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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 67

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Dennis P. Vincent

Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
226,390 votes (20.48%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • PUBLIC SAFETY -- I have over 23 years in felony and misdemeanor courtrooms and will continue to keep public safety a top priority.
  • EFFICIENCY & PROFESSIONALISM: I will be courteous and respectful of everyone in the courtroom and ensure litigation is conducted efficiently and in a civil manner.
  • SENTENCING ALTERNATIVES: As the Alternative Sentencing Court for the District Attorney’s Office in the Antelope Valley, I have years of experience screening cases and recommending appropriate programs for non-violent offenders.

Experience

Education

University of LaVerne, College of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Graduated 3rd in my law school class. (1994)
Southern Illionois University Bachelor of Science, Electronics Management (Graduated Cum Laude) (1990)

Biography

USAF retired

2017 Deputy District Attorney of the Year.

Criminal prosecutor with 23 years of courtroom experience.

Handled hundreds of serious and violent felonies.

Alternative Sentencing subject matter expert.

Married 35 years, 3 children, 5 grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Honorable Steve Cooley, L.A. County District Attorney, (Retired)

Elected Officials (5)

  • Honorable Lisa Chung, Supervising Judge, Antelope Valley
  • Honorable Christopher Estes, Supervising Criminal Judge, Antelope Valley
  • Honorable Benny Osorio, Judge
  • Honorable Bernie LaForteza, Judge
  • Honorable Steve Ogden, Judge (Retired)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (3)

What criteria are most important for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates?
Answer from Dennis P. Vincent:

 

The most important criteria for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates is that candidate’s legal experience.  In my case I have over 23 years in the courtroom with the last 13 years being spent as a felony prosecutor.  I have handled everything from minor driving offenses to murders in the criminal court and am the point of contact for all Alternative Sentencing Court cases in the Antelope Valley.  I also have nearly ten years of  experience in family law and other civil matters such as  landlord/tenant disputes.

 

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Dennis P. Vincent:

 

The courts and judges can assure all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system by being aware of the types of help available, the criteria for obtaining that help and informing the litigants in their courtroom of the types of help available to them.  Judges and attorneys can also go out into the community and meet with different groups to explain the issues and needs confronting the court.  I have personally met with veterans and mental health workers to inform them of existing court programs and the issues we were having with people falling through the cracks.  With the court’s help we were able to craft a new approach to dealing with the mentally ill defendants that has proven more successful than we imagined.

 

Most defendants are held in County jail before trial because they are not able, due to low income or homelessness, to secure bail imposed by the Court at their arraignment.  Does California’s system of imposing bail on defendants need reform?  If so, what would you recommend?
Answer from Dennis P. Vincent:

 

Bail reform is underway in California. (See “In Re Humphrey”.)  I cannot comment further because the Code of Judicial Ethics prohibits judicial candidates from making statements that commit them in cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the courts. I’m sorry but Bail is one such issue.  

 

 

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