|HOW TO PAY FINES|
Please see the special instructions below for the payment of Parking Tickets.
All Other Fines
If you are not
required to pay fines and court costs through probation, fines and costs may be
paid in person or by mail through the Clerk of Courts. To pay in person go to the Clerk's
office, room 111, Justice Center, 1000 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. This office is open 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day of the year.
Fines and costs paid in person may be paid by cash, check, money order,
Discovery, American Express, Visa or Master Card. To pay by mail, send a check or
money order, but please do not send cash. Be sure the check or money order
is payable to the "Tracy Winkler Clerk of
Courts." Also be sure you clearly mark on the check or money order what ticket or
case number the payment is for and mail the payment to:
Clerk of Courts
If you are paying a ticket, please carefully follow the instructions on the payout schedule given to you with the ticket to determine the correct amount to pay. Keep in mind that the clerk's office must receive your payment by the due date stated on the ticket for the amount paid to be considered correct and paid on time.
Stay to Pay
When a Judge in Hamilton County Municipal Court imposes a fine they often will allow the fine and costs to be paid at a later date by granting a "Stay to Pay". If so, the fine and costs may be paid anytime before, or on, the stay date the same way that all other fines are paid. No individual will face jail time for unpaid fines unless it has been first determined, at a formal hearing, that he/she is not indigent and refuses to pay said fine. In no instance may an individual be jailed for court costs. Individuals may consult with an attorney prior to and during all hearings.
Failure to timely pay fines and costs may result in an order of Community Service or the debt being referred to a collection agency. Additionally, failure to pay fines in a timely manner could result in an order of license forfeiture.
If you are paying through probation, all fines, costs and fees must be paid by mail or in person to the Hamilton County Probation Dept., 800 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. The Probation Dept. cashier may be reached by calling (513) 946-9600, between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM, weekdays. Questions should be addressed to your probation officer. The general number for Probation is (513) 946-9600. If paying by mail, be sure you clearly identify what the payment is for.