Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVP)

California's Sexually Violent Predator Act applies to persons who have been convicted of forcible sex crimes or child molestation against one or more victims, and who are due to be released from prison. Prior to release, the District Attorney of the county from which the person was sent to prison, may file a petition alleging that the person has a mental disorder that will make it difficult to refrain from committing similar crimes in the future. Attorneys assigned to these cases represent clients at pretrial hearings, jury trials and occasionally in the appellate courts. The attorneys also conduct civil discovery on behalf of their clients, including the depositions of expert witnesses.