The new Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violation Agency (SCTPVA) is set to open on April 1, 2013.
Currently, moving violation traffic tickets which will be handled by this court are handled by the Suffolk County TVB. At the TVB, there is no plea bargaining. All challenged tickets proceed to trial where the outcome is either all (win, case dismissed) or nothing (guilty as charged). We’re expecting the new court to allow plea bargaining and negotiation similar to all the other village, town, city and county courts throughout NY.
Cases which are still open and were originally answerable to the Suffolk TVB will be transferred to the new SCTPVA.
Everyone at this point is saying the right things about the new court. It is designed to open fully staffed, operate efficiently and help motorists avoid long lines and waits that motorists expect at state agencies like the DMV. Ultimately, there are plans to give motorists access to their case information online.
I know no one wants to receive a traffic ticket in Suffolk and no one is going to be excited about a traffic ticket just because it’s in a new court. However, as far as traffic tickets go, I’m hoping this court is a win-win for the County and for the motorists responding to summonses.
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By Scott Feifer