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The Chronicles of Justice
November 2015
Yolo County District Attorney Newsletter
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From the Desk of the DA

YCDA goes to Washington D.C.

In November, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig along with his Chief Deputy, Jonathan Raven, joined more than 100 local, state and federal prosecutors at the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys National Prosecution Summit held two days at ATF Headquarters and one day at The White House. The summit's main focus was to discuss innovative strategies that promote safety and enhance public trust, transparency and confidence in the criminal justice system. 

District Attorney Resig was asked to serve on a panel entitled "21st Century Data Management & Data Sharing: Going Paperless" about the benefits of his office's Paperless System, while Chief Deputy Raven served on the panel entitled "Diversion & Deferred Prosecution: Saving Resources, Improving Outcomes, and Reducing Collateral Consequence" discussing our Neighborhood Court Program.

Both of these programs are examples of how the Yolo County District Attorney's Office is on the cutting edge of serving the people of Yolo County. We were the first DA's office in the state of California to go paperless; and the second, after San Francisco, to implement a Neighborhood Court Program. 
DUI Trials in High Schools
 
In Yolo County, high  school students are getting a dose of reality, as their schools host actual DUI trials. These trials take place in the filled gymnasiums of various high schools throughout the county. The program, which is being presented by the Yolo County District Attorney's office, is an eye opener for high school age students. These live proceedings are intended to educate students, most of them seniors, about the consequences of alcohol or drug impaired driving. The program features relatively young defendants so that the high school students can relate to them. 

Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Matt De Moura, who heads up this program through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, says that he has seen many young people get stopped for DUIs. He gives the message that you can hurt yourself, you can hurt others, and it can be something that really derails your life. So Matt De Moura decided to take the DUI trials on the road. 

During the trial proceedings the students are exposed to all of the normal evidence a jury would see. Portions of the dash camera video are played on a large screen which show the probable cause to stop the vehicle. Then the students are told the blood test and how much alcohol or what amount of drugs are found in the system. 

The defendant in one of the recent cases was found guilty and sentenced to 15 days in jail, fines, and a period of probation. 

Matt De Moura believes that if one student's life can be changed before they end up on the wrong side of a DUI trial, then this program is worth the effort. 

By: Kevin Clark, YCDA Outreach
Holiday Safety Tips
 
The following Holiday Safety Tips were compiled to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holiday season. The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends, and neighbors. The Yolo County District Attorney's Office wishes you a safe, happy, and peaceful holiday season. 

Out and About
1. Shop during daylight hours when possible and shop with a friend. Remember safety in numbers!
2. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. 
3. Don't overload your arms with packages and bags while shopping. Clear visibility and freedom of movement are important self protection habits.
4. Pick your parking spot wisely. Look for a well lit area as close to the store as possible.
5. Do not leave your vehicle unattended while the engine is running, even if you are only going to be away from it for mere seconds. 
6. Have your keys out and ready when approaching your vehicle. 

In your home
1. Install secondary locks on your windows and doors
2. Light the exterior of your home around doors, windows, and driveway.
3. Trim hedges, bushes, and trees to be able to have clear visibility and eliminate hiding spots for would be intruders. 
4. Place gifts where they cannot be seen from outside your home.
5. Do not leave your garage door open unattended.
6. Avoid opening the door to strangers.

Identity Theft Protection
1. Watch for fake deals and fake websites. Often fake websites are created around the holidays offering deals which are too good to be true and look like the real thing. 
2. Watch the point of sale in stores. Skimmers are physical devices that scammers can place on card readers to steal your information as you swipe your card at the point of sale.
3. Stay secure online. Most web browsers now display an image of a padlock or a check mark to show that the site is secure.
4. Use credit cards, not debit cards or checks. As a consumer you have protection guaranteed by U.S. Federal law when you swipe a credit card. 
5. Travel light. Don't carry around your mail or any personal information in your purse, briefcase or backpack. 
6. Check your phone's apps. Make sure you take a closer look at the permissions of all of the apps on your phone. Some apps give access to personal information on your phone. If you are doing online shopping on your phone that information might be available to app creators. 
7. Check your credit during the month of January. If any fraud happens during the holidays and you didn't catch it, you will be able to do so in January.

By: Kevin Clark, YCDA Outreach
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