Paying Your Fine
According to Senate Bill 1504, “If you fail to appear as provided by law for the prosecution of the offense, you may be denied the renewal of your driver’s license.” You must appear before the judge on the appointed date and time on your citation if you have not taken care of your ticket before the court date.
“A conviction of an offense under a traffic law of this state or a political subdivision of this state may result in the assessment on your driver’s license of a surcharge under the Driver Responsibility Program.”
Liability Insurance Notice
“A second or subsequent conviction of an offense under the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act will result in the suspension of your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration unless you file and maintain evidence of financial responsibility with the Department of Public Safety for two years from the date of conviction. The department may waive the requirement to file evidence of financial responsibility if you file satisfactory evidence with the department showing that at the time this citation was issued, the vehicle was covered by a motor vehicle insurance policy or that you were otherwise exempt from the requirements to provide evidence of financial responsibility.”
Juvenile Address Notification
“A child and parent required to appear before the court have an obligation to provide the court in writing with the current address and residence of the child. The obligation does not end when the child reaches age 17. On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence, the child or parent shall notify the court of the current address in the manner directed by the court. A violation of this subsection may result in arrest and is a Class C misdemeanor. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt.”
Paying Your Fine
You may pay your fine anytime from 5 working days after receipt of the citation until your court date. You may also request defensive driving or deferred disposition during this time frame. Per state law, a court appearance is mandatory for defendants under 17 years of age and alcohol related offenses for defendants under 21 years.
If a payment extension is requested, a $25.00 additional state fee will be added to each offense. You may request payment extensions from the court clerk on the day prior to your court date or from the judge at your court appearance. Payment extensions will result in a conviction. Payments are due no later than 1:30pm on the date listed on your payment extension. The payment due date will not be extended.
Expired driver’s license (renew online) and expired registration (if state penalty paid), may be dismissed with a $20.00 fee (for each violation) if the offense was corrected by your court date and you submit a photocopy of proper documentation by your court date.
Failure to change address or name on a drivers license (renew online) may be dismissed with a $20.00 fee if corrected within 20 days of the ticket date and a photocopy of documentation is submitted.
Insurance may be dismissed at no charge if you provide a photocopy of proof of insurance (insurance card with policy number and agent’s phone number) by your court date. Insurance must show valid at the time of offense. The driver's name must appear on the card or be verifiable as a covered driver.
Window tint violations may be dismissed for a $10.00 fee with proof (either a receipt showing tint was removed or a large piece of the window tint if self removed.)
One license plate violations or improperly mounted license plate may be dismissed for $10.00 with proof (photos showing front and back license plates properly mounted.)
Due to the large number of violations we are unable to list each offense and fine amount. All fines consist of the city fine amount as well as mandatory state fees the court is required to collect. The stated fine amount will include the state fees. For offenses not listed, call the court clerk at (210) 659-0333 extension 715, 716 or 717. Fine amounts are doubled for violations occurring in a construction zone when workers are present. Call the court for the correct amount.
The following fines are the most common offenses; the list is not all inclusive. The amounts shown are the pre-assessed fines and include state fees. If you choose to wait until your court date to have your case heard by the judge and you are found guilty, the fine may be within the limit provided by law (up to $1000) without regard to the pre-assessed schedule of fines.
SPEEDING …… $104.10 State Fee PLUS $30.90 for the first mile over speed limit and $5.00 for each additional mile over speed limit. Do not overlook the .10 on the state fee or your payment will be returned. (ADD $25.00 if offense occurred in a School Zone.)
Changed Lane When Unsafe
$205 *Call the Court
Driving While License Invalid
Expired Operator’s License (not corrected by court date)
Expired Registration (state penalty not paid-not corrected by court date)
Fail to Control Speed
Fail to Report Change of Address/Name (not corrected within 20 days of ticket date)
Fail to Signal Lane Change
Fail to Signal Turn
Fail to Yield Right of Way to Pedestrians
Fail to Yield ROW to Emergency Vehicle
Fail to Yield ROW (all others)
Following Too Closely
No Seat Belt (Driver & Passengers over 16 yr)
No Seat Belt (under 17 years)
* Call the court
Passed Stopped School Bus
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Prohibited Right Turn
Ran Red Light
Ran Stop Sign
Theft (less than $50)
Turned When Unsafe
Unsafe Speed/Too Fast for Conditions
Use Electronic Device While Operating Motor Vehicle
Use Handheld Device in School Zone