The Pasadena Municipal Court has established policies and procedures for resolving traffic tickets and other fine-only misdemeanors in accordance with state law, but with a minimum of inconvenience. Before you attempt to resolve the case(s) against you, you should read carefully the content of the citation and handout that were given to you by the officer. You may want to seek the advice of a lawyer.
The full text of a traffic citation is reproduced below. In it, you will find a link to forms that you may download if you wish to apply for deferred disposition or a driving safety course. Additionally, you will find a list of “window fines” and cases that may be dismissed before court either in person or by mail. You will need an Acrobat Reader to access these files. (You may download a copy of the reader at no charge here.)
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Allow ten days from the date of the violation before coming to or calling the court about the violations.
WINDOW FINES: Click for the window fines of the 100 most common violations filed in the Court. Window fines include all the applicable court costs. Some common window fines may also be found by clicking the "Deferred Disposition" link.
COMPLIANCE DISMISSALS: Certain cases can be dismissed through the mail or by personal appearance at the Municipal Court transaction windows prior to your first appearance. A full list of these cases and the requirements for dismissal can be found here.
TO PAY IN PERSON: You may appear at the court in person during business hours stated above to make payment. The court will accept CASH (exact amount preferred), CHECK, MONEY ORDER, and ALL MAJOR BANK CARDS (either debit or credit cards). Please Note: There is a four percent (4%) convenience charge added to your payment to offset transaction costs when you use a debit or credit card for payment.
PAYMENT, DRIVING SAFETY COURSE AND DEFERRED DISPOSITION BY MAIL: You may pay your fine, request deferred disposition or a driving safety course by mail using the applications at these links. Complete information was offered to you at the time you received a citation. To pay your fine, detach the plea of guilty or no contest at the bottom of the citation and mail it to the Pasadena Municipal Court at the address noted on the ticket.
RESETTING YOUR COURT DATE: A court date may be reset one time without the Judge’s approval. To reset a court date, you must do so in person at the Municipal Court during business hours stated above during business hours stated above, but before your appearance date. On your appearance day, the case must be reset by the judge in court.
APPEARANCE ON COURT DATE: If you have not previously appeared in writing or by attorney, paid or rescheduled, you are required to appear in court at the date and time stated on your ticket.
PROPER ATTIRE REQUIRED: Shorts, tank tops, halter tops and flip flops are not permitted in Court.
FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT: Failure to appear or failure to pay fines may result in 1. Denial of renewal of your Driver’s License; 2. Denial of your renewal of your vehicle registration; 3. The filing of an additional charge of failure to appear and the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.
If you have already missed your court appearance, you may still appear within ten days of your missed court date and make full payment or payment arrangements. For good cause, the court may set another court date without requiring a bond. At any time after ten (10) days, a new charge may be filed for your failure to appear and a warrant may be issued for your arrest. If you desire a new court date after the warrant has issued, a bond will be required.
JUVENILES: If you are under age 17, you cannot pre-pay the fine. State law requires that you appear in court with a parent or legal guardian. A child under 17 and parent required to appear before the Court have the obligation to provide the court in writing with the current address and residence of the child. The obligation does not end when the child reaches the age 17. On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence, the child or parent shall notify the court of the current address in the manner directed by the court. A violation may result in arrest and is a Class C misdemeanor. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt. If an appellate court accepts an appeal for a trial de novo, the child and parent shall provide the notice to the appellate court.
ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO VIOLATIONS: Persons under the age of 18 charged with tobacco violations and persons under the age of 21 charged with alcohol violations may not pay prior to court by mail or in person, but must appear in court.
RENEWAL SURCHARGES: 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.
INSURANCE VIOLATIONS: “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 evidence of financial responsibility with the Department of Public Safety for two years from the date of the conviction. The department may waive the requirement to file evidence 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 motor vehicle liability insurance policy or that you were otherwise exempt from the requirements to provide evidence of financial responsibility.”
DRIVING SAFETY COURSE: “You may be able to require that this 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 on or before your appearance date of your desire to do so.” This right applies to one charge only and is subject to the further conditions on the enclosed information and application.
FAMILY VIOLENCE: “If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving violence where you are or were a spouse or intimate partner, parent, or guardian of the victim or are or were involved in another similar relationship with the victim, it may be unlawful for you to possess or purchase a firearm, including a handgun or long gun, or ammunition pursuant to federal law under 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g)(9) or Section 46.04(b) Texas Penal Code. If you have any questions whether these laws make it illegal for you to possess or purchase a firearm, you should consult an attorney.”
WAIVER OF RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL AND GUILTY/NO CONTEST PLEA
You may download a brief form with a waiver of right to jury trial and plea of guilty/no contest here. Print out the form, fill out all required information, attach your check or money order in the correct amount, and mail to the address shown on the form.
DEFERRED DISPOSITION AND DRIVING SAFETY COURSE: Information on deferred disposition and the driving safety course is available here in Adobe PDF format so that you may review it online or download and print it out. It requires the free Acrobat Reader to access this file. (You may download a copy of the Reader at no charge here.) This information sheet also contains a schedule of window fines for common traffic and state law violations, and a list of cases that may be dismissed before court by mail or in person.
WARRANT COURT: Warrant Court takes place each Thursday at 8 a.m. in Court Room #1. Warrant Court affords the opportunity to clear your warrant by payment of at least $100 and acceptance of the terms of a payment plan for the balance of what may be owed. The $100 payment option, however, does not apply to persons for whom a capias pro fine has been issued for unpaid fines. You should call the warrant line at 713-475-5559 for assistance with this and other questions. Persons wishing to take advantage of this program should appear in person on a Thursday morning. Persons wishing to plead 'not guilty' will be required to post a bond to secure a trial date.
TRAFFIC TICKET AND WARRANT LOOK-UP: You may search for outstanding traffic tickets and warrants by clicking here and entering the required information.