G.L. c.90, s.18A

Fine or Other Penalty

$1 for the first, second and third offenses in a calendar year
$2 for fourth and subsequent offenses in a calendar year


Within 21 days, either appear before a clerk-magistrate of the District Court or Boston Municipal Court, “confess the offense” and pay the fine, or pay the fine by mail.

What happens if I don’t pay?

The clerk will notify the officer concerned, who will file a criminal complaint application. If the court clerk grants the application for a criminal complaint after hearing, a complaint and summons for you to appear in court will issue.  If you fail to respond to the summons, the clerk will mail you notice that an arrest warrant will issue in 21 days.