Traffic Tickets: Prosecuted by Special Prosecutor or the officer who issued
Criminal Prosecutions: Sullivan County District Attorney's Office
Judges: Hon. Jeffrey Altbach & Hon. Brian
Traffic Enforcement & Prosecution
The major highway located within the Town of Liberty is NY-17, which runs the length of
town. Enforcement is handled primarily by the NYS Police from "Troop F." On major highways, stationary radar and laser speed detection
are widely used. On local roads most speeding tickets are written for speeds less than 10 mph over the limit. In addition, the police
regularly look for miscellaneous vehicle and traffic violations to initiate traffic stops.
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.
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Asked Traffic Law questions, click here.
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or DWI charge, click here.
Criminal Law Enforcement & Prosecution
All criminal prosecutions are handled by the
Sullivan County District Attorney's Office.The Sullivan DA's office has taken a fairly hard line on DWI prosecutions. There
are typically hundreds of alcohol-related driving arrests for impaired or intoxicated driving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in SullivanCounty every
year.Both the NYS Police and the Sullivan 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 Sullivan County District Attorney's
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