Double Oak Municipal Court


320 Waketon Road
Double Oak, Texas 75077
972-539-9464 Telephone
972-539-9613 Fax
 

Town Offices will be closed Monday May 29, 2017

Municipal Court is held the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
Proper attire is required-Dress is business casual. No shorts, tank tops, flip flops, hats, gum or sunglasses are allowed in the courtroom.

Please note that the court staff is prohibited from speaking to anyone other than the Defendant or their attorney regarding the particulars of a citation unless the Defendant is under age 17, then the court may speak with a parent or legal guardian.

Telephone calls do not constitute an appearance.

If there is a language barrier please notify the court and a translator will be provided.

Click link for Schedule of Fine and Court Costs

To get more information on the Department of Public Safety Driver Responsibility Program (Surcharges)  http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/drp.htm.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR JUVENILES

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (16 year old or younger at the time of citation) charged with most Class C misdemeanor offenses. All Juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases and the parent/guardian of the juvenile defendant is required to be present in court with his or her child, even if the defendant wishes to be represented by an attorney. Failure of a parent/guardian to appear with a juvenile constitutes a separate misdemeanor offense by the parent/guardian and juveniles who fail to appear in court may have an addition charge of failure to appear filed against them. Juveniles that fail to appear or pay their fine will be reported to the Department of Public Safety, who will suspend their driver’s license. Do not mail a plea or payment to the court.

YOUR OPTIONS FOR HANDLING YOUR CITATION:

OPTION 1PLEAD NO CONTEST OR GUILTY AND PAY THE FINE

Your violation will be reported as a conviction to the Department of Public Safety.

IN PERSON – at 320 Waketon Road, Monday 9 am – 5:30 pm. Tuesday–Friday between 9 am – 4 pm.  You may pay with cash, money order or check. MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards are accepted with a 3% processing fee. Only the defendant or their attorney may appear on their behalf.

BY MAIL – Mail the citation along with your check or money order (made payable to the Town of Double Oak) for full payment. Payment must be postmarked on or before the appearance date on your citation.

PAY ON-LINE at trafficpayment.com  or call 1-800-444-1187. You will need your citation number and the amount of your violation(s). Your violation will be reported as a conviction.

 

OPTION 2APPEAR ON YOUR COURT DATE

Your court date is on the front of your citation with the time. Bring your driver license and a paper copy of your insurance that has your name on it to court.

You may pay with cash, money order or check. MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards are accepted with a 3% processing fee.

Proper attire is required-Dress is business casual. No shorts, tank tops, flip flops, hats gum or sunglasses are allowed in the courtroom. Phones shall be turned off.

 

The following two options will keep the violation from appearing on your driving record if completed successfully.

OPTION 3 – REQUEST DRIVING SAFETY COURSE (DSC)

See instructions titled How to Request a Driving Safety Course.

 

OPTION 4 – REQUEST DEFERRED DISPOSITION

See instructions titled How to Request Deferred Disposition.

 

HOW TO REQUEST A DRIVING SAFETY COURSE

You may be eligible to attend a driving safety course or a motorcycle safety course (if you were operating a motorcycle at the time of the citation) for dismissal of your citation.  You can only take a driving safety course for ONE violation every 12 months. Frequently Asked Questions DSC

You are eligible for a Driving Safety Course if:

  • You do not possess a Commercial Driver’s License.
  • You have not completed a Driving Safety Course for citation dismissal in the previous 12 months (calculated from date of previous completion to the violation date of your current citation).
  • You have a valid Texas driver’s license or permit or are currently in the military.
  • You have valid proof of insurance showing you as a covered driver.
  • Your violation was not in a construction/work zone with workers present.
  • Your citation was for a moving violation.
  • If cited for speeding, your actual speed must be less than 25 mph over the speed limit.

If you are eligible, you may sign up for a Driving Safety Course by sending the following 5 items to the Court or appearing at the Court on or before your appearance date: 
1. Required fees – $109.00 for Non-School Zone Violations or $134.00 if you were in a School Zone; and
2. A copy of your valid Texas Driver’s license; and
3. A copy of your valid insurance showing you as a covered driver; and
4. The Driving Safety Course request form below signed with your signature notarized; and
5. A copy of your citation.

FORM TO REQUEST DRIVING SAFETY:  Driving Safety Course and Affidavit Request Form

***DO NOT TAKE THE COURSE UNTIL YOU HAVE OBTAINED PERMISSION FROM THE COURT.

To find a Driving Safety Class that is approved by the State of Texas please click on the following links:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/driver/driversafetyonline.htm#online    Driving Safety Online Courses/Texas Approved Online Driving Safety Courses

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/driver/driversafetyschools.htm    Driving Safety Schools and Classrooms/Traditional Classroom Locations

Upon court approval to take the course, you will have ninety days to complete a Driving Safety Course and to provide the court with the two following documents:

1. The original “court certificate” of completion of the driving safety course mailed to you from the school where you took your course- signed by the defendant; and

2. A certified copy of your driving record that is maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety. You may request your driving record at the following website : https://www.texasonline.state.tx.us/tolapp/txldrcdr/TXDPSLicenseeManager. Request a type 3A driving record, the cost is $12.00. The court will only accept a certified driving record from the Department of Public Safety.

If these two documents are not filed with the court within ninety days you will be sent a notice to come to a Show Cause Hearing in front of the Judge where you could be responsible for payment of the fine, thereby having the offense reported on your driving record and a warrant may be issued for your arrest. There are no extensions granted.

 

HOW TO REQUEST DEFERRED DISPOSITION

 You are eligible for Deferred Disposition if:

  • You did not possess a Commercial Driver’s License at the time of the offense.
  • You are not currently participating in a Deferred Disposition in any other Court.
  • Your violation was not in a construction/work zone with workers present.
  • You have a valid driver license.

If you are 24 or younger you will be required to complete a Driver’s Safety Course as a condition of Deferred Disposition. The original “court certificate” of completion of the driving safety course mailed to you from the school where you took your course and signed by the defendant will need to be turned into the court by the end date of your deferred period.

 If you are eligible, you may sign up for Deferred Disposition by sending the following 4 items to the Court or appearing at the Court on or before your appearance date:


1. Required fee – the cost of the citation plus a $50.00 Special Expense Fee; and
2. The Deferred Disposition Request form below signed with your signature notarized; and
3. A copy of your citation; and
4. A copy of your Driver License.

FORM TO REQUEST DEFERRED DISPOSITION: Deferred Disposition Request Form

Upon completion of the terms and conditions of the probation, your citation will be submitted to the judge for dismissal resulting in no conviction.

EXTENSIONS

EXTENSIONS can be requested in person, in writing by mail/fax before your appearance date or through an attorney.

EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE SCHEDULED BY TELEPHONE

DISMISSALS WITH PROOF

Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility (No Insurance) – You may request that the citation be dismissed if you can submit valid proof of insurance before your court date. Only sufficient proof that the insurance was valid at the date and time of the issuance of the citation can be filed with the court for dismissal. The insurance will be verified with your insurance agent. If you’re insurance cannot be verified you will be required to make an appearance in court on your court date.

Expired Driver’s License: You may request that the violation be dismissed if you can show the temporary drivers license issued by the Department of Public Safety indicating the renewal of the license and the date renewed. You must provide the court with this proof on or before your first court appearance. You must pay a $20.00 dismissal fee at the time of request for dismissal.

Change of Address or Name on Driver’s License: You may request the violation be dismissed by providing the court with the proof of correction from the Department of Public Safety on or before your first court date. You must pay a dismissal fee of $20.00.

Driver’s License Endorsements: You may request dismissal of the violation if the Department of Public Safety removes the restriction or endorsement by the first court appearance date and you must pay a dismissal fee of $10.00.

Expired License Plate (Registration): You must provide the court with the form generated by the County Tax Assessor’s office, stamped by the County Tax Assessor’s office with the amount paid and date paid and proof that the late penalty was paid or the new registration receipt form generated by the County Tax Assessor’s office. You must pay a $20.00 dismissal fee at the time of request.

Equipment Violations: Does not apply to commercial motor vehicles. You may request dismissal of this violation. You must provide the court with proof the defective equipment was repaired or replaced on or before your first court date. You must pay a $10.00 dismissal fee at the time of request.

Obscured License Plate and No License Plate (Front or Rear): You may request dismissal of these violations if you provide the court with proof the correction (s) have been made on or before the first court appearance date. You must pay a $10.00 dismissal fee at the time of the request.

PAYMENT PLAN

Payment plans are available in some instances. The State requires the Court to charge an additional $25.00 if the payment plan exceeds the 31 day limit. This is a one time fee per violation.

WARRANTS

WARRANT: The court will issue a warrant when you fail to appear on your court date, fail to take care of your citation before your court date, you fail to comply with the Orders of a Judge or you do not complete a payment plan or fail to make payments as promised. You may pay a warrant with credit card (3 % processing fee apply’s), money order, cashier’s check or cash, once the warrant is paid in full it will be cleared. If you wish to speak to the Judge after your citation has gone to warrant you may post a cash bond with the court in the amount of the warrant and a court date will be scheduled.

FAILURE TO APPEAR will result in an additional charge of Failure to Appear which carries a maximum penalty of $500.00 IN ADDITION; you may be prevented from registering your motor vehicle, denied driving privileges and issued a warrant for your arrest. A telephone call does not constitute an appearance.

Warrants payments on weekends and holidays: Print your receipt that has your confirmation number and keep it with you. Your payment will not be processed and warrant(s) will not be cleared until the next business day.

How to request Credit for Time Served: Defendant must provide documentation from the jail showing the book-in date and the release date or jail paperwork with a court order showing their incarceration period. A criminal docket sheet from another court is not sufficient.  The court will not call jails to obtain proof of incarceration period.

     

The information provided to you  is designed as a courtesy to assist you and sets forth general information. It is not meant to replace the advice of an attorney and nothing on this page is intended to be legal advice.  The employees of the Town of Double Oak Municipal Court and Double Oak Police Officers are prohibited from offering or providing you legal advice. You are encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney if you have questions about the law, procedures and your rights under the law

Questions? Contact our Court Clerk, Lynn Jones

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