Suffolk County SCTPVA New Traffic Court Set To Open April 1, 2013

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

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.

SCTPVA
H. Lee Dennison Building, Ground Floor, North Entrance
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

By Scott Feifer

  • marilyn

    i want to clear up any outstanding tickets

  • tickethelp

    Marilyn-
    If you aren’t sure what you need to clear up or otherwise need help, you can always give us a call.

  • lsanta916

    the phone # 631-853-3800 isn’t working. Does anyone have a better number to call this office with questions?

  • Danny321

    the police officer wrote the wrong information on my ticket. How do I clear that up?

  • tickethelp

    Danny- Depends on a few different factors. Generally, if it’s related to the “who” (name, address, dob, car, plate, etc), the court will overlook most minor errors. If it’s related to the “what” (the charges), then what you do likely depends on the specific situation and charges in question. If you have something in particular to discuss feel free to give us a call.

  • Danny321

    I’ve been trying to call and the number 631-853-3800 is not working. Is there another number I can call?

  • tickethelp

    Unfortunately I don’t have any number for you other than what is publicly written on their website. Keep in mind that most courts aren’t too interested in telephone conversations and questions. Typically, from the court’s perspective you either plead guilty and accept whatever fine they assess or you plead not guilty and then come to court on the date they assign to ask your questions, raise concerns about errors on the ticket, etc.

  • JBayard9

    the posted # 631-853-3800 still doesn’t seem to be working. Does anyone have a better number to call this office with questions?

  • nilda

    this is not a win win place, you get to plea and still have to pay and get points or take it to trial where you will loose and they still they get paid.. so the new thing is that they gonna get paid this way the other old way you stood a chance not no more and not to mention how rude they treat you..suffolk county is a joke they are so unfair..

  • tickethelp

    You are correct that you end up paying a fine when you negotiate a deal for a lesser charge and the fines at the SCTPVA are probably the highest in the state right now. It’s also true that at the old TVB system, many would ultimately win outright because they’d be forced to go to trial and those chances at trial were probably better than the chances at trial in this new court. While neither system is ideal–getting a traffic ticket never will be–at least here we have the flexibility of negotiation. Imagine you were on the verge of losing your license or your job or your insurance and you were forced to fight the ticket outright with a risk of losing and in front of a judge who couldn’t care less about your particular situation? In my opinion, that flexibility to work around the potentially more severe consequences and boil it all down to “just” a monetary fine in most cases wins out.

  • Laura

    I misplaced my violation. I know the intersection the ticket was for but, I need the amount to pay, due date, etc. I want to pay it sooner rather than later but, can’t without this info. I called 853-3800 (SCTPVA) and listened to an automated message that really did not help. Can someone provide me with the info of who to contact?

  • tickethelp

    Laura

    If you lost the ticket and can’t get them on the phone your only choices for obtaining the case information and paying/pleading guilty are wait until you get a late notice from the DMV, go in person to the court or hire an attorney to go for you.

  • Claus

    Hello,
    I received a notice to appear at a pre-trial conference on 11/07/13 at 10:00 AM;
    however I cannot attend because I will be out of the country, Can this be rescheduled for a later date?
    I tried calling but received a message without being able to leave my request.
    I can be reached at 212-535-1800. Thank you.
    Claus R.

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