Orange County budget cuts.
It was reported yesterday that Orange County officials have approved a budget that slashed $1.2 billion from the county budget for the fiscal year beginning in July. The Orange County District Attorney's budget was cut by $8 million leading to likely job losses. The Sheriffs Department's budget was cut by $28 million leading to likely problems for criminal investigations and county jail administration.
It is becoming increasingly common for the Orange County District Attorneys Office to delay the filing of criminal complaints beyond the day scheduled for the arraignment. Sometimes it can be months before a criminal complaint is filed leading to additional confusion and stress for defendants who want to put the case behind them and move on. This is often the case with DUI charges in Orange County as the District Attorneys office often has to wait for the results of blood testing.
With the budget cuts for next year, the problem with late filings is likely to get worse.