The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is one of 62 District Attorneys’ Offices in New York State. The District Attorney is an independently elected official, with powers and duties outlined in the New York State County Law.
The District Attorney has broad discretion to determine how to prosecute criminal cases. To fulfill his responsibility, the District Attorney appoints a number of assistant district attorneys, who prosecute cases pursuant to the law and office policy.
Agencies With Jurisdiction
The District Attorney’s Office prosecutes cases that result from investigations and arrests made by more than 36 police agencies that have jurisdiction in Orange County. Those agencies include:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police
The New York State Park Police
The New York State Police, Troops F and T
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Three city police departments
Sixteen town police departments
Thirteen village police departments
Of the more than 20,000 cases that the Office prosecutes annually:
Approximately 1,000 felony cases are prosecuted in Orange County Court
Approximately 19,000 are prosecuted in one of 59 local criminal court parts
In 2017, in addition to the District Attorney, the authorized staff of the District Attorney’s Office includes:
12 investigators, who are all police officers certified by the State of New York