Fentanyl Prosecutions

Resources to empower prosecutors
Alexandra's AdmonishmentSuccessful Verdicts

Mission Statement

To provide resources for California District Attorney Offices and community members regarding the prosecution of fentanyl-related deaths. Many counties across the state have joined in holding fentanyl dealers responsible for knowingly dealing lethal amounts of fentanyl with a complete disregard for human life. Our goal is to provide resources to those who are new to the process of prosecuting fentanyl poisonings. We stand united with families who have lost a loved one due to fentanyl poisoning and public safety organizations that have taken on the commitment to fight this deadly epidemic.

Using the Alexandra Admonishment

Alexandra Admonishments can be given to defendants to be used for evidence in future cases. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office implemented the Alexandra Admonishment in February 2021. The Alexandra Admonishment is being read into the court record and/or signed by the defendant at preliminary hearings, plea agreements, and/or at sentencing hearings of all cases involving the use of, distribution, and/or sales of fentanyl. When a defendant enters a guilty plea in court, he/she acknowledges this statement. 

The Alexandra Admonishment gives the prosecutor evidence that the individual knows the lethality of fentanyl, which can be used in court for any future fentanyl-related case, especially murder.

+ States with drug induced homicide laws

+ Fentanyl Deaths

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