Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. While yes, “civil” fines issued on town by-law tickets are processed differently than say “civil” fines issued on state traffic citations, failure to pay can result in criminal penalties. For example, if you are issued a $100 civil fine on a town by-law ticket for a violation of the public consumption law, you must pay within the mandated time frame. Here in Longmeadow, you have 21 days to either pay the fine or request a hearing to contest the matter. If you fail to pay the fine or request a hearing within the 21 days, you are subject to being issued a criminal complaint for failure to pay.