Press Release 10/16/2015
Man Arrested in Montclair University Student Hit and Run
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces that on October 15, 2015, the
Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, and the Clifton Police Department arrested Michael
Choynowski, age 27, of North Arlington, New Jersey, on one count of Knowingly Leaving the
Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a violation of NJSA
2C:12-1.1, a crime of the Third Degree, which carries a sentence of three to five years; and Endangering an Injured Victim, a violation of NJSA 2C:12-1.2(A), a crime of the Third Degree,
which carries a sentence of three to five years.
10/13/2015 - Report of the Study Commision on Violence Report
The Study Commission on Violence discharged its duty to examine trends and sources
of violence, the impact of violence on the community, identified funding 0pportunities
that address violence, and the mental health system through the receipt of subject
matter expert briefings, public hearings, and its own independent research. This report
summarizes the Study Commission's findings and its recommendations to the
Legislature and the Governor.
Press Release 10/9/2015
Woman Arrested for Selling Fradulent Divorce Documents
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces the arrest today of
Anastasya Varvaryuk, age 29, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, for Practicing Law
without a License (N.J.S.A. 2C:21-22) and Forgery (N.J.S.A. 2C:21-22)
Press Release 7/28/2015
Satellite TV Installer Found Guilty of Kidnapping and Sexually Assaulting Child
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces the conviction of Arcadio J. Nova, 40, of Bronx, New York.
Welcome to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office
Early in New Jersey's history the state deviated from the British tradition of private prosecutors. It has been reported that as early as 1686 there are records of a colonial Attorney General appearing on behalf of the King in “West New Jersey”. In 1812 the New Jersey Attorney General was authorized by statute "to appoint deputies to prosecute the pleas of the state in such counties as he may not be able to attend in person".
The duties of a county prosecutor have developed through court decisions and legislation. As our courts have pointed out, a county prosecutor has an obligation to detect and arrest, as well as to obtain indictments and prosecute them. He is under a statutory duty to investigate suspicious situations and determine the facts in the process of detecting and arresting, especially when he receives information that makes it reasonably probable that the law has been violated.
The mission of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is to insure that the citizens of Passaic County have a professional investigative response to crime and quality legal representation designed to promote the security of our residents while respecting the rights of individual victims of crime. Our commitment is to maintain the highest law enforcement standards and utilize our available resources to:
Fulfill our statutory requirements.
Investigate and prosecute criminals, holding offenders accountable for their crimes.
Maintain and improve quality of case presentation in Passaic County’s Criminal Courts.
Foster partnerships with the full range of diverse groups within Passaic County.
Strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of office operations.
Cooperate with other agencies and institutions within the justice system to improve the efficiency of case management.
Maintain and improve the administration of justice