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Jill Ravich
Jill Ravitch
District Attorney

As a representative of the People of the State of California, the District Attorney’s Office has the responsibility to prosecute all criminal matters in the County of Sonoma. We have a budget of nearly $22 million and a staff of more than 121 employees.

I am very proud of our dedicated attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, claims specialists and support staff who diligently serve the citizens of Sonoma County. We consistently apply equal justice under the law to protect our community and ensure that victims of crime are treated with compassion and respect.

I hope this information provides you with a better understanding of the criminal justice system.

Sincerely,

Jill Ravitch, District Attorney, Sonoma County

Price Gouging After Wildfire Disaster

California Penal Code Section 396 generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services, emergency cleanup services, transportation, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations and rental housing. The Governor has extended the State of Emergency for Sonoma County through April 2018 so the price gouging limitations will continue to apply during this time.

Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in a one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, injunctive relief and mandatory restitution. The District Attorney and the Attorney General can enforce the statute. Our office will investigate all reports of price-gouging.

There are many factors that go into evaluating whether the price gouging prohibitions have been violated. The fact that a price has increased or is greater than what other similar establishments charge is not the sole determining factor. Many times, there are legitimate reasons such as increased costs that may justify a price increase.

Complaints can be made on the District Attorney’s website at http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/District-Attorney/, or by calling (707) 565-5317. It would be most helpful if victims or witnesses could provide the District Attorney’s Office with emails, pictures, or other documentation showing the before and after prices.

A complete copy of Penal Code Section 396 can be found at:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=PEN§ionNum=396.

  • Published on January 4, 2018

    Defendant Ivan Morales was convicted today by a jury of premeditated attempted murder of an armored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, assault with an assault rifle, assault on a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle. Defendant Sergey Gutsu had previously pleaded guilty to premeditated attempted murder of an armored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, premeditated attempted murder of a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle. 

  • Published on January 3, 2018
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that inmate Ricky Phonesai Phachanh, now thirty years old, was denied early release on parole by the Board of Prison Terms after a hearing on December 27th at the Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California.
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