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Justice of the Peace Traffic Cases
Your traffic ticket or summons will specify a date and time on which you are required to appear in court. At the time of your first appearance, you will be identified as the defendant, and you will be asked how you plead to the offense with which you are charged.
Traffic offenses, generally, are punishable by a fine of not more than $200.00 and all costs of court.
Disclaimer: The law is constantly changing and there may be times when the information on this web site will not be current. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. This information is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject and is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.
Traffic Cases
You may plead Guilty or Nolo Contendre (No Contest) and pay the fine amount listed below, or you may refer to the Defensive Driving option. Drivers under 18 who get tickets are required to appear in Court with their parents.

Your traffic ticket or summons will specify a date and time on which you are required to appear in court. At the time of your first appearance, you will be identified as the defendant, and you will be asked how you plead to the offense with which you are charged.(plea form)

Defensive Driving
You may request that your citation be dismissed by successfully completing a driving safety course or a motorcycle operator training course. You may lose the right to take the course if you fail to perform the following:
  • On or before the original due date on your citation
    • Enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere;
    • Waive your right to a trial by jury;
    • Submit to the court a Driving Safety Course Request Form ;
    • Hold a valid Texas driver's license, or be an active member of the United States Military;
    • Provide proof of auto liability insurance showing you were a covered driver on the date of the offense;
    • Pay the Driving Safety Course fee to the court in the amount of $112.00
  • You have the following options:
    • Mail the request, along with your fee and court costs of $112.00, proof of insurance, and a copy of your drivers license postmarked no later than the original due date on your citation; or
    • You may bring in the request, payment, proof of insurance and copy of our drivers license on or before the original due date on your citation.
  • NOTE: You must NOT have taken an approved Defensive Driving course within the 12 months period preceding the date of the offense.
Juveniles with Traffic Tickets
  • Appearance in Court Required
    • If you are sixteen (16) years of age or younger, the law requires that you appear in court with a parent, guardian, or managing conservator. A person sixteen (16) years of age or younger cannot pay the fine by mail. You must call the court and make an appointment to appear before the judge with a parent or guardian.
  • Parent Must Appear with Juvenile
    • The court is required to take the plea of a person sixteen (16) years of age or younger in open court a parent or legal guardian must accompany the juvenile to court.
    • Failure of the parent to appear as required by law is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00 and may result in the arrest of the parent.
  • Obligation to Provide Current Address
    • A juvenile and the juvenile's parent have an obligation to provide the court with the current address and residence of the juvenile. This obligation does not end when the juvenile reaches seventeen (17) years of age, but continues until the case is concluded and any judgment is fully satisfied.
    • Notice of a new address must be given to the court, in writing, on or before the seventh (7th) day after the date the juvenile or the juvenile's parent changes residence.
    • Failure to notify the court of the current address is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.
  • When Juveniles Become Adults
    • If a juvenile charged with an offense filed in the Justice Court fails to appear in court as required, the charge will NOT be dropped. The individual continues to be obligated to appear to conclude the case. Failure to appear in court for these charges could result in warrants being issued, the offense being placed on the OMNI System, or turned over for collection.
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