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Municipal Court Compliance Dismissals

 

The municipal judge is responsible for conducting a fair, impartial, and public trial.  The case against you is brought by the State of Texas through the prosecutor, not he court.  Therefore, the judge may NOT dismiss a case without the prosecutor having the right to try the case.  There is an exception to this rule regarding the compliance dismissals listed below.

 
 
 
 
Effective September 1, 2013

Offense Statute Length of Time
to Comply
Required
Conditions
Amount of
Fee
Expired vehicle registration Section 502.407(b), Transportation Code 20 working days after the date of the offense or before the defendant’s first court appearance, whichever is later Defendant must remedy the defect; and
Show proof of payment of late registration fee to county assessor-collector
$20
Operate vehicle without valid registration insignia properly displayed Section 502.473(d), Transportation Code Before defendant’s first court appearance Defendant must:
Remedy the defect; or Show that vehicle was issued a registration insignia that was attached to the vehicle establishing that the vehicle was registered for the period during which the offense was committed
$10
Attaching or displaying on a vehicle a registration insignia that is assigned for a period other than in effect Section 502.475(c), Transportation Code Before defendant’s first court appearance Defendant must remedy the defect $10
Operate vehicle without two valid license plates Section 504.943(d), Transportation Code Before the defendant’s first court appearance Defendant must remedy the defect $10
Attaching or displaying on a vehicle a license plate that is assigned for a period other than in effect, or has a blurring, reflective, coating, covering, or protective matter or attached illuminated device, sticker, decal, or emblem that obscures, impairs, or interferes with the plate’s readability Section 504.945(d), Transportation Code Before the defendant’s first court appearance Defendant must:
Remedy the defect; and Show that vehicle was issued a plate that was attached to the vehicle establishing that the vehicle was registered for the period during which the offense was committed
$10
Expired driver’s license Section 521.026(a), Transportation Code 20 working days after the date of the offense or before the defendant’s first court appearance, whichever is later Defendant must remedy the defect $20
Fail to report change of address or name on driver’s license Section 521.054(d), Transportation Code 20 working days after the date of the offense Defendant must remedy the defect $20
Violate driver’s license restriction or endorsement Section 521.221(d), Transportation Code Before the defendant’s first court appearance Defendant must show that: Driver’s license restriction or endorsement was imposed because of a physical condition that was surgically or otherwise medically corrected before the date of the offense, or in error and that is established by the defendant; and
DPS removes the restriction or endorsement before the defendant’s first court appearance
$10
Expired Inspection Section 548.605, Transportation Code 20 working days after the date of the offense or before the defendant’s first court appearance, whichever is later Defendant must remedy the defect
Fine of $152 is due if expired over 60 days
$20
Expired disabled parking placard Section 681.013, Transportation Code 20 working days after the date of the offense or before the defendant’s first court appearance, whichever is later Defendant must remedy the defect $20
Operate vehicle with defective required equipment (or in unsafe condition) Section 547.004(c), Transportation Code Before the defendant’s first court appearance Defendant must remedy the defect
Does not apply if the offense involves a commercial motor vehicle
$10

Below is a list of some but not all defective equipment violations that may qualify for a $10 dismissal as stated in the chart above:
  • Affix unauthorized sun screening device to motor vehicle
  • Defective Brakes or No brakes
  • Defective Exhaust Emission System
  • Defective Headlamp on car/motorcycle/motor-driven cycle
  • Defective Parking Lamp                                                     
  • Defective Stop Lamp                                                          
  • Defective Tail Lamp
  • Defective or No Windshield Wiper                                                
  • Head Lamp improperly placed on motorcycle                    
  • Improper flashing lights                                                      
  • Improper Head Lamp on motor-driven cycle                      
  • Improper use of back-up lamps                                                      
  • Improperly directed lamp (over 300 candlepower) 
  • Mirror Violation (None or improperly located)
  • Muffler Violation (None, defective, loud, cut-out, by-pass)          
  • No beam indicator
  • No electric turn signal lamps
  • No exhaust emission system
  • No head lamp on motorcycle/motor-driven cycle
  • No head lamp (when no equipped)
  • No license plate lamp on car/motorcycle/motor-driven cycle
  • No light on animal-drawn vehicle
  • No multi-beam road lighting equipment on car/motorcycle
  • No parking brakes or defective parking brakes
  • No parking lamp
  • No reflector on rear car/motorcycle
  • No turn signal lamps when required
  • No Tail Lamps on car or motorcycle
  • Red Lights on front
  • Reflectors improperly mounted rear/side
  • Tail lamp improperly located car/motorcycle
  • Television receiver, Video equipment improperly located (visible to driver)
  • Unauthorized use of flashing red/white/blue light
  • Wrong color clearance lamps, side marker lamps, identification lamps, side reflectors
  • Wrong color stop light, license plate light, back-up lamp, signal device.
Juveniles must appear with a parent in open court to present any type of dismissal to the Judge.
 
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