David Lopez Running for V.V. Judge
Retired Criminal Prosecutor David Lopez is running against incumbent Arthur Harrison in the June 5th special election. Get to know David below:
Since 1989, Prosecuted Hundreds of Serious and/or Violent Felonies, Murder, Sexual
Assault, Physical and Sexual Child Abuse, White Collar Crime.
100% Conviction Rate on all Felonies (including Serious and/or Violent Felonies) against
Criminals taken to Trial.
Assigned to Abolish Chronic Truancy Program. Shifting Focus from Prosecution/Incarceration toward Parental Education
Implemented the Voter Approved Proposition 36 in the Superior Court
Former Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County 1986-1989
Graduate of The University of California, Riverside (Dean’s List) and The University of San
Diego, School of Law
I believe my background and experience make me uniquely qualified to serve as a Judicial
Officer. I am a graduate of the University of California, Riverside, and the University of
California, School of Law. I have been an attorney for 32 years and fortunate to have had
the opportunity to work both as a Defense lawyer for the first part of my career, and as a
prosecutor during the past 28 years.
As a Public Defender from 1986 to 1989, I handled all aspects of criminal defense and
conducted approximately 40 to 60 jury trials. As a Deputy District Attorney for the past 29
years, I have worked in a variety of settings and have conducted approximately 100 jury
trials (most involving serious and/or violent felonies) with a 100% conviction rate on all
felonies. I have been assigned to key specialized prosecution units, including the Sex
Crimes Unit, specializing in Adult and Child Assault and Molestations, worked with the Auto Insurance Fraud Division, specializing in major fraud perpetrated by doctors, lawyers, and other white collar offenders; and was responsible for implementing the voter-approved
Proposition 36 in the Superior Court, for minor, non-violent drug offenders.
Although punishment is a deterrent to crime, I am a firm believer in education, early
intervention, and diversion strategies. For six years, I was assigned to the Abolish Chronic
Truancy Program (A.C.T.), an innovative crime prevention program that gained National and International attention in shifting the focus from prosecution and incarceration toward parental education and responsibility in reducing school truancy. A failed school experience is the major precursor to crime.
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