You have 20 business days to make an appearance before the court regarding the charge(s) filed against you. Appear in person, online or by mail. A telephone call is not considered an appearance.
- If you wish to enter a plea of guilty or no contest, please indicate on the Reply Form (PDF). A plea of no contest means you do not contest the charge(s) against you. The fine for a no contest plea is the same as for a plea of guilty.
- Either plea indicates that you agree to waive appearance before the court for trial. Please refer to the schedule to determine the total amount of fine(s) and costs acceptable by the court. If your violation is not listed, contact the court for the amount of fine and costs.
- Pursuant to Chapter 39 of the Criminal Code of Procedure, by paying the fine you are waiving your right to receive discovery information pertaining to your case. If you are requesting discovery information in regards to your case you must follow the rules of the Texas Criminal Code of Procedure.
- To pay in full, please complete the reply form. You may also pay in full online using a credit card or checking account. Paying online automatically constitutes a no contest plea and will be a conviction on your driving record.
- To request to take a driving safety course or deferred disposition, please submit the Request form. These options are available to you if you qualify so that the moving violation does not go on your driving record.
- To request a 30-day extension, please complete the reply form. Requests for payment plans or requests for alternative means of payment (community service/jail time credit) are required to appear before the judge on Wednesdays between 9 and 10 a.m.
- If you wish to enter a plea of not guilty and desire a trial, please indicate on the reply form and mail your plea to the court on or before your 20-day appearance date. You will be notified by certified mail when you must appear for pretrial and any other required procedures. You have a right to trial by jury or judge if you so request.
- If you fail to respond to this charge within the 20 days (business days) appearance time, the offense fine amount increases to the maximum amount and warrants issued. Warrant fees of $50 (each) may be assessed for executing or processing a warrant. If you fail to appear in court as required by law for the prosecution of the offense(s), you may be denied the renewal of your driver license and vehicle registration and assessed additional fees. This Court uses a private collection agency to collect on delinquent cases.
Juveniles - Summons to Parent / Guardian of Juvenile
State law requires that juveniles 16 and under appear before the judge in person with a parent or legal guardian. A parent/guardian summons will be mailed with the official court date. Juvenile Court is held the 1st Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m.
This summons issued to a parent is an order to appear personally at the hearing with the child. Failure of the parent to appear may result in arrest and is a class C misdemeanor. A child and parent required to appear before the court have an obligation to provide the court in writing with the current address and residence of the child.
The obligation does not end when the child reaches age 17. On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence, the child or parent shall notify the court of the current address in the manner directed by the court. A violation of this subsection may result in arrest and is a Class C Misdemeanor. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt.
State law requires that all minors (under 21) that are charged with alcohol/tobacco-related offenses must appear in person before the judge. The Judge Session is Wednesdays 9 to 10 a.m. Minors still in high school may appear during Juvenile Court.