MUNICIPAL COURT FAQ
Q. How do I request a Court date?
A. If you wish to enter a plea of Not Guilty and request a court date to speak with the Judge, you must notifiy the Court in writing or in person on or before the appearance date on your citation. When making your request, please include your name, mailing address and plea. Written requests are accepted by fax: 940-686-3070, sending to 102 E. Main Street, Pilot Point, Texas 76258 or by emailing the Court Clerk. Once we have received your request, you will be notified by the Court Clerk of your Court hearing date and time. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Court has received your notification.
Q. How do I plead Nolo Contendere (No Contest) or Guilty?
A. If you desire to enter a plea of No Contest or Guilty and pay the fine on your citation, include your Personal Check, Cashier's Check or Money Order made out to the City Of Pilot Point for the fine amount and return it in person or by U. S. Mail, Federal Express or UPS with a letter stating your plea preference or you may pay online and enter your plea when requested at time of payment. Your plea and payment must be received on or before the appearance date on your citation. Contact the Municipal Court Clerk's Office at 940-686-4707 for the correct fine amount or if you have questions. Our mailing address is: Municipal Court, 102 E. Main Street, Pilot Point, Texas 76258. If your plea and fine amount are not received on or before the appearance date, your fine may increase for failure to appear. If your citation goes into warrant status additional fees will apply. If you cannot pay your fine in full, you can make payments arrangements on or before your appearance date by coming to the Court window between the hours of 8:00 - 4;30 p.m. M-F, excluding holidays.
Q. Can I make payment arrangements?
A. Payment arrangements MUST BE MADE AT THE COURT WINDOW and can only be accepting with the Defendant present. The Court clerk will explain to you all of your options at that time. Please call in advance to request your first payment amount so that you are prepared when you arrive. Your initial payment must be received on or before your appearance date on your citation. If you require more than 30 days to pay your fine in full, a fee of $25 will be added for each offense, as required by state law.
Q. Is my ticket administratively dismissible?
A. There are a number of offenses that can be dismissed however, some conditions apply. Please reference COMPLIANCE DISMISSALS or contact the Court at 940-686-4707 if you have any questions.
Q. Should I take a Driver's Safety Course or Request Deferred Disposition?
A. Please review the Comparison Chart which explains the difference between taking a Driver's Safety course or requesting to take Deferred Disposition.
Q. How do I apply for Driver's Safety?
A. If you are charged with an eligible moving violation, you may request leave to take a Driver's Safety Course for the dismissal of your citation. However, you will lose that right if you do not appear in person, or provide written notice to the Court on or before your appearance date (the date in the lower section of your citation). If your appearance date passes without an appearance by you, either in person or in writing, the fine amount on your citation may increase for failure to appear.
You are required to pay the required state costs in full at the time of your request. DO NOT TAKE THE DRIVER SAFETY COURSE UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED PERMISSION FROM THE COURT.
When making your request in person or in writing, you will need to:
- Enter a plea of either no contest or guilty and waive your right to a jury trial or simply complete and return notarized Drivers Safety Application;
- Provide a copy of your valid Texas Driver's License; (Out of State license or Commercial License holders do not qualify).
- Provide proof of financial responsibility; (Insurance must list you as a driver and be in effect at the time you make your request).
- Pay the required state costs. (Contact 940-686-4707 for amount)
Q. How do I apply for Deferred Disposition?
A. Defendants are allowed to be on Deferred Disposition once a year in this Court. The Defendant must enter a plea of no contest or guilty and make a written request to the Court. Your request must be made by the due date on your citation. If your request is made by mail, it must arrive to the Court on or before the due date on your ticket. The amount of the fine and the court costs must be paid in full at the time of your request. Commercial License holders do not qualify. Contact the court at (940) 686-4707 to find out the deferred costs and fee amount. When a request is made to the court in a timely manner and all requirements are met, the defendant will be granted Deferred Disposition.