P.O. Box 3067, Durham, NC 27715, USA
20 YEARS

PROSECUTORIAL EXPERIENCE

ROGER ECHOLS…the People’s Choice…the Perfect Choice

The People of Durham deserve the best District Attorney –and in 2014 the best was delivered. The people of Durham voted for Roger Echols, an experienced and talented Assistant District Attorney to serve as Durham County District Attorney for the 14th Circuit.

Governor McCrory and retiring appointed interim DA, Leon Stanback at the time were quoted in lauding Roger as the “perfect choice.” And he was. In a successful primary he defeated two challengers. Without opposition in the general election, Roger was sworn in as the District Attorney in September 2014, four months earlier than the traditional date.

 

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District Attorney’s Office

The District Attorneys’ Office in the14th Judicial District, encompasses all of Durham County, North Carolina. It is the duty of this office to represent the State with integrity and professionalism, while protecting victims and their rights, in the pursuit of justice.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. – Martin Luther King Jr.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The District Attorneys’ Office in the14th Judicial District, encompasses all of Durham County, North Carolina. It is the duty of this office to represent the State with integrity and professionalism, while protecting victims and their rights, in the pursuit of justice.

I have partnered with the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham to resolve cases through a model restorative justice process. Restorative justice seeks healing for victims, offenders, and the community. With the consent of the victims, I have approved this process in multiple cases. On April 5th, we entered the guilty plea for a serious felony case that was the first of its kind in the state.

This new program is less than a year old and is based on referrals made by myself and my staff. I have assigned a special prosecutor to support this court and will continue to advocate for resources to help people who have a mental health diagnosis that contributes to the commission of crimes.

I created Amnesty Day for the restoration of driver’s licenses to people who lost their driving privileges due to an inability to pay fees that sometimes ran into the thousands of dollars. We partnered with the City of Durham through its Bloomberg grant to create this program. More than 450 people have now been placed on track to have their licenses restored.

This program started during my administration as District Attorney. From the beginning of the program, I have been a vocal advocate for increasing the age of those who qualify. The Program has been responsible for keeping hundreds of young people from being charged criminally and connecting them to needed services.

A District Attorney must be accountable to the community and to people who have been harmed by crime. I cooperate with citizen groups like Court Watch and help train court hosts to advocate for victims during homicide trials. I have reprioritized the designation of prosecutors to specialize in crimes of violence, including crimes against children, sex offenses, and domestic violence. I also focus on residential breaking and entering crimes. All of our citizens should feel safe in their homes.  

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Our Campaign theme is Pursuing Truth…Preserving Justice. During the past four years, I have balanced Durham’s need for progressive reform with the rights of victims and the safety of our community. I have brought stability to an office that was in need of a calm and experienced leader at the helm, Know that I will continue to serve as your DA with the highest level of integrity, fairness always pursuing truth and preserving justice.
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