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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today a collaboration with District Attorneys and United States Attorneys from across California, as well as the national nonprofit Childhelp, to share important facts and resources this week. If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, you are not alone. Visit the Ventura County […]

Social Media Harassment Awareness

Social Media Harassment Awareness

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that county residents should be mindful of potentially unlawful social media posts during the current political climate. While we support a citizen’s right to free speech and the posting of personal opinions on the internet, there are risks and potential criminal liability associated with intentionally […]

Public Service Announcement about Consumer Mediation Services

Public Service Announcement about Consumer Mediation Services

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten wants to remind the public about the free consumer mediation service provided by the District Attorney’s Office. This service may be especially beneficial to consumers during the current public emergency, as all small claims court cases are suspended at this time. The staff of the Consumer Mediation […]

District Attorney Alerts Community to New Price Gouging Executive Order

District Attorney Alerts Community to New Price Gouging Executive Order

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten wishes to alert county residents of a new Executive Order by Governor Gavin Newsom regarding price gouging. Pursuant to Executive Order N-44-20 issued April 3, 2020, retailers may not charge a price that is ten percent greater than the price that they charged on February 4, 2020, for food, consumer […]

Charges will not be filed by DA Against Westlake Man Accused of Child Abuse – Case Dismissed

Charges will not be filed by DA Against Westlake Man Accused of Child Abuse – Case Dismissed

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that criminal charges will not be filed against James Spears, of Westlake Village. The Ventura County Sherriff’s Office investigated allegations involving child abuse by Mr. Spears. After reviewing the evidence, there is insufficient proof that a criminal offense was committed by Mr. Spears.   The […]

District Attorney Opposes Felon Jury Service Legislation

District Attorney Opposes Felon Jury Service Legislation

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today his strong opposition to legislation that would allow felons to serve on juries.  Senate Bill 310, introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner of Oakland, would allow felons, including those convicted of serious crimes such as murder, rape, child molest, and gang crimes, to serve as jurors. The bill as […]

District Attorney Announces Management Appointments

District Attorney Announces Management Appointments

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Cheryl M. Temple has been selected to serve as the Chief Assistant District Attorney. The position is second in command in the office, overseeing 282 employees and some 20,000 criminal prosecutions a year. The appointment is effective August 19, 2019. Ms. Temple received her law degree from […]

District Attorney Greg Totten Deeply Disappointed by Death Penalty Moratorium

District Attorney Greg Totten Deeply Disappointed by Death Penalty Moratorium

VENTURA, California –District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that he is “deeply disappointed by Governor Newsom’s decision to impose a moratorium on imposition of the death penalty in California. In doing so, the Governor is substituting his opinion in place of literally thousands of jurors who, after hearing the facts of these cases, decided […]

TO Assistance Center Opening to Provide Resources to Victims of Borderline Shooting Tragedy and Their Loved Ones

TO Assistance Center Opening to Provide Resources to Victims of Borderline Shooting Tragedy and Their Loved Ones

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced the opening of the Thousand Oaks Assistance Center for victims of the Borderline Shooting tragedy and their loved ones.  With the support of Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Victim Compensation Program, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, direct […]

Three Ventura Males Charged in Christmas Day Stabbing Death

Three Ventura Males Charged in Christmas Day Stabbing Death

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Chris Gallegos (DOB 6/6/1997), of Ventura, along with two juvenile males have been charged in the murder of Joseph Cruz committed on December 25, 2017, in the city of Ventura.  Gallegos and the two juveniles are charged with committing the murder with the use […]

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