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All options may be requested in person, by mail, or by emailing to mcmail@cctexas.com.

Resolving your citation:

To resolve your citation, you must appear by the date and time listed on your citation or enter an appearance by mail. You may plead not guilty, guilty, or no contest.

If you do not wish to contest your violation you may:

  • request to be considered for deferred disposition;

  • request a driving safety course; or

  • agree to pay the fine and court costs and a judgment and conviction will be entered. The judgment and conviction will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Where do you pay?

You may make your payments in person or drop off your payment in the drop box outside of the entrance of Municipal Court. You may also pay on line or mail in your payment.

All mail should be sent to:

Corpus Christi Municipal Court

120 N. Chaparral Street

Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

 

All e-mail should be sent to: MCmail@cctexas.com

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Requesting a trial:

If you wish to contest your violation, you may enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial. You may request a jury trial or you may waive your right to have a jury trial and request a non-jury trial. If you request a trial, you will be scheduled to appear for a mandatory pretrial hearing. After your pretrial hearing you will receive a trial date if your citation remains unresolved. If you do not show up for the pretrial hearing or the trial, a warrant for your arrest may be issued.

Plea of Not Guilty - Request a Bench Trial »

Plea of Not Guilty - Request for a Jury Trial »

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Disputing your citation:

If you wish to contest your violation, you may enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial. You may request a jury trial or you may waive your right to have a jury trial and request a non-jury trial. If you request a trial, you will be scheduled to appear at a mandatory pretrial hearing. If you do not show up for the pretrial hearing or for your trial a warrant for your arrest may be issued.

Plea of Guilty »

Plea of Nolo Contendere »

Defendant's Motion for Continuance »

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If you plead guilty or no contest, you may be eligible for one of the following programs that will keep a conviction off your record:

Deferred Disposition:

is an option that individuals have to keep the violation off their driving record; or off their criminal record, if the offense is a penal offense (e.g. public intoxication, theft or assault). When you plead guilty or no contest and request deferred disposition the Court has discretion to place you on deferred disposition.

If the Court grants deferred disposition, the Court will defer a finding of guilt. You will be ordered to pay the court costs and the court may assess a special expense fee not to exceed the maximum amount of the fine. The Court may order you to participate in a driver safety course, drug education program, alcohol awareness program, community service, order restitution or any other condition authorized by statute. You must complete all the conditions by the date stated in your order. Upon compliance with the Court’s order, the case will be dismissed. If you fail to comply with the Court’s order you will be set for a show cause hearing where you will be given an opportunity explain why you are not in compliance with the Court’s order. If there is not good cause then the Court may enter a judgment and this conviction for a traffic citation will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety or if it is a conviction for a penal offense, it will remain on your criminal record.

If the Court denies your request for deferred disposition a judgment will be entered. This conviction will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety. You do not have the right to withdraw your plea.

How do I request deferred disposition?

To request deferred disposition, you must do the following:

  • Complete, sign and return a deferred disposition application; (Link)

  • Provide proof of financial responsibility (for moving violations); and

  • Provide a copy of a state issued identification or driver’s license.

You may request deferred disposition through mail, e-mail or in person.

All mail should be addressed to:

Corpus Christi Municipal Court

120 N. Chaparral Street

Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

All e-mail should be sent to: mcmail@cctexas.com

* Please note that you are NOT eligible for deferred disposition if you have a citation for the any of the following:

  • Any moving violation and you are a holder of a CDL license or you were a holder of a CDL license at the time of the violation.

    • If your CDL license has been downgraded you must provide an summary of your driving record provided by DPS to be considered for deferred disposition.

  • Any moving violation that occurs in a construction zone with workers present.

 

Driving Safety Course

If you have a moving violation you may be eligible to take an approved driving safety course. If you are approved, the court will enter an interim judgment and defer an imposition of the judgment. You will be allowed 90 days to successfully complete the requirements stated in the Driving Safety Course Order. If you successfully comply with the Driving Safety Course Order your case will be dismissed upon satisfactory completion of all the conditions imposed.

To be eligible for the Driving Safety Course you MUST:

  • Enter a plea of guilty or no contest on or before the appearance date on your citation;

  • Present a request to take the driving safety course in writing on or before your appearance date on your citation: Application for the Driving Safety course- link

  • Present a valid Texas Driver’s license, permit, or Military ID;

  • Present proof of financial responsibility;

  • Present a signed and notarized affidavit (DSC Affidavit) that you have not taken the driving safety course within a year before your citation; and

  • Pay the court costs and administrative fees at the time of the request.

The administrative fees are $114.10, or $139.10 for offenses in a school zone.

You must NOT have taken the driving safety course for purposes of having a citation dismissed within the 12 months prior to the date of your citation. You will be required to sign a sworn affidavit under the penalty of perjury stating that you are in compliance with this condition.

You are NOT eligible to take the Driving Safety Course if:

You hold a CDL (commercial driver’s license), or held a CDL at the time of the offense;

You are charged with speeding 25 miles or more over the speed limit;

You are charged with speeding while driving 95 mph or more;

You are charged with a violation of a city ordinance;

You are charged with a citation in a construction or maintenance work zone when workers are present;

You are charged with passing a school bus;

Your citation involves an accident involving damage to a vehicle; or

You are charged with the offense of duty to give information and render aid.

Once you have obtained approval:

You will receive a Driving Safety Course Order which will state the terms and conditions to be satisfied.

You will be required to do the following within 90 days from the date of the Interim Judgment:

  • Take and successfully complete a driving safety course that has been approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation;

  • You must sign and submit to the Court the certificate of completion of the driving safety course marked “Court Copy” within the 90 days; and

  • You must obtain and submit to the Court a certified copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety with in the 90 days.

You must return to the Court the following:

  • You must return to the court a signed certificate of completion for the driving safety course. You must return the certificate marked Court Copy;

  • You must return a certified copy of your driving record provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety; and

  • A signed and notarized DSC affidavit.

No extensions will be given:

You will NOT be given an extension to comply with the Driving Safety Course Order.

If you do not comply with the conditions stated in the Driving Safety Course Order you will be set for a show cause hearing. You will receive a notice informing you of the date and time for the show cause hearing. The notice will go to the address that is on file with Municipal Court. At the show cause hearing you will be given an opportunity to show why the evidence was not timely submitted. you fail to appear or the Court does not find good cause then the Court will enter a judgment and the conviction will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Show Cause Hearing

A show cause hearing is held when a person who was granted deferred disposition or an interim judgment failed to comply with the Court’s order.

You will receive a notice to appear for a show cause hearing. This notice will go to the address that is on file with municipal court. At the show cause hearing you will be given the opportunity to show good cause why you failed to comply with the Court’s order. If the Court finds that good cause exists for noncompliance with the Court’s order, the Court may allow an additional period for you to present evidence of the compliance with the Court’s requirements. If the Court does not find good cause or you fail to appear for the hearing, the Court will enter a judgment and the conviction for a traffic citation will be reported to Texas Department of Public Safety. If your offense was a penal offense (e.g. public intoxication, minor in possession or theft) it will be a conviction on your criminal record.

The following court options will NOT keep a conviction off of your record:

Paying the fine:

Pay all fines, fees, and court costs at the time of entering your plea.

If you are unable to pay all fines, costs, and fees at once, the court may allow you to make installment payments by completing a Financial Information Packet and timely submitting it to the court.

Community Service:

If you feel that you are unable to make installment payments the court may allow you to discharge your fines by performing community service.  The court may allow you to perform community service by timely submitting a Financial Information Packet and clearly communicating you would like to request community service. One can call, email, or come to the court to acquire a Financial Information PacketIt can also be found in the Documents section of this website.  Community service is granted by a judge on a case-by-case basis.

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Under the following circumstances you may be entitled to have your citation dismissed:

Mandatory Dismissals:

Liability Insurance
If you are cited for Failure to Present Proof of Insurance, the citation may be dismissed if you present proof that you had valid insurance at the time you were cited.

Parked in Disabled Parking
If you are cited for Parking in a designated Disabled Parking space, the citation may be dismissed if you present proof of an unexpired Disabled Placard with the matching Driver’s License.

Expired Driver's License, Registration, Failed to Notify DPS of Address Change
If you are cited for an expired driver's license and failure to notify DPS of address change the citation may be dismissed if you renew the expired item within 20 days of the date of the citation, pay any county penalty fees, and pay a $20.00 administrative dismissal fee.