Nassau County District Attorney's Office Bureaus
The Administration Division is comprised of staff dedicated to the effective operation of the Office and to provide necessary resources for its members. The Division also provides legal training for Assistant District Attorneys and actively engages in recruiting new members. The Division further consists of programs designed to promote a meaningful partnership with the community. The Executive Assistant District Attorney for Administration heads the Division and reports to the Chief Assistant District Attorney.
Administration serves to maintain fiscal integrity and provides resources to members of the Office. Administrative services include managing the budget and accounts payable, procuring grants, negotiating, and executing contracts/leases, making purchases, requesting repairs, and equipping members with online legal research and media accounts.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH
Outreach and engagement with the community is a priority for the Office. To achieve the goal of establishing a meaningful partnership with the community, the District Attorney utilizes the Office of Community Affairs, the Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the Community Outreach, Relations & Education (CORE) program. High-ranking members of the Office regularly meet with several established Advisory Councils, consisting of leaders from various ethnic and religious groups in Nassau County, to enhance communications between the community and the Office.
Human Resources provides a full range of services to members of the Office. Human Resources facilitates the hiring and employment process, coordinates Civil Service Examinations, and maintains personnel files. Human Resources also handles employee benefit and insurance programs, and processes workers' compensation claims and medical leave requests.
Information Technology oversees the installation and maintenance of computer network systems within the Office and ensures that the network runs smoothly. Information Technology also assists members with computer and software issues. Information Technology provides training to new members on the use of computer and digital equipment.
LEGAL TRAINING & RECRUITMENT
Legal Training is responsible for training of Assistant District Attorneys (ADAs). Legal Training administers career-development training programs, including an intensive first-year training for new ADAs. Additionally, Legal Training regularly administers Office-wide Continuing Legal Education programs. The Office is dedicated to hiring the most deserving candidates and committed to promoting diversity. Recruitment identifies future hiring needs, sources candidates through databases and social media, and coordinates interviews of candidates.
The Litigation Division is responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases in the various courts of Nassau County. It is comprised of seven bureaus, each of which a Bureau Chief oversees. The Executive Assistant District Attorney for Litigation heads the Division and reports to the Chief Assistant District Attorney.
COUNTY COURT TRIAL BUREAU
The County Court Trial Bureau prosecutes felony cases (i.e., crimes designated by law for which a court may impose a sentence in excess of one year). Examples of felonies handled by this bureau include burglary, robbery, grand larceny, identity theft, forgery, assault, and weapons possession.
DISTRICT COURT TRIAL BUREAU
The District Court Trial Bureau prosecutes all misdemeanor cases (i.e., crimes designated by law to be punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one year) and non-criminal offenses (i.e., violations and traffic infractions) in Nassau County District Court, Glen Cove City Court and Long Beach City Court. The Bureau staff also is responsible for the Arraignment Part, which is open seven days a week, 365 days a year.
EARLY CASE ASSESSMENT BUREAU (ECAB)/FELONY SCREEING
The Early Case Assessment Bureau's coordinates the intake of new arrests/charges and conducts the initial review of the charges and prepares the necessary information for the District Court staff appearing in the Arraignment Part in District Court. Felony Screening conducts an initial review of felony arrests to determine whether the District Attorney can or should prosecute the matter at the felony level.
The Grand Jury Bureau coordinates the presentation of evidence in felony cases to the Nassau County Grand Juries, which determine whether to return an Indictment and for what charges. The Grand Jury Bureau also handles fugitive and extradition proceedings.
MAJOR OFFENSE/HOMICIDE BUREAU
The Major Offense/Homicide Bureau investigates and prosecutes homicides and other serious violent felonies, including cold cases and pattern burglaries and robberies, committed within Nassau County.
The Special Victims Bureau prosecutes all cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse of vulnerable persons and child abuse. The Bureau contains two specialized units: The Human Trafficking Unit and the Elder Abuse Unit.
VEHICULAR CRIMES BUREAU
The Vehicular Crimes Bureau prosecutes drunk, drugged, and reckless driving resulting in vehicular assaults and vehicular homicides.
The Investigations Division investigates complex criminal activity in Nassau County and prosecutes the resultant cases. The Division is comprised of seven bureaus and four units, each of which a Bureau or Unit Chief oversees. The Executive Assistant District Attorney for Investigations heads the Division and reports to the Chief Assistant District Attorney.
CIVIL FORFEITURE BUREAU
The Civil Forfeiture Bureau commences civil actions, to recover the proceeds and criminal instrumentalities of felony crimes. The Civil Forfeiture Bureau’s efforts provide law enforcement with opportunities to recover restitution for victims of convicted felony offenders.
FINANCIAL CRIMES BUREAU
The Financial Crimes Bureau conducts long-term investigations into complex financial crimes that occur in, and affect the residents of, Nassau County. Such crimes include employee embezzlements; schemes to defraud; investment scams; thefts by attorneys; bank, check, and credit card fraud; identity theft; forgery; and unlicensed practice of professions.
The Investigations Bureau is responsible for the field and forensic operations of the Investigation Division. It is staffed by Detective Investigators, Financial Investigators, and other technical specialists.
NARCOTICS, FIREARMS & GANGS BUREAU
The Narcotics, Firearms & Gangs Bureau focuses on the investigation, prosecution and dismantling of major narcotics enterprises, firearms traffickers, and gang organizations.
ORGANIZED CRIME & RACKETS BUREAU
The Organized Crime & Rackets Bureau investigates and prosecutes complex and systematic criminal activity committed by organized crime and criminal enterprises. The Bureau's cases include enterprise corruption, extortion, coercion, loansharking, gambling, money laundering, unlicensed money remitting, bribery, pattern burglaries, and trademark counterfeiting.
PUBLIC CORRUPTION BUREAU
The Public Corruption Bureau uncovers and prosecutes corruption in Nassau County. The Bureau handles cases involving police misconduct, political corruption, school and special district fraud, crimes committed at the county jail, as well as crimes committed by employees of public entities who abuse their positions.
REVENUE, AUTO, INSURANCE & LABOR CRIME BUREAU
The Revenue, Auto, Insurance & Labor Crime Bureau (RAIL) investigates and prosecutes complex felony tax, auto, and insurance crimes, as well as thefts of various government assistance program funds, including Medicaid, welfare, food stamps (SNAP), housing, and childcare assistance. RAIL also investigates crimes committed against the working men and women of Nassau County, such as worker’s compensation fraud, wage theft, and construction fraud. In addition, specially trained RAIL attorneys and investigators prosecute illegal dumping, storage and transportation of hazardous materials, and other environmental crimes.
ANIMAL CRIMES UNIT
The Animal Crimes Unit investigates and prosecutes criminal offenses perpetrated against animals, including dogfighting, cockfighting, severe torture, criminal neglect, hoarding, illegal possession of wildlife, and competitive animal abuse.
CRIMINAL COMPLAINT UNIT
The Criminal Complaint Unit serves as an “open door” to the District Attorney’s Office. The Unit is available to assist the public in filing criminal complaints, both written and in person. This Unit will provide an initial assessment of the complaint for possible criminality and, if appropriate, forward the matter for a follow-up to one of the investigative bureaus within the Office. If a case is not appropriate for the Office, the Criminal Complaint Unit will refer the complainant to the appropriate agency or office.
FIREARMS SUPPRESSION & INTELLIGENCE UNIT
The Firearms Suppression & Intelligence Unit investigates and prosecutes the illegal sale and use of firearms within Nassau County and the trafficking of weapons into the county.
PHARMACEUTICAL DIVERSION & CYBERCRIMES UNIT
The Pharmaceutical Diversion and Cybercrimes Unit is tasked with tackling the opioid crisis by investigating and prosecuting systemic actors such as doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals who, through criminal conduct, make available a large and ready supply of opioids. The Unit is also tasked with investigating and prosecuting a broad array of cybercrimes including crimes involving sextortion, network intrusions, possessing/manufacturing/trafficking in images of child sexual abuse, virtual currency, and the dark web.
SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS DIVISION
The District Attorney’s Office devotes significant resources to ensure the integrity of its investigations, prosecutions, and convictions, and that the outcome of each case is just under the particular circumstances. The Special Proceedings Division includes two bureaus and four units, each of which a Bureau or Unit Chief oversees, and the Office of Alternative Prosecutions. The Executive Assistant District Attorney for Special Proceedings reports to the Chief Assistant District Attorney.
The Appeals Bureau handles appeals and post-conviction motions filed by defendants who were convicted of crimes after a trial or by plea. Post-conviction litigation can take place at every level of the state and federal court systems and oftentimes occurs many years after a defendant has been convicted and sentenced. The Appeals Bureau also serves an important role in advising Assistant District Attorneys on legal issues throughout the investigative and trial stages of a case. Additionally, the Bureau houses the Office's Mental Hygiene Unit and Freedom of Information Law Unit.
MENTAL HYGIENE UNIT
The Mental Hygiene Unit handles cases involving defendants who were found “not responsible” for their crimes due to mental disease or defect. The Unit works to ensure that these defendants receive treatment in an appropriate mental health facility and that they are not released into the community until psychiatric experts and judges have determined that release is consistent with public safety.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW (FOIL) UNIT
The FOIL Unit serves to compile and disseminate Office records, consistent with the Public Officers Law, in response to submitted FOIL requests and to litigate any legal issues stemming from such requests.
CONVICTION INTEGRITY UNIT
The Conviction Integrity Unit reviews and thoroughly investigates post-conviction claims of innocence. The Unit also keeps apprised of developments in forensic science, which could affect the use, import, or interpretation of evidence in past cases.
DISCOVERY COMPLIANCE BUREAU
The Discovery Compliance Bureau liaises with NCDA’s partner law enforcement agencies to obtain, process, maintain, and prepare for disclosure all discoverable material in every criminal case. The staff of experienced attorneys and discovery expediters utilizes advanced case and evidence management systems to ensure NCDA’s due diligence in providing criminal defendants the discovery materials to which they are entitled. The Bureau also trains NCDA staff on all aspects of discovery compliance.
The Warrant Unit assists members of law enforcement in drafting applications to obtain search warrants. The Unit evaluates whether the requisite probable cause exists to request a search warrant and is instrumental in furthering investigations in both pre- and post-arrest cases.
OFFICE OF ALTERNATIVE PROSECUTIONS AND RESOURCES (OAP)
The NCDA’s Office of Alternative Prosecutions and Resources (OAP) aims to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety by offering community-based treatment and programs to certain justice-involved individuals in lieu of traditional prosecution. OAP resources include treatment for mental illness and substance-use disorders provided by state-licensed and OAP-vetted agencies, as well as educational and training programs designed to promote personal development.