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Courthouse
   Hours of Operation: 
Mon-Thurs 7:30a-5:30p;
Fridays 7:30a-11:30a 

 

Deferral | Driving Safety Course | Ignoring Citations | Juveniles
Plead No Contest or Guilty | Plead Not Guilty

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Select From the Following Four Options

OPTION #1 PLEAD NO CONTEST OR GUILTY AND PAY THE FINE

Please Note:  Paying your fine results in a final conviction in your case, waiver of your right to a jury trial and waiver of your right to review the evidence, if any, in your case.

IN PERSON – You may appear at 2001 E. Jackson Road between 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Friday.

BY MAIL – Check the appropriate plea on the reverse side of your copy and sign your name.

 kiosk
In a hurry? If you choose to plead guilty or no contest
and simply want to pay the fine, get a receipt and go,
there is a convenient 24-hour payment kiosk located 
outside the court's main entrance.
It accepts cash or credit cards.
Mail your copy along with your MONEY ORDER for full payment to:

Carrollton Municipal Court 
P.O. Box 110535
Carrollton, TX 75011

ONLINEYou can make your fine payment online

 Credit Cards 3Visa

Note: A 2% service fee is added to credit/debit card payments.

If you request a 10-day extension to pay, you will NOT be eligible to take the Driving Safety Course.

OPTION #2 PLEAD NOT GUILTY AND REQUEST A TRIAL

If you wish to plead not guilty, you or your attorney must appear in person at the Court on or before the response date on your citation. Court Hearings CANNOT be scheduled by telephone. Once a trial date is set the Deferral and DSC options are no longer available.

OPTION #3 REQUEST DRIVING SAFETY COURSE (DSC) OR MOTORCYCLE OPERATOR TRAINING COURSE

You must make this request by the response date on the front of your citation. If you fail to request Driving Safety by the response date on your citation you will lose this option.

OPTION #4 REQUEST DEFERRED DISPOSITION (PROBATION)

If you request Deferred Disposition by mail or in person, you must do so by the response date on the front of your citation.

CONSEQUENCES OF IGNORING THIS CITATION

Failure to complete one of the four options shown above on or before the response date on the front of this citation will result in:

  1. A warrant being issued for your arrest and the fine amount will be the maximum allowed by law PLUS Court costs and fees.
  2. A request to the Texas Department of Public Safety for the denial of driver license renewal.
  3. If a warrant for your arrest is issued, you will be subject to arrest at your home, place of business or wherever you may be found.

A telephone call does not constitute a response. Inability to pay this fine is not an excuse for failure to answer. Fine payment extensions may be granted at the time of appearance.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR JUVENILES

Juveniles (ages 10-16) MUST APPEAR IN PERSON WITH A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN for a court hearing. A Court appearance is also required for Driving Safety Course or Deferred Disposition. DO NOT MAIL FINE.

You and your parent are required to appear before the Court. You and your parent have a legal obligation to provide the Court in writing with your current address and residence. The obligation does not end when you reach the age of 17. On or before the seventh day after the date you or your parent change residence, you or your parent shall notify the Court of the current address by completing a “Juvenile Change of Address” form. A violation of this requirement may result in arrest and is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by fine up to $500.00. The obligation terminates only on full discharge and satisfaction of the judgment. “Juvenile Change of Address” forms are available at the Court Clerk’s window.  

INABILITY TO PAY FINE

If you do not appeal the Court’s decision but are financially unable to pay the fine when due, you must appear at the Court’s Collections Department to complete an application for a time payment plan or community service. If you qualify for a time payment plan or community service, the Court may allow you to either pay the fine in installments or discharge the fine by performing community service. 

CANNOT AFFORD A LAWYER?

This court does not provide direct legal services, represent individuals in legal matters, maintain a list of pro bono attorneys, or match individuals with pro bono attorneys. Please understand that funding for legal services is extremely limited and as a result, programs must turn away many with serious legal needs. At most, the State Bar of Texas can offer you referrals to low-cost civil legal services agencies in your area. For a listing of legal service providers by county, see the Referral Directory for Low-Income Texans (PDF).

If you do not qualify for legal aid, contact the Lawyer Referral Information Service at 1-800-252-9690. Through the Lawyer Referral Information Service, a person may have a thirty-minute consultation with an attorney for $20. At the end of the consultation, the attorney and individual may discuss possible representation and price structure. Please understand that the Lawyer Referral Information Service is not a pro bono or reduced-fee program. See links below which are listed on the State's                                                           - - Texas Judicial Branch - Legal Aid website: Texas Judicial Branch - Legal Aid 

To commend or complain on a City Marshal: Commendations and complaints can be delivered to the Court Administrator by mail to the address below. Texas law requires that all complaints against Police Officers be in writing and signed by the person making the complaint.  All complaints must be sworn to and notarized.  Filing a False Complaint against a Police Officer is a violation of Texas Penal Code, Section 37.02.

Carrollton Municipal Court 
Attn: COURT ADMINISTRATOR
P.O. Box 110535
Carrollton, TX 75011

Notice: Nothing contained on this site is intended as legal advice. You may wish to consult an attorney before deciding which option is appropriate for you.

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