As then United States Attorney General Robert H. Jackson once suggested, "The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America."  It is therefore of critical importance that we strive to emulate the good prosecutor he described: "The qualities of a good prosecutor are as elusive and as impossible to define as those which mark a gentleman. And those who need to be told would not understand it anyway. A sensitiveness to fair play and sportsmanship is perhaps the best protection against the abuse of power, and the citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility." 
   Paul Czajka
District Attorney

James A. Carlucci
Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr.
Lynelle Hopkins
Ryan A. Carty
Trevor O. Flike
Assistant District Attorneys
William H. Hogencamp

Phlip O. Williams
Forensic Social Worker

Latest News and Announcements

  • Conviction for Man Possessing Sexual Performances by Children       District Attorney Paul Czajka has announced that a jury in the trial of People v. Christopher Urtz returned a guilty verdict on Monday, August 22, 2016, of four (4) counts ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2016, 11:53 AM by Lisa Bleau
  • Jury Convicts Identity Thief           Thieves have always worked hard to develop new means to steal. As many Columbia County residents have learned, the internet provides many new such opportunities.          In September of 2014, a ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2016, 6:30 AM by Lisa Bleau
  • Man Convicted of Criminal Possession of Forged Instruments          District Attorney Paul Czajka is very proud to announce that a jury in the trial of the People v. Nolan Emory found the defendant guilty on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2016, 12:44 PM by Lisa Bleau
  • Dog Killer Convicted           District Attorney Paul Czajka announced today that Linda DeRosa has been convicted of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a Felony.           Appearing in Columbia County Court on September 2, 2015, DeRosa pleaded ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016, 9:06 AM by Lisa Bleau
  • Burglars and Robbers Sentenced District Attorney Paul Czajka announced today that Hon. Richard M. Koweek sentenced Michael Cristaldi to three and one-half (3 1/2) years with New York State Department of Corrections ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2015, 1:31 PM by Lisa Bleau
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