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Title: Town of Plattekill Justice Court
 
County: Ulster
 
Address: 1915 Route 44-55 Modena, New York 12548
 
Phone: (845)883-5805
Fax: (845) 883-6730
 
Court Calendar: 
 
Traffic Tickets: Prosecuted by Special Town Prosecutor (State Police) or local officers.
 
Criminal Prosecutions: Ulster County District Attorney's Office
 
Judges: Justice John Sisti and Hon. Annemarie Maciocia

 
Plattekill, NY Town Court Profile
Frequently Asked Traffic Law Questions, click here

Traffic Enforcement & Prosecution

 

The New York State Thruway runs the whole length of the Town of Plattekill.  Enforcement on the Thruway is exclusively handled by officers from "Troop T" of the NYS Police (a special unit than only patrols the Thruway).  The speed limit along the Thruway is mostly 65 mph, howver there are extended sections in the south and west that are 55 mph.  Almost all speeding tickets are written for speeds more than 10 mph over the limit.  Stationary radar and laser speed detection are widely used.  The wide and often wooded median creates numerous opportunities for radar or laser speed traps that cannot be detected in advance.  Traffic law enforcement along all of the other roads in the Town of Plattekill is almost exclusively done by local town police officers.   

 

Traffic Court

 

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 85 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.

 

Traffic court sessions can last several hours.  Attorneys are permitted to appear without their clients being present for traffic court..

 

For 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.
Criminal Law Enforcement & Prosecution

All criminal prosecutions are handled by the Ulster County District Attorney's Office.  Following a tragic 8 fatality accident on the Taconic in 2009 the Ulster DA's office has taken a very  hard line on DWI prosecutions.    In 2009 there were more than 1500 alcohol related driving arrests impaired or intoxicated cdriving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in Ulster County.  Both the NYS Police and the Yorktown Town Police made numerous arrests.  Most arrests occurred after dark with many taking place after midnight.  Police officers assume that many driver's who are out after midnight 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.
 
All of these offenses, except DWAI, are "criminal" violtions of the law and, as a result are prosecutred by the Ulster County District Attorney's office.  Both town justices are exceptionally careful about protecting criminal defendant's rights.
 
For more information about DWI, click here
 
To read some Frequently Asked Questions about DWI, click here.
 
For information about having the Law Office of Glenn Magnell represent you, click here.
 
 
 

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Phone: 845-294-0585 Fax: 888-724-5470
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DWI & Vehicle Law Defense Attorney
Goshen Office
162 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924
Phone: 845-294-0585 Fax: 888-724-5470
Law Offices of Glenn W. Magnell
Email: gmagnell@stormkinglaw.com
Cornwall Office
151 Continental Rd., Cornwall, NY 12518
Phone: 845-725-7935  Fax: 888-724-5470
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