Press Release 10/7/2014
Seven Charged in Murder of Teen in Paterson
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Acting Paterson Police Chief William Fraher, announce the arrests of Shakeem Ricks, age 20, of Paterson, New Jersey, Basim Williams, age 22, of Paterson, New Jersey, Tyheem Mayfield, age 22, of Paterson, New Jersey, Nyja Johnson, age 19, of Paterson, New Jersey and three juvenile males, of Paterson, New Jersey as a result of an investigation into the murder of Nazerah Bugg, age 14, of Paterson.
Press Release 9/12/2014
Suspended Attorney Arrested
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces the arrest today of Roger C. Bernhammer, age 43,of Ringwood, New Jersey, for Unauthorized Practice of Law and Contempt. Bernhammer was suspended from the practice of law by the New Jersey Supreme Court in February 2014.persons offense.
Press Release 8/11/14
Arrest Made in Vehicular Homicide
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Hawthorne Police Chief Richard McAuliffe announce the arrest of James T. Woetzel, age 48, of Hawthorne, New Jersey, as a result of an investigation into a vehicular homicide.
Press Release 7/23/14
Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Physically and Mentally Disabled Woman
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces the arrest of Carlos R. Belaunde, of Clifton, New Jersey.
Press Release 7/9/14
Charges Filed in Paterson Homicide
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Acting Chief of Police William Fraher of the Paterson Police Department announce that charges were filed against Jhymiere Moore, 19, of Paterson, New Jersey.
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