Fines and Court Costs
The amount of fine the court assesses is determined by the facts and circumstances of the case. Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine, even if you are guilty. On the other hand, aggravating circumstances may increase the fine. The maximum fine for most municipal court traffic violations is $200 plus court costs; for misdemeanor state law violations--$500 plus court costs; for certain city ordinance violations--$2,000 plus court costs; and for other city ordinance violations--$500 plus court costs.
Per Chapter 51 of the Texas Government Code, the Court is required to collect a $25 fee on each conviction for which "time to pay" is granted. If any part of the total amount of fines, fees, and court costs is paid on or after the 31st day, that time payment fee will be assessed per state statute.
If you are choosing to do Defensive Driving when your violation occurred in a school zone the law requires a $25.00 Child Safety Fee that the state receives for those violations occurring in a school zone.
If a warrant is issued, the fine may increase, and an additional $50 fee is also assessed.
If your citation is in warrant over 60 days an additional 30% fee will be added to each case being sent to collections.Contact municipal court office at (936) 258-5312 for questions or fine amounts not listed. MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit cards are now accepted.
Schedule of Fines
SPEEDING 1-10 MPH $200.00
Note: Fine amounts increase $5 FOR EACH MILE OVER 10 MPH
PASSING A SCHOOL BUS(LOADING/UNLOADING)
Note: Any moving violations involving a school zone or school vehicle will result in an additional charge of $25
FAIL TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Note: If insurance is obtained after the ticket date, you may request a deferral with a fee of $150.00 with 6 month proof of insurance
“A second or subsequent conviction of this 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 2 year from the date of conviction. DPS may waive the requirement to file evidence of financial responsibility if you file satisfactory evidence with them 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 form the requirements to provide evidence of financial responsibility.”
DISORDERLY CONDUCT $300.00
OPEN CONTAINER $250.00
POSS. DRUG PARA $300.00
POSS. ALCOHOL MINOR $300.00
NO DRIVER’S LICENSE/DWLI $200.00
RAN RED LIGHT $250.00
RAN STOP SIGN $250.00
NO SEATBELT-CHILD $200.00
NO SEATBELT $130.00
FAIL TO IDENTIFY $200.00
FAIL TO YIELD R.O.W. $200.00
FAIL TO CONTROL SPEED $200.00
DISREGARD RR CROSSING $130.00
EXP. REGISTRATION $180.00
ALL CITY ORDINANCE VIOLATIONS $180.00
“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.”