Both town justices have "traffic calendars" which are devoted to adjudicating traffic tickets. The NYS Police are prohibited from negotiating plea bargains on traffic violations. As a result, a special town prosecutor has been appointed to deal with tickets written by the NYS police. 95% of state police tickets are adjudicated through plea bargains with the special prosecutor. The Town Prosecutor and both judges are reasonable about plea bargains as long as the speed was not more than 25 mph over the limit or over 90 mph. One of the judges is less flexible than the other.
Local police officers generally prosecute their own tickets, though the special prosecutor may substitute for them. Again, most tickets are resolved through plea bargains.
Expect a long line of people waiting to talk to the special prosecutor about a plea bargain. 1-2 hour waits are common. Attorneys are permitted to appear without their clients being present for traffic court.
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To read some Frequently Asked Traffic Law questions, click here.
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Criminal Law Enforcement & Prosecution
All criminal prosecutions are handled by the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office. Following
a tragic 8 fatality accident on the Taconic in 2009 the Dutchess DA's office has taken a fairly hard line
on DWI prosecutions. In 2009 there were more than 3000 alcohol related driving arrests impaired or intoxicated
driving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in Dutchess County. Both the NYS Police and the Dutchess County Sheriff's Department made
numerous arrests. Most arrests occurred after dark with many taking place after . Police officers assume
that many driver's who are out after have consumed alcohol and or drugs. As a result they are looking for any lawful
reason to pull drivers over in order to investigate possible DWI incidents. Alcohol checkpoints were established several
times by the a combined task force of NYS Police and
In addition to DWI and DWAI, numerous arrests
were made for Driving While Impaired by Drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Driving With a Suspended Registration. All
of these offenses are "criminal" violations of the law and, as a result are prosecuted by the Dutchess County District Attorney's
office. Non-DWI cases are handled by local Assistant District Attorney's, but DWI cases are handled by three "DWI
Prosecutors" working out of the DA's office in
Neither judge in
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Unlike many other defense attorneys I am NOT a former Assistant District Attorney nor a former police officer. I don't judge our clients, I just defend them. In fact, I came to the practice of law as a second career. Prior to becoming an attorney I spent 20 years as a business executive, eventually running a large subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company. While those years in private business were challenging and rewarding, there came time that I wanted to do something different and more directly related to assisting other people. So, I left the business world, went to law school, passed the New York State bar exam and became a practicing attorney. You can read my full bio here and meet our staff here.
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Phone: 845-294-0585 Fax: 888-724-5470
No Cost, No Obligation Consultation on all cases