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Title: Town of Pleasant Valley Justice Court

 

County: Dutchess

 

Address: 1554 Main Street, Pleasant Valley, NY

 

Phone: 845-635-2856

 

Fax: 845-635-1989

 

Traffic Calendar: Thursdays at 5:00pm; Tuesdays at 5:30pm

 

Criminal Calendar: Third Thursday of the Month at 5:30am; Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 5:30pm

 

Traffic Tickets: Prosecuted by Special Town Prosecutor (State Police) or local officers

 

Criminal Prosecutions: Dutchess County District Attorney's Office

 

Judges: Hon. Paul Caltagirone & Hon. David Sears

Pleasant Valley, NY Town Court Profile

Traffic Enforcement & Prosecution

 

The major thoroughfares through the Town of Pleasant Valley are U.S. 44 and the Taconic State Parkway.  Enforcement in town is handled primarily by the NYS Police from Troop K, which has its Troop Headquarters in Salt Point, a hamlet within the town limits of Pleasant Valley. Enforcement on the Taconic is almost exclusively handled by officers from "Troop K" of the NYS Police.  The speed limit along the Taconic is 55 mph 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.  Speed enforcement is much more intense on the Taconic as it is considered a "more dangerous" road. Traffic enforcement is also concentrated along U.S. 44 due to heavy business traffic.

  

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 through town was not too high.

 

Local police officers generally prosecute their own tickets, though the special prosecutor may substitute for them.  Again, most tickets are resolved through plea bargains.

 

The line of people waiting to talk to the special prosecutor can take a long time. A 1 hour wait is typical.  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 Dutchess County District Attorney's Office. The Dutchess DA's office has taken a fairly hard line on DWI prosecutions. In 2009 there were more than 3000 alcohol related driving arrests impaired or intoxicated driving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in Dutchess County.  Both the NYS Police and the Dutchess County Sheriff's Department made numerous arrests.  Most arrests occurred after dark with many taking place after midnight.  Police officers assume that many drivers 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 state and local 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 Dutchess County District Attorney's office.  Non-DWI cases are handled by local Assistant District Attorneys, but DWI cases are handled by three "DWI Prosecutors" working out of the DA's office in Poughkeepsie.

 

Both judges in Pleasant Valley Town Court are attorneys.

 

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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