Francisco Navarro to speak at April 20th General Meeting
Francisco joined the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office over 15 years ago. He began his legal career with one main goal, to make Riverside County a community where people can live, work, and play without fear or injury. Francisco has spent the majority of his career in the DA’s Gang Unit, prosecuting cases involving Homicide, Robbery, Drug Sales, and Witness Intimidation.
Francisco has handled almost every type of case a deputy district attorney can prosecute. His trial experience extends from DUI’s to Homicides. As a reflection of Francisco’s breadth of knowledge and the trust the District Attorney’s Office has in him, he has been assigned to handle domestic violence, tribal gaming, white collar crimes, Crimes Against Police Officers (CAPO) and most recently to the Public Integrity Unit where he ensures that public and appointed officials, and their subordinates, fulfill their legally mandate duties and prosecutes criminal misconduct at all levels of public service. His hard work and dedication to his community does not stop at the end of a workday but instead continues in a variety of ways.
For the last seven years he has mentored at risk youth from Mission Bell Elementary in Jurupa Valley. Francisco helped launch the first-ever Mock Trial team at Norco High School as an attorney coach. He also scored at the countywide competition for seven consecutive years. He has spoken at countless career days which include Patriot High School, Norco High, Peralta Elementary, Mission Bell Elementary, Val Verde High School, Vista Del Lago High School, and AVID Lincoln High. As part of the district attorney’s office, he has worked with the Community Action Team to bridge every city in the county to the district attorney’s office. He is also a founding member of the Four Working Group, a group comprised of senior level attorneys dedicated to finding ways to improve the office thereby improving the service provided to the community.
As a gang prosecutor for half of his career, he gained a thorough understanding of the gang laws and stayed up to date on changes in the law throughout the years. Due to his vast amount of experience, he helped educate law enforcement and colleagues on gang laws, gang trends, and the evolution of how gang cases are prosecuted. He also conducted presentations dealing with gangs and drugs to portions of the community and most recently a presentation on human trafficking. In his gang prosecutions he vigorously sought justice, but also offered advice to the defendant’s family and friends on how they can help end the gang lifestyle.
Francisco is a shining example of the grit and hard work that make up the American dream. After Francisco graduated high school, he held a full-time job and simultaneously attended a local community college. Francisco would go on to attend the University of California at San Diego where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in public law. Making him the first person in his family to attend college. He then decided to pursue a legal career in criminal law. In 2006, he received a juris doctor degree from Western State College of Law in Fullerton, California. He would go on to pass the California state bar exam on his first attempt. Navigating this journey was not easy. The truth is, this path was full of hardships, struggles and setbacks but determination prevailed.
As a Riverside County resident, a father, and husband the future of the County is of vital importance to him both professionally and personally. He and his wife are raising two beautiful children ages 3 and 6 in this community. Francisco and his wife met in law school. Francisco came from a poor family with extremely hardworking blue-collar parents. His stepfather raised Francisco since he was 3 years old. Francisco only knew how to speak Spanish until the age of 7. Francisco struggled with problems hearing and at times a debilitating speech impediment. However, with the support from his family, school staff and determination Francisco worked through his hearing deficiencies, speech impediment and mastered the English language. These early life experiences taught him the importance of working hard and always give back to his community.