Traffic Tickets: Prosecuted by City Attorney or local officers.
Prosecutions: Orange County District Attorney's Office
Judges: Hon.Steven Brockett & Hon. Robert F. Moson
The City of Middletown is a small urban center located in the middle of Orange County, NY. Traffic
enforcement in the city is performed largely by the City of Middletown Police Dept., though the NYS Police are also active in the
late night hours, particularly on weekends. No major highways pass through the city. Speed limits within the city are
generally 30-40 mph.
The City of Middletown has a relatively busy traffic court held several times
a month. Most tickets are written by the Middletown police with a scattering of tickets from the NYS Police. The
City Attorney acts as prosecutor for all non-criminal traffic infractions. The City Attorney and the judge are generally reasonable
about plea bargains.
Most tickets are resolved through plea bargains. Traffic court sessions can easily last 1-2 hours
or more. 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.
about having the Law Office of Glenn Magnell defend your speeding ticket or DWI charge, click here.
Criminal Law Enforcement
All criminal prosecutions Middletown 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 for impaired or intoxicated driving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in Orange County. Both the NYS Police and the Middletown
City Police made numerous arrests. Most arrests occurred after dark with many taking place after . Police officers assume
that many driver's 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 have been occassionaly been established by
the a combined task force of NYS Police and city police. Both city and state police officers have been known to park near
popular bars, late at night, and follow bar patrons as they drive away. All of these offenses are "criminal" violations of the
law and, as a result are prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney's office. Police have been known to observe
and follow patrons leaving local bars and make traffic stops at the first opportunity.
City of Middletown is typical urban area
where a variety of drug offenses are regularly brought before the city court. Other typical criminal cases heard in Middletown
City Court are petty larceny, 3rd degree assault, harrassment and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle. 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. Middletown City Court is one of the busiest local criminal courts, the criminal
calendar can last 2-4 hours.
Please note: Information on this website is intended to inform, not to advise. No one should attempt to interpret or apply any law without the assistance of an attorney that is familiar with that area of law, the rules of the court involved and the specific facts of each individual case.
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