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You may request a court-appointed attorney after your arraignment and usually at your first Pre Trial Conference. The Judge or Magistrate will explain your options at your arraignment.
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The 56A District Court is located on the first floor of the Eaton County Courthouse, which is located at:1045 Independence BoulevardCharlotte, MI 48813
To determine the amount of your ticket, view our list of fines and points (PDF).
There are a variety of methods for paying tickets, including by mail, phone, or online.
You can set up a payment plan with the court to settle your violation.
The court closes for payments at 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Yes, unless your license has been suspended. Checks should be made payable to 56A District Court. Please include your ticket or case number on the check.
The mailing address for the court is:56A District CourtTraffic Division1045 Independence BoulevardCharlotte, MI 48813
Yes, you can pay online through AllPaid. A fee is added for using this service. Learn more about making payments.
Yes, you can by telephone through GovPayNow at 888-604-7888. You will need pay location code (PLC) number PLC 6701 to use this GovPayNow service. A fee is added for using this service. Find more information about making payments.
Yes, you can make partial payments by setting up a payment plan.
To determine how many points are on a violation, view our list of fines and points for traffic violations (PDF).
You usually have 10 to 14 days to contact the court regarding your ticket. Check out contact information for the court.
Re-contact the court every two to three days until you are advised the court does have your traffic violation. Find contact information for the court.
The hours for the court are the following:
Walk-in arraignment hours are as follows:Monday1:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday8:15 to 11:30 a.m.
A warrant was issued because you failed to contact or come into court. You will need to appear at the court during business hours along with photo identification.
A warrant for failing to pay may be recalled upon payment made by email, phone, in person or by mail. A warrant for failing to appear requires a personal appearance.
Some violations are waivable. Read details about these types of violations and how to have them waived.
You failed to contact the court in the appropriate time period after you received a traffic violation. If you wish to dispute this ticket, you will need to post a bond in cash or by money order within 14 days of the default date.
You need to appear in court to explain why you haven't paid your fines or costs. If you pay the fines and costs in full, the hearing is removed off the docket and you do not need to appear. Please contact the court for a current balance.
Some hearings require you be personally present. View a list of these violations.
Jail arraignments are held at the discretion of the court. There is no specific time. They are held throughout the day.
The court is aware of your payment almost immediately, but it may take 48 to 72 hours to process.
Please contact the court for this information.
To find out your next court date, please contact the court.
State law has specific requirements as to how and when anything can be removed from a criminal record. You may only have one prior conviction (misdemeanor or felony), though certain types of crimes are prohibited such as:
It must be at least 5 years since the date of your conviction/sentencing. The process takes approximately 3 to 4 months from the application date to the hearing before the Judge. You may hire an attorney or handle the application yourself.
Please refer to the Michigan State Police for further information on the application to Set Aside or Expungement of criminal history records.