LaWanda Crosby, Director
421 Madison, 1st Floor
Phone: (313) 965-8700
Hours: 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
If 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
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 (which 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
- 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.
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
- To deny responsibility. You must contact the Court and request
a hearing, either by mail, telephone, representation or in
person, within 14
days to deny responsibility.
Failure 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.