Respond to a Citation

If you received a citation (ticket) for our court, you should see an “Appearance Date”, or the date you are to appear by on your ticket. Appearance can be through counsel, by mail, email, online or in person.  Failure to do so may result in additional charges being filed, and possibly warrants for your arrest. Please allow up to 48 hours for your citation to be in the system.

PLEA OPTIONS

Unless you are entitled to a compliance dismissal, you must enter one of the following three pleas:

Plea of Nolo Contendere (No Contest)

A plea of "no contest" means that you do not want to contest the State's charge against you.

The difference between a plea of guilty and nolo contendere is that the no contest plea may not later be used against you in a civil suit for damages.  For example, in a civil suit arising from a traffic crash, a guilty plea can be used as evidence of your responsibility or fault.

If you plead guilty or nolo contendere, you will be found guilty and should be prepared to pay the fine.  A plea of guilty or nolo contendere waives all of your rights to a trial.  If you are unable to pay the entire fine and costs, you should be prepared to document and explain your financial situation.


Plea of Guilty
A plea of "guilty" means that you admit that you committed the criminal offense charged.


Plea of Not Guilty
A plea of "not guilty" means that you deny guilt and require the State to prove the charge.  A plea of not guilty does not waive any of your rights.  A plea of not guilty does not prevent a plea of guilty of no contest at a later time.

Please contact the court to schedule a court date to speak with the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

Please visit our Coming to Court page for information on what to do when you appear on your court date.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING

DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR DEFENSIVE DRIVING:

  • You cannot have taken the course in the last 12 months for another citation
  • Your speed cannot be 25 over the posted speed limit
  • You are not eligible for defensive driving if you hold a commercial driver's license (CDL).
  • You are not eligible for defensive driving if you have already paid your fine or made payment arrangements.
  • You cannot have been charged with the following:
    • Fail to stop and render aid
    • Fleeing from a Police Officer
    • Reckless driving
    • An offense in a construction zone with workers present.
    • Fail to stop for a school bus


QUALIFICATIONS FOR DEFENSIVE DRIVING:

You may be eligible to request defensive driving to keep your citation off of your record. You must pay a fee to the court prior to taking defensive driving.  This can be done either in person, by mail, or online. The eligibility requirements are as follows

  • You must appear on or before the Appearance Date on your citation
  • You must have a valid Texas Drivers License
  • You must show valid proof of Financial Responsibility (Insurance)
  • You must sign the affidavit on or attached to your ticket stating you have not taken a defensive driving course within the 12 months prior to your citation.  You must have it notarized. If you come in person this office has notaries that can notarize the affidavit for you. If you mail this you must make sure that you get the form notarized or we CANNOT process your paperwork.
  • There is a fee you must pay the court assessed by the State. The fee is as follows:
    • $ 144.00All charges EXCEPT Speeding in a School Zone violation
    • $ 169.00Speeding in a school zone violation

Once the court has processed your paperwork, you will have 90 days to complete the course and turn your proof of completion of defensive driving and your certified copy of your driving record into the court. This proof will be required before we can dismiss your citation.


You may use the upload links below to turn in your Defensive Driving Certificate and Driving Record. You may also mail the documents to the court or turn them in personally.



 

DEFERRED DISPOSITION

DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR DEFERRED DISPOSITION:

  • Holders of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are not eligible for deferred disposition for moving violations.
  • The offense involves speeding 25 mph or more over the posted speed limit or 90 mph over the speed limit.
  • You cannot have been charged with the following:
    • Fail to stop and render aid
    • Fleeing from a Police Officer
    • Reckless driving
    • An offense in a construction zone with workers present.
    • Fail to stop for a school bus

QUALIFICATIONS FOR DEFERRED DISPOSTION:

Deferred disposition is a form of probation that you may request from the judge to prevent your citation from being on your record.  It can last from 1-180 days as ordered by the judge.  The judge will also assign a fee which you can pay any time prior to the assigned completion date. The judge has the authority to assess a variety of other requirements as he deems appropriate.


  • If you are under age 25, you will be required to take a Driver Safety Course (defensive driving) for a moving violation, in addition to other requirements set by the judge.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

INDIGENT:

If you owe fines and fees and are unable to pay, you may contact the court to schedule a date to speak with the judge to assess your ability to pay and offer other options to satisfy your fines.


COMMUNITY SERVICE:

The judge considers community service request during an in-person court appearance. To schedule a date to speak with the Judge please contact the court at 936-522-3380.


PAY IN FULL:

If you enter a plea of Guilty or No Contest you may pay the “Window Fine” without having to come to court. 

  • by mail- If you are mailing the payment, it must be post marked by the appearance date, (due date) at the bottom of your citation. Please sign the back of the pink copy making your plea and mail with your payment to, Conroe Municipal Court, 2300 Plantation Drive, Conroe, Texas  77303. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL. You may request a receipt of your payment by including a note stating so. If we do not receive such note, we will not mail back a receipt.
  • In person-if you would like to come in person to pay you citation the court ONLY accepts cash, check, or money order. 
  • online-Municipal Court payments
  • by phone-866-302-3791
  • Payment Kiosk located right outside of the courthouse


PAYMENT PLAN:

In order to request a payment plan you must appear in person on or before the date to appear on your citation to make your request. If the court grants the request, you will be required to make your plea and sign the contract assuring your payments to the court. A $15.00 time payment plan fee will be added to each charge placed on the payment plan.  If you mail in your payment, you must write the citation number on your check or money order in order for the court to process your payment.

PARKING CITATION

If you would like to contest your civil offense citation you will need to appear in person, no later than the 15th day following the date the citation was issued.

 

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