Deferred Disposition

Deferred Dispositions

Deferred Disposition is a form of probation, which allows for dismissal of a citation if certain criteria are met. The probationary period is 30 to 180 days, depending on the type of violation, and begins when the fees are paid.

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

  • Appear in person at the Municipal Court or by mail (see instructions below) on or before the appearance date noted on your citation. Requests for deferred disposition will not be accepted by fax
  • Enter a plea of No Contest or Guilty and complete an Application for Deferred Disposition Probation
  • Pay the deferred fees in full. In most cases the deferred fee is $50 above the standard fine amount including state court costs (see Fine Schedule). The deferral (probation) period will not begin until the deferred fee is paid. If you fail to pay this amount in a timely manner, it will be considered a failure to comply with the conditions of the judge's order, and dismissal will not be granted
  • To request Deferred Disposition by mail, complete and follow the instructions on the Sworn Request for Deferred Adjudication Form (PDF)
  • All alleged violations issued to juveniles and adult defendants charged with non-traffic violations must appear in court to request deferral of final 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