When looking for an attorney who handles criminal law and driving while intoxicated cases (DWI), you will see many attorneys were former Assistant District Attorneys. They advertise it because it is a major indicator of experience in criminal and DWI law.
When you compare attorneys, how many were former Chief Assistant District Attorneys? Often responsible for investigating and bringing the most serious cases to trial, a Chief Assistant District Attorney also supervises and trains other Assistant District Attorneys. There is only one Chief ADA for each DAs office. Christopher York was the Chief Assistant District Attorney for Putnam County for 13 years under two District Attorneys. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Bureau Chief in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and spent most of his 17 years there trying serious crimes including DWIs in the Superior Court Trial Division.
He has also lectured and trained police officers and Assistant District Law Attorneys on topics including search and seizure, vehicular homicide investigations including DWI, accusatory drafting, and trial preparation.
- Fordham College BA 1980, Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
- Fordham Law School JD 1983
- Admission to Practice in NY 1984
- U.S. Congress Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community for successful trial and legal work
- PADV Justice Award
- Putnam County Magistrates Association Service Award
- Town of Southeast Distinguished Service Award in Law Administration
- Fraternal Order of Police Distinguished Service Award
- Trial Attorney for over 30 years
- Former Westchester County Assistant District Attorney, Deputy Bureau Chief
- Former Chief Assistant District Attorney, Putnam County
- Tried 77 felony cases to verdict, 52 felony jury trials
- Extensive history with high profile crimes ranging from Murder, DWI, and Vehicular Manslaughter, Burglaries to White Collar Crimes
- Lectured and trained attorneys and police officers
- New York State Bar Association
- Putnam County Bar Association- Director since 2011
- New York State Defenders Association
- Fraternal Order of Police
- Previous Board Member- Alternatives to Incarceration