It's a way to have a police officer and judge review your traffic ticket without having to come to court for a hearing. It also provides an online path for dealing with your outstanding fail-to-pay and fail-to-appear warrants.
You could get your charge changed to one with no driver’s license points. And you can do it online rather than going to court.
It’s not. There’s a real judge and law enforcement officer on the other side, making decisions about your case based on the same criteria they would if you went to court in person. It just takes place through this website.
You submit a request online for a reduced charge. If you are eligible, the Prosecutor reviews your request and makes a recommendation to the judge, who then makes the final decision. You get a text or email with the result.
Everyone makes mistakes. If you have a good driving record, the judge and police officer may be willing to give you a lesser charge that does not add points to your license.
Having points on your license can raise your insurance rates, subject you to driver responsibility fees, or result in a suspension of your license to drive.
Fourteen (14) calendar days. If you wait past 14 days, you are ineligible for the program, and your request will be automatically denied.
You have 7 days to admit responsibility and pay the ticket, deny responsibility and request a hearing, or admit responsibility with a written explanation. More information is on the back of your ticket.
It depends on your record and other criteria set by the court and law enforcement. Just enter your ticket information and do a search to find out. If you are, submit a request. Whether your request is approved is entirely up to the court and law enforcement.
It could mean your ticket is too old, or that you have too many past offenses or open tickets. Try a search. If you are ineligible, we’ll tell you why.
Yes. The fine could change based on the new charge. Either way, you are still responsible for paying the amount due by the due date listed in the email or text message if you accept the plea offer.
We will email or text you and update the message on your status page. You will need to return to your status page to review the offer. You must respond to the offer from law enforcement or the Prosecutor within 14 days or your request will be cancelled from the system.
No. This website is not “automated.” There’s a real judge and law enforcement on the other side, and they make decisions your case using the same considerations as they would in person. The offer the court extends through this website is the same you’d get in court. It simply takes place through this website.
Whether or not you want to to proceed with a request is up to you. Keep in mind that certain 0-point charges, like Speeding 1-5 over, will still get reported to the Michigan Secretary of State. That information is then available to your insurer.
Spun out of the University of Michigan Law School, Court Innovations Inc. is the maker of Matterhorn, this website. Courts license it to interact with the public, so that you have an opportunity to be heard without physically having to go to court! The court provides it as a service to you.