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Traffic Division

Civil Infractions

What is a civil infraction?

In 1979 certain misdemeanor traffic violations were decriminalized and designated as civil infraction violations. As a result, the rights and sanctions associated with misdemeanor offenses were removed and were replaced with the rights and sanctions associated with civil matters.

Note: Traffic related misdemeanor offenses - i.e. Drove While License Suspended, Drove While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving - are handled by the Criminal Division of the District Court.

I have been issued a citation (click here to view a citation), what are my options?

You will have 10 calendar days from the date the citation was issued to:

Failure to Respond

Failure to respond within 10 calendar days will result in a judgment by default and a $25 default fee, which will be added to the fine and costs. The conviction will be reported to the Secretary of State, who will post the conviction and points (if applicable) to the driving record. A continued failure to respond will result in the suspension of Michigan driving privileges and additional fees.


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