Can I avoid going to court?

Yes. Most persons issued an ordinance violation ticket can avoid court by paying the ordinance violation fine. This is called a settlement. Settlement is not an admission of guilt, but it bars you from challenging or disputing the ticket or the circumstances surrounding the issuance of the ordinance violation. By paying the fine before court, you accept these terms.

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1. Can I avoid going to court?
2. Why is it called a settlement?
3. Who is eligible to pay a settlement at City Hall?
4. How much do I have to pay to settle the ordinance violation?
5. What if I have a prior ordinance violation?
6. What if I receive multiple ordinance violations arising out of a single incident?
7. How can I pay the settlement?
8. I want to mail my settlement. Where do I send the ticket and payment?
9. How long do I have to pay the settlement?
10. Can I make partial payments?
11. What happens if I do not pay the settlement by the court date?
12. What happens to my ticket if I pay the settlement?