Traffic Enforcement & Prosecution
The major thoroughfares through the Village of Red Hook are U.S. 9 and NY Route 199. Enforcement is handled primarily by the Red Hook Police, though the NYS Police have a barracks located in nearby Rhinebeck. Most speeding tickets are written for speeds under 10 mph over the limit due to the high concentration of businesses and pedestrian traffic in the village. Traffic enforcement along all of the other roads in the Village of Red Hook is shared by the NYS Police and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.
Both 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 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 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.
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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.
One judge in Red Hook Village Court is an attorney.
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