Case Options

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE OPTIONS THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO YOU FOR RESOLVING YOUR CASE(S). PLEASE CONTACT THE COURT TO VERIFY YOUR CASE IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE OPTION YOU ARE SELECTING:

 

If you are 16 years of age or younger you are required to attend a Virtual Juvenile Hearing with your Parent/Legal Guardian on a specified date issued to the Defendant by the Court. An email address is required.

If you are a minor (20 years of age or younger) charged with an alcohol or tobacco related charge, you are required to attend a virtual minor hearing before the judge on a specified date issued to the Defendant by the Court. An email address is required.

 

If you HOLD A COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE you are NOT ELIGIBLE for driver safety course or a deferred disposition for a violation concerning the operation and control of a motor vehicle, whether it be commercially, privately, or personally.

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OPTION 1 - Driver Safety Course: (Español) In order to be eligible to request a Driver Safety Course you must make your request and payment on or before the appearance date indicated on your citation.  The following are requirements to be eligible for DSC.

 

  1. You must have a valid Texas Driver’s License or Permit (TRC 522.011); AND,
  2. Must bring proof of financial responsibility AND,
  3. Must NOT have taken a Driver Safety Course within the past twelve (12) months prior to the date of your citation; AND,
  4. You DO NOT hold a Commercial Driver’s License (TRC 522.042); AND,
  5. You were NOT speeding twenty-five (25) miles or more over the posted speed limit; AND,
  6. You were NOT speeding ninety (90) miles per hour or more; AND,
  7. You were NOT charged with violating one of the following:
    1. Construction or Maintenance work Zone when working
    2. Passing a School Bus
    3. Reckless Driving
    4. Fleeing or attempting to elude Police Officers
    5. Accident involving damage to a vehicle
    6. Duty to give information and render aid AND,
  8. PAY the required court fees:

$144.00 (non-school zone) OR $179.00 (school zone) by the appearance date.

 

The driving safety course must be approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).  Court personnel cannot recommend a driving safety school.  There are courses available online; however, not all courses online are State approved. 

 

FURTHERMORE, you must make a plea of Guilty or No Contest and you waive your right to a trial when you select a driving safety course for dismissal.

 

OPTION 2 - Deferred Disposition: (Español)The Court offers an option to “DEFER” or postpone the disposition of your case and place you on probation for a specified amount of time, ninety (90) to one hundred-eighty (180) days, during which you must comply with certain terms and conditions.  Terms varying depending on the type of violation and not all violations have this option. FURTHERMORE, you must make a plea of Guilty or No Contest and you waive your right to a trial when you select a deferral.

 

At the end of your deferral period, court personnel will verify if you have met the terms and conditions of your deferral and forward to the Judge for approval.  If terms and conditions have been met and completed by the date specified within the deferral your violation will be dismissed and notice WILL NOT be forwarded to the Texas Department of Public Safety.  

 

If you fail to meet the terms and conditions and cannot provide satisfactory reason at a hearing before the Judge, you will be found guilty of your violation and your violation WILL BE forwarded as a conviction to the Texas Department of Public Safety.  

 

FURTHERMORE, if you are 24 years of age or younger you will be required to take a defensive driving course. 

 

OPTION 3 - Pay in Full: You have the right to plead Guilty or No Contest and pay your citation in full.  Once your plea is entered a judgment is rendered and a conviction is reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

Once your plea is entered and a judgment is rendered, a conviction is reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

OPTION 4 – 30 Day Extension to Pay:  (Español) The Municipal Court judge allows certain case files to be granted a 30-day extension to pay in full (no initial payment required). The Court requires that you complete and submit a payment plan application to request this option. If you are unable to pay the amount required within the 30 days, you may either appear on an Open Court docket to speak to the judge or complete and submit an indigent Hearing packet with the required documents to be set on an Indigent Docket.

 

Once your plea is entered and a judgment is rendered, a conviction is reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

OPTION 5 – Payment Plan Agreement: (Español) The Municipal Court judge allows certain case files to be placed on a payment plan:

  • Total balance due: $500 or less, an initial payment of at least $50 must be made to begin the payment plan and the monthly payment must be at least $50.
  • Total balance due: $501 to $1000, an initial payment of at least $100 must be made to begin the payment plan and the minimum monthly payment must be at least $100.
  • Total balance due: $1001 to $2000, an initial payment of at least $200 must be made to begin the payment plan and the minimum monthly payment must be at least $200.
  • Total balance due: $2001 or greater, an initial payment of at least $250 must be made to begin the payment plan and the minimum monthly payment must be at least $250.

 

If you are unable to pay the minimum monthly amount required, you may submit a request for a lower monthly payment plan amount along with a completed payment application to the judge or can request to have your case(s) be set on the next available Virtual Indigent Hearing docket.

 

Once your plea is entered a judgment is rendered and a conviction is reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

OPTION 6 – Request to participate in the COVID-19 Relief Program:

Option #1: Pay in Full – One half (1/2) of fine is reduced and warrant and collections fees will be waived (if applicable) if balance is paid in full.

 

Option #2:  Payment plan – 20% of the fine reduced and collection and warrant fees will be waived (if applicable) if ½ of total balance is paid up front and remaining balance placed on a payment plan of $50.00 a month.

 

Once your plea is entered and a judgment is rendered, a conviction is reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

Click Here for more information on the COVID-19 Relief Program

 

OPTION 7 – Request an Indigent Hearing: (Español) If you are unable to pay any part or amount of the fine and court costs assessed on your case(s) or are requesting community service, you may request to be set on an Virtual Indigent Hearing. You will be required to complete and submit the indigency packet provided to you by the clerk, along with all required documents before being set for the hearing.

 

OPTION 8 - Plead Not Guilty:  You have the right to plead Not Guilty.  In doing so you must request a trial before the Judge or before a Jury.  A MANDATORY Virtual Pre-Trial conference will be scheduled.  Failure to attend the pretrial conference may result in an Arrest Warrant.

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