Meet Our Team

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Cheryl M. Temple

Acting District Attorney

Cheryl Temple is a Southern California native, raised in Simi Valley. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1992, with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in 1997.

Ms. Temple joined the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office in 1997 and spent the early part of her career handling a variety of misdemeanor cases, including driving under the influence, batteries, and petty thefts. In 1998, Ms. Temple was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit and spent ten years prosecuting dozens of defendants for a wide variety of homicide cases. She successfully convicted defendants charged with murders involving sexual assault, domestic violence, and multiple victims obtaining four death penalty sentences and life sentences for all other murder defendants.

Ms. Temple was promoted to supervise the General Felony Unit in 2009 where she managed a staff of 24 attorneys who prosecute theft, narcotics, robbery, burglary, and assault cases. The General Felony Unit handles over 2,000 cases a year and achieves an almost 90 percent conviction rate.

In 2009, Ms. Temple earned her Master of Laws in Prosecutorial Science from Chapman University School of Law, where her master’s thesis focused on death penalty litigation. An abstract of her thesis, Decisions of Death and Jurisprudence, was published in the California Bar Association’s Criminal Law Journal.

In 2011, Ms. Temple was appointed to serve as Chief Deputy District Attorney of Special Prosecutions. Cheryl was reappointed to this assignment in 2018 after an extended time away to raise her two children. In this role, she oversaw a wide variety of white-collar and fraud-based offenses as well as consumer and environmental protection cases.

Ms. Temple was appointed Chief Assistant District Attorney in August 2019. She was second in charge in the office and oversaw the day-to-day operations. She was also the Ventura County member of the multi-county team of prosecutors who prosecuted the Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo. She became the Acting District Attorney upon the retirement of the former District Attorney Gregory D. Totten in January 2021.

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W. Charles Hughes
Acting Chief Assistant District Attorney
Chief Deputy District Attorney – Justice Services

Charles Hughes earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California Los Angeles in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles’ School of Law in 1991. He was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1991.

In 19 years as a prosecutor, Mr. Hughes has handled a wide variety of cases. Having originally joined the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office in 1994, Mr. Hughes prosecuted cases in the following units: General Felony Trials, Drugs, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault / Family Protection, Public Integrity and Homicide.

For five years, Mr. Hughes also taught Trial Practice at the California Southern School of Law. In 2005, Mr. Hughes moved into management at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. After joining the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office in 2011, Mr. Hughes was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney of Administrative Services in 2012.

In 2018, Mr. Hughes was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney of Justice Services, his duties include supervision of Writs, Appeals & Training, supervision of the Public Integrity Unit, serving as the Conviction Integrity Deputy, enforcing the Ralph M. Brown Act (public meeting law), handling peace officer misconduct issues under Brady v. Maryland, and handling special projects.

In January 2021, Mr. Hughes was selected for the role of Acting Chief Assistant District Attorney. He now is second in command of the office, and oversees its daily operations in addition to his duty supervising Justice Services.

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Special Prosecutions

Kevin B. Drescher
Chief Deputy District Attorney

Kevin Drescher is a sixth-generation Californian, born and raised in Ventura. Mr. Drescher received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Thematic Minor in “Mexico Today” from Colorado College in 1991. At Colorado College he was a two-time Team Captain and MVP of the Varsity Baseball Team. In 1994, he received his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar. He was subsequently admitted to the Colorado State Bar in 1997.

Mr. Drescher joined the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office in 1994 and has been assigned to misdemeanors; domestic violence cases; writs, appeals and training; homicides; general felonies, serious and violent felonies and auto insurance fraud. Mr. Drescher handled and tried some of the most serious cases in the office, from capital murder to vehicular manslaughter. In 2000, he was promoted to the position of Senior Attorney. In April 2008, Mr. Drescher was promoted to Supervising Senior Deputy District Attorney. He has supervised the Major Fraud Unit, the General Felony Unit, and the Court Operations Unit.

Mr. Drescher was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney in August 2019. He oversees Special Prosecutions, which handles a variety of offenses including insurance fraud, other frauds, consumer and environmental protection, as well as the Juvenile Unit.

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Administrative Services

Michael K. Frawley
Chief Deputy District Attorney

Michael Frawley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1982. Following graduation, he joined the Holy Cross Associates as a volunteer for one year and worked in Oakland, California, providing legal assistance to the indigent. In 1987, Mr. Frawley earned a law degree from McGeorge School of Law and joined the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. He prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor offenses and completed special assignments in domestic violence. During this time, he also worked as a crisis line counselor at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center of Ventura County.

Mr. Frawley was next assigned to the Sexual Assault/Career Criminal Prosecution Unit, where he prosecuted career criminals, habitual offenders, child molestation cases, adult sexual assault cases, and felony spousal abuse cases. In 1992, Mr. Frawley became supervisor of the Misdemeanor Unit. The unit typically handles over 25,000 cases a year.

In 1993, Mr. Frawley was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit to prosecute homicides and major offenses. Mr. Frawley has prosecuted numerous murder cases, including six death penalty cases. In 1998, Mr. Frawley was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney of Special Prosecutions, where he managed prosecutions of juveniles, insurance fraud, welfare fraud, major fraud, environmental, and consumer protection cases. Starting in 2002, Mr. Frawley was Chief Deputy District Attorney of Criminal Prosecutions, a division that handles nearly 30,000 cases per year, including sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, robberies, burglaries, and driving under the influence cases. He currently oversees the Sexual Assault/Family Protection Unit, Human Trafficking, the Misdemeanor Unit, Fiscal/Administrative/Legislative Services, Information Technology, and Legal Support Staff.

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Victim and Community Services

Michael R. Jump
Chief Deputy District Attorney

Michael Jump earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1993, a Master’s in Environmental Science and Juris Doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998. In 1998, Mr. Jump accepted a land & resources attorney position, assisting Alaska Natives with resources planning, management and dispute resolution.

In 2000, Mr. Jump joined the District Attorney’s Office as a grant writer, securing tens of millions of dollars in competitive grants for the District Attorney’s Office and helping to establish the Safe Harbor multidisciplinary interview centers, which provide trauma-informed forensic medico-legal exams to sexual assault and child abuse victims. In 2003, Mr. Jump was sworn in as a Deputy District Attorney and served as a trial prosecutor conducting numerous preliminary hearings, misdemeanor, felony, and serious and violent felony trials.

Mr. Jump served as Director of the office’s Fiscal, Administrative and Legislative Services operations from 2006 to 2015, combining his legal and administrative skills to manage the District Attorney’s budgetary, contractual, human resources, personnel, facilities, and legislative matters.

Mr. Jump was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney of Victim and Community Services in 2015. In this role, Mr. Jump led the development of the first-ever Family Justice Center in Ventura County and oversees the Office’s Crime Victims’ Assistance Program, the Safe Harbor multidisciplinary interview centers, and Camp HOPE, which collectively provide nearly 20,000 services to crime victims each year. The Family Justice Center is a multi-agency partnership between local government and community-based organizations integrating services at one location for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, dependent adult abuse and human trafficking.

Mr. Jump currently serves as a board member of the California Crime Victims’ Assistance Association, is chair of numerous local committees, and a member of the Community Corrections Partnership–Ventura County, representing victims’ rights and interests.

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Criminal Prosecutions

R. Miles Weiss
Chief Deputy District Attorney

Miles Weiss joined the office in 1994 after graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989.

As a trial attorney, Mr. Weiss prosecuted a variety of cases, including DUI, general felonies, violent sex crimes and gang crimes. As a Senior Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Weiss has served as supervisor of the Sexual Assault / Family Protection Unit and the Juvenile Prosecution Unit. He has also been assigned to the Major Crimes Unit where he tried several homicide cases.

At the direction of the District Attorney in 2005, Mr. Weiss implemented Ventura County’s Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Program. This program serves as a statewide model and has received grants totaling more than $2 million to combat real estate fraud on behalf of victims. Mr. Weiss is a founding member of the Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team (REFAT), a non-profit group of industry professionals that collaborates to reduce real estate fraud in their communities.

In 2012, Mr. Weiss was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney of Special Prosecutions. In his current position as Chief Deputy District Attorney of Criminal Prosecutions, he directly supervises the Homicide, Gang and Narcotics prosecutors, and oversees the General Trials and Court Operations Units.

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Bureau of Investigations

Mike Baray
Chief Investigator

Chief Mike Baray is a 31-year veteran of law enforcement. Prior to his appointment as District Attorney Chief Investigator in September 2013, he served as Chief of Police of the Murrieta Police Department in Murrieta, California. Chief Baray was with the Murrieta Police Department since its inception in 1992 and was the first police chief appointed from within the department’s ranks.

Prior to joining the Murrieta Police Department, he was a detective and police officer with the Long Beach Police Department for 10 years. Chief Baray has more than a decade of law enforcement management experience, having held the rank of captain, lieutenant, and sergeant before becoming chief of police.

Chief Baray also has extensive investigative experience, having been assigned to the Career Criminal Violent Offender Surveillance Unit and the Homicide Bureau in Long Beach, California, where he investigated homicides, gang crimes, and narcotics offenses.

In addition, Chief Baray has investigated crimes against persons, property crimes, officer-involved shooting incidents, and sex offender registration compliance. He was a member of the S.W.A.T. Team in both Long Beach and Murrieta.

Unit Contact Title Phone Number
Criminal Prosecutions
Major Crimes Stacy Ratner Supervising Attorney 805-654-3324
Court Operations Rachelle Dean

Supervising Attorney 805-654-5175
General Trials Tom Dunlevy Supervising Attorney 805-654-3781
Sexual Assault / Family Protection Brent Nibecker Supervising Attorney 805-654-5186
Misdemeanors David Russell Supervising Attorney 805-654-2516
Special Prosecutions
Workers Compensation Fraud • Auto Insurance Fraud •
Major Fraud • Consumer & Environmental Protection •
Asset Forfeiture • Code Enforcement • Fish & Game
Dominic Kardum Supervising Attorney 805-662-1750
Child Abduction & Recovery Kathy LaSalle Senior Attorney 805-662-1712
Juvenile Rebecca Day Supervising Attorney 805-981-5861
Consumer Mediation • Small Claims 805-654-3110
Bureau of Investigation
Criminal Operations Tom Mendez Commander 805-477-1690
Special Operations Chris Brackpool Commander 805-477-1642
Government Fraud Chris Brackpool Commander 805-477-1642
Administrative Services
Fiscal Administrative Services Stuart T. Gardner Director 805-477-1635
Information Technology Gene Mecagni Director 805-654-5199
Legal Support Services Marlena Tovar Director 805-654-3005
Justice Services
Writs, Appeals & Training Charles Hughes Chief Deputy 805-654-2719
Conviction Integrity Charles Hughes Chief Deputy 805-654-2719
Victim & Community Services
Crime Victims’ Assistance Dina Zuhric Supervisor 805-654-2776