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Title: Town of Kent Justice Court
Address:25 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, New York 10512
Court Calendar: Wednsdays and Thursdays
Traffic Tickets: Prosecuted by Town Prosecutor
(State Police) or local officers.
Criminal Prosecutions: Putnam County District Attorney's Office
Judges: Justice J.
Peter Collins and Justice Kevin Douchkoff
Kent, NY Town Court Profile
Traffic Enforcement & Prosecution
Interstate 84 runs almost the whole east-to-west length of the Town of Kent. Enforcement
on I-84 is almost exclusively handled by officers from "Troop T" of the NYS Police. The speed limit along I-84 is
mostly 65 mph and almost all speeding tickets are written for speeds more than 10 mph over the limit. Stationary rader
and laser speed detection are widely used. Speed enforcement is largely done by radar or laser speed traps that cannot
be detected in advance. Traffic law enforcement along all of the other roads in the town of Kent is almost exclusively
done by local town police officers.
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.
Local police officers generally prosecute
their own tickets, though the special prosecutor may substitute for them. Again, most tickets are resolved through plea bargains.
court sessions can last several hours. Attorneys are permitted to appear without their clients being present for traffic court.
more information about speeding and other traffic offenses, click here.
To read some Frequently Asked Traffic Law questions,click here.
For information about having the Law Office of Glenn Magnell defend your speeding ticket or DWI charge,, click here.
Law Enforcement & Prosecution
All criminal prosecutions are handled by the Putnam County District Attorney's Office.
Following a tragic 8 fatality accident on the Taconic in 2009 the Putnam DA's office has taken a fairly hard line
on DWI prosecutions. In 2009 there were more than 1000 alcohol related driving arrests impaired or intoxicated
driving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in Putnam County. Both the NYS Police and the Kent Town Police 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 Kent police.
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 Putnam County District Attorney's
office. DWI cases are handled by local Assistant District Attorney's, but their work is supervised by a DWI supervisor.
Both town judges are very diligent about insuring that defendant's rights are observed. Generally, criminal defendants
must appear at all court dates.
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Glenn W. Magnell
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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