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If you were issued a citation, your appearance date is written on the bottom of the citation. If you were released on bond, your appearance date is set on the bond. If you request a continuance (read the specific section titled Continuances), the court will notify you of your new appearance date. You and your attorney may appear in person in open court. (Minors/Juveniles have a separate set of rules for their appearance. Please read the separate section on Minors/Juveniles).
Your first appearance is to determine your plea. If you make your appearance by mail, the court must receive your plea before your scheduled appearance date. Before pleading guilty or no contest, read the section titled "Pleas". If you plead guilty or no contest, you waive a jury trial. If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), you may talk to the judge about extenuating circumstances that you want the judge to consider when setting your fine, but the judge is not required to reduce your fine. If you plead not guilty, the court will schedule a pre-trial hearing. You are entitled to a jury unless you waive that right. If you waive a trial by jury, the judge will hear your case.
Under our American system of justice, all persons are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. On a plea of Not Guilty, a trial is held. In all criminal trials, the State is required to prove the guilt of the defendant "beyond a reasonable doubt" of the offense charged in the complaint before a defendant can be found guilty by a judge or jury.
Your decision concerning which plea to enter is very important. Please consider each plea carefully before making a decision. If you plead guilty or nolo contendere in open court, you should be prepared to pay the fine, costs, and fees by cash, check, money order, or credit card.
1. Plea of Guilty - You admit that the act is prohibited by law, and that you committed the act charged, and that you have no defense for your act. Before entering your plea of guilty, however, you should understand the following:
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If you are charged with an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle, you may dismiss your case with the successful completion of a driving safety course. You must ask the judge before the appearance date on the citation, either in person or in writing through certified mail, to place you on deferred disposition to take a driving safety course. If you were operating a motorcycle and request a driving safety course, you must take a motorcycle operator training course.
You are eligible for a Driving Safety Course if:
If you are eligible you may sign up for a Driving Safety Course by providing the following to the Court:
THE FOUR (4) ITEMS NUMBERED ABOVE MUST BE MAILED ON OR BEFORE YOUR DUE DATE. LATE OR INCOMPLETE REQUESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. A REPLY WILL BE MAILED TO THE ADDRESS YOU PROVIDE. IF YOU FAIL TO RECEIVE A RESPONSE WITHIN 2 WEEKS CALL THE COURT OFFICE. REMEMBER TO ENTER A PLEA ON THE REQUEST FORM.
Important: Your request must be received by the court on or before the response date at the bottom of your citation.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE: Along with the certificate from your Driver's Safety Course, you are required by law to provide a copy of your driving record from the Texas DPS (you can print a form to mail in or complete the request online at Texas Department of Public Safety to immediately obtain a copy of your driving record). NOTE: You must select option "3A" on the DPS mail in form or the DPS web site in order to obtain the required version of your driving record. The Driver's Safety Certificate and the certified copy of your driving record must be submitted to the court within 90 days of the date on which the court approves your request to take the course.
A person who held at the time of the offense, or who currently holds a commercial driver's license is disqualified from taking a driving safety course. This ban applies regardless of whether the person was in a commercial or personal vehicle.
A trial in municipal court is a fair, impartial and public trial as in any other court. Under Texas law, you can be brought to trial only after a sworn complaint is filed against you. A complaint is the document which alleges which act you are supposed to have committed and that the act is unlawful. You can be tried only for what is alleged in the complaint. You have the following rights in court:
If you choose to have the case tried before a jury, you have the right to question jurors about their qualifications to hear your case. If you think that a juror will not be fair, impartial or unbiased, you may ask the judge to excuse the juror. The judge will decide whether or not to grant your request. You are permitted to strike three members of the jury panel for any reason you choose, except an illegal reason (such as a strike based solely upon a person's race, gender, or religion).
The amount of fine the court assesses is determined only by the facts and circumstances of the case. Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine, even if you are guilty. On the other hand, aggravating circumstances may increase the fine. The maximum fine for most traffic violations is $200; for state law violations--$500; for certain city ordinance violations--$2,000; and for other city ordinance violations--$500. For your fine amount, please contact our court clerk at 972-304-3650.
In addition to a fine, court costs mandated by state and local law will be charged on each case for which you are convicted. The costs are different depending on the offense. You need to check with the clerk of the court for the amount that will be assessed for the violation for which you are charged. If you request a trial, you may have to also pay the costs of overtime paid to a peace officer spent testifying in the trial. If you request a jury trial, an additional fee of $3.00 will be assessed. If a warrant was served or processed by a peace officer, an additional $50 fee is also assessed.Court costs are assessed if you are found guilty at trial, if you plead nolo contendere or guilty, if your case is deferred for a driving safety course, or if you receive deferred disposition. If you are found not guilty, court costs cannot be assessed.
Defendants charged with the offenses of Expired Driver's License, Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection, and Expired Motor Vehicle Registration, may, under certain circumstances be eligible to have the charge dismissed for a $20 fee.
A charge of Expired Driver's License may be dismissed provided the defendant appears at the court on or before the due date, the license was expired less than 180 days at the time of the citation, the license was renewed within 20 working days of the date of the offense, and the defendant presents the renewed, temporary driver's license, issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
A charge of Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection may be dismissed provided the defendant appears at the court on or before the due date, the Motor Vehicle Inspection was expired less than 60 days at the time of the citation, the vehicle was successfully inspected within 20 working days of the date of the offense, and the defendant presents the computer printout form indicating the vehicle passed inspection and the date the new inspection sticker was issued.
A charge of Expired Motor Vehicle Registration may be dismissed provided the defendant appears at the court on or before the due date, the registration was expired less than 120 days at the time of the citation, the vehicle was registered within 20 working days of the date of the offense, the defendant has paid the "penalty fee" assessed by the Tax Assessor's Office, and the defendant presents the registration receipt form generated by the county Tax Assessors Office which contains the date of renewal, and the list of charges, to verify that the penalty fee was collected by the Tax Assessor's Office.
Please note that regardless of the 20 working days to correct an expired Driver's License, inspection or Registraion, you MUST appear at the court on or before the due date printed on the citation. Please also know that dismissals are NOT granted by the court clerks. The application for dismissal is forwarded to the Municipal Judge for review and dismissal.
If you have received a citation for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, or No Insurance, you may appear before the due date and time at the Municipal Court No. 1 office with your proof that you were insured on the date of the offense and your citation will be presented to the prosecutor for review. You will be required to complete a Motion to Dismiss Based on Evidence of Financial Responsibility. An insurance policy is proof of financial responsibility. A second or subsequent conviction of an offense under the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act will result in the suspension of your driver's license and motor vehicle registration unless you file and maintain evidence of financial responsibility with the Department of Public Safety for two years from the date of conviction.The department may waive the requirement to file evidence of financial responsibility if you file satisfactory evidence with the department showing that at the time this citation was issued, the vehicle was covered by a motor vehicle liability insurance policy, or that you were otherwise exempt from the requirements to provide evidence of financial responsibility. Please contact your local DPS office for additional information on suspension of your driver's license.
The municipal court has jurisdiction over juveniles (16 years or younger) charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses or under 17 (tobacco cases) or under 21 (alcohol cases). All minors are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases. The parent, guardian or managing conservator of any minor under age 17 charged in municipal court is required to be present in court with his or her child. Minors who fail to appear or who fail to pay their fine will be reported to the Department of Public Safety who will suspend their driver's license. Minors who do not have a driver's license will not be able to obtain one until they resolve their pending case. The court may also issue a warrant of non-secure custody, or hold the minor in contempt of court or refer them to Juvenile Court.
A minor attending high school or under the age of 18 may request to complete a Teen Court program, which will allow the charge to be dismissed, if certain conditions are met (read the Teen Court section).
Any defendant charged with the offense of Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Driving Under the Influence, who is under the age of 18 at the time of the offense, is required to be present with a parent or legal guardian to both set the court date, and to appear in open court. If the defendant is convicted of the offense, the Judge will order completion of an Alcohol Awareness Course, as well as community service, both of which must be completed within the 90 days following the judgment.
Any defendant charged with Minor in Possession of Tobacco or Smoking in a Prohibited Facility, who is under the age of 18 at the time of the offense is required to be present with a parent or legal guardian to both set the court date, and to appear in open court. If a plea of Guilty or No Contest is entered, the Judge will order completion of a Tobacco Awareness Course, which must be completed within 90 days.
For your convenience, the Court has a 24-hour payment drop box located in the lobby of the Justice Center at 130 Town Center Blvd. Coppell, TX. Payments received after 2pm will be credited to the next business day. Envelopes are provided to insert your payment. For your protection, do not insert cash in the drop box. Insufficient or late payment will not clear pending warrants.If you pay and do not request Deferred Disposition, a final conviction will be entered.
Please visit the Payment Options page for information on paying your fine by credit card in person or by telephone.If you pay by credit card, a final conviction will be entered. If you request Deferred Disposition, you must request it from the clerk.
The Coppell Municipal Court does NOT handle civil cases. For small claims court, please contact the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4-2, at 972-259-1669.
Records of judiciary, including the Coppell Municipal Court No. 1 are not subject to the provisions of the Public Information Act. However, if you would like to view court records, you may make your request from the Coppell Municipal Court No. 1 between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. You will be required to complete a request form, and you will be notified at the time the records are available for your review. Copies will be charged 10 cents per page up to 50 pages. For additional information on certified copies, contact the Municipal Court at 972-304-3650. Record checks for military purposes require advanced notice of three business days.