Broome County DA Supports Access to Driving History
3/4/2014 (Updated 11:08:38 PM)Prosecutors are speaking out about Governor Cuomo's plan to make driving history records available of original charges that would have carried points against your license...
People often plead down to a lesser violation, but Cuomo's plan would inform prosecutors of what the original charge was.
This could factor into whether prosecutors would consider a lesser plea for a repeat offense.
The governor's office says that in 2010, almost a 130-thousand speeding charges were pled down to "parking on pavement."
"For somebody going 80 (miles per hour) in a 55 (mph zone), at least now when deciding should the judge give a lesser or should the judge give a maximum fine you'll know that he's been charged three times previously but allowed lesser pleas," said Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen.
Mollen says in penal cases prosecutors are allowed to know what original charges were in the cases of plea deals.
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