Payment of Ticket: Payment of traffic citations or other
Class C misdemeanor charges are made to the individual Justice
of the Peace Office. Follow the instructions provided by the
Justice of the Peace or on the citation.
Requesting deferred disposition by defensive driving course:
In most cases, a person is eligible to clear a "moving
violation" traffic ticket with a defensive driving course under
the following conditions:
A plea of guilty or no contest is entered in person or in
writing before the answer date and a request is made to take the
course. A $10 administrative fee is usually required.
The person must have a valid Texas driver's license.
For speeding offenses, the person must not have exceeded 25
miles over the limit-- The person must not have taken the
course to clear a ticket within the past twelve months.
Note that other criteria also
applies. Please check with your Justice of the Peace
Precinct 4 for full
Contested cases: When a person enters a plea of "not
guilty", the Justice of the Peace will refer the case to the
County Attorney for trial. The County Attorney will review the
merits of the case, talk with law enforcement, notify the
defendant of the State's final plea bargain offer, and prepare
Trial: If the case is not resolved, the case will be set
for trial. In most cases, the trial is held in front of the
Justice of the Peace. The defendant may also request a trial by
a jury of six persons. The law enforcement officer alleging the
violation will testify at the trial. The defendant may appear
alone or by attorney and should be prepared to present his
defense to the court.
Truancy: When a child fails to attend school, the Justice
of the Peace summons both child and parent to court and may
issue sanctions against each party. For habitual cases, the
County Attorney will seek enforcement of school attendance
requirements through prosecution of both child and parents in
the Juvenile and Justice Courts.