Deferred disposition is an option to keep the violation off your driving record, or off your 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 probation.
If the Court grants deferred disposition, the Court will defer a finding of guilt. You will be ordered to pay the court costs. 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 driving safety course, drug education program, alcohol awareness program, perform community service, pay restitution or order 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 to explain why you are not in compliance with the Court’s Order. If there is not good cause, the Court will enter a Judgment.
If the Court denies your request for deferred disposition a Judgment will be entered. You do NOT have the right to withdraw your plea.
All Judgments and convictions will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The conviction for a traffic citation will appear on your driving record or a conviction for a penal offense will be placed on your criminal record.
How do I request deferred disposition?
To request deferred disposition, you must do the following:
Complete, sign and return a deferred disposition application (click link here;)
You must sign a deferred application for each offense.
Provide proof of financial responsibility (for moving violations); and
Provide a copy of a state issued identification or valid driver’s license.
You may request deferred disposition through mail, e-mail or in person. If you request deferred disposition through mail or e – mail, an Order will be mailed to you. It is your responsibility to keep Municipal Court updated with a new address to ensure that you will receive your Order.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are NOT eligible for deferred disposition:
Please note that you are NOT eligible for deferred disposition if you have a citation for 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 abstract of your
driving record provided by D.P.S. to be considered for deferred disposition.)
Any moving violation that occurs in a construction zone with workers present.