Requesting Court Dates
Court Dates & Appearance
If a defendant would like to plead "not guilty" and request a trial by judge or jury, the defendant may make his or her request by mail or in-person within 20 business days from the date of offense. If the defendant appears in person to request a jury trial, there is a mandatory pre-trial hearing the defendant must attend.
Appearing in Court
If the defendant makes his or her request for a court date more than the 20 business days from the date of the offense, he or she must appear in person. Please note, the defendant also will be required to post a bond in an amount equal to the fine for the violation with which the defendant has been charged before the defendant's case will be placed on a court docket. If the defendant fails to appear for a scheduled court date, a warrant for arrest will be issued immediately and a cash bond will be required for release.
Appropriate attire is required in the courtroom. No shorts, miniskirts, hats, t-shirts, or tank tops of any kind are permitted. Please note, if a defendant fails to appear as stated, a notice will be sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety to suspend the defendant's driver's license or prohibit the defendant from getting one. If a defendant was issued a citation for Failure To Maintain Financial Responsibility (no insurance) or for an Expired Violation, the defendant may present proof to the judge and request to have the citation dismissed if applicable, dismissal fees may apply. A defendant may request a trial date, a driving safety course, or deferred disposition from the judge.
If a defendant is 16 years of age or younger and was issued a traffic citation, or 17 years of age or younger and was issued an alcohol or tobacco citation, the defendant's parent / guardian will be required to appear in court before the municipal judge with the juvenile. Appropriate attire is required in the courtroom. No shorts, miniskirts, hats, t-shirts, or tank tops of any kind are permitted.
A child and parent required to appear before the Municipal 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. Within 1 week of changing residence, the child or parent shall notify the court of the new address. A violation of this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor and may result in arrest. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt.