Blooming Grove, NY Town Court
Blooming Grove Town Court
6 Horton Road, Blooming Grove, NY 10598
Title: Town of Blooming Grove Justice Court
Address: P.O. Box 358, 6 Horton Road, Blooming
Grove, NY 10598
Phone: (845) 496-7631
Fax: (845) 497-3686
Court Calendar: Every Monday and Thursday
Tickets: Prosecuted by Special Town Prosecutor (State Police) or local officers.
Criminal Prosecutions: Orange County District
Judges: Justice Christopher Turpina & Justice Steven Smith
Route 17 runs through the east-west length of the Town of Blooming Grove. Enforcement on
Rt. 17 is almost exclusively handled by officers from "Troop F" of the NYS Police. The speed limit along the Route 17 is mostly
65 mph (there are 55 mph segments) 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. Traffic law enforcement along all of the other roads in the Town of Blooming
Grove is largely done by local town police officers. Enforcement is most active on Route 94.
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
both judges are reasonable about plea bargains as long as the speed was not more than 25 mph over the limit or over 90 mph.
police officers somtimes 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 1-2 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 Orange 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 Orange County. Both the NYS Police and the Blooming
Grove Town Police made numerous arrests. Most arrests occurred after dark with many taking place after midnight. Police officers assume
that many driver's 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 the a combined
task force of NYS Police and Blooming Grove police. All of these offenses are "criminal" violations of the law and, as
a result are prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Other typical criminal cases heard in Blooming
Grove are petty larceny, assault, harrassment and drug possession. Misdemeanors remain the jurisdiction of the town court, while
felonies are transferred to the Orange County Court if there is a felony indictment by the Grand Jury.
To read some Frequently Asked Questions about DWI, click here.
For information about having the Law Office
of Glenn Magnell represent you on yourticket or DWI charge,, click here.