Compliance Dismissal

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STANDING ORDERS OF THE COURT 

DISMISSAL OF CERTAIN TICKETS

 

EXPIRED REGISTRATION TICKET

Pursuant to Section 502.407 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a charge of driving with an expired registration certificate if:(a) the defendant obtains a current registration sticker for the vehicle within 30 days from the date of the ticket; (b) the defendant pays the penalty fee at the time the vehicle is registered; and (c) the defendant pays of $20 administrative fee.This Court will NOT dismiss Expired Registration tickets if the new registration sticker is not obtained within 30 days OR if the penalty fee was not paid to the tax office.This applies to a motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer.

EXPIRED DRIVER’S LICENSE TICKET

Pursuant to Section 521.026 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a charge of driving with an expired driver’s license if: (a) the defendant renews his driver’s license within 30 days from the date of the ticket and (b) the defendant pays a $20 administrative fee.This Court will NOT dismiss Expired Driver’s License tickets if the driver’s license is not renewed within 30 days from the date of the ticket.

EXPIRED HANDICAPPED PARKING PLACARD TICKET

Pursuant to Section 681.013 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a ticket for Expired Handicapped Parking Placard if: (a) the defendant renews the parking placard within 30 days from the date of the ticket and (b) the defendant pays a $20 administrative fee.This Court will NOT dismiss Expired Handicapped Parking Placard tickets if the placard is not renewed within 30 days from the date of the ticket.

DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT TICKET

Pursuant to Section 547.004 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a charge of driving with defective equipment if: (a) the defendant shows proof to the court that the defective equipment was repaired or replaced within 30 days from the date of the ticket and (b) the defendant pays a $10 administrative fee.This Court will NOT dismiss Defective Equipment tickets if the equipment was not repaired or replaced within 30 days from the date of the ticket.At the sole discretion of the court, acceptable proof may include a receipt for the repair or replacement of the equipment, photographs of the repaired equipment, or visual inspection of the equipment by an officer of the court.

FAILURE TO CHANGE ADDRESS OR NAME ON DRIVER’S LICENSE TICKET

Pursuant to Section 521.054 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a charge of failing to change address or name on driver’s license if: (a) the defendant shows proof to the court that his address or name was changed on his driver’s license within 30 days from the date of the ticket and (b) the defendant pays a $20 administrative fee. This Court will NOT dismiss such a ticket if the defendant does not change his address or name on his driver’s license within 30 days from the date of the ticket.

FAILURE TO DISPLAY / IMPROPER DISPLAY OF REGISTRATION TICKET

Pursuant to Section 502.473 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a charge of failure to displayregistration or improper display of registration (meaning the vehicle, road tractor, motorcycle, trailer or semitrailer which is registered in Texas does not have a valid registration sticker displayed or does have a valid registration sticker, but it is improperly displayed) if: (a) the defendant shows proof to the court that the defendant has affixed a valid registration sticker to the vehicle as required by law within 30 days from the date of the ticket and (b) the defendant pays a $10 administrative fee.  This Court will NOT dismiss either of these tickets if valid registration is not affixed to the vehicle within 30 days from the date of the ticket.  At the sole discretion of the court, acceptable proof may include a receipt for the registration of the vehicle, photographs of the registration sticker attached to the vehicle, or visual inspection of the vehicle by an officer of the court. Note this section of the law only applies to a motor vehicle.  It does not apply to a road tractor, motorcycle, trailer or semitrailer.

OPERATION OF A VEHICLE WITHOUT A LICENSE PLATE TICKET

Pursuant to Section 504.943 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a charge of driving a vehicle without the proper license plates attached to the vehicle if: (a) the defendant shows proof to the court that proper license plates have been attached to the vehicle within 30 days from the date of the ticket and (b) the defendant pays a $10 administrative fee.This Court will NOT dismiss Operation of a Vehicle Without a License Plate tickets if the license plates were not properly attached to the vehicle within 30 days from the date of the ticket.At the sole discretion of the court, acceptable proof may include a photograph of the license plates attached to the vehicle or visual inspection of the vehicle by an officer of the court.

OPERATION OF A VEHICLE WITH OBSCURED LICENSE PLATE:

Pursuant to Section 504.945 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a charge of driving a vehicle with an obscured license plate if: (a) the defendant shows proof to the court that the license plate has been cleaned or the obstruction removed within 30 days from the date of the ticket and (b) the defendant pays a $10 administrative fee.This Court will NOT dismiss Operation of a Vehicle With An Obscured License Plate tickets if the license plate was not cleaned or the obstruction was not removed within 30 days from the date of the ticket.At the sole discretion of the court, acceptable proof may include a photograph of the license plate attached to the vehicle or visual inspection of the vehicle by an officer of the court.

FAILURE TO DISPLAY A DRIVER’S LICENSE TICKET

Pursuant to Section 521.025 of the Texas Transportation Code, the Court will dismiss a charge of failure to display a driver’s license if: (a) the defendant produces proof to the court that they had a valid driver’s license on the day of the offense and that the license was appropriate for the type of vehicle they were operating and (b) the defendant pays a $10 administrative fee.This Court will NOT dismiss failure to display a driver’s license tickets if the defendant does not present proof to the court as detailed above.