 111
Woodland, CA 95695

Phone: (530) 406-6705
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday

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