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District Court : Traffic
 

Traffic Division

If you are ticketed or arrested in the County of Allegan for a traffic violation or a city ordinance it will be for either a Civil infraction or Misdemeanor; definitions as follows:

 

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Civil infractions are ​traffic violations such as speeding, improper turn, safety belt. These traffic violations are non-criminal. See Fines, Fees, and Costs Schedule for Civil Infractions.

  

​Misdemeanor traffic violations are violations such as drunk driving, driving while license suspended, improper plates. These traffic violations can result in arrest and/or may require court appearances.

  

Citation means "a complaint or notice upon which a police officer shall record an occurrence involving one or more violations by the person cited." The cited person is the defendant.

A citation can be a civil infraction or a misdemeanor depending on the seriousness of the violation.
 
All defendants who receive a citation must respond to the allegations on the citation. Refer to the back of your citation or contact the court for procedures regarding misdemeanors.  Defendant's Options
  

​A hearing conducted by a magistrate involving the police officer, the defendant and any witnesses, held without a prosecutor or defense attorney.

  

​A hearing conducted only by a district court judge involving the police officer, defendant and all witnesses. The defendant may be represented by an attorney and a prosecutor must be present. A pre-trial will be scheduled prior to the formal hearing in Allegan County.  How do I request a hearing?

 If you need to appear in court for a traffic or ordinance violation, be sure to bring the proper information with you. 

 

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