Rules of Conduct
MATTERS HANDLED BY MUNICIPAL COURT
Examples of traffic violations are moving and non-moving violations, speeding, commercial vehicle violations, no insurance, no driver's license, etc.
Examples are parking in a fire lane and parking in a disabled parking space without a permit.
Class C Misdemeanors
Offenses punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 and including public intoxication, theft (less than $100), disorderly conduct, alcohol offenses involving minors, and assaults.
Violations of City Ordinance
Examples are the use of fireworks and violation of other fire safety regulations, zoning, public health and sanitation, animal control, solid waste, and tall grass.
New Trial and Appeal Rights
RIGHTS AFTER A TRIAL
If you are found guilty and disagree with the judgment of the court, you have the right to request a new trial and appeal your case. Select the link below for an appeal document and instruction on how to proceed:
Appeal Process »
UNDER 17 YEARS OLD
View information about juvenile case procedures »
The Trial Process
RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR APPEARING IN COURT
The law requires that you appear in court to enter a plea on your case. If you were issued a citation, you must appear on or before the 14th day of receipt of the citation. Your initial appearance may be in-person, by mail, fax or by your attorney. The purpose of your initial appearance is to enter a plea (guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere) and to advise the court as to the type of trial (jury or non-jury) that you want if you are pleading not guilty. There are separate rules for offenders sixteen years of age or less (see link in left column). If you have been released on bond, your appearance date is set on the bond. If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), you may talk to the judge Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays during our Walk-In Docket.
For your convenience, select the link below to review Court Options, before pleading guilty or no contest you (Court Options). If you plead not guilty, the court will schedule a pre-trial. At the pre-trial, you will be given the option to request a jury trial or a bench trial. If you waive your right to a jury trial, the trial will be before a Judge.
When you make your appearance by mail, your envelope must be postmarked on or before the 14th day after you received your citation.
FAILURE TO APPEAR
If you fail to appear in-person, by mail, or fax by the 14th day after the date you received your citation or summons, or if you subsequently fail to appear for a pre-trail or trial setting, you can be charged with an additional offense of "Violation Of Promise To Appear" or "Failure to Appear" and a warrant for your arrest will be issued. The offenses of "Violation of Promise to Appear" and "Failure to Appear" carry additional court costs, fees, and fines. Your failure to resolve your offenses will result in reports being made to the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Transportation and Nueces County. You may be denied your right to renew your driver's license and/or to register a vehicle.