Frequently Asked Questions
- I need some legal advice or a referral to an attorney. Can the District Attorney's Office help me with this?
The District Attorney is the public prosecutor for Plumas County and does not provide legal advice or representation for individuals, nor do we make recommendations about private attorneys.
- I was arrested. Can the District Attorney's Office give me a copy of my police report?
The District Attorney’s Office does not release police reports except to defense counsel, or to the defendant when the court has allowed the defendant to represent him or herself.
- I want a restraining order to keep my spouse or other person away from me. Will the District Attorney’s Office do this for me?
The District Attorney does not represent private individuals. If you want to get a restraining order, contact the Plumas County Victim/Witness Assistance Division at (530) 283-6285.
- I am the victim of a crime and I want to drop charges. Can I do this?
The decision to drop charges in any criminal prosecution can only be made by a prosecutor with the approval of a judge. The victim’s wishes alone do not dictate whether or not a case will be filed or dismissed.
If you are the victim of a crime and have questions about the resources available to you, contact the Plumas County Victim/Witness Assistance Division at (530) 283-6285.
- I was the victim of a crime. How do I find out what is happening with the case in court?
To find out the status of your case, contact the District Attorney’s Office at (530) 283-6303.
- I am the defendant in a criminal case. Can I talk to the District Attorney?
Contact your attorney to discuss your case. The District Attorney cannot speak to defendants who are represented by counsel, nor can we provide legal advice to the public.
- I received a subpoena. What do I do?
If the subpoena is from the Plumas County District Attorney's Office, contact us at (530) 283-6303 to confirm your receipt of the subpoena. During this contact, make sure to provide updated contact information so our office can call you if the court date is changed. Otherwise, you must appear in court on the date and time indicated on the subpoena. A subpoena is a court order and failure to appear may be punished as contempt of court.
- I am a merchant. Can the District Attorney’s Office help me collect a bad check?
The District Attorney’s Office has established a Bad Check Program which may be able to help you. For further information, contact us at (530) 283-6303.
- In court, the judge ordered the defendant to pay restitution to me. So far I haven’t received any money. What should I do?
Contact the Plumas County Probation Department at (530) 283-6200.
- Can I report a crime to the District Attorney’s Office?
In most cases, crimes must be reported to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office or other law enforcement agency which has jurisdiction over the area where the crime occurred. A list of the law enforcement agencies in Plumas County is located on this website’s “Links” page (https://www.plumascounty.us/1906/Links).
- I was cited and released by the police. Can you tell me if the District Attorney filed charges against me?
To find out whether charges have been filed against you, contact the District Attorney’s Office at (530) 283-6303.
- Is David Hollister the person working on my case? Can I talk to him?
David Hollister is the District Attorney of Plumas County and, as such, his name appears on most court documents just above the name of the prosecutor who prepared the document. In addition, Mr. Hollister’s name appears on most District Attorney’s Office correspondence just above the signature of the employee who wrote the letter. Therefore, the person who is working on your case is most likely the person who actually signed the court document or District Attorney’s Office correspondence.
- Is Mr. Hollister available to speak before a community group (Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, etc.)?
Mr. Hollister often speaks at a variety of community groups ranging from Chambers of Commerce and Rotary to High School and Grade School classes. Please contact the District Attorney’s Office at (530) 283-6303 to make the appropriate arrangements.
- I am a student and interested in becoming a prosecutor. Does the District Attorney’s Office have any type of program that can help me?
Mr. Hollister is a strong believer in assisting the educational process of those wishing to explore a potential career as a prosecutor. To this end, Mr. Hollister has instituted three programs: a High School externship, a College or Law School externship, and a Law School internship. In each of these programs, the intern/extern will have hands-on exposure to the everyday activities of a prosecutor. For more information, contact the District Attorney's Office at (530) 283-6303.