Prosecuted by Columbia County District Attorney’s Office or the officer who issued the ticket
Criminal Prosecutions: Columbia
County District Attorney's Office
Judges: Hon. Lisa M. Mills and Hon. David A. Dellehunt
Traffic Enforcement & Prosecution
The major thoroughfare through the Town of Kinderhook is U.S. 9, which runs across town.
Enforcement in the Town of Kinderhook is handled by the New York State Police from “Troop K,” which has a barracks located in town.
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 Kinderhook is shared by the NYS Police and the Columbia County
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
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.
more information about speeding and other traffic offenses, click here.
To read some Frequently Asked Traffic Law questions,click here.
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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 office.
Both judges in Kinderhook
Town Court are attorneys.
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