Traffic Tickets: Prosecuted by Special Town Prosecutor
(State Police) or local officers.
Criminal Prosecutions: Rockland County District Attorney's Office
P. Etelson, Town Justice, Rhoda F. Schoenberger, Town Justice, David J. Stein, Town Justice
The New York State Thruway runs the whole length of the Town of Ramapo. Enforcement on the Thruway is exclusively
handled by officers from "Troop T" of the NYS Police (a special unit than only patrols the Thruway). The speed limit along the Thruway
is mostly 65 mph, howver there are extended sections in the south and west that are 55 mph. Almost all speeding tickets are written
for speeds more than 10 mph over the limit. Stationary radar and laser speed detection are widely used. The wide and often wooded
median creates numerous opportunities for radar or laser speed traps that cannot be detected in advance. Traffic law enforcement along
all of the other roads in the Town of Ramapo is almost exclusively done by local town police officers.
three 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 all three 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 generally 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 several 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
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 Rockland 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 Rockland County.
Both the NYS Police and the Ramapo Town Police made numerous arrests. Most arrests occurred after dark with many taking place after. Police officers assume that many driver's 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 the a combined task force of NYS Police and Ramapo All of these offenses are "criminal" violations
of the law and, as a result are prosecuted by the Rockland County District Attorney's office.
Other typical criminal cases heard
in Ramapo Town Court are petty larceny, assault, harrassment and drug possession. Misdemeanors remain the jurisdiction of the town
court, while felonies are transferred to the Rockland County Court if there is a felony indictment by the Grand Jury.
Please note: Information on this website is intended to inform, not to advise. No one should attempt to interpret or apply any law without the assistance of an attorney that is familiar with that area of law, the rules of the court involved and the specific facts of each individual case.
NOTICE: In compliance with the New York State Attorney's Code of Professional Conduct this website and all information contained within should be considered ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.
Law Offices of Glenn W. Magnell
Defense Attorneys for Criminal, DWI, DUI & Traffic Offenses