Tuxedo, NY Town Court
Title: Town of Tuxedo Justice Court
Address: 1 Temple Drive, P.O. Box 605, Tuxedo, NY
Phone: (845) 331-3655
Fax: (845) 351-2018
Court Calendar: Tuesday and Thursday
Tickets: Prosecuted by Town Attorney (State Police) or local officers.
Criminal Prosecutions: Orange County District
Judges: Justice Loretta K. Davis & Justice Shawn Brown
The NYS Thruway (I-87) runs through the north-south length of the Town of Tuxedo as does
the heavily travelled Route 17. 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 Tuxedo is largely done by local town or village police officers.
Local police enforcement is most active on Route 17 as it passes through the business district of Tuxedo. In particular,
southbound on Rt. 17 the speed limit changes abruptly from 55 mph to 35 mph. Police are routinely stationed just passed the
speed limit change..
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 Tuxedo
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 Tuxedo Town Court are petty larceny, 3rd degree assault, harrassment, criminal mischief, aggravated unlicensed operation 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 here.
For information about having the Law Office of Glenn Magnell represent you on yourticket
or DWI charge,, click here.