Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Can I Reach the Traffic Division?
2. Can I Pay This Ticket?
3. How Much Is This Ticket?
4. How Do I Pay This Ticket?
5. What Steps Do I Take If I Want to Go to Court?
6. What Should I Bring to Court?
7. What Happens When Court Starts?
8. What Happens If I Enter a Guilty Plea?
9. What Happens If I Enter a No Contest Plea?
10. What Happens If I Enter a Not Guilty Plea?
11. What Happens If I Enter a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity Plea?
12. How Do I Request a Continuance?
13. What if I Fail to Appear?
14. Do I Have to Show Proof of Insurance?
Civil/Small Claims Division
8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
As long as you have not been charged with one of the following:
- Any felony or indictable offense
- Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs of abuse, or permitting another to do so
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving under suspension or without a license, except for expired license of less than six (6) months
- Third moving violation within (twelve) 12 months*
- Eluding/fleeing a police officer
- Drag racing
- Physical control
- Illegal license plates
- Any speed clocked at 90 mph or more
- Passing a school bus
- 20 mph or more speed in a school zone
- 40 mph or more speed
- Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
- Any accident with no proof of insurance
* As long as this is not your third moving violation within one year. The court is required to check your record before accepting payment.
Effective January 1, 2014
Base Court Cost $105
Additional charges may be added depending on required collection of Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) reinstatement fee, late fee, service of summon, subpoenas, etc. These fees are computed at the time of conviction since each police agency has different fees.
Public Defender Fee $25
As of Sept. 29, 2005, Ohio law requires that all persons who request a public defender must pay the application fee.
You may appear in person at the traffic bureau. The court accepts cash, personal checks on banks within Lucas County, money orders, certified checks, MasterCard and Visa. You can also pay online. To do so, click here.
All tickets must be paid prior to the court date listed on the bottom of your ticket. Failure to pay prior to the court date will result in an additional $10 late fee added to the amount due.
You also have the option of mailing in your payment as long as it is received by the court prior to your court date (not the post-mark date). If you mail your payment, include:
- The copy of your ticket, with the waiver of court appearance signed (located on the back).
- A check, money order or certified check made payable to Sylvania Municipal Court for the correct amount.
- Proof of insurance is required if you did not show it to the officer at the time you received the ticket. (See front of ticket to see which box was checked.)
- A stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like a receipt mailed to you.
You still have the option of appearing in court if you would like to. You should report to the check-in counter on the date and time listed on your ticket. Cases will be called in the order that the person has checked in, so you may want to appear earlier than your designated time. Please be prepared to spend some time in court.
- A valid driver’s license.
- Proof of insurance on the date and for the car you were driving at the time you received the ticket.
- Proof of vehicle ownership if the vehicle was impounded.
- Adequate funds to pay possible Fine and Cost.
Once court convenes, the Judge will advise you of your rights and the four pleas that are available to you:
- No Contest
- Not Guilty
- Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
Guilty means that you admit to having done what you are charged with.
It is likely that you will be sentenced immediately. The Judge will take into consideration your prior record, if any, and the nature of the offense with which you have been charged. Any determination of Fine and Cost will be decided by the Judge at that time. (The violation bureau payout schedule does not apply when you appear in court.)
By pleading no contest, you do not admit guilt; therefore, no one can use that plea against you in any subsequent trial or hearing, whether it is criminal or civil in nature. In a no contest plea, you admit that the allegations contained in the complaint or citation are true, but only for the purpose of this hearing. If the Judge accepts your plea of no contest and there are sufficient allegations contained in the citation, you will probably be found guilty. The Judge will read the report of the officer and listen to what you have to say by way of mitigation. In such a case, it would be the Judge’s finding, not your admission of guilt.
The Judge will take into consideration your prior record, if any, and the nature of the offense with which you have been charged. Any determination of Fine and Cost will be decided by the Judge at that time. (The violation bureau payout schedule does not apply when you appear in court.
Not guilty means you deny having done one or more of the elements contained in the offense or that you have a justifiable excuse for doing what you have done. If you plead not guilty, the matter will be set for trial at some date in the future.
You may enter a not guilty plea in writing, by appearing at court prior to your court date and seeing the assignment clerk.
This plea is self-explanatory, except that it must be filed in writing.
Traffic court is held on the following days and times:
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m.
- 1st and 3rd Tuesday of Each Month: 5:30 p.m.
If you cannot appear on the date and time scheduled on your citation, you may call the Traffic Division at 419-885-8975 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., prior to your court date to request a different date as listed above.
The Clerk’s office is only authorized to give you one continuance. You must request the continuance (do not have a relative or friend call) to a date within two weeks of your original court date. For a longer continuance, you will have to appear in court and make your request before the Judge on the record.
Failure to appear in court will result in the following actions by the court:
- A warrant for arrest will be issued for failure to appear/contempt of court. The warrant will be entered by the respective police agency into the State of Ohio computer. When arrested, you will be required to post a cash bond to guarantee your appearance in court.
- The court will notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) in Columbus, of your failure to appear. The BMV will suspend your driving rights and deny renewal of your driver’s license and registration until you resolve this matter with the court. There are additional fees added to the original cost of the ticket by both the court and the State of Ohio.
Proof of insurance is a State of Ohio requirement. Proof of insurance may be shown with a form signed by your insurance agent, the face sheet of your policy that states the limits of liability, effective dates and the car you were driving at the time of the ticket.
Proof of insurance must be shown for the date on which you received the ticket. The court is required to notify the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles if proof of insurance was not shown.