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Justice, Duty, Honor

District Attorney Karen A. Heggen

KarenAHeggen-aboutDistrict Attorney Heggen heads the Office of the Saratoga County District Attorney, which is responsible for prosecuting nearly 10,000 crimes in Saratoga County each year and appears as the People’s counsel in 44 justice courts, County Court and before the Grand Jury.  She is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the 14 police agencies in Saratoga.  The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office has one of the highest conviction rates in New York State with a population of over 215,000 people.

DA Heggen is a graduate of Ballston Spa High School, earned her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, and graduated from Vermont Law School.  She was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1992.  She has served as President of the Saratoga County Bar Association, as well as a Delegate to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates.  Additionally, she has been appointed by the Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department to the Committee on Character and Fitness for new attorneys.  She has worked with the Saratoga County Youth Court and the Shenendehowa Community Coalition.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Saratoga program, and served on its Alumni Association Board.  She also served as the Town of Malta Planning Board Attorney.

Heggen has served on the boards of several area not-for-profit organizations including Saratoga Bridges, The Charlton School, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County and the Dunning Street Rural Cemetery Association.  She is also a member of the GLOBALFOUNDRIES/Town of Malta Foundation, an organization that was developed to fund organizations, programs and projects that provide tangible benefits of a public nature to diverse groups serving the citizens of the Town of Malta.

DA Heggen has served the citizens of Saratoga County since 1993 in the District Attorney’s Office, as an Assistant District Attorney, Chief Trial Assistant District Attorney and First Assistant District Attorney.  She leads a staff dedicated to seeking justice throughout Saratoga County.  Her office is actively involved with numerous programs including drug treatment courts for drug addicts to divert them away from jail cells to rehabilitation facilities all while ensuring that those who prey on our young people by dealing drugs for profit go to state prison, when appropriate.  Her office works in specialized domestic violence prosecution courts to provide efficient prosecution of batterers and extra services for victims of domestic violence.  Her office also has specialized units to focus on cases involving vehicular assaults and homicides, sexually based crimes and major felony offenses.

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