TRAFFIC DIVISION/MAGISTRATE COURT
Traffic civil infractions are those traffic offenses that are not serious enough to be classified as crimes, but serious enough to deserve sanctions other than jail. Moving violations such as speeding, failing to signal, running a red light, improper turns, and failing to yield the right of way are all examples of civil infractions. The penalties for these types of violations include fines, costs and potential points on your driving record.
To confirm if your offense falls within this category, please refer to the charge section of your citation. The charge section is located to the left of the offense you were cited for. There you will find several boxes. Civil infractions will be checked in the “C/I” box.
The Magistrate Court also handles all payable misdemeanor cases. To confirm if your offense falls within this category, please refer to the charge section of your citation. The charge section is located to the left of the offense you were cited for. There you will find several boxes. Misdemeanors will be checked in the “M” box. If you receive a misdemeanor traffic ticket, ordinance ticket, or DNR ticket please call the Court within 14 days or before the date of listed appearance.
You must respond to the civil infraction within 14 days of the date of the citation. Here are your options:
Judges have discretion in handling cases that come before them. However, they do not have the ability to waive, raise or lower points on a violation that the defendant has admitted to, have committed, or been found responsible for. Points are assessed by the Secretary of State, not the court.
Michigan law requires the court to notify the Secretary of State of a plea or finding of responsibility. Upon this notification, it is the Secretary of State who will assess the points to an individual’s driving record.
Please see the Michigan Secretary of State for more information regarding points assessed by the Secretary of State.
Under Advisement: Michigan law makes taking a traffic matter “under advisement” unacceptable. Therefore, the 73B District Court does not take traffic matters under advisement.
Attorney Magistrate: Jessica Testolin-Reinke
Magistrate Clerk: Erica Volmering
Phone Number: (989) 269-7201
Fax Number: (989) 269-6167