86th District CourtServing Grand Traverse, Antrim and Leelanau Counties
Civil Infraction traffic tickets are processed by the Traffic Division in the county in which the citation was written. Defendants have 10 calendar days to make an appearance.
An appearance can be in person, in writing or by calling the court to request a hearing. The reverse side of the citation includes space for choices of plea or hearing types. Failure to answer citations can result in additional fees being assessed, issuance of arrest warrants and suspension of driving privileges through the Secretary of State.
A default is entered on a ticket when the defendant fails to appear. Failure to respond will result in an additional $25 fee.
• Admit responsibility and pay the fine
• Admit responsibility with an explanation
• Deny responsibility and request a hearing
Respondents may request an Informal Hearing with the Magistrate or a Formal Hearing before the Judge.
Upon admitting responsibility or being found responsible, the violation is reported to the Secretary of State.
Fines and Fees
Driver Responsibility Fee
Secretary of State
Michigan Supreme Court
Basic Driver Improvement Course Information