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Yes. The judge will allow community service on a case-by-case basis. Texas law requires the court to consider allowing a person to do community service if the person would have difficulty paying the fine.
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No. You can represent yourself. Municipal courts are not required by law to appoint you a lawyer, but you may retain one yourself. No one other than a lawyer can represent you in court. This applies to parents of juveniles. If you are not an attorney, you can not represent your child in a trial.
Yes. Defendants who are not contesting their citation can pay their fines with a credit / debit card online. A minimum convenience fee of $3.00 or 2.45% will apply. You may make partial payments online only if you have an approved payment plan in place with the court. If you are choosing the Deferred Disposition or Driver Safety Course, you must have prior approval from the court before making your payment online. Click on the FASTGovPay link to pay.
No, you cannot take care of your husband’s/wife’s ticket. Only the person who received the citation or their attorney may enter a plea.
However, once a plea has been entered and arrangements have been made, anyone may make the payments.
Bring proof that you were jailed (booking paperwork) and the judge will consider it on a case-by-case basis.
You may speak with the judge about the circumstances of your case, only after you enter a plea of Guilty or No Contest.