Why does my citation not appear in the system?It may take a few days for your citation to be transferred to the Municipal Court for prosecution. Therefore, if you do not find your citation in our system within a few days of receiving your citation, the citation just has not yet made it to our system. Check again in a few days. If you are still having difficulty finding your citation, please contact the court to assist you.
Can my spouse, relative, or employer take care of my citation for me?No. Texas law requires that you enter a plea on your own behalf. The only exception is that an attorney may enter a plea on your behalf.
However, the Court will accept payments from someone other than the defendant. It is important to remember, though, that payment will result in a plea of no contest being entered on that particular citation.
Will an attorney be assigned to me?No. You are entitled to be represented by an attorney in our Court, but the Court is not required to appoint an attorney to represent you on a fine-only case. If you would like an attorney to represent your interests, you may hire an attorney. Most defendants in municipal court appear pro se without attorney representation.
I received my ticket from a State Trooper or Sheriff’s Deputy in Kerr County. Can I take care of it in municipal court?No. In those instances, you must contact the Justice of the Peace Court listed on your citation.
I want to pay my citation. How can I do that?Many offenses may be paid without making an appearance in person. If you would like to pay your citation without appearing before the court, please visit the “Pay Your Traffic Ticket” tab on the Municipal Court’s webpage, which provides all of the methods of payment the Municipal Court accepts.
It is important to remember two things:
(1) If you intend to pay your citation instead of appearing in court, payment must be made before the initial appearance date included on your citation so that you are not found to have failed to appear on your citation; and
(2) Payment in full constitutes a plea of “no contest” and will result in the offense being reported as a conviction on your driving record.
What forms of payment do you accept?You may pay with cash, check, cashier’s check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express). Please visit the “Pay Your Traffic Ticket” tab on the Municipal Court’s webpage for all of your options to pay your citation.
I need time to pay. Can I get an extension to pay my citation?If you need an extension to pay your citation, you can fill out and submit the 60 Day Extension to Pay Application. Upon receipt of the Application and your signed plea of no contest or guilty, the court clerks can grant a 60-day extension to pay. If you need a longer extension, you will need to appear before the Judge. Either way, if you fail to pay the full amount of you citation within 30 days, even if you have received an extension longer than 30 days, the Court is required by law to impose a one-time time payment fee of $15. Requesting an extension to pay will also result in the offense being reported as a conviction on your driving record.
May I make a partial payment on my citation?Only if the Court has previously granted you a payment plan on your citation. If you need to request a payment plan, you can submit the 60 Day Extension to Pay Application. Upon receipt of the Application and your signed plea of "nolo contendre (no contest)" or "guilty," the court clerks can grant a 60-day extension to pay, which will then allow you to make a partial payment on your citation.
Can I call to request a continuance or payment extension?No. All requests must be timely submitted in writing personally or by mail, email, or fax at (830) 792-5773.
When is my court date?You are not automatically provided a court date when you receive your citation. You are instead provided an appearance date, which requires you to appear before the Court on the appearance date listed on your citation to enter a plea, pay your fine, request deferred adjudication, request a driver’s safety course, or provide proof of repairs, insurance, or driver’s license.
May I appear by phone?Not without express permission of the judge. All appearances are required to be in person. A telephone call does not constitute an appearance before the Court.
What is appropriate attire for Court?Court attire is strictly enforced:
• No tank/halter/strapless tops
• No shorts/short skirts
• No hats
•Shoes are required
• No clothes with obscene or offense language
How can I check to see if my citation is in warrant status?The court maintains a current list of outstanding warrants, which is accessible on the court’s website. The list is updated at the first of every month; therefore, if there is a warrant issued for your arrest, it will be listed, unless it was issued within the month after the current list of warrants has been posted. If you believe there may have been a warrant issued for your arrest during this period, you can contact the Court directly to confirm the status of any warrants.
How can I request credit for time served?The judge may consider and grant your request for credit for jail time served. In order to receive the credit, you will need to appear before the judge and request it.
How can I request community service in lieu of paying my fine?The judge may consider community service in lieu of payment of any of your fines associated with your citation. In order to receive it, you will need to file a Community Service/Reduction in Fine/Reduction in Monthly Payment Application, appear before the judge, and request it.
Can I request a lower fine?The judge may consider any request to lower the fine amount for a particular violation if you are unable to pay your citation. In order to receive a lower fine, you will need to prove your inability to pay. Therefore, you will need to file an executed Community Service/Reduction in Fine/Reduction in Monthly Payment Application, appear before the judge, and request a lower fine. The Judge has the ability to lower the fine as final payment, lower the fine in conjunction with community service, or reject the request to lower the fine and grant community service instead.
Can I have a payment extension?If you are seeking an extension of a payment plan the Court has already provided you, you will need to appear before the judge in order to obtain an extension of that payment plan. If you need an extension to pay your court-ordered fees pursuant to deferred disposition, you will need to submit an executed Request for Extension to Comply with Deferred Disposition Order for the judge's consideration. However, in order for such request to be considered, you must not be in default of any provision of the Court Order you are seeking to alter through an extension.
Did I miss my court date?Your initial appearance date can be found on your citation or your bond paperwork. This paperwork does not specifically call the date your initial appearance date. Instead, your initial appearance date is the date by which you are required to appear before the Kerrville Municipal Court. You can also refer to the Courtesy Notice the Kerrville Municipal Court mails out once your citation or case arrives at the Court. If you fail to appear on or before the date included on these documents, then you have missed your court date.
If you have any questions about whether you have failed to appear, please do not hesitate to contact the Court.