Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig
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Yolo County Comfort Dogs
During the month of October the Yolo County District Attorney's Comfort Dog Program was highlighted when Guideposts magazine came to Woodland to do a photoshoot with the dogs and the YCDA Victim Services Program and Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center, as well as interview the team members showing off the amazing work that these dogs do. 

The YCDA Comfort Dog Program started 8 years ago with Daisy, who helps calm the nerves of children who have been abused are being interviewed at the Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center. Daisy has helped not only the children, but parents, staff and others who are on hand during the interviews. 

A few years back, the Yolo County District Attorney's Office received their second comfort dog, Aloha. Aloha is available for all victims of crime when they are being interviewed at the YCDA office. She also accompanies victims to court and is present with them when they take the stand and give testimony during court proceedings. She provides these amazing therapeutic services to help the victims of crime be at ease in these stressful situations. 

The office is so proud of the work that both Daisy and Aloha do and how they contribute to the mission of Seek Justice. Do Justice. 

Pictured Above: Daisy with DA Jeff Reisig
Pictured Below:Daisy with child in court hallway, The YCDA Comfort Dog Team with Aloha and Daisy, Lori Raineri, Daisy's handler and Daisy, Enforcement Officer Tera Lepe in the MDIC interview room with child and Daisy, and the Original YCDA Team that started it all, Lori Raineri, Chief Deputy DA Jonathan Raven, Daisy, DA Jeff Reisig, Aloha, MDIC Director Cameron Handley, and YCDA Victim Services Program Manager Laura Valdes. 
Yolo County District Attorney prosecutor Matt DeMoura testifying in DUI trial in front of students at Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis
DUI Trials at Local Davis High School

For roughly two years now, local high schools, including Davis Senior High School and Pioneer High School in Woodland, have been hosting criminal trials for DUI cases to bring to the students' attention the dangers and potential legal implications of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The defendant in this case was Tracy Cossu, a 48-year-old Vacaville firefighter and paramedic, who was tried, convicted and sentenced on two different misdemeanor counts at Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis. The defendant articulated that she did not feel nearly as inebriated as her blood alcohol content  of 0.145 indicated. She was found guilty of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content of over .08 percent and sentenced to 60 days in jail.

In addition, the prosecutor in this case, Matt DeMoura (pictured above), sentenced Cossu to three years of probation, issued a fine of $1,958, ordered her to enroll in a three-month DUI course and ordered her to install a continuous alcohol monitoring “SCRAM” system on her person that measures her blood-alcohol content at all times.

Cossu's defense attorney, Richard Lansburgh, communicated that his client pushed for her trial to take place in this scene to help the students learn from her mistakes. All of the schools involved with this program, and their respective administrations, have the philosophy that it is their responsibility as educators to, in addition to core subject matter, expose and educate students on crucial life lessons that they will implement outside the classroom.

Supervisor Jim Provenza presenting the 2016 resolution proclaiming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to a domestic violence survivor.  Pictured supporting her are members of the District Attorney's Office Victim Services Division.
2016 Domestic Violence Resolution Presented to Local Survivor

The month of October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).  Domestic violence is a serious social problem and dangerous crime that affects millions of individuals across the United States of America regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, or education.

One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.  Though it is not as common, men are also victimized as a result of domestic violence.

The goal of DVAM is to educate the public to speak out against domestic violence because the issue will continue until society stands up against abusive behavior.  The Yolo County District Attorney's Office will continue to vigorously prosecute domestic violence offenders who commit these life altering crimes, and our Victim Services Division will continue to help domestic violence survivors by providing advocacy, court accompaniment and many other needed services.

Earlier this month, Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza presented the 2016 resolution to a survivor of domestic abuse and you can hear all about her powerful story of survival here:

***  Fraud Alert ***
Online Rental Scam Alert
Online Rental Scam Alert

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is warning Yolo County residents about a nationwide scam involving rental home advertisements on websites such as Craigslist. The scammers frequently copy a real estate listing from a legitimate website and re-post it, claiming that the home is available to rent and that they are the owner of the home. The goal of the scam is to collect a deposit or a payment from the renter before they realize that the scammer is not the true owner of the property.

These scammers often claim that they are unable to show prospective renters the property in person, making it difficult for renters to verify the seller’s identity or view the property before making a deposit or payment.

Common red flags of an online real estate scam include: 1) The advertised rental rate is significantly lower than the typical rent for a home of that size; 2) The property’s representative is unable to meet with the renter in person, often claiming they are out of the state or country; 3) The “owner” asks for cash payment upfront or asks the renter to wire money, especially through Western Union or Money Gram.

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New Faces

The Yolo County District Attorney welcomed our newest District Attorney prosecutor Kari Gannam and her bonus baby! We welcome Kari into her new position and wish her all the best in her future.

Check out this video on our 2016 Senior Resource and Crime Prevention Fair, produced by the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.
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