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Summit Defense Attorneys – Oakland
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Oakland, CA 94612
oAKLAND, CA Criminal Attorney: Frequently Asked Questions
I've been arrested in Oakland. Where will my court be?
There are two courthouses where criminal cases are dealt with in Oakland, both in the Downtown area:
Criminal cases are dealt with across both courthouses, but if you need to attend traffic court, your case will be heard in the Wiley M. Manuel Courthouse.
Your Summit Defense attorney will inform you exactly which courthouse and department your case will be heard in, and whether you need to attend court at all. You could also contact the Criminal Clerk’s office on (510) 891-6000 (Rene C. Davidson) or (510) 627-4700 (Wiley W. Manuel) for information about where your case is listed. Finally, on the day when your case is in court, you can check the list that is posted at the courthouse each morning to find out which department your case is in, and which judge it is in front of.
Do I have to attend court, or can my attorney go for me?
One of the practical advantages of hiring an attorney to represent you is that they can often go to court for you. If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense, you do not usually need to attend court at all if your attorney goes. However, the exception to this is if your case involves domestic violence, or if the judge otherwise orders you to appear. Further, the accused person must appear in court for all felony matters.
Can I look up the Oakland court calendar online?
You cannot look at the full calendar online, but you can look up your own matter. The Alameda County ‘Find Your Court Date’ search on the Court’s website allows you to look up matters listed up to five days in advance.
You can also call the Clerk’s office on (510) 891-6000 (Rene C. Davidson) or (510) 627-4700 (Wiley W. Manuel), between 8.30am and 2.30pm, for information about your case. If an attorney from Summit Defense is representing you, however, you don’t need to worry about getting information yourself - we will keep you fully informed of your upcoming court date, and let you know if you need to attend.
Where is the jail for Oakland?
The closest jail to Oakland is the Glenn E. Dyer Correctional Facility (the ‘GDJ’), located at 550 6th St, Oakland. Most people who are arrested in Oakland are taken to that facility for booking and processing. However, the GDJ only houses male prisoners. So, if a female is arrested, they are taken to the Santa Rita Jail, located at 5325 Broder Blvd., Dublin. Inmates may also be taken to Santa Rita Jail if the GDJ is at capacity.
Both the GDJ and the Santa Rita Jail are under the control of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. To find out which jail someone is being held at, you can search for inmate information online here, or call the GDJ on (510) 268-7777.
How do I visit someone in jail Oakland?
The Oakland jail visiting schedule is listed on the Sheriff’s Department website. You do not need to book a visit in advance, however, you do need to make sure that you attend the jail without enough time to go through the registration and security procedures before visiting times are over. It is often best to get to the jail as early as you can during the registration period, to avoid delays that may shorten the time you have to visit.
As with all jails, there are rules that all visitors must follow. You should review the rules for visits before going to the jail, available here, and make sure that you follow them at all times. Any violation of the rules, such as inappropriate clothing or trying to take prohibited items into the jail, will result in your visit being cancelled.
How do I help my friend or relative bail out in Oakland?
If your friend or relative is being held at the GDJ, you can post bail there at any time. Their bail will be set in accordance with the bail schedule when they are booked, or else after they appear in front of a judge in court. If the person is released on their own recognizance, however, they will be released without bail having to be paid.
For clients of Summit Defense Attorneys who do not have access to the cash required to post bail, we will recommend a bail bond company that we work with, and that offers our clients a discount. Alternatively, a property bond may be able to be posted in some cases – you should speak to your attorney about whether it is possible to post a property bond in your case.
Can I look up my Oakland criminal record online?
No, due to privacy considerations, your criminal records from Oakland are not available online. If you want to view your record, or obtain copies, then you need to visit the courthouse in person with ID. First, however, you need to make sure that the record is available to view.
To make a request to view a record, call the Court’s Criminal Division at (510) 891-6009. Once you know where the record is available, attend the specified courthouse with identification and ask to view it. You will not be able to take the record outside of the court, but you can pay for copies to be made.
If you need a full and complete copy of your California criminal record, such as for expungement proceedings, you will need to apply to the California Department of Justice for an official copy. This requires fingerprinting at an accredited livescan facility, plus submission of a form and the appropriate fee. Your Summit Defense attorney will help you through each step of this process.
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