GREGORY S. OAKES
Special Message from District Attorney Gregory Oakes
If you have received a traffic ticket for a Vehicle and Traffic infraction, please note that town, village, and city courts have limited capacity to conduct in person appearances for non-misdemeanor traffic matters (e.g. speeding, use of mobile device, inspection). If you receive a traffic ticket and are not represented by an attorney, you should contact the court to confirm the return date on the ticket or obtain a new appearance date. In the interim, if you wish to request a reduction from the District Attorney's Office, you may find directions for doing so at our Traffic Ticket How To page.
If you are charged with a criminal offense, please note that the NY State Court system has not resumed all normal operations yet. While some in person appearances have resumed, the Office of Court Administration is only permitting attorneys and defendants to appear in court for limited purposes. Such in person appearances are scheduled in advance by the court, and participants must arrive at designated times to maintain social distancing. Whenever legally permitted, the courts are trying to have the parties appear virtually / electronically through Skype.
If you are charged with a criminal offense, you should contact your attorney to get information about appearance dates. If you are not represented by an attorney, the court must be able to reach you to advise of appearance dates. If you have moved and/or changed telephone numbers since your arrest, please write the court to advise of such changes to avoid a warrant being issued.
If you are a victim and wish to contact the Assistant District Attorney that is handling your case, please review the Court Assignment list on this website, which provides the name of the ADA assigned to particular courts and their contact information. Victims may also call the District Attorney's Office at 315-349-3200 to obtain information about their case.
If you have an emergency that requires immediate assistance, please call 911.
Please click here for the current Operating Protocols for the Unified Courts (county/cities/family).
Please click here for the current Operating Protocols for the Town/Village Courts.
The District Attorney's Office continues to operate in compliance with Governor Cuomo's executive orders, and asks that you please comply with all executive orders and government issued guidelines relating to COVID-19 to keep you, your family, and our community safe. Thank you.
The Oswego County District Attorney's Office prosecutes all level of crimes and offenses that occur in Oswego County. Prosecutors appear in Oswego County Court on an almost daily basis, to prosecute felony offenses. The office regularly presents cases to the grand jury, which may issue an indictment on felony cases. The DA's office also makes bail recommendations on felony arrests.
Prosecutors appear in both Oswego City Court and Fulton City Court on a weekly basis and appear in most town/village courts on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, depending upon the preference of the local magistrate.
The District Attorney makes every effort to obtain input from crime victims regarding the outcome or disposition of a case, as well as the victim's view regarding sentencing. Prosecutors work to obtain justice for victims who have suffered a loss as a result of a crime, which includes obtaining restitution for: the value of stolen property, the cost of repairing damaged property, or reimbursement for medical expenses resulting from assaults. Victim advocates are located at the DA's office, courtesy of Services to Aid Families (SAF).
The DA's Office takes a proactive stance on stopping the production and distribution of illegal drugs in the county. Three investigators from the office are assigned to the Oswego County Drug Task Force. The DA investigators also maintain and operate the county's confidential Drug Tip Line, which is 315-349-8222 or 888-728-9535.
District Attorney Oakes also serves and acts as the coroner for Oswego County, which involves investigating the cause, manner, and circumstances of unattended and suspicious deaths that occur in the county, which includes Lake Ontario and Oneida Lake.
Oswego County District Attorney's Office