Deferred Disposition is a form of probation, which allows for the dismissal of a citation upon successful completion. The probationary period may be up to 180 days, depending on the violation.
Advantages of Deferred Disposition
With successful completion of Deferred Disposition, there is not a final conviction and the complaint may not be used against you for any purpose. A conviction will not be reported.
You Are Not Eligible for Deferred Disposition If
- You were charged with speeding 25 miles or more over the speed limit or exceeding 95 miles per hour
- You are charged with a violation in a construction or maintenance work zone when workers are present
- You hold a commercial driver's license or held one at the time you were cited for the offense
To Request Deferred Disposition
- Enter a plea of No Contest and complete an Application for Deferred Disposition Probation. See three options below:
- New: to request Deferred Disposition online, complete and follow the instructions on this form.
- To request Deferred Disposition by mail, complete and follow the instructions on the Sworn Request for Deferred Disposition Form (PDF)
- To request in person, appear at the Municipal Court or by mail/court drop box (see instructions below) on or before the appearance date noted on your citation. Requests for deferred disposition may not be made via fax.
- Pay the deferred fees as specified by the Court. In most cases the deferred fee is $50 above the Court's standard fine schedule including state court costs (see Fine Schedule). If you fail to pay this amount in a timely manner, it may be considered a failure to comply with the conditions of the judge's order, and dismissal may not be granted
- All alleged violations issued to juveniles and adult defendants charged with non-traffic violations must appear in court to request deferred disposition.
Failure to Comply with the Deferred Order
If you fail to meet the terms of the deferred order:
- Must appear in open court before the judge and/or
- A final judgment of guilty may be entered by the judge
- A conviction may be reported to the state as required. Please note that a conviction of an offense under a traffic law of this state or a political subdivision of this state may result in the assessment on your driver's license of a surcharge under the Driver Responsibility Program (Transportation Code 708.105)
- Additional fees and conditions may be assessed