Welcome to the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office Website. In the related pages at this site, you will find information regarding our duties and responsibilities, the services we offer, the courts we serve and various reports and statistical data.
Keith A Slep
Allegany County District Attorney
Allegany County District Attorney’s Office
7 Court Street Room 333
Belmont, NY 14813
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
NOTES: Closed on Legal Holidays, Voice messages accepted 24 hours a day
Phone: (585) 268-9225
The District Attorney is a State Constitutional Officer, elected by the county electorate for a four-year term. As the County’s chief law enforcement officer, the District Attorney is responsible for a wide range of functions, including the prosecution of all violations of the law that occur within the county’s borders. These prosecutions include felonies, misdemeanors, violations and traffic infractions. The District Attorney and Assistant District Attorneys appear in the Town and Village Courts in all 29 Towns and 9 Villages in the County, as well in County, Supreme and Appellate Courts. The office assists in conducting investigations, obtaining search and eavesdropping warrants, and conducting preliminary hearings. The District Attorney presents appropriate felony cases to the Grand Jury, and appears in court for arraignments, motions and pre-trial practice, and trials, from the beginning of the case through sentencing.
Additionally, the District Attorney is responsible for handling criminal appeals at all levels of state and federal courts. Ancillary responsibilities of the District Attorney include prosecuting forfeiture proceedings, extraditing criminals from outside the state, and working with victims of crime to help them secure the fullest measure of redress allowed by law. Finally, the District Attorney is regularly called upon to advise various law enforcement agencies throughout the county.
The office consists of the District Attorney, four part time Assistant District Attorneys, two confidential secretary/legal assistants, a crime victim services specialist and a part-time investigator.
In Allegany County, we prosecute over two thousand cases each year. This caseload is only managed due to the hard work and dedication of quality prosecutors in this office, and to solid investigative work performed by well-trained police officers throughout the county.
Through this website we have endeavored to provide meaningful information to you. In turn, I encourage you to communicate with us if you have issues, concerns or questions about the criminal justice system. The fight against crime can be won, but only if we all work together.
Keith A Slep, District Attorney
Certain Felony Cases, Drug Court, County Court VOP’s
Joan D. Merry, Assistant District Attorney
Cuba (Judge Tuttle)
Michael B. Finn, 1st Assistant D.A.
Amanda B. Finn, 2nd Assistant D.A.
Vehicle & Traffic Diversion Program
Ian M. Jones, 3rd Assistant D.A.
Cuba (Judge Conklin)
Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDV)
Vehicle and Traffic Policies
To: Individuals Charged with Traffic Infractions Pending in Allegany County
You are presumed innocent until proven guilty and you have the right to retain an attorney to represent you now, or at any stage in the proceedings.
You have various procedural options in the course of bringing this matter to a just disposition. You may choose to proceed in any of the following manners, or any other legally authorized manner. You may wish to consult an attorney for guidance or representation before determining which course of action you will pursue. The court may not provided you with a recommendation as to how you should proceed, or as to which of these or any other options you should choose.
1. Plead Not Guilty.
By pleading “Not guilty” you exercise your right to a public trial at which the People of the State of New York, represented by the prosecution, must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you have committed the offense alleged in the accusatory instrument. At the trial you will have the right to hear, see and challenge the evidence submitted to prove your guilt, including, confronting, by cross-examination, the Police Officer, Peace Officer or other witness or witnesses who testify against you. You have the right to have witnesses testify on your behalf and you may, but you are not required to, testify on your own behalf. The court will determine, after hearing all the evidence submitted at the trial, whether or not the People have proven guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and will render an appropriate verdict.
2. Plead Guilty as Charged.
By pleading “Guilty” you waive your right to a trial at which the People of the State of New York, represented by the prosecution, must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense alleged in the accusatory instrument. A Plea of Guilty will subject you to sentencing, by the judge presiding, to any legally authorized sentence. You may withdraw, with the court’s permission, your plea of guilty at any time prior to sentencing and exercise your right to a trial.
3. Communicate with the Appropriate Prosecutorial Office Concerning an Alternative Disposition.
You may contact the Prosecutor or other official who is responsible for proving the charge or charges against you and attempt to negotiate an agreement to plead guilty to a legally authorized alternative offense, including a lesser included offense, or a less severe offense or offenses. Any proposed agreement is subject to approval by the court. Upon a plea of guilty to the agreed upon offense, you will be subject to sentencing, by the judge presiding, to any sentence legally authorized to be imposed for the offense to which you plead guilty.
The prosecutorial office responsible to prove the charge or charges against you alleged in the accusatory instrument is the Assistant District Attorney assigned to this Court. The address for the District Attorney’s Office is:
ALLEGANY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Traffic Division Room 333 County Building
7 Court Street
Belmont, NY 14813
Please note that the District Attorney’s Office does not discuss alternative dispositions over the telephone.
All communications must be in writing, and include a copy of the Uniform Traffic Ticket(s).
For Vehicle and Traffic matters, Allegany County offers a Vehicle & Traffic Diversion Program that, when completed, ultimately dismisses your ticket and wipes away any associated points. An application and details about the program can be found at the Traffic Diversion Program page. Please also review our policies at that link.
Allegany County Youth Court
Youth Courts are one of the fastest growing programs in the community justice movement. In 2004 there are over 540 active Youth Court Programs throughout the United States. These programs embrace restitution and community service, two common forms of community or restorative justice, within their sentencing guidelines. In addition, Youth Courts send to the community and its youth a strong message that young people do not support law-breaking behavior.
Positive peer pressure plays a major role in our Court hearings at the Belmont Courthouse as juvenile defendants must explain their conduct to Allegany County students who serve as Judge, Bailiff, Defense, Prosecution, Jury Foreperson, and Jury. These student Youth Court members know the circumstances of life in Allegany County and provide thoughtful and appropriate sentences in each individual case. When youth participate in the Youth Court process either as defendants or volunteers they develop valuable skills that will help them become more responsible and productive citizens. Several of our Youth Court defendants that go through our program actually end up joining as Youth Court members once their sanctions have been completed successfully.
Youth Court provides and immediate response to mostly first time offenses that may be warning signs of future serious or violent delinquency. This early intervention also offers the defendant a second chance to make amends for his/her offense before being entered into the family/criminal court system, acquiring a record, paying Court fees, and being given the “juvenile delinquent” label.
The Allegany County Youth Court Director Sabrena Beaten can be reached at:
The Office of the District Attorney handles criminal matters of the State of New York, not civil matters. Civil law matters affecting the County of Allegany, and Family Court matters involving the Department of Social Services, are handled by the County Attorney’s Office (585) 268-9410.
Federal crimes are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for Western New York, 138 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202. (716) 551-4811.