Criminal Calendar: The Fourth Monday of
the month at and
Traffic Tickets: Prosecuted by Columbia County District Attorney’s Office or the officer
who issued the ticket
Criminal Prosecutions: Columbia County District Attorney's Office
Judges: Hon. Brian Herman and Hon.
John Spencer, Jr.
Traffic Enforcement & Prosecution
The major thoroughfare through the Town of Copake is NY-22, which runs the length of town.
While Copake is fairly rural, there is still noticeable traffic enforcement within the township. Enforcement is handled by the NYS
Police from "Troop K" and Copake Town Police.Due to budgetary constraints, the Town currently employs only 8 part time officers.
Consequently, the number of tickets written annually has steadily decreased over the last ten years . The speed limit along most highways
is under 55 mph, so speeding tickets may be written for speeds under 10 mph over the limit. Stationary radar and laser speed detection
are widely used. In addition, the police will look for miscellaneous vehicle and traffic violations in the more residential areas.
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 Columbia County District Attorney’s Office
handles tickets written by the NYS police.95% of state police tickets are adjudicated through plea bargains with the prosecutor.
The Prosecutor and both judges are reasonable about plea bargains as long as the speed is not too high.
Local police officers
generally prosecute their own tickets, though the prosecutor may substitute for them.Again, most tickets are resolved through
Expect a line of people waiting to talk to the prosecutor about a plea bargain.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.
about having the Law Office of Glenn Magnell defend your speeding ticket or DWI charge,, click here.
Enforcement & Prosecution
All criminal prosecutions are handled by the Columbia County District Attorney's Office.The Columbia DA's office has taken a fairly hard line on DWI prosecutions. There are more than 1000 alcohol-related driving arrests
for impaired or intoxicated driving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in ColumbiaCounty every year.Both the NYS Police and the Columbia
County Sheriff's Department made numerous arrests.Most arrests occurred after dark with many taking place after .Police officers assume that many drivers who are out after 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 Columbia County District Attorney's office.
One of the judges inCopake Town Court is an attorney.
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