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District Attorney

The District Attorney is an independently-elected public official who prosecutes or otherwise disposes of all crimes committed in the County of Dutchess, including state institutions and correctional facilities, on behalf of the People of the State of New York.

A Message from the District Attorney...

My staff and I are committed to ensuring offenders are held accountable for their criminal conduct.  We are also committed to ensuring the voices of victims are heard and their experiences with the criminal justice system are as safe and convenient as possible.

William V. Grady
Dutchess County District Attorney



  • 845-486-2300
  • 845-486-2324
  • Dutchess County District Attorney
    236 Main Street
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

News and Announcements

Information for Victims of Crime

Our Organization (Bureaus)

The Appeals Bureau is responsible for handling the appeals on any criminal case argued in the County Court, Appellate Division, Court of Appeals and any of the Federal Courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Kirsten A. Rappleyea, Bureau Chief
Phone: 845-486-2300
Fax: 845-486-2324

The DWI Bureau prosecutes through trial those offenders who, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are charged with Driving While Intoxicated, and in addition, those intoxicated offenders who injure or take the lives of innocent victims through their reckless or negligent conduct.

Cindy Murphy, Bureau Chief
Phone: (845) 486-2300
Fax: (845) 486-2324

The Justice Court Bureau prosecutes, through trial, all misdemeanor offenses committed in any of the twenty towns, eight villages and two cities in Dutchess County, as well as all felonies not specifically handled by the Narcotics, Major Crimes, Special Victims and DWI Bureaus.

Cindy Murphy, Bureau Chief
Phone: (845) 486-2300
Fax: (845) 486-2324

The Major Crimes Bureau prosecutes through trial, all Violent Felony Offenders and Career Criminals (those with prior felony convictions and/or significant misdemeanor histories) charged with felony offenses.

Anthony P. Parisi, Bureau Chief
Phone: (845) 486-2300
Fax: (845) 486-2344

The Narcotics Bureau prosecutes through trial all felony drug cases as a result of arrests by law enforcement agencies or the Dutchess County Drug Task Force.

Robert J. Knapp, Bureau Chief
Phone: (845) 486-2300
Fax: (845) 486-2344

The Special Victims Bureau prosecutes through trial Sex Offense cases, including Child Sex Abuse, Domestic Violence crimes and Elder Abuse cases.

See NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services - Sex Offender Search Registry facility for information about certain convicted sex offenders.  This information is provided by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office in accordance with New York State Corrections Law, Article 6-C, entitled Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA).

Kristine M . Whelan, Bureau Chief
Phone: (845) 486-2300
Fax: (845) 486-6512

Frank R. Petramale, Bureau Chief
Phone: (845) 486-2300
Fax: (845) 486-2324