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About Ken McCauley

is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Ken McCauley, a traffic ticket defense firm servicing clients throughout New York state. Ken received his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he received highest academic standing in administrative law. He represents clients in Columbia County with speeding tickets and other V&T, transportation law, and criminal matters and appears before the New York State Liquor Authority. → Read Ken's full bio.

Attorney Rakesh Joshi: Our Trusted Counsel in Claverack, NY

Attorney Rakesh Joshi

Of-Counsel Attorney Rakesh Joshi looking handsome as usual outside our office at 113 State Street in downtown Albany, New York.

Here at the Law Office of Ken McCauley, we like to make our clients happy. Not only do we have a duty to the people we are represent, but it’s also good for business. A happy client is a returning client that will usually refer friends, family, and neighbors to us when a legal issue arises. That’s why we work with the best at what they do and that includes Albany’s own Rakesh Joshi. I’ve known Mr. Joshi for some time now and am always impressed, and sometimes outright amazed, at the results he is able to produce for our clients. Whether its having tickets dismissed, crimes ACOD’d, 6 points reduced to 0 point parking tickets, or whatever the case – it always puts a smile on my face and is a sigh of relief to our concerned customers.

One of the reasons Attorney Joshi is able to do such great things for the people we defend is that he’s not afraid to work hard and do what it takes to get the job done. That approach to practicing law and life in general comes in part from his upbringing where he learned the value of hard work at a young age. It’s also one of the reasons he works so well with our firm: at the Law Office of Ken McCauley, we do not shy away from hard work. If your interests in a Vehicle & Traffic case are best served through trial, we will make that trip to court and take the extra time and attention necessary to win a fight with the local prosecutors. When a resolution via plea bargain is the recommended course of action, we will go to any court – no matter how far.

When you get the chance, remember to ask Mr. Joshi about his 1,000 mile journey, driving from Albany to Cheektowaga (near Buffalo) to Columbia County and back to Albany on separate appearance cases in a single day. He is a true defense attorney and we are very happy to have him on our team. If you need a good lawyer in the town of Claverack or anywhere else along the Taconic State Parkway on a speeding or criminal matter, do not hesitate to contact us and we will send our best.

Attorney Rakesh Joshi is a graduate of Albany Law School and personally handles all of our Columbia County cases including VTL, Transportation Law cases, and criminal matters like DWI and UPM in the Claverack Town Court. Call him at (518) 406-8330 or complete the “Free Consultation” form here on the page.

Claverack Town Court

The Claverack Town Court in Philmont, New York.

The Claverack Town Court in Philmont, New York.

Address: 836 Highway 217 (Box 823 for mailing address), Philmont NY 12565
Phone: (518) 672-4468 / Fax: (518) 672-4098
Official Website: townofclaverack.com

Like most courts in the Hudson Valley, the Claverack Town Court is housed in the Town Hall building. Claverack is a bit unique, however, in that its mailing address is for the Village of Philmont. Don’t let that confuse you, though, as Philmont is located within the boundaries of the town of Claverack. We understand if that’s a little confusing, especially to those who are not from Upstate NY. We don’t make the rules, we just follow them.

Ken McCauley

is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Ken McCauley, a traffic ticket defense firm servicing clients throughout New York state. Ken received his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he received highest academic standing in administrative law. He represents clients in Columbia County with speeding tickets and other V&T, transportation law, and criminal matters and appears before the New York State Liquor Authority. → Read Ken's full bio.


Ghent Traffic Lawyer

Attorneys: Ken McCauley, Esq.Rakesh Joshi, Esq.
Fees: $250+
Payment Plans: Available
Traffic Violations: Yes
Criminal Matters: Yes

Every once in a while you’re going to get a ticket and, when you do, you’re going to want a lawyer. This is because New York state has some of the toughest rules and harshest penalties for violating the Vehicle & Traffic laws. Violations include things like speeding (a.k.a. VTL 1180), not moving over for a stopped emergency vehicle (VTL 1144-a), texting while driving (now 5 points!), talking on your cell phone while driving (VTL 1225-c), or an array of other activities. More serious, but related offenses are issued as crimes (as opposed to violations) and can land you in jail or result in the temporary suspension of your driving privileges. Vehicular crimes include things like Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, which is usually the result of a Scofflaw or unanswered ticket / unpaid fine. Transportation Law crimes like Logbook Violations can put professional drivers at risk of losing their job and having a permanent criminal record for a misdemeanor if convicted.

At the Law Office of Ken McCauley, we have had a great deal of success in the Ghent Town Court helping junior license drivers, regular Class D drivers and Commercial, Class A, Class B, and Class C drivers (as well as Taxi cab drivers) avoid points and the high fines that accompany a moving conviction. We plead you NOT GUILTY and guide you through the best course of action depending on the facts of your individual case. Moreover, we handle each and every one of these cases ourselves, and do not farm them out to any outside counsel. You can live a little more stress-free knowing that the attorney who takes your call will be the attorney handling your case from the very outset to its final resolution.

When you hire us, not only do you save time and money but, more importantly, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your case will be handled correctly and the best outcome possible is achieved. In addition, most clients will not have to come to court even in a court that requires personal appearances on traffic hearings. We will attend on your behalf so that you do not have to make the costly journey to a difficult evening court (The Ghent Town Court is a part-time court that convenes at 6pm).

Contact us today at: (518) 406-8330 or fill out our “Free Consultation” form here on the website.

Do you need a DWI lawyer in the town of Ghent? We can help.

About Ghent, New York

The Ghent Town Court

Like many of the local “justice courts” in Upstate New York, Ghent’s is located in the Town Hall building.

The town of Ghent is located in Columbia County, the beautiful, rural neighbor to Albany County. it is located in the center of the county just northeast of the more popular City of Hudson. Farms and quaint towns and villages dominate the landscape here and visitors use major routes like I-90 and the Taconic State Parkway to travel to and from this area. Speed limits in town limits can be painfully low and test anyone’s patience and risk-reward priority schema (which is where some of our traffic calls come from). DWI and other drug-related crimes are among the other problems here.

Court Information:

Street Address: Town Hall, 2306 State Route 66, Ghent, NY 12075-0098
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 98
Phone: (518)392-2706
Fax: (518) 392-7259
Court Hours & Additional Information: Please see the official website – townofghent.org

 

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Ken McCauley

is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Ken McCauley, a traffic ticket defense firm servicing clients throughout New York state. Ken received his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he received highest academic standing in administrative law. He represents clients in Columbia County with speeding tickets and other V&T, transportation law, and criminal matters and appears before the New York State Liquor Authority. → Read Ken's full bio.


Speeding & Traffic Ticket Defense in Austerlitz, NY

Town Hall in Austerlitz, New York

A sign to the Town Hall in Austerlitz, New York. Like many small towns in Columbia County, it can be very picturesque – even during the winter. Photo © Ken McCauley.

We personally handle speeding ticket cases and other traffic, transportation law, and related criminal offenses in the Austerlitz Town Court and are typically able to achieve excellent results for our clients (just check out our reviews!).

This court requires accused drivers to appear in person on the date that appears on their ticket. As your legal representative, we can go for you –  a convenience that regularly saves our clients hundreds of dollars in time off work and travel expenses alone. If you have been charged with a more serious misdemeanor – Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Logbook Violation, etc. – you may have to appear in court with us, although we do our best to assure clients that live far away or in another state/country do not have to come to court.

We charge flat fees as low as $250 for most traffic violations in the Austerlitz Town Court, but please contact us to speak with an attorney for a full quote. Please provide us with as much detail as possible, as the more we know about your case the better we can assist you and make sure there are no future legal complications or expenses. Trust us with your case and we will be able to help in your time of legal trouble. For a free consultation, call our office at (518) 406-8330 or complete the email form here on our website.

Traffic Violations

This includes all variations of speeding, signal violations, Move Over law violations (1144-a), cell phone and portable electronic device tickets, seat belt tickets, etc. You can typically have your points significantly reduced or win a trial for complete dismissal. Traffic violations are also able to be reduced to parking violations, like VTL 1201a, with carries no points at all.

Suspended License

If your driving privileges have been suspended for failure to respond to a ticket in the Austerlitz Town Court or failure to pay a fine, we can help you restore your license and minimize penalties. It is very common to forget about old traffic tickets, especially if you do not live in New York state, and not respond to the summons. This can come to haunt you even in your home state or country when you apply for license renewal or put you in further legal trouble when you visit New York state. Driving with a suspended license is a criminal offense and should be handled with caution. If you need help with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (AUO), contact us for help.

Transportation Law

Although most commercial vehicles are not allowed on the Taconic State Parkway, we still get calls for various transportation violations from the town of Austerlitz (oftentimes because the driver did not realize they were not allowed on the Parkway). We know that professional drivers tend to face a bit more pressure when it comes to resolving their traffic tickets as many employers have a zero-tolerance policy for points and/or convictions of any kind.

At the Law Office of Ken McCauley, we understand your concerns and have experience dealing with Logbook Violations, Equipment violations, and other tickets issued to tractor-trailer drivers and other CDL-required motorists. We offer affordable legal fees for these cases backed up with proven results that have helped clients keep their jobs and avoid high fines and insurance problems.

The Austerlitz Town Court

Austerlitz Town Court

The unassuming Austerlitz Town Hall is located in Spencertown and houses the Town Court.

Technically located in Spencertown, the Austerlitz Town Justice Court can be easy to miss or mistake for a local shop or garage. Like many justice courts in the Upstate and Hudson Valley area, most local traffic, civil and criminal matters are heard here. Despite the appearance of the building, judges and law enforcement take all cases very seriously and will give your charges proper review. Hours are limited and you may not be able to reach a clerk. If you have any questions about your speeding ticket here, always feel free to contact our office. Court information is below:

Phone: (518) 392-3260 ext 302
Fax: (518) 392-9350
Address: Town Hall, 812 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 119, Spencertown, NY 12165
Official Website: austerlitzny.com (please see for Court & Court Clerk hours)

Ken McCauley

is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Ken McCauley, a traffic ticket defense firm servicing clients throughout New York state. Ken received his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he received highest academic standing in administrative law. He represents clients in Columbia County with speeding tickets and other V&T, transportation law, and criminal matters and appears before the New York State Liquor Authority. → Read Ken's full bio.


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