Tickets: Prosecuted by Columbia County District Attorney’s Office or the officer who issued the ticket
Columbia County District Attorney's Office
Judges: Hon. Jessica Byrne and Hon. Jack Nevers
Traffic Enforcement & Prosecution
The major thoroughfare through the Town of New Lebanon is NY-22, which runs the length
of town. As New Lebanon is located in the far northern part of ClumbiaCounty, enforcement is handled primarily by the NYS Police
from "Troop G." Most speeding tickets are written for speeds more than 10 mph over the limit, though the police are stricter in the
30 mph zones. Traffic law enforcement along all of the other roads in the Town of New Lebanon is shared by the NYS Police and the
Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
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 plea bargains.
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.
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 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
Neither judge in New Lebanon Town Court is an attorney.
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