Civil Infraction Options
You have three (3) options with a civil infraction:
Admit Responsibility by mail, in person, or by representation. Waive your right to a hearing and agree to pay the fines and costs for the civil infraction alleged on the front of the citation.
- Sign the back of the citation in the appropriate area, obtain the amount of your citation and mail or bring in to the court, with your cash, *check, money order and a valid credit /debit card (with MC/VISA logo)within 15 calendar days.
Admit Responsibility with an Explanation by mail, in person, or by representation.
In Person: Sign the back of the citation in the appropriate area. Appear within 15 calendar days. Explanation hearings are heard Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm; Check-in times for these hearings are at 9:15 am and at 1:15 pm.
By Mail: Sign the back of the citation in the appropriate area. Mail your signed copy of the citation and your explanation on a separate sheet of paper to the court within 15 calendar days. The court will mail you its determination and, if applicable order any fines and costs to be paid.
Deny Responsibility to deny responsibility you must sign the back of the citation in the appropriate area and indicate your choice; informal or formal hearing and submit to the court within 15 calendar days.
- An informal hearing is before a magistrate or judge; neither side may have an attorney OR
- A formal hearing is before a judge, at which time you will meet with the city attorney and officer; you may be represented by an attorney.
For more information on any of these options, please contact the Traffic Division at 313.277.7485.
*OUT OF STATE CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED