Cornwall, NY Town Court
Town of Cornwall, NY - Justice Court
183 Main Street, Cornwall, NY 12518
Title: Town of Cornwall Justice Court
Address: 183 Main Street, Cornwall, NY 12518
Court Calendar: Wednesday and Thursday
Traffic Tickets: Prosecuted by Town Attorney
(State Police) or local officers.
Criminal Prosecutions: Orange County District Attorney's Office
Judges: Justice Francis
Navarro & Justice Joseph Thompson
The NYS Thruway (I-87) runs through the north-south length of the Town of Cornwall as
does the heavily travelled Route 9W and Route 32. Enforcement on I-87 is exclusively handled by officers from
"Troop T" of the NYS Police. The speed limit along the Thruway is mostly 65 mph (there are 55 mph segments) and almost all speeding
tickets are written for speeds more than 10 mph over the limit. Stationary radar and laser speed detection are widely used.
Traffic law enforcement along all of the other roads in the Town of Cornwall is largely done by local town or village police
officers. Local police enforcement is most active on Route 9W.
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, the town attorneys act as prosecutor for tickets written by the NYS police. 95% of state police
tickets are adjudicated through plea bargains with the 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 somtimes
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 1-2 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.
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Criminal Law Enforcement and Prosecutions
All criminal prosecutions are handled by the Orange County District Attorney's
Office. The DA's office takes a very hard line on DWI prosecutions. In 2009 there were more than 1800 alcohol related
driving arrests impaired or intoxicated driving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in Orange County. Both the NYS Police and the Cornwall
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. All of these offenses are "criminal" violations of the
law and, as a result are prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Other typical criminal cases heard
in Cornwall Town Court are petty larceny, 3rd degree assault, harrassment, criminal mischief and drug possession. Misdemeanors
remain the jurisdiction of the town court, while felonies are transferred to the Orange County Court if there is a felony indictment
by the Grand Jury.
To read some Frequently Asked Questions about DWI, click
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