The District Attorney’s Office represents the People of the State of New York in the prosecution of all criminal cases in the village, town, city and county courts of Schenectady County. Duties include the presentation of felony cases to the grand jury for indictment, conducting hearings, trials, negotiating pleas and representing the People at all phases of a criminal action, including appeals. The District Attorney’s Office is divided into various bureaus consisting of City Court, County Court, Grand Jury, Appeals, Intelligence and Investigations, Major Crimes, and Special Victims. The District Attorney’s Office has secured and administers grant-funded programs from state, federal and private sources in 10 different areas including programs to fight domestic violence, to prosecute gun crimes and gang violence, to assist the victims of crime, to improve the investigation of crimes against children, to prosecute white collar crime that leads to recovery of state revenues, and to provide police with wireless surveillance cameras to monitor high-crime areas and equipment to record interrogations. In 2015, the office administered grant revenues totaling $1,077,900.
The District Attorney’s Office will endeavor to keep the people of Schenectady County safe by vigorously prosecuting those who commit crimes while safeguarding the rights of victims of crime and those who are accused of crime.
- Traffic Ticket Information
If you have been charged with a traffic infraction, you may be eligible for a reduction of your charge. The District Attorney’s Office is now handling plea reductions of traffic infractions electronically as opposed to in person. Please reference the procedure below to receive an offer. This process applies to traffic infractions only, not to vehicle and traffic law violations involving misdemeanors or felonies.
1) After answering your ticket with the Court, email a copy of your ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please only include your traffic ticket in your email. If you are charged with the non-moving violations of Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, Operating Without Insurance, Unlicensed Operator or an equipment violation, you may also include documentation showing any of these issues have been addressed.
2) Once your ticket is received, an Assistant District Attorney will review your request, along with your driver’s abstract and send you an offer by email.
3) If you decide to accept the offer, print and sign the document and send it to the appropriate presiding court. Once the document is received by the Court, you will be sent a notification from the Court outlining any fines, surcharges or other conditions related to your acceptance of the offer, including further instructions on how to pay any fines or surcharges. If you decide NOT to accept the offer, you will be sent a notification from the Court with a future date for a trial.
Please be aware that due to the large number of requests received by the District Attorney’s Office, it may take several weeks to receive a response to your request for a reduction of your charge. Any questions related to court appearances and/or requesting an adjournment should be directed to the local court where the ticket is pending. Please note that the District Attorney’s Office will not negotiate traffic tickets over the phone, all currently pending tickets will be handled using the process described above.
See below for a list of Schenectady County Local Courts.
SCHENECTADY COUNTY LOCAL COURTS
Schenectady City Court
105 Jay Street, Room 205
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 453-6989 https://www.cityofschenectady.com/Directory.aspx?did=14
Rotterdam Town Court
101 Princetown Road
Rotterdam, NY 12306
(518) 355-7911 https://rotterdamny.org/departments.aspx?DepartmentID=4
Niskayuna Town Court
One Niskayuna Circle
Niskayuna, NY 12309
(518) 386-4560 https://www.niskayuna.org/justice-court
*Glenville Town Court
Glenville Municipal Center
18 Glenridge Road
Glenville, NY 12302
(518) 688-1200 Ext. 4 https://www.townofglenville.org/glenville-town-court
*Scotia Village Court
4 N. Ten Broeck Street
Scotia, NY 12302
(518) 374-2099 https://villageofscotia.org/village-government/departments/court/
Princetown Town Court
165 Princetown Plaza
Princetown, NY 12306
(518) 357-4047 https://townprincetown.digitaltowpath.org:10095/content/Courts
Duanesburg Town Court
5853 Western Turnpike
Duanesburg, NY 12056
(518) 895-8922 https://www.duanesburg.net/town-court
*Not participating in electronic procedure for traffic tickets.
- Victim/Witness Assistance Program
The Victim Witness Assistance program of the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office was developed in response to the growing need for victim advocacy throughout the county. The purpose of the program is to provide a variety of court related and social services designed to meet the needs of crime victims, their families, and witnesses of crime. Victim Advocates offer assistance with every stage involved in the criminal court system, including explanation of criminal court procedures, court accompaniment, assistance with restitution claims and victim impact statements, property releases and assistance with filing application to the NYS Crime Victims Board for financial compensation for crime related expenses. Advocates also provide short term counseling and referrals to the various social services agencies throughout the Schenectady County.
Crime Victims Rights
- The Right to Compensation and Assistance. Victims may be eligible for compensation from the NYS Crime Victims Board for out of state expenses incurred as a result of the crime. These expenses may include the repaid/replacement of damaged property, loss of earnings or support, medical bills, crime scene cleanup, counseling or funeral bills.
- The Right to be Notified of Judicial Proceedings. If you have provided a current address and telephone number to the appropriate official, you have the right to be notified of the accused's arrest, first appearance before the judge, release from jail while the criminal proceeding is pending, entry of a guilty plea, trial, sentencing and maximum and minimum terms of imprisonment if the defendant is sentenced to prison.
- Your Right to be Free From Intimidation. Crime victims have the right to be protected from tampering, threats, physical injury or other kinds of intimidation.
- The Right to Submit a Victim Impact Statement. When a proposed sentence contains probation or more than ninety days imprisonment, a pre-sentence investigation report may contain a victim impact statement. In this statement, crime victims may summarize their version of the offense, the extent of their injuries, financial losses they have incurred as the result of the crime and how the crime has affected their lives and their families. Victims have the right to present this statement in person at the defendant's sentencing.
- The Right to Restitution. Crime victims have the right to request restitution and have their restitution claims presented to the county by the District Attorney.
- The General Rights of Crime Victims. Crime victims have the right to a copy of the police report and the prompt return of property held for evidence (unless there is a compelling reason for holding it).
- Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program
Again this year, Schenectady County welcomes suggestions and comments for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program FY 2019 Local Solicitation.
The US DOJ furthers the Department’s mission of assisting state, local and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence by supporting units of local government through funding opportunities.
This year’s JAG FY2020 allocation is in the amount of $44,631 and is to be shared equally by the Schenectady Police Department and the Schenectady County DA’s Office. The public is asked to provide comments and suggestions to ADA Jennifer Assini through the email address at Jennifer.email@example.com within the next 30 days from the date of this posting on 7/20/2020.