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


Latest News

December 23, 2015

Maximum Sentence Imposed in Brutal Stabbing Death and Burning of 19 Year Old

Convicted for the March, 2013 death of 19 year old Guadalupe Morales, Shaun Ryals learned his fate on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015. He is now headed to the New Mexico Department of Corrections for a term of 27 years, after District Court Judge Christina Argyres imposed the maximum possible penalty allowed. (Learn More)

December 23, 2015

Alleged Repeat Burglary Suspect Found Dangerous by Court

State District Court Judge Briana Zamora on Tuesday ordered an alleged repeat burglary suspect be evaluated by officials at the state’s behavioral health hospital in Las Vegas for continued treatment, effectively preventing the burglary suspect’s cases from being dismissed, at least temporarily. (Learn More)

November 10, 2015

Stephen Casaus Sentenced for Omaree Varela Fatal Child Abuse

Second JudIn their pursuit to hold accountable those who brutally beat 9-year-old Omaree Varela to death, prosecutors with the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office announce the conviction of 43-year-old Stephen Casaus. (Learn More)

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