View the latest ABC license applications for alcohol sales at restaurants, bars and special events and learn how to submit a protest letter.
Administrative Citation Enforcement Program (ACE Program)
The City Attorney's non-criminal approach to nuisance abatement and quality of life offenses in coordination with LAPD and the Department of Animal Services, utilizing civil fines instead of arrests, incarceration and criminal records for those who violate L.A.'s Municipal Code. Information on street vending citations is available here, too.
Animal Protection Unit
This unit prosecutes animal abuse and neglect cases throughout the City of L.A., in partnership with the Department of Animal Services, the Humane Society, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and LAPD. To report abuse, call LA Department of Animal Services 888-452-7381. To report animal cruelty or neglect, contact your nearest shelter immediately. For pet adoptions, visit the Department of Animal Services.
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Children Exposed to Violence and Gun Violence (CEV)
The first of its kind in the Nation, CEV within the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney is a trauma-informed unit that supports children from the time a violent crime is committed and is dedicated to reducing the impacts violence causes on children directly or indirectly.
Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program (CNAP)
Prosecutors assigned to CNAP abate nuisance properties with dangerous gang/gun/narcotics, and, when appropriate, prostitution activity, at hotels, motels, apartment buildings, single family dwellings, and businesses. These attorneys file civil lawsuits against property owners, as well as the persons creating the nuisance, to obtain injunctive relief that will abate the specific problems plaguing the particular property and spilling out into the surrounding community. These orders often include comprehensive physical and managerial improvements. CNAP has been in existence for 30-plus years and is staffed by experienced, conscientious, humane and highly professional public servants. CNAP has received multiple federal and state grants for its public safety work and numerous awards and commendations for its public safety successes.
Learn about the City's claims process, download forms and review FAQs.
COVID-19 Legal Assistance
LA Represents is an unprecedented legal assistance initiative to help thousands of Angelenos who are facing extreme hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes helping vulnerable tenants, domestic violence victims and low income individuals with employment, consumer debt, and bankruptcy matters.
Criminal Justice Reform
Under the umbrella of the Outreach and Restorative Justice Division, this is the wide array of restorative justice programs offered by the City Attorney's Office. These revolutionary programs seek to address root causes of criminal behavior while achieving incarceration reduction through prevention, intervention and diversion.
Dispute Resolution Program
Dispute Resolution is a confidential, voluntary and free service in which a neutral third party facilitates communication between two people to resolve their disputes out of the courts.
Domestic Violence resources, support, and an overview of how misdemeanor domestic violence cases move through the criminal justice system. Computer use can be monitored. If you are afraid you're being monitored online, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. In an emergency, call or text 911.
Older adults are sometimes victimized by strangers, caretakers, or relatives. That’s why the City Attorney's Office works with LAPD to protect them and to aggressively target and prosecute those who would physically harm them. Any crime should be reported. In an emergency, call or text 911. If you have questions about elder abuse or need help anytime, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, contact the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-877-477-3646.
Environmental Justice Unit (EJU)
The Environmental Justice and Protection Unit is a specialized prosecution unit that pursues both criminal and civil actions to enforce state and city environmental protection statutes and ordinances. EJU prosecutes a broad range of environmental crimes, including the illegal transportation, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste and toxic materials, underground storage tank violations, storm-water pollution, oil spill incidents, noise and air pollution violations, and fish and wildlife violations.
Gang and Gun Prosecution Section
The City Attorney's Gang and Gun Prosecution Section is responsible for both criminal and civil matters involving gangs and gun violence citywide. The Section is responsible for the vertical prosecution of gang-related crimes, gang enhancements pursuant to Penal Code Section 186.22, prosecution of gang injunction violations, and graffiti vandalism cases. The Section heavily focuses on firearm-related crimes, including possession of loaded and concealed firearms, prohibited persons, brandishing, assault and discharge, assault weapons, gun storage violations, and transactional crimes involving a firearm. The Section also focuses its efforts on securing injunctions against targeted gangs and the civil and criminal enforcement of those injunctive efforts. In addition, the Section is also responsible for administering the Gang Alternative Sentencing and Removal Petition Programs as well as supporting the Gun Violence Prevention Coordinator, Gun Violence Restraining Orders, Domestic Violence Firearm Dispossession and Crime Gun Intelligence Center prosecutor. Communities cannot simply arrest their way out of gang activity. It must be stopped at its source, and this is where prevention and intervention come in, with programs such as those administered by the GRYD Foundation, within the Office of Mayor Karen Bass.
Gun Violence Restraining Orders / Red Flag Law
Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) can temporarily remove guns for 21 days from someone in crisis and in danger of hurting themselves or others. Also known as an Extreme Risk Protection Order or the Red Flag law, a GVRO may be a crucial first step in preventing tragedy. To apply for a GVRO, go to the California Courts. Call or text 911 if you are in danger.
An overview of the City Attorney's numerous programs and initiatives helping people experiencing homelessness, plus helpful definitions and a detailed FAQ.
Neighborhood Justice Program (NJP)
NJP is an innovative restorative justice program that allows some non-violent offenders to avoid court but still take responsibility for their actions. Offenders appear before a panel of community volunteers to discuss the crime, its harm to the victims and community and to determine an appropriate obligation to make amends. This program is currently seeking volunteers to add to its 350-strong army of community change agents.
Neighborhood Prosecutor Program (NPP)
Neighborhood Prosecutors are local problem solvers focused on the most destructive community crimes like drug sales, prostitution, illegal dumping, graffiti and more. Neighborhood Prosecutors and support staff work with each of the LAPD community police stations throughout the City. Connect with your local Neighborhood Prosecutor on this page.
Tobacco Enforcement Operations (TEO)
The City Attorney's Tobacco Enforcement Operations unit develops citywide tobacco-control policies and enforces tobacco-related laws. In addition to issuing Tobacco Permits to more than 4,000 tobacco retailers, this unit advances numerous initiatives to decrease youth access to tobacco products. Learn about the ban on retail sales of flavored tobacco here, too.
The latest from Los Angeles City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto.
U visa Information
Individuals seeking a U visa, as well as attorneys and pro per petitioners, can learn about the U visa application process.
Victim Assistance Program (VAP)
VAP was created to protect the rights of victims while providing services that meet the unique needs of those impacted by crime. Funded by several grants, VAP assists victims and family members recover from trauma suffered due to crime, while increasing the victim/witness' active participation in the adjudication of an offense.