Second Judicial District Attorney Kari E. Brandenburg

The Office of the Second Judicial District Attorney, on behalf of the State of New Mexico, is responsible for the effective and efficient prosecution of criminal cases within its jurisdiction, thus assuring a safer community and greater quality of life for Bernalillo County citizens.

For our team, our job is about more than simply prosecuting cases. It is about making a difference. Victim advocates provide dedicated and personalized support during times of crisis and uncertainty, lessening the trauma that often accompanies victimization. Our alternative sentencing programs help first-time, non-violent offenders avoid felony convictions, while providing them the support and structure they need to overcome challenges in their lives. The staff spends countless hours networking with community organizations to bring attention to social issues, including violence against women and animal rights.

The Office of the District Attorney works daily to bring justice to others in our community.  As public servants, we are honored to serve the State of New Mexico.  We have identified three goals that remain paramount to our mission:

*To support our employees to their full potential so productivity is high and they realize the difference they are making in the community

*We must be effective in our prosecution of criminal offenders.  Only then can we positively impact public safety and the quality of life in Bernalillo County

*To instill public faith and confidence in the criminal justice system by ensuring the just and efficient operation of the Office of the District Attorney


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May 18, 2016

In response to a request from KOAT-TV for some of these statistics and for the rest of the general public’s benefit here are numbers we compiled about DWI cases in the Second Judicial District.

The total number of felony and misdemeanor DWI cases filed in Bernalillo County peaked in 2008 at 7,135. That number has steadily declined every year with the total in 2013 at 4,534, in 2014 at 3,453, in 2015 at 2587.  From January 1, 2016 through May 12, 2016, there have only been 935 DWI cases filed. For comparison, from January 1, 2014 through May of 2014, 1,525 DWI cases were opened. From January 1, 2015 through May of 2015, there were 1,010 DWI cases opened.  This demonstrates a decrease of 75 cases thus far in 2016. Of the 2,587 cases filed in 2015, 405 were dismissed and 72 were nolled, for a total of 477 cases dismissed in 2015. Of the 935 DWI cases filed in 2016, 7 of those cases have been dismissed.

Of the 405 2015 DWI cases dismissed in 2015, 228 were dismissed due to officer failure to appear and/or officer unavailability, 171 were dismissed for evidentiary issues, and 78 were dismissed for other reasons including lack of jurisdiction, accused mentally incompetent, defendant deceased, etc. Of the 11 2016 DWI cases dismissed, 4 have been for officer failure to appear and/or officer unavailability, 3 for evidentiary issues, and 4 for other reasons.  A number of DWI cases are initially misidentified as misdemeanor DWIs when in fact they are Felony DWIs. These misidentified cases are dismissed in Metro and later indicted in District Court.

Officer failure to appear and/or unavailability can be due to a number of circumstances. The officer may be on leave, sick, have a sick child, be retired and not coming back on contract, deceased, injured, etc. Without these key witnesses, cases often cannot proceed.

April 18, 2016

Here is the transcript and audio file of Kari Brandenburg's appearance on KUNM in March, 2016.

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