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Civil Duties
Deputies perform what is termed "paper service", which includes evictions, unlawful detainers, notices to vacate, and restoration orders. They serve restraining orders, orders to show cause, and orders after hearing.

Court Duties
They conduct other miscellaneous court processes as well. These include small claims actions, family law orders, salary levies, earnings withholding orders, and levy processes including till taps, keepers, and auctions. A "till tap" is where the deputy goes into businesses that have had a monetary judgment placed on it. Via court order, the deputy causes them to turn over their cash register receipts for payment of debt. Receipts are collected in this manner until the debt is repaid.

Coroner Investigations
As coroner investigators, they are responsible for investigating reportable deaths that occur within our county. Any unexpected (or other defined types of deaths by statute) are the responsibility of the Coroners Office - which represents the "coroner" portion of our "Sheriff / Coroner Department".

They determine the manner of death (either suspicious, natural, suicidal, or homicidal) and they assist doctors and pathologists in determining the immediate and the supporting causes of death as well. They are also responsible for the identification of the victim. This can be a relatively simple task using identification at hand, but it sometimes gets more involved. For example, it could include having to collect and document evidence at the scene, or causing for the examination and comparison of dental and/or DNA evidence.

Records
It is the goal of the Records Section to safeguard with integrity all documents entrusted to us; to comply in every respect with all requirements of law; and to provide the highest level of professional service to all of our customers.

Responsibilities
The Records Section is responsible for the recording, maintaining, and retrieving all official records and documents of incidents reported to and investigated by the Sheriff’s Office. The Records Section serves as the central processing unit for criminal records and is responsible for releasing information and copies of criminal and custody records to other law enforcement agencies and the public.

It further manages the Sex Offender files, drug registrant files, and provides personal service at the front counter. There is a fee for obtaining a copy of a report and a Release for Information Form must be completed.  Any report under investigation, forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office or Probation, may not be available.  Suspects cannot obtain criminal reports.

Live Scan
Live Scan fingerprints are taken at the Community Service Unit office in Jamestown. Call 209-984-3012 for an appointment.



James W. Mele
James W. Mele
Sheriff / Coroner
Email

28 N. Lower Sunset Drive
Sonora, CA  95370

Administration
Ph: 209-533-5855
Fx: 209-533-5831
Administration Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dispatch
Ph: 209-533-5815
Dispatch Hours
24/7