Get to know the Albany County District Attorney's Office

Over 30 ADAs and many support staff are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the District Attorney's Office. Misdemeanor and violation level crimes are handled at our Local Courts while Felony level cases are handled in the Bureaus at County Court.

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Community Programs

The Albany County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the need for both outreach to the community, and multiple off-ramps to involvement in the criminal justice system. To that end, we’ve created a number of programs geared toward the best outcomes for youth, and the community at large.

Community Justice Outreach Center

The CJOC is located on Clinton Avenue, and exists to empower our community through outreach efforts, re-entry services, and community justice practice. The CJOC’s community justice efforts are a collaboration between local law enforcement offices, public officials, community-based organizations, and community members


Our Felony Youth Diversion program offers a clean slate for non-violent defendants who have demonstrated the desire and ability to repair any harm done to the community

Internship Program

Located only blocks away from Albany Law School, the Albany County District Attorney’s Office offers an opportunity for law school, college, and even high school students to see how day-to-day operations work first-hand

Focus on the Community

Our Emphasis is Building Strong Communities Through Strong Partnerships.
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“If you want to see what your community will look like in five years, take note of how your 10-year-olds are being nurtured now”

- David Soares, Albany County District Attorney


The DA's Office is comprised of sworn and professional personnel divided into nine bureaus.

Crime Victims Unit

The Crime Victims Unit works with government, community, and non-profit agencies to ensure that victims receive supportive services through both the legal process, and the healing process.

Community Justice Outreach Center

The Reverend John U. Miller Community Justice Outreach Center is tasked with connecting members of our office to community members.

Appeals and Legal Affairs Unit

The Legal Affairs Bureau handles appellate advocacy for the Office and serves as a research center for all of the Office's Assistant District Attorneys.

Communications Department

The Communications Department is responsible for updating the media and the public on the status of cases that are of public interest.

Local Court Unit

The local courts of Albany County are the initial jurisdiction for all criminal cases.

Special Victims Unit

The Special Victims Unit prosecutes crimes against the most vulnerable residents of Albany County, including children, the elderly, and those affected by domestic violence.

Major Crimes Unit

The Major Crimes Unit is responsible for investigating and prosecuting burglaries, robberies, assaults, and larcenies, as well as cases involving illegal gambling, and arson.

Financial Crimes Units

The Financial Crimes Unit prosecutes a wide variety of cases, including mortgage fraud, counterfeiting, embezzlement, tax evasion, failure to pay a prevailing wage and insurance fraud.


Members of the Administration oversee the day-to-day operations of the office.

Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit

Protecting the citizens of Albany County from violence is the primary function of the Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit.

Vehicular Crimes Unit

The Vehicular Crimes Unit prosecutes all felony crimes under the Vehicle and Traffic Law in Albany County.

Key Department Leadership

The DA, over 30 ADAs and many support staff are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the District Attorney's Office.

David Soares
Albany County District Attorney
Cheryl Fowler
Chief Assistant District Attorney
Christopher Horn
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney
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