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No. You can represent yourself. Municipal courts are not required by law to appoint you a lawyer, but you may retain one yourself. No one other than a lawyer can represent you in court. This applies to parents of juveniles. If you are not an attorney, you can not represent your child in a trial.
Yes. Defendants who are not contesting their citation can pay their fines with a credit / debit card online. A minimum convenience fee of $3.00 or 2.45% will apply. You may make partial payments online only if you have an approved payment plan in place with the court. If you are choosing the Deferred Disposition or Driver Safety Course, you must have prior approval from the court before making your payment online. Click on the FASTGovPay link to pay.
No, you cannot take care of your husband’s/wife’s ticket. Only the person who received the citation or their attorney may enter a plea.
However, once a plea has been entered and arrangements have been made, anyone may make the payments.
Bring proof that you were jailed (booking paperwork) and the judge will consider it on a case-by-case basis.
Yes. The judge will allow community service on a case-by-case basis. Texas law requires the court to consider allowing a person to do community service if the person would have difficulty paying the fine.
You may speak with the judge about the circumstances of your case, only after you enter a plea of Guilty or No Contest.
The late fine is $0.05 a day per book.
The printing fee is $0.20 per page.
The fax fee is $1.00 for the first page and $0.20 for each additional page.
You can pay your bill:
Complete the Bank Draft Request form (PDF) or pick up the request form at city hall. You will need to know your bank routing number and account number. The first payment to be drafted will be the following month’s bill.