District Attorney's Office
D. Holley Carnright, District Attorney
It is the constitutional duty of the District Attorney to conduct all prosecutions for crimes and offenses cognizable by the courts of the county for which they have been elected or appointed.
The District Attorney is the County's Chief Law Enforcement Officer. As such, the roles and duties of the District Attorney and his Assistants are varied:
The mission of the District Attorney's Office is to secure just sanctions for those who choose to violate our laws, to protect innocent victims of crime, and strive to develop policies and initiatives aimed at improving the qualify of life in our community.
District Attorneys and their Assistants bear certain ethical responsibilities: Among these they must deal with other attorneys in an aggressive and forceful manner, yet conduct themselves professionally, honestly and avoid an appearance of impropriety. They must demonstrate complete respect for the court, but not fawn over the judiciary. They must be cooperative, but not subservient.
Assistant District Attorneys in the County of Ulster prosecute criminal cases in Ulster County Court and the 23 City, Town and Village Courts within Ulster County. In addition, the District Attorney administers grant programs that provide for crime victims services, the prosecution of major offenses and career criminals, and the operation of investigative teams designed to handle cases of domestic violence and child abuse.
Under this program, victims of sexual assault are promptly taken by police agencies to a specially designed area at the Benedictine Hospital. The victim is met by the S.A.N.E. examiners and by a volunteer of the local Crime Victims Assistance Program. After being counseled as to what will transpire and given a full description of their rights, the victims are then examined by a specially trained nurse. The area where the examination is to be conducted is equipped with a waiting room for police and family members. After the examination has been completed, the victim can shower, change into fresh clothing, and receive follow-up information for counseling and medical treatment. Once the examination has been completed, the police agency will transport the victim and her family back to her residence.
At all times, prior to, during and after the exam, the victim is in contact with a member of the Crime Victims Assistance Program. She is kept informed concerning the progress of the investigation, and if an arrest is made, will be fully consulted prior to the disposition of any charges that might be filed.
1091 Development Court, Kingston, NY 12401
In 1995, recognizing that crimes that occur within the family unit were of increasing concern to members of our community, the Commissioner of the Ulster County Department of Social Services and the District Attorney of Ulster County decided to join forces to address this escalating problem.
The Family Violence Unit seeks to employ the resources and experience of the Ulster County Department of Social Services, the New York State Police, the Ulster County Sheriff's Department, the Kingston Police Department, and the Ulster County District Attorney's Office to investigate incidents of child abuse, domestic violence, and assaults on the elderly. The unit coordinates the activities of all agencies involved in these types of investigations to insure that existing resources are employed in an efficient and an effective manner. The objective of the unit is to specifically address the problems caused by these crimes, so that, ultimately, there will be a decrease in the number of incidents of family violence that occur within Ulster County.