Author: Federal Public Defender, CDCA

What is the Central Violations Bureau or CVB?

Posted on June 8, 2017

Central Violations Bureau (CVB) refers to those petty offenses (as defined under 18 USC 19) that occur on federal property, such as federal buildings, national parks, military bases, post offices, Veteran Affairs centers, Social Security Administration Offices, local national forests (i.e., Angeles Crest, Los Padres National Forest), and any other areas that are patrolled or under the jurisdiction of the federal government. In the Central District of California, CVB matters include violations occurring on Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), the Naval bases out of Ventura […]..

What types of offenses are covered by CVB?

Posted on June 8, 2017

CVB offenses are governed by 18 U.S.C. section 19. This statute specifically states that petty offenses include Class B misdemeanors, Class C misdemeanors, and infractions. We will also see Class A misdemeanors on the CVB docket. Here is a breakdown of the particulars for each type of citation: Class A Misdemeanors: The maximum sentence is one year of imprisonment; a fine of up to $100,000; a $25 special assessment; a $25 CVB processing fee; and up to one year of supervised release or 5 years […]..

Do I have a right to a court-appointed attorney to represent me on a CVB matter?

Posted on June 8, 2017

The court will appoint an attorney to represent you only if the government is seeking either a jail sentence or a sentence that includes a term of probation. This will depend on the type of charge. For example, if you are arrested for a DUI, you likely be afforded court-appointed counsel. The reason for this is that DUI convictions will include no less than a sentence of probation. The Federal Public Defender’s Office is often appointed on petty theft, drug possession, and disturbing the peace […]..

I was cited for a CVB violation while vacationing in California, but I live in another state. Can I have my case transferred to the state where I live?

Posted on June 8, 2017

If you intend to contest your charges, you must appear in California. If you are interested in resolving your case through a guilty plea, there is a provision under Rule 58(c)(2) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to allow transfer of your case for plea and sentencing...

How can I reschedule my CVB court appearance date?

Posted on June 8, 2017

To reschedule a hearing at the U.S. Courthouse in Santa Barbara for citations issued at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Los Padres National Forest, or Channel Island offenses, please call (213) 894-3787. To reschedule a hearing or arrange for a hearing date on a warrant or driver’s license hold in Riverside, Barstow, Fort Irwin, or Yucca Valley, call (951) 328-4455...