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Property and Evidence
Our mission is to safeguard items of evidence to ensure timely and successful prosecution of criminals, and to return found and recovered property to its rightful owner.
The Property Room is open for property release from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are required for the release of all property. Requests for return of property are usually answered within three working days.
To request property, call PET Kim Van Tassel at (209) 333-6800, ext 2513.
Requests may also be made by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name, case number, and a phone number or e-mail address where you can be contacted. Please do not leave a pager number.
Frequently Asked Property Questions:
How many items are stored in the Property Room?
It is estimated that over 20,000 items are maintained in Property.
Why is an appointment required to pick-up my property?
There are laws that govern the release of property and evidence items. The Property and Evidence Technician is required to research the circumstances surrounding the seizure of the property, and any connecting court cases involving the items. Ownership of the property must be determined before any item can be released. Having an appointment allows the Property and Evidence Technician time to conduct the investigation.
I have been sentenced for my crime. When do I get my property back?
There is a waiting period required by law after sentencing before property can be released. If you are sentenced for a felony, the waiting period is 60 days. If you are sentenced for a misdemeanor, the waiting period is 30 days.
What is evidence?
Evidence is an item that is used in commission of a crime, or an object that can implicate one’s guilt or innocence. These items are not usually returned, unless the items are recovered stolen property. The Court makes this determination.
What is “Safekeeping” property?
LPD holds “safekeeping” property for persons that are arrested. Safekeeping property can also be weapons confiscated after a fight or domestic violence incident that were not actually used in the conflict. The weapons are held to prevent the involved parties from using them to harm another person. Ownership is researched before the release of safekeeping items. In the case of firearms, applicable laws will be researched concerning legal possession of weapons before they are released.