Upstate Court Directories

Town of Orangetown Justice Court
26 Orangeburg Rd, Orangeburg, NY 10962
845- 359-5100
845- 359-5115
Traffic Calendar
Time Varies
Criminal Calendar
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.; First and Third Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Traffic Tickets
Prosecuted by Special Prosecutor or the officer who issued the ticket
Criminal Prosecutions
Rockland County District Attorney's Office
Hon. Richard Finning and Hon. Patrick Loftus

Orangetown, NY Town Court

Traffic Enforcement & Prosecution

The major thoroughfares in the town of Orangetown are I-87/I-287 and the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Enforcement on the major highways is handled primarily by the NYS Police from “Troop F.” The speed limit along the Palisades 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 parkway as it is considered a “more dangerous” road.


Traffic Court

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 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 Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. The Rockland DA’s office has taken a fairly hard line on DWI prosecutions. There are typically more than 1000 alcohol-related driving arrests for impaired or intoxicated driving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in Rockland County every year. Both the NYS Police and the Rockland 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 Rockland County District Attorney’s office.


Both judges in Orangetown 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.