Sunday, September 7, 2014

Speeding Through The Village of Cayuga Heights

Cayuga Heights Police Station and Courthouse
836 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, New York

The little hamlet of Cayuga Heights is quiet, peaceful, and slow moving. That is why I see and hear about so many speeding tickets around here. For the most part, the speed limit is 30mph. It is easy to go much faster than that when going up and then down our hilly terrain (hence the name heights).
The three most common cases I defend here are related to DWI/DWAI drugs, speeding, and unlawful possession of marijuana, NYS section 221.05 UPM.

Court is Held Every Tuesday and the First Thursday of Each Month

Cayuga Heights has a small but effective police force. They patrol the area regularly, and some of their unmarked (all black) cars can be rather stealth. The grounds of Cornell University are situated right nearby so it is probably not in your best interests to smoke pot or drink in any of the outside areas/parks/golf courses. I can't even imagine telling you the number of marijuana charges this village racks up in any given year.

One of the Newer Marked Sport Utes

The Village Justice is Judge Galbreath. He is a Cornell law professor by day. Which is why those attorneys appearing before him best be prepared. If you are asking for anything you better have good reasons, and an explanation.

This Court can be very busy at times with 1,000 to 1,500 cases per year. That said, the village court clerk, Pat Kannus is on top of things here, and out of the hundred plus courts I go to this is one of the better ones by far.

Things to know: 

  1. Court starts promptly at 6:00 on Tuesdays and 5:00 on Thursdays. 
  2. Sign sheet is out for attorneys and their clients.  
  3. Assistant District Attorney is Andrew Bonavia of the Tompkins County District Attorney Office.
  4. The Court is in a rather old (not well ventilated) but beautiful building, that said dress in layers here. It can be very hot in the summer, and cold or hot in the winter months.
  5. There are three bathrooms (one in the court itself) and two outside the court.

Always remember to consult with an attorney about any criminal or non-criminal charges you have pending to discuss your options and/or defenses.

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