Why is the CEPU part of the DA’s office?

Most people associate the District Attorney’s office with the prosecution of criminal activity such as murder, sexual assault, theft, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But under California law, the DA’s office is also responsible for investigating and prosecuting fraudulent, deceptive, and/or unlawful business activity that victimizes Napa County residents, as well as misconduct that threatens Napa County’s environment and natural resources. We also work with the Attorney General and District Attorneys in other counties to prosecute unlawful business activity and environmental misconduct statewide. Our goal is not only to protect consumers and the environment, but to ensure a level playing field for companies that comply with the law.

For more information, contact the Consumer/Environmental Protection Unit (CEPU) by email at [email protected] or by phone at (707) 253-4059.

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1. What is the Consumer/Environmental Protection Unit (CEPU)?
2. How is the CEPU staffed?
3. Why is the CEPU part of the DA’s office?
4. What is the punishment in consumer or environmental protection cases?
5. If I submit a consumer complaint, does the CEPU file a case on my behalf?
6. What else does CEPU do?
7. How can Napa County residents contact the CEPU?