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Citations & Plea Options

Contact Information

College Station Municipal CourtP.O. Box 9960 • 300 Krenek Tap RoadCollege Station, TX 77842979.764.3683

PAYING FOR CITATIONS

Municipal Court cannot process your citation until the original citation has been received and filed with the court, which usually takes one business day from the date it was issued. You must plea or appear within 10 business days. If you fail to appear or plea within that time, a warrant may be issued for your arrest for Failure to Appear. (All juveniles or recipients under 21 of any alcohol-related offenses are required to plea before the Judge in open court within 10 business days from the citation issue date and cannot plea by mail). When a warrant is activated, law enforcement agencies may arrest you. Please note that an email or phone inquiry does not constitute an appearance or plea.

Expect to pay full fines at time of entering your plea.
    There are four ways to pay:
    ONLINE
    You must request deferred disposition or defensive driving BEFORE paying your citation online. You will need your citation number or case number readily available for credit card processing. If your citation does not appear online, call 979.764.3683 during normal business hours to pay by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover). Payment in full will close your case.

    BY PHONE
    Call 979.764.3683 during normal business hours (Monday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) to pay by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover). 

    IN PERSON or DROP BOX
    The Municipal Court Lobby is open Monday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, money orders, cashier's checks, personal checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard or Discover only). Make checks, money orders and cashier's checks payable to: City of College Station. Correspondence and payment of fines should be by certified mail or delivered in person. WE DO NOT ACCEPT TEMPORARY CHECKS. There is a drop box located on the left of our front entrance for any documents or non-cash payments. 

    BY MAIL 
    Non-cash payments ONLY, mail to: 

    College Station Municipal Court
    P.O. Box 9960
    College Station, TX 77842

    Documents/attachments cannot be accepted by email. Mail or drop off the original documents.


PLEA OPTIONS

You must plea on or before the tenth business day after receiving the ticket. You need to indicate the plea and sign the back of the fine schedule received with your citation and mail it to the court, or appear at our court location, or write a letter indicating your plea. Remember only the person who received the ticket can sign the plea form or write the letter regarding the ticket. You can make your plea/payment either in person or by mail.

You must speak on your own behalf unless an attorney represents you. In the State of Texas, no individual other than the defendant may enter a plea on behalf of another individual (except in cases where an attorney is retained.) This applies to spouses and all other family members as well. A defendant must enter a plea on his own behalf either in person or in writing. Payment received in the mail without a plea constitutes a plea of "no contest" or "admit".

If you fail to make a plea on each violation you have received on or before the tenth business day, the Court will: Issue a warrant for your arrest AND file a separate criminal charge of Failure to Appear-Citation with a fine/state fees of $269 plus a $50 warrant fee. (Due to legislation updates, fines and state fees are subject to change.)
    Plea Options Explained
    NO CONTEST (Nolo contendere)
    A plea of nolo contendere means that you do not contest the charges against you. A plea of nolo contendere cannot be used against you in the event of a subsequent civil suit for damages. When you enter a "no contest" plea, you must pay the fine specified for your violation.

    GUILTY
    By entering a plea of guilty you admit that law prohibits the act you are charged with, you did commit the act and you have no defense or excuse for your act. A plea of guilty may be used against you in a civil suit if there was a traffic accident. When you plead guilty, you must pay the fine specified for the violation.

    NOT GUILTY
    A plea of "not guilty" means that you are informing the Court that you deny guilt or that you have a good defense for your case. When you enter a plea of Not Guilty to a charge, you must then request a pretrial conference. This is a mandatory hearing in which you are visiting with the Assistant City Attorney about the case. After the pretrial conference has been attended, should you not reach a plea agreement approved by the judge, you are able to request a trial by judge or a trial by jury.
    Civil Parking Plea Options
    ADMIT & ADMIT WITH EXPLANATION
    A plea of "admit or admit with explanation" means that you do not contest the charges against you. When you enter either plea, you must pay the fine specified for your violation. You can plea and/or pay either in person or by mail.

    DENY
    A plea of "deny" means that you would like to have a hearing before the administrative hearing officer to discuss the facts of the case. At which time, the hearing officer reserves the right to further investigate and then determine whether you are not liable, liable, or immediately decide based on the facts of the case liability for such charges. If you are found liable, you must pay the fine in full or you may appeal your case by providing the court with a written appeal request and post a cash bond in the amount of your fine within 30 days of the liable finding. Your case will then be set before the presiding judge for a trial de novo.


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