San Antonio Municipal Court

If the case is tried by the judge, the decision is called a judgment. If the case is tried by a jury, the decision is called a verdict. The judge or jury can consider only the testimony of witnesses and any evidence admitted during the trial. If you are found guilty by either the judge or jury, the penalty will be announced at that time. Unless you plan to appeal your case, you should be prepared to pay the fine at this time.

Driver Safety Course (Defensive Driving)

The standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, ANSI/ASSE Z15.1, defines defensive driving as "driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others." This definition is taken from the National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course. It is a form of training for motor vehicle drivers that goes beyond mastery of the rules of the road and the basic mechanics of driving. Its aim is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others. This can be achieved through adherence to a variety of general rules, as well as the practice of specific driving techniques.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You have current liability insurance and a valid Texas Drivers License
  • You have not taken a Driver Safety Course within the last 12 months to dispose of a citation (Calculated from the date of the last course completed to the date of your current citation)
  • You do not possess a Commercial Driver License
  • You are not charged with speeding in excess of 24 mph over the speed limit, nor with a construction zone violation
Deferred Disposition (Probation)

Deferred Disposition is a form of plea deal, where a defendant pleads "Guilty" or "No Contest" to criminal charges in exchange for meeting certain requirements laid out by the court within an allotted period of time also ordered by the court. Upon completion of the requirements, which may include probation, treatment, community service, some form of community supervision, or some other diversion program, the defendant may avoid a formal conviction on their record or have their case dismissed. The Judge has the discretion of whether or not to grant Deferred Disposition.

Compliance Dismissals

View Dismissal Information.


View Fines & Court Costs.

Community Service

The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department participates in a program to provide meaningful work to individuals who have been assigned community service/restitution hours by a court or probation official. In turn, the hours served by community service workers provide a labor source which assists the Department in maintaining parks or other City property in a condition which benefits all of the community. View more information about Community Service.

Administrative Dismissals

If you received a citation for no driver's license and meet the following terms, it is the judge's discretion to dismiss your case:

  • Renew within 20 business days of the date you received the citation or by your first court appearance date
  • Provide proof with receipt to the court of renewal
  • Pay an administrative dismissal fee of $20.00

You may mail your requirements/proof, or present them In Person @ Municipal Courthouse on your appearance date.

** Information on this website is not to be construed as legal advice.