Do I Have to Come to Court?

Mandatory Court Appearances 

  1. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  2. Leaving the scene of an accident (hit-skip)
  3. No operator's license; not licensed to drive; license expired OVER six (6) months
  4. Driving under ANY suspension or revocation
  5. Passing a stopped school bus
  6. Wrongful Entrustment (allowing a person under suspension to operate your motor vehicle)
  7. Assured Clear Distance or any other offense involving an accident
  8. A third (3rd) moving violation within a one-year period
  9. All First, Second, Third and Fourth Degree Misdemeanor charges
All fines and court costs are due on the date you appear in court. To view your rights in court, click here: Rights In Court

Waiverable Citations

Most Minor Misdemeanor traffic charges give you the option of paying a fine instead of going to court. You can call the court at 216-524-7719 to determine if your ticket is waiverable.

Payment can be made in the following ways:

  1. Online at http://court.independenceohio.org (MasterCard,Visa or Discover)
     
  2. Send a money order or certified bank check (NO PERSONAL CHECKS) to:

    Independence Mayor's Court
    6800 Brecksville Road
    Independence, OH 44131

    Attn:  Violations Bureau
     
  3. Come in person to the address above to pay with Cash, Money Order, or Master Card/Visa/Discover Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.