Municipal Court

The Municipal Court hears alleged traffic infractions, ordinance violations, and Class C misdemeanors that occur within the jurisdictional limits of Hill Country Village.

Hill Country Village Municipal Court only meets once a month, generally on the third Thursday of every month.

PLEAS

Everyone has one of three options to plea for their citation(s):

  • Not Guilty
  • Guilty
  • No Contest

If you choose to plea Not Guilty, you will have to attend municipal court on your assigned date and time to make the plea in court.  You will have the option to discuss the case with the prosecutor first if you wish to seek resolution.  If no resolution is made and you may choose to have your citation heard by either a Jury or a Non-Jury trial. Scroll down to learn more about the trial process.

If you choose to plea Guilty or No Contest, there are several options to resolve your citation(s).

GENERAL INFORMATION

Payment options available are 1) cash, 2) check, 3) money order,  4) cashiers check, 5) internet, or 6) credit card (processing fees will be charged for credit card transactions based on the amount).  Absolutely NO payments will be taken over the phone.

It may be possible for you to handle the citation(s) before the initial court appearance!!

If you were issued a citation for Expired Drivers License, Expired Vehicle Registration, or Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility (No Insurance); and have renewed the expired documents or can provide proof of coverage, scroll down to the bottom of this page under ‘Fine Schedule’ for details on those specific instances.

For information to contact the court, pay by mail, or to pay in person, click here.

A mandatory court appearance is required for all defendants under 17 years old. A parent or guardian MUST accompany you. Failure to appear by a parent is a Class C misdemeanor and may be fined up to $200.00.

If your citation is NOT a warrant, you can chose to pay on-line at www.trafficpayment.com or by calling TrafficPayment at 1-800-444-1187

When using trafficpayment.com, please be sure to have your ticket, citation, docket or case number and the amount of your payment.

View Court fines here. NOTE: Court fees changed for citations issued on or after January 1, 2010.

Most common citations dismissal are Driving Safety Course or Deferred Disposition Probation:

DRIVING SAFETY COURSE

You MAY be able to request that this charge be dismissed by taking a Driving Safety Course for speeding or stop sign violations if you appear in person or if you send by certified or regular mail, the completed “payment by mail” form on the back and:

  • Enter a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” to the charge, and mark the line to request to take the course;
  • Mail in fee of $129.10 with a check/money order made payable to “The City of Hill Country Village”.
  • Mail in a photocopy of your valid Texas driver license and liability insurance in your name valid on the date of the ticket.

Once payment is received, the Court will mail you the necessary forms.

Driving Safety Course cannot be taken to dismiss the charge if the defendant (ticket holder) has taken the course within the past twelve months, was speeding 25 mph or more over the speed limit, or holds a Commercial driver license.

If you are under the age of 25 at the time of the citation, you are mandated by law to complete a Drivers Safety Course.

Do NOT take course prior to Court approval. If you fail to request a Driving Safety Course on or before your appearance date, you lose your right to take the course.

Once permission is granted, the course must be completed and paperwork returned within 90 days . Send the Court the ‘Uniform Certificate of Completion’ (signed Court copy) and your driving record, obtainable from DPS for $10 by mail or $12 online. The Court will supply this form, or you may visit www.txdps.state.tx.us.

DEFERRED DISPOSITION PROBATION

You MAY be able to request that this charge be dismissed by requesting placement on Deferred Disposition Probation, if you appear, in person, at municipal court.  You may elect this option without seeing the judge if you desire, however, you will be required to:

  • Enter a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” to the charge
  • Pay the assigned fee associated with the charge
  • NOT be subsequently convicted of an offense committed after the date of the probation order, to wit:
    • any moving traffic violation incurred in the city, during the deferral period, regardless of final conviction date;
    • any non-traffic, fin-only misdemeanor of the same nature as the deferred offense during the deferral period, regardless of final conviction date.

A probation period will be no less than 30 days and will not exceed 180 days

If you are under the age of 25 at the time of the citation, you are mandated by law to complete a Drivers Safety Course.

Deferred Disposition Probation cannot be taken to dismiss the charge if the defendant (ticket holder) was speeding 25 mph or more over the speed limit, or holds a Commercial driver license.

ACTIVE WARRANTS

If you missed your court date or violated the terms of your case, and the citation has gone to an active warrant status, you will have automatically been found guilty of the charge(s) against you.  You will be required to contact the court for details on settling the fines.  You have the option to request a new court date to see the judge regarding your citations, or you must pay the full amount of the fines assessed.

When citations become an active warrant, several things will happen:

  • The court will attempt to contact you by telephone to inform you of the situation
  • You will be notified by mail to the address provided on the citation
  • Your warrant and citation will be given to a Hill Country Village Police Officer, who will make two courtesy attempts to contact you by phone, to inform you of the warrant and provide direction on resolution.  Warrant officers WILL NOT seek to collect payment from you, you will coordinate payment with the court itself. Warrant officers have no authority to change or reduce any fines assessed against a violator, only the judge can adjust fines.
  • The active warrant will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety and an FTA (Failure to Pay) hold will be placed on your drivers license preventing renewal of your drivers license until the warrant is cleared.
  • The active warrant will be reported to our Third Party Warrant Redemption Vendor for collection services.  The contracted vendor will also report the warrant to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles who will place a registration hold on all vehicles owned by the violator, preventing vehicle registration renewal, until such time as the warrant is cleared.

TRIALS

As mentioned, you may choose to enter a plea of Not guilty and have your citation heard by either a Jury or a Non-Jury trial.

A Jury trial consists of a panel of citizens randomly selected for participation who will hear your case and make a determination of guilty or not guilty.  Jury Trials are generally only held once a year, during the month of November, due to the process of establishing a jury selection.  If you request a Jury trial, your court date will be reset by the court staff to be heard on the chosen date.

A Non-Jury trial is simply a trial where you have allowed the Judge to hear your case and make the final determination of guilty or not guilty.  Generally, Non-Jury trials will be rescheduled for the following upcoming court date to allow time for the state and the defense (you) to coordinate witnesses and evidence.

NOTE: You always have the option to attend court and allow the Judge to hear your case, however be mindful, the fine may be set anywhere within the limits provided by law if you are found guilty.

FINE SCHEDULE

Payment plans available if requested in person to the Judge on your appearance date. For fines not listed below, contact the Court, or visit the page ‘Court Fees‘.

  • Speeding $194.10 for the first ten (10) mph over the posted limit PLUS $5.00 for each additional mph up to 25 miles over the speed limit.  If 25 mph or over $319.10.
  • No liability insurance (FTMFR) $316.00
  • No liability insurance (FTMFR) 2nd & subsequent violations $566.00
  • Passing School Bus violations $1144.10

Driver License Violations:

  • Expired; Fail to change name/address, Fail to Display $164.00
  • Expired Registration (Expired License Plates) $166.00
  • Disregard stop sign $184.10
  • Alcohol/Tobacco violations by minors (Must see Judge)
  • City ordinance violations $166.00 – $2064.00

Available Drivers License, Registration or Insurance Dismissal Options:

  • $20 fee for Expired Driver’s License, if remedied within 20 working days after the offense or before 1st court appearance, whichever is later (provided dated receipt)
  • $20 fee for Expired License Plates/Registration (if penalty paid upon renewal), if remedied within 20 working days after the offense or before 1st court appearance, whichever is later (provided dated receipt)
    • These two citations may be dismissed ONLY with proof (dated receipt of renewal/ dated receipt with vehicle registration renewal paperwork) if renewed within 20 working days after the citation was issued or before 1st your court appearance, whichever is later AND payment of a $20.00 dismissal fee for EACH violation.
  • No fee will be assessed for Failure to Provide Financial Responsibility (No Insurance) citations, if you were in fact covered by insurance at the time the ticket was issued and you provide proof of valid insurance on that date, will also qualify for dismissal.

Information updated 09/25/2019