Career Prosecutor

While in law school, Jose joined the Civil Rights Bureau of the NYS Attorney General’s Office. In the Civil Rights Bureau, Jose worked on the investigation into the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” practices.

After graduation from Brooklyn Law School in 2001, Jose joined the Kings County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. During his eleven-year tenure, he advanced to the position of Counsel and prosecuted long term narcotics investigations, gun related offenses and other violent crimes.  Jose supervised and trained Assistant District Attorneys in the preparation and prosecution of misdemeanor and felony trials. He also conducted hundreds of evidentiary hearings and twenty-five felony trials.  As a senior prosecutor he volunteered to train the New York City Police Department plain clothed units on search and seizure law and collection, preservation and documentation of evidence. Jose left the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in 2012.

In 2003, Jose entered military service joining the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp and entered military service.  In 2004, Jose was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum and served two years on active duty where he prosecuted sexual assault offenses and other misconduct by U.S. service members before military tribunals. While on active duty, Jose served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the US Attorney’s office in the Northern District of New York where he prosecuted cases in federal court.

From 2012 through 2014, Jose served with the US Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration where he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of various violations of the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) by pilots, air carriers and aviation mechanics.

In 2014, Jose joined the New York City Department of Correction, Trials and Litigation Division. There he prosecuted numerous cases involving excessive use of force and other misconduct by New York City Correction Officers.

In 2016, Jose joined the Office of the New York State Attorney General.  Jose served as a special prosecutor charged with the execution of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Executive Order #147, which was issued to ensure a fair, transparent and independent investigation and prosecution of any incident where a law enforcement officer caused the death of an unarmed civilian. As a special prosecutor he was responsible for reviewing and assessing notifications by District Attorneys statewide relating to fatal police encounters with civilians. Jose oversaw high-profile complex homicide investigations involving the death of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement officers.  He has also indicted and prosecuted law enforcement officers who commit unjustifiable homicide.  Jose was responsible for supervising the interviews and preparation of civilian, law enforcement and expert witnesses for Grand Jury proceedings, hearings or trials. He has also acted as a surrogate for the Attorney General at community meetings and legislative conferences to discuss criminal justice policies and reforms. Jose has coordinated social services for members of the deceased’s family in homicide investigations and prosecutions. He has collaborated with various municipal, city and state agencies to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of homicide cases. In 2018, the New York State Attorney awarded Jose the Attorney General’s Innovation in Law Enforcement Award.