SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE ANNOUNCES ONLINE PLEA BARGAIN PROGRAM
Drivers Can Enter a Plea, Be Sentenced, and Pay Any Fines or Fees without Ever Appearing In-Person at TPVA
More than 10,000 Drivers Have Resolved Their Cases Online
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced a new program, TPLEAS, which allows individuals who receive moving violations an online option to answer their ticket, plead guilty or have their case reviewed. The program allows drivers to answer their ticket, plead not-guilty, plead guilty, have a prosecutor review their case and pay any fines or fees without ever having to step foot inside a court room. Motorist are able to handle their cases from a computer, smartphone, or tablet at any time that is convenient for them.
“It is no secret that having to appear in-person at TPVA can be a real hurdle for many drivers,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that many critical services can be completed online, saving our residents’ time and money while recognizing they need flexibility with their busy lives. This new program provides yet another option for drivers to resolve their cases, without having to take time off from work, arrange for childcare, or miss school.”
To participate in the new program, drivers can visit https://cii2.courtinnovations.com/TPLEAS. Drivers have the option of pleading guilty and paying any fines, or pleading not guilty and requesting a case review by the prosecutor, which could potentially lead to charges, points, fines or fees being reduced.
If a driver requests a case review, the prosecutor will review the case and contact the motorist if they are eligible, all on-line. As part of the program, a clerk and prosecutor review each case, the motorists’ driving history, as well as any other open matters that the motorist may have. If someone is eligible and the prosecution determines a plea bargain is appropriate, the prosecutor will send the motorist an offer to review and sign electronically. If a driver rejects the plea bargain, the matter is set for trial and the motorist will receive a date for appearance at the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency in the mail to contest their ticket(s).
The program was first piloted in the fall, as an option for virtual services due to the ongoing pandemic. To date, the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency has adjudicated more than 10,500 cases without the driver making any appearance at the Agency. Through the program, the more than 10,500 motorist were able to fully resolve their cases, including paying any fines, all online.
For more information on Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violation Agency visit www.suffolkcountyny.gov/tpva.