Deferred Disposition

Deferred Disposition 

For all citations, you must appear in person or by mail by the "Appearance Date" printed on your citation. Phone call(s) or email do NOT constitute an appearance. 

Note: Do not  pay online before obtaining court approval. All payments are final. Paying online will result in a guilty conviction.

Deferred Disposition is a form of probation, which allows for the dismissal of a charge if certain criteria(s) are met. The probationary period is 90 days and begins when the fees are paid.

For Moving Violations: On or before your Appearance Date on your citation, you may be able to request that your citation for a moving violation be dismissed by complying with the terms and conditions of probation. You will lose that right if you do not provide written notice to the court of your desire to do so on or before your Appearance Date. A written notice is a notarized affidavit of eligibility or sworn request.

Advantages of Deferred Disposition

With the 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.

Juvenile offenses may be expunged at the Municipal Court under 106.12 Alcoholic Beverage Code or under Art 45.0216 Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

To Request Deferred Disposition You Must:

Appear in person at the Court on or before the appearance date noted on your citation or mail in your request with your payment. 

Enter a plea of guilty or no contest and complete an Application for Deferred Disposition.

Pay the deferred fees in full. In most cases, the deferred fee is $50 above the standard fine amount including state court costs. See the List of Fines and Offenses. 

The deferral period will not begin until the deferred fee is paid.

If you are under 18 years old and have a Provisional Driver’s License you will be required to take a Defensive Driving Safety course and be retested by the Department of Public Safety.

If you are under 25 years, you may apply for Deferred Disposition but as a State requirement, you will still be required to complete and Texas approved Driver's Safety Course of your choice to turn in on or before the Deferral end date.

You are NOT Eligible for Deferred Disposition if:

You were charged with speeding 25 miles or more over the speed limit or passing a school bus unless you see the prosecutor.

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.

Failure to Comply with the Deferred Order: 

You must appear in open court for a Show Cause Hearing 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.

Additional fees and conditions may be assessed.