Traffic Tickets

How To Handle Your Tickets

Several options exist for persons who have received traffic tickets. It is extremely important for persons with tickets to come to court when assigned. Simply paying the fine without appearing at court is allowed, but this will result in a conviction on your driving record. Below are some of the most common options for handling tickets.

Defensive Driving

Many moving violations may be dismissed by completing an approved defensive driving course. This alternative has the advantage of not appearing on your driving record. For more information on this topic, click on the Driving Safety Course heading at left.

Deferred Disposition

Under this alternative, the person appears before the Judge on the assigned court day and pleads guilty or no contest. The person must pay an administrative fee and court costs. However, if the person completes the terms and conditions of deferred disposition and receives no additional violations, the offense does not appear on the person's record, and the ticket is dismissed. For more information on this topic, click on the Deferred Disposition heading at left.


Unpaid Fines or Failure to Appear in Court

Persons who fail to handle their fines or appear in court on the designated date are subject to a fine amount increase and potential arrest. If an unpaid citation moves to arrest warrant status, an additional $50 warrant fee will also be assessed.

Warrant Information

For more information, contact the Municipal Court office at 214-987-5331 or the Police Warrant Officer at 214-987-5332. If you are unable to reach the Warrant Officer, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. For more information on this topic, click on the Warrant Information heading at left.