you are ticketed or arrested in the city of Detroit for a traffic
violation or a city ordinance violation, your case will be processed
in the Traffic and Ordinance Division. This division handles the
following types of cases:
- Civil infraction traffic violations such as: speeding, illegal
turns, going through a red light, etc. These traffic violations
- Misdemeanor traffic violations that can result in arrest. These
violations are criminal in nature and the maximum penalty for crimes
in this category is a fine up to $1000 and/or 90 days in jail.
- City ordinance violations that are criminal offenses such as: violations
of the gun law, prostitution, disorderly conduct, and drug offenses
that violate city ordinance rather than state law.
- Environmental cases are criminal matters that include building
safety, hazardous waste and littering offenses.
you are charged with a civil infraction violation, you must respond
to the ticket. Your options are:
To admit responsibility for the violation and pay the amount indicated
on the ticket. This may be done in person at the court or by mail.
- To admit responsibility with an explanation attached to the
ticket describing any special circumstances. Your written
explanation must state that you are admitting responsibility and
must be signed. A magistrate will
review the ticket and your explanation. You will be notified by
mail of the magistrate's decision.
- To deny responsibility. You must contact the Court, either by
mail, telephone, representation or in person, within 21 days to
deny responsibility. You may request an informal hearing before
a magistrate, or a formal hearing before a judge. In an informal
hearing, there are no attorneys. You and the issuing officer will
present the facts and a magistrate will make a decision. If you
request a formal hearing before a judge, you may retain the services
of an attorney to represent you, and the issuing officer will
have a member of the Prosecutor's office present.
to respond to a civil infraction within the allowed time period
will result in the entry of a default judgment against the driver.
Points will be placed on the driver's record and the secretary of
state may suspend the driver's license. Before driving privileges
can be restored, it will be necessary to pay the judgment amount
as well as any late fees and a mandatory license reinstatement fee.