You CAN ignore the mailed ticket and insist on personal service BUT Sheridan may then assess the additional cost of serving the ticket personally against you.
Frankly, these tickets are a nuisance but it is considerably easier to pay them than to fight them. They carry no driver's license consequences.
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I am not sure about Sheridan but in most cities these tickets are civil in nature and require you to pay the ticket in order to fight it. You can search my blog for my post on traffic cameras. Many courts are starting to find these violate due process. One judge in Ohio recently said that these red light cameras are equivalent to a high-tech game of three card monty where the accused can't win. My blog is at www.becklawofficellc.com click on the blog tab and find the one on Red-Light Camera.
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If you do not pay it, then Sheridan must personally serve you with the citation within 60 days of the alleged violation. If they do not do so, then the ticket is dismissed. If they do personally serve you, then you can have a hearing, which is the same as a trial to a judge. If you lose the trial, the worst that happens is they add $25 to the fine and tack on some court costs.
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