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In Ohio, all traffic violations are criminal offense. Traffic cases follow the same court procedures as criminal cases.

If you are guilty of committing a traffic violation, the court can impose a range of sentences. The most common is a fine, or ticket. In some cases, you can waive your right to a trial and simply pay the fine. If you want to dispute the violation, or if the violation is a non-waiverable offense, you will need to appear in court.


At Garfield Heights Municipal Court, you can pay traffic or parking tickets in-person, by mail, by phone, or online. To make a payment now, click the Pay a Ticket button in the column on the left – or, learn more about Paying a Ticket.

For more serious traffic violations, penalties may include jail time or license suspensions. There are special rules and procedures about Operating a Vehicle while Impaired (OVI). In this section, you can also learn about driver’s license suspension and reinstatement.




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