The Tompkins County District Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting criminal offenses defined under State law, committed within Tompkins County. A broad range of offenses are prosecuted, including the most serious felonies (murder, rape, robbery, etc.) down to traffic infractions (e.g., speeding).
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson and local law enforcement officials met to address the implementation of the new Good Samaritan Law/911 law. The law, which went into effect September 18th, is intended to encourage people to call 911 when they or another person suffers a drug or alcohol related overdose, or a related life threatening medical emergency. Under the “Good Sam” law a victim or witness who seeks such medical help will not be prosecuted for most drug possession charges, or underage possession of alcohol.
Alcohol and other drug overdose can be fatal. It is important to know when medical help is needed. Gannett Health Services at Cornell provided the following information to the District Attorney’s office.
Signs of alcohol or other drug emergency:
What to do:
For the complete text of the New York State Good Samartian Law, please click here.