Government Agency Legal Services in Contra Costa County, California
There are several government agencies that can offer legal help to you. In Contra Costa County these include:
Department of Child Support Services (DCSS)
The County agency responsible for establishing, collecting, and distributing child and medical support for minors as part of California's effort to nurture and protect children and to help them and their families achieve self-sufficiency.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
The State's Department of Motor Vehicle website can help you find the nearest DMV office to you, and much more.
District Attorney Office
The mission of the County's District Attorney’s Office is to seek justice and enhance public safety for all our residents by fairly, ethically, aggressively and efficiently prosecuting those who violate the law, and by working to prevent crime.
The responsibilities of the County's Public Defenders includes legal representation in adult criminal cases charging felony or misdemeanor offenses (non-traffic offenses), in juvenile delinquency cases, and in family law contempt matters as referred by Family Law bench officers
Public Law Library
The Contra Costa Public Law Library makes available informational resources for the legal research needs of the general public.
The County's public libraries often have legal self-help books, or knowledge of on-line resourses that may assist you.
The County's Sheriff's Department - besides enforcing the law - may be involved in enforcement of court judgments in some civil law suits, such as Small Claims.
Victim Witness Assistance Program
The County's District Attorney's Office has a program to reduce the trauma and insensitivity that victims and witnesses sometimes suffer following a crime, including domestic violence. In this program, advocates guide victims through the legal system and direct them to agencies and organizations that offer assistance and emergency services.
The County's Clerk Recorder Office has copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce records for Contra Costa County.
- To learn about more Contra Costa County services, click here.
- To learn more about California State Agencies, click here.
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