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About me

I followed my dream, and entered law school after completing 20 years in the New York State Police, retiring as a patrol supervisor. Entrust me with your legal problems and you will have the benefit of my 40+ years experience in the criminal and vehicle and traffic field. You will have my personal attention, and will always be treated with dignity and respect.


Practice Areas

  • Vehicle and Traffic Violations

  • DWI - Drunk Driving

  • Criminal Law

  • Misdemeanor and Felony Arrests


  • National Judicial College, Drug and Alcohol Certification

  • Albany Law School Union University,  J.D.

  • Russell Sage College, B.S.  Criminal Science

  • Hudson Valley Community College, A.A.S.  Police Science

  • New York State Police Academy

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association

  • New York State Magistrates Association

  • Saratoga County Domestic Violence Task Force

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

  • Clifton Park Elks

Legal Experience

  • Town Justice, Town of Clifton Park, NY

  • Retired City Court Judge, Mechanicville, NY

  • New York State Police (20 years) – retired as zone sergeant

  • Law Guardian representing children in custody and visitation matters (20 years)

  • New York State Magistrates certification program instructor

  • General Practice of law with emphasis on

    • Vehicle and Traffic tickets

    • DWI / Drunk Driving defense

    • Criminal matters


  • Authored a Manual for Conducting Criminal DWI Jury Trials, used extensively by New York State Judges.








Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    28 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    28 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 20%
    28 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

James F. Hughes, Attorney

Po Box 1197
313 Ushers Road
Clifton Park, NY, 12065-0804

James F. Hughes

313 Ushers Road
PO Box 1197
TOLL FREE, NY, 12065-0804

James F. Hughes

PO box 1197
233 Tallow Wood Drive
Clifton Park, NY, 12065-2815



NYCurrently registered 198803/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judicial Hearing OfficerNY State2010 - Present
Town JusticeTown of Clifton Park1982 - Present
City Court JudgeCity of Mechanicville2004 - 2010
TrooperNew York State Police1961 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Former NY State TroopersN/A1981 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New York State Magistrates AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Manual for Conducting Criminal DWI Jury TrialsConducting Criminal DWI Jury TrialsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NYS Magistrates Certification Program InstructorCertification ProgramN/A
NY State Police AcademyMock Trial JudgeN/A
Albany Law School Mock TrialMock Trial JudgeN/A