A citation or ticket is a legal notice to a person charged with a violation of law, especially a minor violation. The cited person is the defendant.
A citation can be a civil infraction or a misdemeanor depending on the seriousness of the traffic violation.
All defendants who receive a citation must respond to the allegations in the citation.
The defendant has these options when a civil infraction is issued:
The Driver Responsibility Fee (DRF) law has also been amended by Public Act 283 of 2014 allows one to preform community service in place of paying certain Driver Responsibility fees:
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, one can complete 10 hours of community service for each qualifying violation. The Community Service program will end on December 31, 2015.Any community service application forms submitted after December 31, 2015 will not be counted.
Community service can be accepted instead of payment for the following qualifying violations:
Note: This program DOES NOT include "Driving While License Suspended/Revoked/Denied" OR "No Insurance Under the Insurance Code."
If eligible, one will be mailed one written notification to the address Treasury has on file. The notification letter will explain what offenses are on your driving record and which ones qualify for community service. Letters will be sent to qualifying individuals in a one-time mailing during December 2014.
A community service application will be included with your notification letter. Fill out the form completely and mail it to the address as directed on the form. Applications are also available on the Driver Responsibility website at www.michigan.gov/driverresponsibility. Information about the program may also be found at Secretary of State Branch Offices and Treasury Field Offices.
Community service should not be started until receipt of a verification letter from the Michigan Department of Treasury stating that the application has been received and approved. After application is received, the Department of Treasury will notify the Department of State of the intent on completing community service.
One will be given 45 days to complete your 10 hours of community service. If one has more than one qualifying offense on the driving record, you may decide to do your 10 hours of community service in blocks of 45 days each or group them all into one 45-day period.
Upon completion of the community service the person who supervised your volunteer efforts must sign your community service form, verifying that you completed the required hours and work. Once the form is signed, it must be sent back to the Department of Treasury at the address provided on the form.
If the DRF has been previously paid community service will not be approved.
Reinstatement fees are not included in the Community Service program.
Driver Responsibility Fee Changes
Driver Responsibility Fee Changes from Public Law 250 of 2014
Category 1 fee (Points)
A driver responsibility fee shall be assessed for an individual who accumulates seven or more points on his or her driving record.
Category 2 fees (Qualifying Offenses - $500 - $1000 for 2 years)
Read both sides of the citation you were given.
Payment by mail must be by check or money order made payable to the 60th District Court. U.S. Funds Only. Your payment must be accompanied by your signed copy of the citation indicating that you Admit Responsibility. Both your signed citation and payment must be received by the Court Clerk within 14 days from the date the citation was issued. Payments received after the due date will be subject to an additional $25.00 default fee if the ticket has defaulted.
TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD CALL: 1-888-604-7888. Payment location code: 7225
(A fee for service will be added to the amount of fees due)
Defective Equipment: If the officer checked the box indicating "waivable" and you have an officer certify on your copy of the ticket that the violation has been corrected, and your copy of the ticket is brought to the Court on or before 14 days after issuance of the citation, the defective equipment violation will be processed as responsible and be waived without costs. Otherwise, fines and costs are $115 (not including any late fees that may ensue).
No Proof of Registration: If the officer checked the box indicating "waivable" and your copy of the ticket is brought to the Court within 14 days of violation with proof of valid registration on the offense date, the violation will be processed as responsible and fines/costs waived. Otherwise fines and costs are $115 (not including any late fees that may ensue).
No Proof of Insurance: If the vehicle had insurance at the time the ticket was issued and you can prove it, the ticket and proof of insurance must be brought to the Court on or before 14 days of the issuance of the ticket and the cost will be reduced to $25. If insurance was obtained after the time the ticket was issued, but within 14 days of the issuance of the ticket and both are brought to the Court, the cost is reduced to $130. If no action is taken to obtain and/or show proof of insurance to the traffic division of the court, the cost is $155 (not including any late charge that may ensue).
Failure to respond to the citation in the prescribed manner will result in $25 default fee being assessed; possible suspension of your driver's license with a $45 reinstatement fee; a 20% late fee being assessed if the fine is 56 days overdue; possible issuance of a warrant for your arrest and garnishment of your State Income Tax Refund or other assets by the State Treasury.
Admission of responsibility without explanation
If a defendant wishes to admit responsibility without explanation for a civil infraction, he or she must make an appearance by mail, in person or by representation. Admissions of responsibility are not accepted by telephone.
To avoid late charges all admissions of responsibility must be received within 14 days from the date you received your citation (your citation may read within 6-12 days—the 60th District Court allows you 14 days).
Cash payments are accepted in person only at the 60th District Court Records office, 990 Terrace. Cash, credit/debit cards, checks and money orders are accepted at the Records office windoww. Do no send cash payments through the mail.
Money Order payments should be made payable to the 60th District Court. Please do not staple or tape your money order to the citation.
Credit Cards may be used only for on-line or telephone payments. A minimal service fee will be assessed. For on-line payments visit: http://co.muskegon.mi.us/60thdistrict/payments_online.htm. To pay by telephone, call 1-888-604-7888. If paying by telephone please use pay location code: 7225. You will need your case or ticket number.
Personal Checks payments should be made payable to the 60th District Court. Please do not staple or tape your check to the citation. Personal checks do not need to be certified. NSF fee of $25.00 plus possible prosecution may result from a returned check.
Drop Box located outside the Michael E Kobza Hall of Justice, 990 Terrace Street. Please use and completely fill out the envelopes provided at the drop box.
You may pay in the following ways:
Warning: Failure to make a timely appearance will result in entry of a default judgment against the defendant. Noncompliance with the judgment will result in eventual suspension of the defendant’s license as well as other possible sanctions. Failure to answer a citation or a notice to appear in court for a traffic violation can also result in license suspension.
Admission of responsibility with explanation
A defendant’s admission of responsibility with explanation consists of the following:
If the court finds the defendant responsible with explanation, it may only reduce the civil fines and costs in light of the extenuating circumstances. The court can not reduce the number of points assessed by the Secretary of State.
The defendant’s appearance (by mail or in person) must occur within the time specified. Failure to make a timely appearance will result in entry of a default judgment against the defendant. Noncompliance with the judgment may result in eventual suspension of the defendant’s license, as well as other possible sanctions.
Defendant denies responsibility
To deny responsibility is to contest the case. The defendant must appear to offer a defense at an Informal or Formal hearing. Denials of responsibility/requests for hearings must be received from 6-14 days within the date your citation was issued. Request for Informal or Formal Hearings may be made by mail, in person, by phone, or faxed to (231) 724-3489.
Informal and formal hearings
There are two types of hearings for contested civil infraction cases:
How do I request a hearing?
To request an INFORMAL or FORMAL hearing notify the court in person, in writing, or by phone, that you are denying responsibility for your citation and specify if you wish to have an INFORMAL or FORMAL hearing. Please notify the court of any dates and time that you will not be available to appear for your hearing. (The court will try to accommodate reasonable requests). Also, inform the court of the address you wish to have your notice of hearing sent to if it is different from the address on your citation. A phone number where you can be reached during business hours 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. is recommended in case of any questions or further information.
Requests for INFORMAL or FORMAL hearings must be received within 14 days from the date the ticket was issued. Failure to make a timely request for a hearing will result in entry of a DEFAULT JUDGMENT against the defendant.
What happens if I don't show up for a hearing?
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