Prosecution of Traffic Violations
Traffic violations are classified as Class C Misdemeanors
, which are generally punishable by a fine not to exceed $200 and state mandated court costs. In many cases, the court may grant deferred disposition or driver safety course to avoid a conviction on ones driving record.
You must make an initial appearance in person, by mail or attorney representation, on or before the appearance date listed on your citation.
Plea of Guilty/Nolo Contendere
request a Driver Safety Course
or Deferred Disposition
to dismiss and keep the violation off your driving record. The court may also assess a fine and court cost
to be paid immediately or by a future date. Payment Plans or community service may also be ordered by the court.
Plea of Not Guilty:
If you contest the citation and plead not guilty, your case will be reset to a future date for a jury or non-jury trial. You may subpoena witnesses on your behalf.
You may also have certain vehicle equipment/registration/drivers license offenses dismissed with proof of compliance and payment of a dismissal fee. See Dismissal Information
Failure To Appear
If you fail to appear on or before your appearance date, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest. Additionally, the court may request that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) deny renewal of your Texas driver's license for your failure to appear. Additional court costs and fees may be assessed. If you possess a non-Texas driver's license, the State of Texas participates in the Non-Resident Violators Compact (NRVC), which may request that your home state suspend your driver license until you resolve your citation with the court.