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Traffic/Criminal Division

Please note: By law, court personnel are barred from giving legal advice.

The 15th Judicial District Court Traffic/Criminal Division is responsible for processing and maintaining the records for all traffic and criminal misdemeanors, civil infractions, ordinance violations, and University of Michigan Regents violations that are alleged to have occurred within the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Civil Infractions  

Civil infractions are minor violations of the law that are punishable only by a fine, for example a traffic ticket or a moving violation.

You have three options if you are alleged to have committed a civil infraction.  No matter which option you choose, your choice must take place within 15 days of the issuance of the civil infraction.     

Notice Regarding Points:

 Judges and magistrates cannot assign or remove points from an individual's driving record.  The court is required to report all traffic convictions to the Secretary of State (SOS).  The Secretary of State is required by law to assess any applicable points to an individual's driving record.  Any questions or concerns regarding points and/or your driving record should be directed to the Secretary of State. 

Fines, costs and other court fees can be paid by cash, personal check (no starter checks), certified check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Mcard or Discover. 

Notice Regarding Check Payments:

 All checks are approved for acceptance and cleared electronically by Telecheck check verification service upon presentation to the Court.

Options

  1. Admit responsibility by mail, in person, by representation, or online.

  1. By mail - Contact the court to obtain the amount of your fine and costs, sign your citation in the admit responsibility section, and then mail your citation along with a certified check or money order to the court on or before the date specified on the front of the citation.

  2. In person or by representation - Sign your citation in the admit responsibility section, then you or your representative must bring the citation to the court on or before the date specified on the front of the citation.  Any fines, costs, or other financial obligations imposed by the court are due upon assessment.

  3. Online - Most civil infractions can be paid online.  To do so go to http://e.courts.michigan.gov and click on Online Ticket Payment System (The words are in blue lettering in the first paragraph.  They will not appear to be a hyperlink even though they are one).  For the drop down boxes, choose Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor 15th District Court.  At this point you can choose to search by ticket number, driver's license number, name, or license plate number.  Follow the directions on the link to complete the payment process .  If your violation is not listed or you have any questions call the Traffic/Criminal Division at 734.794.6750, option 0, before proceeding.

  1. Admit responsibility with an explanation in person, by representation, by fax, or by mail.

  1. In person or by representation - Contact the court on or before the date specified on the front of the citation to obtain a time to appear in court to give your explanation.  Any fines, costs, or other financial obligations imposed by the court are due upon assessment.

  2. By mail or by fax - Sign your citation in the admit responsibility with an explanation section, write your explanation on a separate sheet of paper, and then mail or fax your citation and explanation to the court on or before the date specified on the front of your citation.  The court will mail you its determination, and if applicable order any fine and costs to be paid by you.

  1. Deny responsibility - To deny responsibility you must either:

  1. Schedule an Informal Hearing to appear in person in court before the magistrate; neither side may have an attorney, OR

  2. Schedule a Formal Hearing to appear in person in court before a judge.  An attorney will appear with the officer.  You may be represented by an attorney.

If you are found responsible at an Informal or Formal Hearing, any fines, costs, or other financial obligations are due upon assessment.  

 Failure to Respond or Pay in a Timely Manner

  • Failure to respond within 15 days after you receive a ticket will result in default judgment being entered and a $30 default fee being assessed. 
  • Failure to pay fines, costs or fees within 45 days of the due date will result in the Court notifying the Secretary of State to take action against your driving priviledges, and a $45 license clearance fee will be assessed. 
  • Failure to pay fines, costs or fees within 56 days of your appearance date or due date will result in a 20% late penalty fee being assessed.    

 Civil Infraction Fee Schedule  

SPEEDING VIOLATIONS

Amount 

SOS Points

1-5 MPH over 

$120

2

6-10 MPH over

$130

2

11-15 MPH over 

$140

3

16-20 MPH over 

$160

4

21-25 MPH over 

$180

4

26-30 MPH over 

$220

4

31or more MPH over 

$240

4

Fail to Drive Minimum Speed$120

2

Violation of Basic Speed Law$120

2

  

 

CONSTRUCTION AND SCHOOL ZONE SPEEDING VIOLATIONS

Amount 

SOS Points

1-5 MPH over 

$160

3

6-10 MPH over

$180

3

11-15 MPH over 

$200

4

16-20 MPH over 

$240

5

21-25 MPH over 

$280

5

26 or more MPH over 

$350

5

 

FAIL TO YIELD

Amount 

SOS Points

Right of Way 

$130

2

To Handicapped/Blind 

$130

To Pedestrian 

$130

 

FAIL TO STOP

Amount 

SOS Points

Disobey Railroad Crossing Signal 

$130

3

Disobey Stop Sign 

$130

3

Disobey Traffic Control Device 

$130

2

Disobey Traffic Control Device in Construction Zone 

$200

2

Disobey Traffic Signal 

$130

3

Disregard School Crossing Guard 

$200

3

For School Bus

$280

3

In Assured Clear Distance Ahead 

$120

2

Leaving Alley/Private Drive 

$130

2

Railroad Crossing 

$130

3

Railroad Train/Flagman--Gate Violation

$130

3

Red or Amber Light 

$130

3

 

IMPROPER PASSING

Amount 

SOS Points

Drove Left of Center 

$130

2

Improper Lane Use 

$130

2

Improper Passing 

$130

3

 

IMPROPER TURNS

Amount 

SOS Points

Failed to Signal/Observe 

$130

Improper Turn 

$130

Prohibited Turn 

$130

Turn Right on Red 

$130

 

OTHER VIOLATIONS

Amount  

SOS Points

Bicycle Violations

$110

0

Careless Driving 

$155

3

Coasting 

$130

0

Drove Without Due Care and Caution

$120

2

Drove Wrong Way on One-Way Street 

$130

2

Equipment Violation - Not Waivable - Non Commercial Vehicle

$120

0

Expired Plate

$125

0

Failed to Change Address-Registration 

$100

0

Followed Too Closely 

$130

2

Helmet Violations 

$180

0

Illegal Entrance/Exit on Expressway 

$130

2

Impede, Obstruct or Blocking Traffic 

$130

0

Improper Backing 

$130

0

Improper Crossing - Divided Hwy 

$130

2

Improper Display of Plate

$120

0

Improper Load or Towing or Projecting 

$150

2

Improper Operation-Emergency Vehicle/School Bus 

$130

2

Improper Use Lights (drove at night w/o lights or fail to dim) 

$130

2

Interfere with Traffic

$130

2

Motorcycle/Moped Over 2 Abreast 

$130

2

No Proof of Insurance - can provide proof of insurance for violation date

Submit proof of insurance and $25 w/in 15 days

0

No Proof of Insurance - cannot provide proof of insurance for violation date

$155

0

No Proof/Unsigned Registration - can provide proof of registration or signed registration for violation date

Submit proof within 15 days and fees will be waived

0

No Proof/Unsigned Registration - cannot provide proof of registration or signed registration for violation date

$120

0

Obstructed Vision or Control

$130

2

Refuse PBT 

$155

0

Safety Belt 

$65

0

Skateboard Violations 

$100

0

Unattended Motor Vehicle 

$100

0

Unlawful Rider Motorcycle/Moped 

$130

0

Violation of Child Restraint Law 

$120

0

 

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanor offenses are violations of state law or local ordinances punishable by up to one year in jail.

If you have received a misdemeanor ticket, you will be required to appear in court.  If you do not receive a Notice to Appear at the court for arraignment within 10 days of receiving your misdemeanor ticket, contact the Traffic/Criminal Division at 734.794.6753, option 0.  At arraignment, you will be advised of your rights and asked to enter a plea of not guilty, guilty, no contest, or standing mute.  If you plead not guilty or standing mute, your case will be set for a pretrial hearing and a bond will be set.  If you enter a no contest or guilty plea, you may be sentenced immediately or ordered to meet with a probation agent for a pre-sentence interview.  Any fines, costs and other financial obligations imposed by the court are due at the time of assessment.  Failure to appear in court will result in a warrant being issued for your arrest and a $60 warrant fee will be assessed.  

Bench Warrants/Warrant Recalls

A warrant can be issued for your arrest for the following reasons:

  • Failure to appear for a scheduled court date.
  • Failure to pay a misdemeanor ticket.
  • Failure to comply with a court order to pay fines and costs.

To have your warrant cancelled you must do one of the following:

  • Post a cash bond to receive an arraignment date.
  • Turn yourself in on the warrant any Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the 15th Judicial District Court Services office in the Ann Arbor Justice Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, fourth floor, room 431.  You will be arraigned on the warrant.  

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m –4:30 p.m.

Phone Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m –4:30 p.m.

Closure Notice:
The Traffic/Criminal Division closes at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.

Phone:734.794.6750
Fax: 734.794.6753
(Except Holidays)

 


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