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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What methods of payment are accepted for citations and fines?
    We accept cash, personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover). If you wish to please guilty or no contest and pay any fines and costed incurred, you may appear in person at the clerk’s office, send payment by mail, Municipal Court drop box, or pay online.
  • Can I make partial payments?
    A defendant must qualify for a time pay agreement and the request must be made in person. There will be an additional $25 fee added to the fine. The additional fee is required by State Law and can not be waived by the Court.
  • Can I take a driver safety course?
    If you have a commercial driver's license, you cannot take a driver safety course for dismissal of your citation. If you have been charged with a moving traffic violation and were not charged with speeding 25 or more miles over the posted speed limit, you may be able to request to take a Driver Safety Course for dismissal of your citation.
  • What is deferred disposition (probation)?

    An option that will keep your citation form being reported as a conviction on your driving record and will be dismissed if all terms required are successfully met. If any requirement is not met and you cannot provide a satisfactory reason why at a hearing before the judge, the citation will result in a conviction and be reported to the Department of Public Safety. Not all violations are approved fro Deferred Disposition.

    • Commercial Driver License holders do not qualify for Deferred Disposition.
    • A Defendant is allowed to be on Deferred Disposition once every 6 months in this Court
    • The request for Deferred Disposition must be made by your response date or postmarked on or before that date
    • The amount of the administrative fees must be paid at the time of the request. The Deferred Disposition administrative fees are usually $50 more that the standard fine for the offense you have been charged. Contact the Municipal Court Clerk’s office for the correct amount.
  • How do I plead no contest?
    If you desire to enter a plea of no contest or guilty and pay the fine on your citation, look up your offense in our on-line RECORD SEARCH tab to find your fine amount or click on the payment of fines tab to pay on line. If paying by mail, complete the Waiver and Plea Form, include a cashier's check or money order for the fine amount. This must be done on or before the appearance date on your citation.
    If the plea and fine amount are not postmarked on or before the appearance date, the fine will be increased to the maximum amount allowed by law for that offense, plus all state court costs and fees.
  • How do I plead not guilty?
    If you wish to plead not guilty, please appear in court on the appearance date listed on your citation.
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  • Municipal Court Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding City holidays
  • Presiding Judge: Honorable Robin A. Ramsay
  • Location: Denton Municipal Court, 601 E. Hickory, Suite D, Denton, TX 76205
  • Phone: (940) 349-8331
  • Fax:(940) 349-8325
  • Parking is limited. Public parking is located east of the building at the intersection of Hickory and Exposition Streets. 

  • Appearance Instructions

    If you wish to plead NOT GUILTY, you must appear on your municipal court date at 2 p.m. as stated on the electronic citation. If you received a hand written (pink) citation, please contact the court to verify that the date on your citation is a valid court date. If you wish to be represented by counsel, your attorney must make written legal representation BEFORE your court date.

    You may dispose of your case prior to your court date by one of the following methods:

    If you wish to please guilty or no contest and pay any fines and costed incurred, you may appear in person at the clerk’s office, send payment by mail, Municipal Court drop box, or pay online

    You may be eligible to take a driving safety course and/or deferred disposition to have the charge be dismissed. However, 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. (Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holders not eligible).

    Failure to appear or pay your fine may result in an additional charge of Failure To Appear, which carries a maximum penalty of $500. In addition, you may be prevented from registering your motor vehicle, denied driving privileges, and issued warrants for your arrest. A telephone call does not constitute an appearance.

    If you can not appear by your court date, you must file a motion for continuance with the Court prior to the court date. You may bring in your completed form and have it notarized by a Court Clerk (at no charge) to the Court. The Motion will be presented to the Judge for a ruling.

    Juveniles (Age 10-16): Must appear in court with a parent or legal guardian. A notice to appear will be mailed.

    Alcohol or Tobacco Offenses (Under the age of 21): Must appear in person at 2:00 p. m. on the court date give on the citation.

    If you are UNDER 17 years of age, a court date will be mailed and you must appear with a parent or legal guardian.
     

  • Payment Options

    Municipal Court Dropbox: City Hall East After hours drop box located by the Court Entrance, 601 E. Hickory St., Suite D

    To plea no contest and pay by mail, fill out and sign the bottom of the electronic citation or back of a hand written (pink) citation and mail the original or copy of the citation to the Denton Municipal Court by the appearance date listed on the citation. Payment should be payable to Municipal Court Clerk and should be in the form of a check, cashiers check, or money order. Payments may be made online at any time. Payments may be made by Master Card, Visa, or Discover – both credit and debit are accepted.

    For online payments, you may plead guilty or no contest (nolo contendre). If you wish to plead NOT guilty, you must appear in person before the court to handle your citations. By paying your fine online, your options for Driving Safety and Deferred Disposition are no longer available. Paying the fine online results in a conviction on your record. If you wish to request Driving Safety or Deferred Disposition for your citation, please contact the Court.

    For Civil Parking Citations, you must check a plea to pay online, but they do not appear on your driving record.

  • Driving Safety Course

    You may be able to request that a charge be dismissed by taking a Driving Safety Course. However, 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. Do NOT take the course until you have obtained permission from the court. Eligibility requirements:

    • You must enter a written plea of Guilty or No Contest
    • You must possess a valid Texas Driver's License
    • You must possess Texas Liability Insurance valid the day of your request
    • Pay a fee of $114; $139 if the violation occurred in a School Zone
    • You can not be charged with speeding in excess of 24 miles per hour
    • You can not currently be taking the course for another citation
    • You do not have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
    • You were not charged with a violation in a Construction Zone with Workers Present, and
    • Your Driving Record can not reflect completion of a Driving Safety Course within the twelve months preceding the date of the alleged offense
     

    If you were charged with any of the following offenses, you do not qualify for dismissal of your citation by way of a Driving Safety Course:

    • Sec. 545.066 Passing a school bus
    • Sec. 545.421 Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
    • Sec. 550.022 Accident involving damage to vehicle
    • Sec. 550.023 Duty to give information and render aid
     

    Requirements to Request a Driving Safety Course:

    • You must provide the Court with a sworn DSC Affidavit(link)of eligibility notarized and filed with the court by your appearance date
    • You must present a copy a current Texas driver's license
    • You must present proof of Texas liability insurance valid the day the citation was issued and also the day of this request
    • You must pay the state court costs and an administrative fee: moving violations not occuring in a school zone - $114.00; moving violations occuring in a school zone - $139.00 
     

    If eligible, and the above has been received and approved by the Court, you will be required to submit to the court within 90 days:

    • The Court certificate of completion of the Driving Safety Course from an agency approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
    • A certified copy of your Driving Record from the Texas Department of Public Safety. You must select option "3A" on the TDPS mail form or the TDPS website in order to obtain the required version of your driving record. Please request this immediately as it may take several weeks to receive it by mail.
     

    Failure to Comply with Terms of Agreement

    If you fail to comply with any of the requirements of the Driving Safety Course option, your case will be set for a Show Cause/Default Hearing. The hearing is your opportunity to speak with the Judge regarding why you failed to comply. If you fail to appear at your hearing, a conviction will be entered and reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

    If you requested the Driving Safety Course option and failed to complete the requirement and do NOT want to appear at your court hearing, you can complete a DSC SHOW CAUSE WAIVER (LINK) and return it to the Court along with the fine payment of $200. If you choose to waive your hearing and pay the fine, this citation will be reported as a conviction on your driving record to TDPS.

  • Deferred Disposition

    You may be able to request that your ticket for a moving violation be dismissed by complying with the terms and conditions of probation. However, 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. Eligibility requirements:

    • You must enter a written plea of Guilty or No Contest
    • You must pay the probationary/administrative fee in full by your court date. This fee is usually $50 more than the standard fine for the offense
    • You can not have been charged with speeding in excess of 30 miles per hour over the posted limit
    • You can not currently be on probation for another citation in Denton
    • You have not been on probation within the six months preceding the date of the alleged offense in Denton
    • You can not currently hold a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and
    • You can not be charged with a violation in a Construction Zone with Workers Present.
     

    Requirements to Request Deferred Disposition:

    • You must provide the Court with a sworn deferral affidavit of eligibility notarized and filed with the court by your appearance date.
    • You must pay the administrative fee at the time of your request. The administrative fee is usually $50 more that the standard fine for the offense you have been charged. Contact the Municipal Court Clerk’s office for the correct amount

    Terms and Procedures
     
    • Upon court approval for Deferred Disposition, you will be placed on probation for a period not to exceed six months in order to comply with the terms and conditions of the court.
    • If you are under the age of 25 years old, you must attend a Drivers Safety Course and present proof of completion to the Court.
    • Upon completion of the terms and conditions of the probation, your ticket will automatically be submitted to the judge for dismissal resulting in no conviction.
     

    Failure to Comply with Terms of Agreement

    If you failed to comply with any of the requirements of Deferred Disposition, your case will be set for a Show Cause/Default Hearing. The hearing is your opportunity to speak with the Judge regarding why you failed to comply. If you fail to appear at your hearing, a conviction will be entered and reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

    If you requested the Deferred Disposition option and failed to complete the requirement and do NOT want to appear at your court hearing, you can complete a Deferred Show Cause Waiver and return it to the Court. If you choose to waive your hearing, this citation will be reported as a conviction on your driving record to TDPS.

  • Dismissal with Proof

    If you received a citation for Failure to Show Proof of Financial Responsibility (No Insurance), No Driver's License, or Failure to Display a Driver's License, you may request that the ticket be dismissed if you can submit valid proof of insurance or a valid driver's license before your appearance date. Only sufficient proof that was valid at the date and time of the issuance of the ticket can be filed with the court for dismissal. Proof obtained after the ticket may not be eligible for dismissal.

    Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility (No Insurance)

    If you were charged with Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, sufficient proof must be submitted for dismissal before your appearance date. You will need to submit an insurance affidavit along with sufficient proof that was valid at the date and time of the issuance of the citation. There is no fee for a dismissal of this violation if verified.

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    A second or subsequent conviction of an offense under the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act will result in the suspension of your driver's license and motor vehicle registration unless you file and maintain proof of financial responsibility with the Department of Public Safety for two years from the date of conviction. The Department may waive the requirement to file proof of financial responsibility if you file satisfactory evidence with the Department showing that at the time this citation was issued, the vehicle was covered by a liability insurance policy or that you were otherwise exempt from the requirements to provide evidence of financial responsibility.

    Expired Registration and Expired Driver’s License

    If you received a citation for Expired Registration or Expired Driver's License, you may request that the ticket be dismissed if the violation is corrected within twenty working days of the issuance of the citation. To request a dismissal, you must enter a written plea of Guilty or No Contest, provide the court with a receipt for each renewal, and pay the required $20 fee for each corrected violation before your appearance date. Violations not corrected within twenty working days from the offense date and presented to the court prior to the court date as stated at the bottom left hand corner of the citation will not be accepted for dismissal. The dismissal fee is $20.

  • Time Pay Agreements
    The Denton Municipal Court allows extensions, payment plans, and community service to pay fines.
     
    Twenty-Five Dollar “Time Payment Fee”
     
    By state law, if a defendant cannot pay a fine assessed in full within thirty (30) days of the date the court first enters judgement, the court must add a one-time twenty-five dollar ($25.00) “Time Payment Fee.” (Sec. 51.921 of the Texas Government Code)  This fee may be paid over time.
     
    Extension and Payment Plans Offered by the Court
     
    If you are unable to pay the total fine and costs when due, the Denton Municipal Court will allow a defendant to pay fines and costs over time through extensions, payment plans, and when appropriate, other means, such as community service.  
     
    You May Request Additional Time to Pay through a Court-Approved Payment Plan
     
    If you need to request additional time to pay your fine, please let the Court know you are having difficulty paying the fine assessed before the case goes into warrant.
     
    Initial Request for a Thirty (30) Day Extension to Pay  Fine
     
    Any defendant may request an additional thirty (30) days to pay any fines and costs assessed.  To make this request, defendants should complete an initial request for additional time to pay at the Court Clerk’s Office.  The defendant will be required (by state law) to provide the court with basic contact information, including two references and contact telephone numbers.
     
    Request for Additional Extensions or a “Court Ordered Payment Plan”
     
    If a defendant is still unable to pay the full fine and costs due after the initial thirty (30) day period of time, the defendant should contact the Denton Municipal Court Collections Office (located in the Court Clerk’s Office area at 601 E. Hickory, Suite D, Denton, Texas – 940-349-8522.)  The Collections Office can assist the defendant in completing an application for a time payment plan for submission to the judge.  The Collections Office may request additional documentation regarding income and financial resources, schedule the defendant for an appearance before the Court, and once an application is completed, submit a proposed payment plan to the Court for approval.
     
    Application for a Court Ordered Time Payment Plan
     
    As a general statement, the Court will allow a defendant additional time to pay any fines and cost assessed, if the defendant is willing to complete an application for additional time and, when appropriate, provide additional documentation demonstrating financial circumstances.
     
    If a defendant would like to request a payment plan, the defendant must complete a financial affidavit and participate in an interview with the Collections Office (required by state law.)  In support of an application for a payment plan, the defendant may be asked to provide information regarding the following items:
    • Proof of Residency – Lease or Mortgage Information
    • Proof of Employment or other Income (Employer Contact Information)
    • Proof of Identification – Driver’s License, I. D. Card, School I. D., Etc.
    • Two References – Names and current phone numbers
    • Information on Accounts and Funds Available to You
     
    Based on the information provided, the Court may allow extended payment plans for multiple months.
     
    Alternative Means of Satisfying Fines and Costs
     
    In certain cases, the Court may even allow the defendant to discharge or satisfy any fines or costs owed by alternative means, such as performing community service for a non-profit community organization.  The Court’s decision will be made on a case by case basis, and only if the Court determines that it is appropriate based on the information provided.  The defendant must personally appear before the Judge to ask for community service, and the amount of credit for each hour of community service will be determined by the Judge, if the Court finds that community service is appropriate.
     
    Additionally, the Judge may waive payment of the fine and costs entirely if the Court determines that the defendant lacks sufficient ability and resources to pay the fine, and, if the judge finds that ordering community service would create an undue hardship on the defendant
     

If you do not dispose of your citation by one of these methods before your court date, you must appear on your scheduled Court Appearance on the date stated on your citation. Court Appearances usually take two to four hours. Failure to appear for court can result in additional charges and fines.