Municipal Court

Frequently Asked Questions

Expired Inspection Ticket

  1. I got my inspection renewed 31 days after I received my ticket - will my ticket be dismissed?

    No. The law requires that you renew your inspection within 30 days from the date you received the ticket - in calculating those 30 days, the date you received the ticket is not counted. The date you receive your new current inspection sticker must be on or before the 30th day after you receive your ticket. There are no exceptions - this is the law.

  2. I had to make repairs on my vehicle in order for it to pass inspection - doesn't that mean my ticket can be dismissed because I had to spend money on my vehicle?

    No. The law does not provide for dismissal of an expired inspection ticket simply because you had to spend money for repairs. The ONLY way an expired inspection ticket will be dismissed is if you renew your inspection within 30 days from the date you received the ticket.

  3. I have proof that I sold the vehicle after I received my ticket - will my ticket be dismissed because I don't have the vehicle any more?

    No.

  4. The vehicle belonged to someone else, so I have no way to get the inspection renewed - will my ticket be dismissed because it is not my vehicle?

    No.

Expired Registration Ticket

  1. I got my registration renewed 31 days after I received my ticket - will my ticket be dismissed?

    No. The law requires that you renew your registration within 30 days from the date you received the ticket - in calculating those 30 days, the date you received the ticket is not counted. The date you receive your new current registration sticker must be on or before the 30th day after you receive your ticket. There are no exceptions - this is the law.

  2. I got my registration renewed within 30 days after I received my ticket, but I did not pay the penalty fee - will my ticket be dismissed?

    No. The law requires that not only must you get your registration renewed within 30 days from the date you received your ticket, you must also pay the penalty fee for the tax office which is assessed because a ticket for expired registration was received while the vehicle's registration was expired. If the penalty fee is not paid, your ticket will not be dismissed. There are no exceptions - this is the law.

  3. I have proof that I sold the vehicle after I received my ticket - will my ticket be dismissed because I don't have the vehicle any more?

    No.

  4. The vehicle belonged to someone else, so I have no way to get the registration renewed - will my ticket be dismissed because it is not my vehicle?

    No.

  5. I could not get my registration renewed in 30 days because of problems with the title - will my ticket be dismissed?

    No.

No Seat Belt Ticket

  1. I was wearing my seatbelt, but I had the shoulder strap underneath my arm because it is uncomfortable to wear it across my chest - will my ticket be dismissed?

    No. The law specifically requires that a person commits an offense if they are not wearing their seatbelt in the manner specified by the manufacturer.

  2. I have a letter from my doctor specifically stating that I have an illness or injury that prevents me from wearing a seatbelt - will my ticket be dismissed if I present this letter to the clerk or the judge?

    Yes, as long as the letter specifically states that you have an illness or injury that prevents you from wearing a seatbelt.

  3. I received a ticket for my child not being in a child safety seat - I have a child safety seat now - can my ticket be dismissed?

    Pursuant to Section 545.412 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a No Child Safety Seat ticket if:

    (a) the defendant was not arrested at the time of the offense;

    (b) the defendant was not issued a citation for any other violation at the time of the offense;

    (c) the defendant did not possess a child passenger safety seat system in the vehicle;

    (d) defendant was not in an accident;

    and the defendant provides written proof to the court in the form of a receipt that subsequent to the time and date of the offense, he obtained an appropriate child safety seat for each child required to be secured in a child passenger safety seat system under the law.

    The Court will refer to its own records with regard to (a), b), (c) and (d).

Speeding Ticket

  1. My name was misspelled on the ticket, the color of my car was written down incorrectly or the year model of my car was written down incorrectly - will my ticket be dismissed because of this error?

    No.

  2. The speed limit is not listed on my ticket or the speed at which I am alleged to have been going is not listed on my ticket - will my ticket be dismissed because of this error?

    Yes - please bring this to the attention of the clerk or the judge.

  3. I did not see the speed limit sign even though I have gone back and looked and the sign is visible - will my ticket be dismissed because I accidentally did not see the sign?

    No.

  4. I asked the officer to show me the radar or laser readout and he refused to do so - will my ticket be dismissed because the officer did not show me the read out?

    No.

No Insurance Ticket

  1. I did not have insurance at the time I received my ticket, but I obtained insurance in my name after that - will my ticket be dismissed?

    No. You may be eligible for deferred disposition, however, if you provide proof of current insurance covering you as a driver to either the clerk or the judge.

  2. I drive a friend's car and I am not on their insurance - can I receive deferred disposition?

    No. The judge's policy is that a defendant can only receive deferred disposition for a no insurance ticket if the defendant can show proof that the defendant now has a driver's license and insurance that covers the defendant as a driver (the defendant must specifically be listed as a covered driver on the insurance policy or card).

Defensive Driving

  1. If I set my ticket for court, can I request Defensive Driving from the judge when I get to court?

    No. Requests for Defensive Driving must be made to the clerk of the court on or before you appear for your court setting. If you wait to ask for Defensive Driving until you are before the judge in court, that request will be denied.

General Questions

  1. I was arrested for my ticket and the officer did not "read me my rights" - doesn't that mean my ticket will be dismissed?

    No. That is a misconception of the law perpetuated by television and the internet. There is no law or court case that requires a case to be dismissed because the arresting officer did not read the person their rights.

  2. What is deferred disposition?

    Deferred disposition is a type of probation that is only available after a plea of guilty or no contest. Once a defendant pleads guilty or no contest, the judge can postpone a finding of guilt and place the defendant on deferred disposition. As long as the defendant follows the terms and conditions of the deferred disposition, at the end of the probationary period, their ticket will be dismissed. If the defendant violates the terms or conditions of the deferred disposition, the probation can be revoked and if that happens, then the conviction does appear on the defendant's driving record or criminal record.

    If you've received a citation, check your deferred disposition eligibility.

  3. Do I need to bring money to court even if I plan to plead not guilty and ask for a trial?

    Yes. You should be prepared to pay your ticket on the day you appear for a court setting, even though you plan to plead not guilty because you will be required to pay your ticket on that day if you change your mind. It is a good practice to "hope for the best, but plan for the worst."

  4. If I have a trial and if I am found guilty, can I still do Defensive Driving or deferred disposition?

    No. Both Defensive Driving and deferred disposition require that you enter a plea of guilty or no contest in order to be eligible for those options - if you enter a plea of not guilty, you are not eligible for those options. Further, please be advised that if you do have a trial and if you are found guilty, that offense will appear on your driving record or your criminal record.

  5. I have never had a ticket before or this is my first ticket in ___ number of years - can my ticket be dismissed because of this?

    No.

  6. I did not see the street sign, stop sign, speed limit sign, or other sign even though I have gone back and looked and the sign is visible - can my ticket be dismissed simply because I accidentally did not see the sign?

    No.