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Title: Town of Bethel Justice Court
 
County: Sullivan
 
Address: 3460 Route 55, White Lake NY 12786
             PO Box 691, Kauneonga Lake NY 12749

Phone: 845-583-7420
 
Fax: 845-583-7804
 
Court Calendar:  Monday and Tuesday
 
Traffic Tickets: Prosecuted by Special Town Prosecutor (State Police) or local officers.
 
Criminal Prosecutions: Sullivan County District Attorney's Office
 
Judges: Justice Kevin Rhyne & Justice Cindy L. Barber
Traffic Enforcement
 

Route 55 runs through the east-west length of the Town of Bethel. Enforcement on Rt. 55 is almost exclusively handled by officers from "Troop F" of the NYS Police. The speed limit along the Route 55 is mostly 55 mph (there are 35 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 Bethel is largely done by local town police officers. Local police enforcement is most active on Rt. 55.  Bethel is famous as the actual site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in 1970.  It is now home to the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center which stages very popular Rock, Classical and Country Music concerts during the summer.

 

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 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.
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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 and Prosecutions
 

All criminal prosecutions are handled by the Sullivan 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 Sullivan County. Both the NYS Police and the Bethel 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 and Bethel police. DWI and drug possession enforcement can be very intense on evenings when a rock concert is scheduled for Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center.  All of these offenses are "criminal" violations of the law and, as a result are prosecuted by the Sullivan County District Attorney's office.

 

Other typical criminal cases heard in Bethel Town Court are petty larceny, assault, harrassment and drug possession. Misdemeanors remain the jurisdiction of the town court, while felonies are transferred to the Sullivan County Court if there is a felony indictment by the Grand Jury.

 
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 on yourticket or DWI charge,, click here.
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