Sexual Assault Unit


The Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) handles the prosecution of all felony sexual assaults by adults, against adults and minors.

In addition, it handles all felony physical abuse cases against minors.


The prosecution of these cases begins only after a police investigation is completed and the police agency presents this unit with the results of that investigation in the form of police reports, at which time charging decisions are made.

The unit is a vertical prosecution unit, which means one Deputy District Attorney is assigned to the case from the beginning to the end. This enables more effective prosecution as the prosecutor has an in-depth knowledge of the case. In addition, this allows for a better rapport between the victim and the prosecutor.

The unit makes every effort to respect confidentiality requests of victims, and to deal with these cases in as sensitive and respectful a manner as possible. 

Victim Resources

  • Community Violence Solutions  (510) 237-0113
  • Rape Crisis (800) 670-7273
  • West Contra Costa Family Justice Center (510) 965-4949