Suffolk County rolls out virtual traffic court

Suffolk County rolled out a new way for drivers to resolve their traffic tickets with its virtual plea bargain system.

Officials with the Traffic and Parking Violations Agency say if you get a moving violation, like a parking or red-light ticket, you don’t have to come in person to traffic court to settle it.

According to the county, you log on to the TPLEAS website, plead guilty or not guilty, have a prosecutor review your case or pay your fine. County officials say you never have to step foot inside a courtroom.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “It is no secret that having to appear in-person at TPVA can be a real hurdle for many drivers. This new program provides yet another option for drivers to resolve their cases without having to take time off from work, arrange for child care, or miss school.”

County officials say there is a judge to make decisions about your case, just the same as if you were in court.

However, if you decide to reject a plea bargain then you will be scheduled for a trial in-person at traffic court.

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