Respond to a jaywalking ticket

Did you receive a ticket for jaywalking? Find out how to respond to it.
You must pay the ticket or appear in court within 21 days.

District, Housing, and Boston Municipal Courts

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What you need

If you receive a jaywalking ticket from the District Court or Boston Municipal Court, you have 21 days to pay it. Fines for jaywalking within a year are:

  • First, second, and third offenses — $1
  • Fourth and subsequent offenses — $2

There are 2 ways to pay the fine.

How to respond

Pay the fine by mail by sending the correct amount to the address specified on the written notice. 

To pay the fine in person, you can appear in the court you received the notice from, confess the offense to the clerk-magistrate, and pay your ticket. 

More info

If you don’t appear in court and confess the offense or pay the fine in 21 days, 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, they will issue a complaint and summons for you to appear in court. If you don't respond to the summons, the clerk will mail you a notice that an arrest warrant will issue in 21 days.

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