It's a way to have a court officer and magistrate 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 magistrate 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 court officer reviews your request and makes a recommendation to the magistrate, 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 magistrate and court 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.
Eight (8) calendar days. If you wait past 8 days, you are ineligible for the program, and your request will be automatically denied.
You have 10 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.
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.
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 it.
We will email or text you, and we'll update the message on your status page when you come back to the website. As soon as we do, you'll have 10 days to take action on the decision.
No. This website is not “automated.” There's a real magistrate and court officer on the other side, and they make decisions on 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 on freeways or other limited access roads, will still get reported to the Michigan Secretary of State. That information is then available to your insurer.
Some citations can have their fines reduced or eliminated if you satisfy the court by showing proof. This site works to allow you to upload images as proof. These are the types of offenses that you can have reviewed online and what you need to upload as proof to satisfy the requirement.
1) Defective Equipment - fine may be lowered by uploading an image as proof of repairs or ticket signed by a police officer within 10 days of citation)
2) Plates (tags) - fine may be lowered by uploading an image as proof of valid registration within 10 days of citation.
3) No operator’s license on person - fine may be lowered by uploading an image as proof of valid drivers license within 10 days of citation.
4) No proof of insurance - fine may be lowered by uploading an image as proof that insurance was valid when ticketed within 10 days of citation.
5) Parking with expired plates - fine may be lowered by uploading an image as proof of valid registration within 10 days of citation.
6) Parking in Handicap w/out permit - -fine may be lowered by uploading an image as proof of handicap permit within 10 days of citation.