Alpine County, California is one of the least populated counties in the state. Located in the Sierra Nevada nestled between Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe, the county was named for its resemblance to the Swiss Alps and founded during the silver boom in the 1860s. The majority of the land in Alpine County is owned by the federal government (about 96%), making it the highest percentage of land in the state that is dedicated to the public.
Given the fact that it is primarily government owned and sparsely populated, Alpine county offers much to the public in terms of recreation and tourism industries, including camping, hunting, skiing, and fishing.
There is exactly one courthouse, Alpine County Courthouse, located in the county, which was built in 1928 and is still currently in use today.
In 1998, the town consolidated both the Municipal and Superior Courts of Alpine County into a single Superior Court. Today, the Superior Court handles the following matters:
- Both civil and criminal proceedings;
- Juvenile court matters;
- Small claims court issues;
- Assists with some Grand Jury proceedings; and
- Processes traffic tickets, Fish and Game violations, non-traffic infractions, etc.
Those who require public defenders for their criminal cases can expect to receive a criminal defense attorney who works for the county as an independent contractor; the county itself does not have its own division.
If you have a legal dispute or are facing criminal charges in Alpine County, it may be in your best interest to hire local counsel who will already be familiar with the laws in the area. Alpine County lawyers are well versed in legal matters, such as criminal defense, employment law, the cannabis industry, and small business law.
In addition, the county also is home to various legal aid and pro bono services, as well as self-help legal programs.
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