Mail-In Violations

Those who have been charged with violating a City of DeKalb ordinance do not need to appear in court if you mail or deliver the full amount required to settle each charge against you within 21 days of the issuance of the complaint to the Finance Department of the City of DeKalb. There are no exceptions to the 21 day requirement. If you do not pay the full amount due within 21 days of the issuance of the complaint, the complaint will be filed with the DeKalb County Circuit Clerk and you will then have to appear in court.

If you are required to appear in court, in addition to a fine, you may be required to pay court costs.


Method of Payment
Payment by Mail
  1. Enclose the fine amount indicated by your charge in cashier's check, certified check or money order payable to the City of DeKalb (no personal checks)
  2. Return the Waiver of Trial (pink) form after reading and completing the Waiver of Trial
  3. Mail to:
    City of DeKalb
    Finance Department
    200 S. 4th Street
    DeKalb, IL 60115
  4. Use sufficient postage
  5. Mail sufficient time to be received within 21 days of the issuance of the complaint
Payment in Person
Bring payment and the completed Waiver of Trial (pink) form to the City of DeKalb. Only certified check, cashier's check or money order will be accepted. Please, no personal checks.

Contesting of Charges
You have the right to contest the charge by appearing in court personally or through an attorney. If you have questions regarding these matters, you should seek the advice of an attorney. You have the right to appear before a judge to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If you enter a plea of not guilty, you have the right to have a trial before a judge or jury. You will also have the right to present a defense, confront witnesses, and have witnesses testify on your behalf.

Fine Amounts

Charge Fine Amount
Entering/Remaining in a Tavern as a Minor
$300
Possession/Consumptions of Alcohol
$200
Open Container Upon Public Way
$200
Fighting Within the City
$300
Fireworks $50
Littering $75
Keeping a Disorderly House
$300
Barking Dog
$75
Noise Violation
$100
Possession of Cannabis
$350
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
$350