Can My Citation Be Dismissed?
Several types of traffic violations can be “dismissed for compliance.” These citations are listed below, along with the requirements for obtaining such a dismissal. Please be sure to include your citation number on any documents submitted to the Court.
No Insurance or Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility
If you had insurance or financial responsibility in effect at the time of the citation, you may bring or mail to the Court one of the following documents as proof:
The Court will verify with the insurance provider or other authority the authenticity of the document. If the document demonstrates proof of financial responsibility in place at the time the citation was issued, the citation will be dismissed.
Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection
An expired motor vehicle inspection citation can be dismissed if:
Expired Motor Vehicle Registration
An expired motor vehicle registration citation can be dismissed if:
Expired Driver’s License
If you renew your driver’s license within 20 working days of the citation and present proof of renewal to the Court, the Court may assess a $20 administrative fee, per state law, and dismiss the citation. You may present or mail the $20 fee and a copy of your license renewal to the Court.
No Driver’s License
If you had a driver’s license that was valid at the time of the citation and appropriate for the vehicle you were operating at the time of the citation, and you present your driver’s license to the Court, the Court may assess a $10 administrative fee, per state law, and dismiss the citation. Please note that the license you present must show on its face that it was valid at the time of the citation; replacements for lost driver’s licenses issued after the date of the citation will not be accepted.
If you correct the equipment violation before your initial appearance date (the 14th day after the date of the citation) and present proof of correction to the Court, the Court may assess an administrative fee of $20, per state law, and dismiss the citation.
State law allows drivers licensed in Texas the opportunity to take a Driving Safety Course
All Other Violations
There is no administrative dismissal process for most of the violations filed in Municipal Court. You may schedule an appointment with the Prosecutor’s Office at (940) 761-7675 at your option to discuss your case, but you have the right to remain silent and do not have to speak with the Prosecutor. You have the right to schedule your case for trial before a judge or a jury. If the judge or the jury finds that you are not guilty of the offense, you will be acquitted and will not be required to pay the citation. If the judge or the jury finds that you are guilty of the offense, you will be required to pay a fine set by the judge or jury that heard your case.