Traffic Violations Bureau

A Traffic Violations Bureau is established by the Court and operated by the Clerk's office. The Bureau accepts payment of minor misdemeanor violations without appearance in court unless local Court rule prohibits payment without appearance for other reasons. The Traffic Violations Bureau can be reached at (440) 953-4150 to address any questions relative to violation pricing, proof of insurance, and your requirement to appear.

The Traffic Violations Bureau accepts appearance, waiver of trial, plea of guilty, and payment of fine and costs for offenses within its authority only.

The following traffic offenses shall not be processed by a Traffic Violations Bureau:

  1. Indictable offenses;
  2. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any drug of abuse;
  3. Leaving the scene of an accident;
  4. Driving while under suspension or revocation of a driver's or commercial driver's license;
  5. Driving without being licensed to drive, except where the driver's or commercial driver's license had been expired for six months or less;
  6. A third moving traffic offense within a twelve-month period;
  7. Failure to stop and remain standing upon meeting or overtaking a school bus stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging a school child;
  8. Willfully eluding or fleeing a police officer;
  9. Drag racing

Defendant's appearance, plea, and waiver of trial:

Within seven days after the date of issuance of the ticket, a defendant charged with an offense that can be processed by a Traffic Violations Bureau may do either of the following:

  1. Appear in person at the Traffic Violations Bureau, sign a plea of guilty and waiver of trial provision of the ticket, and pay the total amount of the fine and costs;
  2. Sign the guilty plea and waiver of trial provision of the ticket and mail the ticket and a check, money order, or other approved form of payment for the total amount of the fine and costs to the Traffic Violations Bureau.

Remittance of the fine and costs to the Traffic Violations Bureau by any means other than personal appearance by the defendant at the Bureau constitutes a guilty plea and waiver of trial whether or not the guilty plea and waiver of trial provision of the ticket are signed by the defendant.

Clerk Of Court

440.953.4180

Chief Deputy Clerk

440.953.4174

Willoughby Municipal Court • 4000 Erie St. • Willoughby, OH 44094 • phone: 440-953-4150 • fax: 440-953-4149 •

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