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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).




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:

  • Inability to rouse the person with loud shouting or vigorous shaking
  • Inability of a person who was passed out to stay awake for more than 2-3 minutes
  • Slow or irregular breathing or lapses in breathing
  • Weak pulse, very rapid pulse, or very slow pulse
  • Cold, clammy, or bluish skin
  • Vomiting while passed out, not waking up after vomiting, or incoherent while vomiting

What to do:

  • Call for help immediately and stay with the person until help arrives.
  • Turn the person on his/her side to prevent choking if the person vomits.
  • Be prepared to give the emergency medical personnel as much information as possible, including any drugs or medications taken.

For the complete text of the New York State Good Samartian Law, please click here.


Press Releases


December 3, 2015

December 7, 2015

Benjamin Cayea Sentenced

November 2, 2015

 Whitley Taylor sentenced on Lansing Robbery

October 21, 2015 

Benjamin Cayea Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder


July 13, 2015

Edward Andre Alexander sentenced to 2 Years State Prison 

 April 30, 2015

Edward Andre Alexander guilty of 2 counts of Sex Abuse in the 1st Degree

 March 27, 2015

Peter Mesko sentenced to 5 years State Prison

March20, 2015

Crosby sentenced on 2 counts of Manslaughter 2nd

February 6, 2015

Laureen Hamilton Grand Larceny 3rd sentencing

 January 22, 2015

Jeffrey M. Wood Animal Cruelty Sentencing