The District Attorney's Office
Our office investigates and prosecutes crime in San Francisco and supports victims of crime. We also bring actions involving consumer fraud, including real estate fraud, insurance fraud and financial fraud against elders; and we bring actions to ensure environmental protection. We have over 200 staff working hard everyday to serve the people of San Francisco and fight crime. We are made up of prosecutors, victim advocates, paralegals, and other support staff. Our office contains three major departments: the Operations Department, the Special Operations Department and the Support Services Department.
The Office's Operations Department is responsible for prosecuting violent crimes and lesser offenses committed within the City and County of San Francisco that diminish the livability of our community. This Department is led by Chief Assistant District Attorney Sharon Woo and includes the Criminal Division, Victim Services Division and the Collaborative Courts Division. The criminal division is organized into 10 units and files approximately 12,000 misdemeanor cases a year and 8,000 felony cases a year. The Criminal Division is divided into 9 different units, including: misdemeanors, preliminary hearings, general felonies which includes narcotics, domestic violence and physical elder abuse, gangs, sexual assault, child assault, juvenile, and homicide. Marshall Khine is Chief of the Criminal Division - Horizontal Units, and David Merin is Chief of the Criminal Division - Vertical Units.
Victims Services Division
The Victim Services Division provides comprehensive services and support to victims of crime and witnesses to crime. The services include: assistance with state Victim Compensation Program claims; crisis intervention; help navigating the criminal justice system; resources and referrals; witness relocation; child care assistance, transportation; and more. Maria Bee is Chief of the Victim Services Division.
The Office's Special Operations Department is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of various types of corruption and white-collar and economic crimes committed in the City and County of San Francisco. Divided into highly specialized units, this Department is led by Chief Assistant District Attorney David Pfeifer and includes the White Collar Division, Investigations Division and the Brady, Appellate and Training Division. The Division is divided into two units: Special Prosecutions and Economic Crimes which involves the prosecution of a range of crimes, including but not limited to: public integrity, financial elder abuse, bad check enforcement, consumer protection, environmental justice, and insurance fraud. June Cravett is Chief of the White Collar Division.
District Attorney Investigators play a critical role in prosecuting offenders. The District Attorney's Bureau of Investigations (DAI) is composed of sworn peace officers who work closely with our prosecutors to fully develop documentary, physical, and testimonial evidence for trial. In addition, DAI also investigates certain types of White Collar Division cases. James Kerrigan is the Chief of DAI.
Brady, Appellate and Training Division
Wade Chow is Chief of the Brady Appellate and Training Division. The Trial/Brady Integrity Unit is primarily responsible for satisfying the Office’s constitutionally-compelled discovery obligations under the decision of Brady v. Maryland from the United States Supreme Court.
The Law & Motion/Writs & Appeals Unit researches, writes and argues all writs and appeals generated by the Office and handles post-trial legal requests for relief to courts above the trial court level, as well as People's writs to challenge court actions while a case is pending at the trial level. Laura van Munching is the Managing Attorney.
The Staff Training & Intern Unit identifies all office personnel training needs and seeks to fill them by obtaining the best possible resources and lecturers to assist staff.