About David

David Soares has served the people of Albany County for 20 years, currently serving in his 4th term as District Attorney. 

DA Soares incorporates an effective mix of creative prevention strategies, tough and focused prosecutions of violent offenders, and providing hope to those who have been involved in the criminal justice system.

“As your District Attorney, I have dedicated my life to prosecuting criminals and protecting victims and fragile communities.  While being tough on crime, I have led the fight on smart reform making sure our laws are equal regardless of your economic status.  This hard work has resulted in the reduction of both local and state prison populations, proving that you can improve public safety while addressing mass incarceration.”

District Attorney Soares was first elected in 2004 as he led the fight to reform the ill-conceived Rockefeller Drug Laws.  Prior to running for Albany District Attorney, David worked in the District Attorney’s office after graduating from Albany Law School and Cornell University.  As a recognized expert in the field of criminal justice, he was elected by his peers across the state to be the President of the District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York from July 2018 through July 2019.  

"I first ran for office to change the system from within. I'm proud of all of the work we have done, and I will continue to bring balanced public safety to the people of Albany County."

DA David Soares

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DA Soares remains committed to leading an office that focuses on Protecting Communities, Smart Reform  by:

  • Reducing street violence through creative, non-traditional means including restorative justice Community Accountability Boards;

  • Building hope for the people of Albany County by restoring communities, and declining to prosecute low-level marijuana crimes;

  • Dealing with the crisis of re-entry and advocating for the sealing of past non-violent criminal convictions; and

  • Emphasizing prevention over prosecution through his Clean Slate initiative and Making Crime Pay programs.