DA Perfetti on bail reform, discovery & traffic diversion (audio)

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WXHC sat down Friday (July 17) with Cortland County District Attorney Patrick Perfetti for a discussion on some of the local impacts of the state’s new bail reform and discovery laws.

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Additionally, Perfetti went over more details of his proposed Traffic Ticket diversion program for the county – an idea he originally raised in August 2008, but has since had delayed by the county legislature over what the program’s revenue would be used for.

Such a program would give those with speeding and other traffic offenses the option to pay a minimum $200 fine and take a driver safety course rather than attend court.

Not only could it save the county fines owed to the state and drivers points on their licenses, Perfetti said the program will also help keep his staff safe during COVID-19

Part of the state’s bail new reforms include the requirement that evidence be presented in 100% of traffic cases, something Perfetti said is usually only done with about 10% in the county.

Perfetti said legislators want a larger share of the funds generated for county purposes, but he emphasized that most of the money should be turned back around and used to support local law enforcement efforts.

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