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General Trial Unit

The unit promotes justice and protects the people of San Diego by aggressively and fairly prosecuting those who violate the law. This unit is responsible for processing, negotiating and trying all cases to which defendants plead not guilty. The unit handles a wide variety of crimes, including driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, being under the influence or in possession of drugs, battery, vandalism, graffiti, theft, weapons offenses, hate crimes, reckless driving, hit-and-run, furnishing alcohol to minors, minors in possession of alcohol, resisting arrest, embezzlement, credit card fraud and identity theft. Trial deputies handle jury and bench trials, probation revocation hearings, restitution hearings, and cover the arraignment and trial-setting departments. Driving under the influence of drugs and hate crime cases are prosecuted by a specialized team of experienced deputies who vertically handle these cases throughout each step of the criminal process. The unit steadfastly protects the rights of crime victims by obtaining restitution orders and making San Diego a safer community for everyone.