San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office

Vertical Prosecution


Photo: Ken Puckett, Chief Deputy District AttorneyKen Puckett
Chief Deputy District Attorney

For case information call: (209) 468-2400 or look up your case at the Superior Court of San Joaquin County website.

Deputy District Attorneys in this Division prosecute cases vertically. This means that they are assigned cases immediately after the initial referral and are responsible for those cases to final disposition by trial or plea. This vertical prosecution system means that one prosecutor will usually stay with the case from start to finish, better serving the victims, witnesses and law enforcement officials involved in the prosecution of the crime. The types of cases handled in this manner include Homicide, Gangs, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse & Sexual Assault, Child Abduction, Human Trafficking, and Sexually Violent Predators.