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Office Locations: Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Career Opportunities: Attorneys, Paralegals, Special Agents, Auditors, Analysts, Clericals, Law Student Interns.

The Criminal Law Division upholds the Attorney Generalís constitutional responsibility to represent the People of California in criminal cases. The division is organized into several sections:

The Appeals, Writs and Trials Section handles post-conviction proceedings. This involves prosecuting felony criminal appeals in state court, responding to petitions for writs of habeas corpus in state and federal courts, and prosecuting death penalty appeals. Deputies also handle criminal investigations, conduct evidentiary hearings, appear in local courts to litigate recusal motions, and prosecute felonies in cases in which the local county district attorney has been recused or otherwise removed from the case. Deputies appear regularly in the California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court, United States District Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and occasionally in the United States Supreme Court.

The Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse is an $18.6 million federal grant program. The Bureau conducts statewide investigations and prosecutes fraud relating to the activities of medical providers receiving funding under the Medi-Cal system. The section also reviews and prosecutes reports of elder abuse and neglect of patients housed in federally funded nursing home facilities.

The Correctional Law Section represents the state in civil rights actions involving state prisoners. This section also represents the Department of Corrections, Board of Prison Terms, Youth Authority and the Department of Mental Health and their employees in cases regarding policies, practices or conditions of confinement of inmates.

The Spousal Abuser Prosecution Program is a local assistance grant program which provides funds to 47 district and city attorneys for the vertical prosecution of spousal abuse by teams of prosecutors, investigators and victim advocates and counselors.

The Special Crimes Unit coordinates the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving largescale, investment and financial frauds and those in which the elderly were targeted. In addition, the unit handles high-tech crimes where the scope and complexity of the offenses exceed the investigative and prosecutorial resources of local law enforcement and other state agencies. The Unit works with both federal and local authorities upon request to handle complex cases that frequently involve multi-jurisdictional criminal activity.

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