You may be able to resolve your citation without appearing in court, and knowing your options before court could save you time. A plea of guilty or no contest is required for the following options:
Prior to your initial appearance date, you can request to take the Driver Safety Course for the dismissal of your citation at the Municipal Court.
You can request a Deferred Disposition in person at the Municipal Court or in open court in front of the Judge. The deferred period will be between 30 and 180 days, depending on the offense. During the probation period you must not receive any new citations or charges. Select offenses are subject to Judge discretion. You may be required to complete other conditions set by the court, such as community service hours or a Driver Safety Course. If you complete all of the requirements, the case will be dismissed.
Some charges can be dismissed prior to your initial appearance date if you meet the requirements of compliance.
Failure to complete 1 of the 4 options shown on or before the response date on the front of this citation will result in:
A telephone call does not constitute a response. Inability to pay this fine is not an excuse for failure to answer.
Juveniles (ages 10-16) must appear in person with a parent or legal guardian for a court hearing. A court appearance is also required for the Driving Safety Course or Deferred Disposition. Do not mail the fine.
Special Instructions for Juveniles
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving violence to a spouse, intimate partner, parent, guardian, or another similar relationship, it may be unlawful for you to possess or purchase a firearm, including a handgun or long gun, or ammunition pursuant to federal law under Section 922(g)(9) of Title 18, U.S.C or Section 46.04(b) Texas Penal Code.
If you have any questions regarding whether these laws make it illegal for you to possess or purchase a firearm, you should consult an attorney.
If you are under the age of 21 and charged with a tobacco, vaping/e-cigarette, or alcohol related offense, you must schedule a court hearing to appear before the Judge.