Ventura County, CA

Ventura County is a county in Southern California with an estimated population of around 850,000. The county seat is the city of Ventura, and the largest city is Oxnard. There are eight other incorporated cities in Ventura County, including Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ojai, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore, Port Hueneme, and Santa Paula. The county covers 1,882 square miles, stretching from the beaches to the rugged mountains.

Ventura County has a low crime rate and is considered among the safest in all of California. Even so, arrests happen often. If you are charged with a crime anywhere in Ventura County, you will want to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.


Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney

A nationally recognized leader in California marijuana law and complex interstate cases stemming from violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Jay Leiderman is among the less than 1% of California lawyers who has gone through the difficult steps required to be complex certified in Criminal Law through the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. Jay Leiderman has years of experience defending criminal cases ranging in severity from shoplifting to murder in both state and federal court.

Headquartered in Ventura, he works with clients throughout Ventura County and has the skill, knowledge, and experience necessary to fight the charges against you effectively. Contact (805) 654-0200 today for a free, confidential consultation to develop a strategy specifically tailored to the unique facts of your case.

Overview of Criminal Law in Ventura County


Ventura County District Attorney

If you were arrested in Ventura County for a violation of state law, then your case will be prosecuted by an attorney with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office in Ventura, CA, files tens of thousands of criminal cases against adult and juvenile offenders (link) each year.

California Government Code Section 26500 designates the district attorney’s primary duty as investigating and prosecuting criminal offenses on behalf of the people of the State of California. The District Attorney’s Office works with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments to investigate and prosecute crimes that occur in Ventura County.

District attorneys prosecute both misdemeanors and felonies before the state’s trial courts. Prosecutors enjoy great discretion in deciding which cases to prosecute and how to conduct the prosecutions. The district attorney in each county has the responsibility of hiring its staff to provide data, personnel, and budget services.

You can visit the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office here to learn more, including biographical information on the Assistant District Attorneys who prosecute criminal cases in Ventura County.


Back to top

District Attorney Elections

Under Subsection 1(b) or Article 11, of the California State Constitution, the California Legislature must provide each county with an elected district attorney. As a result, California currently has 58 counties and 58 elected district attorneys.

Elections for the district attorney in each county are held once every four (4) years. In most counties, the election for the district attorney’s position is held at the same time as the election for the Governor. Elected in March of 2002, the current District Attorney is Gregory D. Totten who assumed office on November 1, 2002. In 2018, he was re-elected to his fifth term.


Back to top

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office works with the District Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute crimes in Ventura County, CA. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) is contracted to provide law enforcement for the cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Thousand Oaks, and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. The rest of the cities in Ventura County have their own police departments that work closely with the VCSO, including police departments in the incorporated cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Port Hueneme, and Santa Paula.

In California, the sheriff is elected in the county general elections. In February of 1873, Sheriff Frank Peterson was elected as the first sheriff in Ventura County. Since then, seventeen (17) other sheriffs have served the sheriff’s office in Ventura County, CA. The current sheriff is William Ayub.

The main headquarters of the VCSO is located in the city of Ventura at:

800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009

They can be reached at (805) 654-2380 for non-emergencies. You can also visit the VCSO website for a full list of branch patrol station locations and contact info, or find them on facebook.


Back to top

Ventura Police Department

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) for the City of Ventura is a high-tech, modern police department on par with nationwide standards. The VPD patrol cars are equipped with a computer-aided dispatch system and mobile digital computers in each vehicle.

Each year, the Ventura Police Department handles more than 90,000 calls for service and processes nearly 40,000 police report. The VPD has more than 170 employees, more than 130 of whom are sworn officers. The current Police Chief of VPD is Chief Ken Corney.

You can visit their website to file a police report, search an interactive crime map, and more, or contact their non-emergency number at (805) 339-4400. The main VPD building is located at:

1425 Dowell Dr, Ventura, CA 93003

The public lobby is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.


Back to top

Ventura County Harbor Patrol

The Ventura County Harbor Patrol provides limited law enforcement services and manages small boat & commercial fishing marinas, transient docks, and liveaboard inspections. The agency operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

The headquarters of the Ventura County Harbor Patrol are located at Channel Islands Harbor at:

3900 Pelican Way in Oxnard, CA

The main phone number is 805-382-3000.

The agency coordinates with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, and the Coast Guard. You can visit their website here to learn more.


Back to top

Courts in Ventura County

In Ventura County, CA, there are three (3) courthouse locations.

  • The Ventura – Hall of Justice handles Criminal Cases including felony and misdemeanor offenses.
Ventura – Hall of Justice
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
(805) 289-8900
  • The Oxnard – Juvenile Courthouse handles cases in which a juvenile is accused of a crime in Juvenile Dependency Court.
Juvenile Dependency Court
4353 E. Vineyard Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93036
(805) 289-8820
  • The Simi Valley – East County Courthouse only handles traffic cases.
Traffic Court
3855-F Alamo Street
Simi Valley, CA 93063
(805) 639-5010

Back to top

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Ventura County, CA

If you or a loved one were arrested anywhere in Ventura County, you should consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately. Often the earlier in the criminal proceedings that you retain a lawyer the better the overall outcome you can expect.

Jay Leiderman Law has years of experience defending Ventura County residents against allegations involving countless crimes, from minor petty offenses up to rape and murder. He is also recognized by the State Bar as being a specialist in Criminal Law, a designation attained only by a tiny percentage of criminal lawyers in California.

Call (805) 654-0200 for a free initial consultation and together we can find the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you and formulate the best strategy for your defense. Jay Leiderman Law will be there with you and your family every step of the way.


Back to top