The District Attorney's Office is led by the elected District Attorney, R. Andrew Murray. His Deputy District Attorney is Barton M. Menser. There are approximately 80 Assistant District Attorneys and 60 support staff members.
The DA’s Office for the 26th Prosecutorial District includes only Mecklenburg County. The office prosecutes about 200,000 traffic offenses and misdemeanors and 10,000 felonies each year. To best manage the high volume of cases prosecuted in Mecklenburg County, Assistant District Attorneys are divided into prosecution teams that specialize in particular types of cases. Each Assistant District Attorney is assigned to a team, and one Assistant District Attorney on each team is designated as the team leader.
With approximately 200,000 misdemeanors and traffic offenses every year, the DA’s Misdemeanor Team has the largest caseload of any prosecution team. The Misdemeanor Team is responsible for handling traffic cases, such as speeding tickets or driving while impaired charges. The team also prosecutes misdemeanor charges such as simple assault, communicating threats and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Misdemeanor Appeals and Probation Violation Team
The Misdemeanor Appeals Team tries misdemeanor cases in Superior Court after a defendant who was found guilty by a District Court judge appeals his or her conviction to Superior Court for a jury trial, as allowed under North Carolina law. The team also represents the State in all felony probation violation hearings, as well as misdemeanor probation violation cases in which the defendant has entered notice of appeal from District Court.
Domestic Violence Team
Created by DA Murray in 2012, the Domestic Violence Team works in both District and Superior Court to prosecute men and women charged with crimes that occur between people in intimate relationships. The team also prosecutes cases of misdemeanor child abuse. These prosecutors are trained to handle the sensitive issues that arise in such cases.
The Drug Team prosecutes felony drug offenses ranging from possession of controlled substances up to trafficking in controlled substances. This team targets those who sell or bring drugs into the community while advocating for treatment for people experiencing drug addictions.
Crimes Against Property Team
The Crimes Against Property Team prosecutes crimes such as burglary, felony larceny and breaking or entering. The team also prosecutes financial crimes, such as fraud, identity theft and embezzlement.
In North Carolina, defendants are considered adults at age 16 for criminal proceedings. Those who commit a crime and are ages 15 and younger fall under the jurisdiction of Juvenile Court and are prosecuted by the Juvenile Team. These prosecutors strive to hold juveniles accountable for their actions while also intervening in the lives of at-risk youth and connecting them with treatment and community services so that they will not return to the criminal justice system as adult defendants.
Crimes Against Persons Team
The Crimes Against Persons Team is tasked with prosecuting some of Mecklenburg County’s most violent offenses. The team handles cases such as robberies, sexual assaults and other felony assaults. The team has a number of Assistant District Attorneys who exclusively prosecute sex offenders. The Crimes Against Persons Team also reviews all non-fatal officer-involved shootings. Click here to read the office's protocol in these cases.
Habitual Felon Team
Under North Carolina law, a habitual felon conviction requires tougher penalties for repeat offenders—whether they’re thieves, drug dealers or violent criminals. The Habitual Felon Team focuses on these defendants. For more information about the habitual felon law, see the office’s frequently asked questions.
The Homicide Team seeks justice for victims and their families by prosecuting Mecklenburg County’s most violent offenders. The Assistant District Attorneys on this team — who work alongside police at homicide scenes and routinely meet with investigators to discuss each case — prosecute cases of murder, manslaughter and felony death by vehicle. The Homicide Team also reviews all fatal officer-involved shootings. Click here to read the office's protocol in these cases.