Options for Handling Cases

All violations listed on citations issued in Austin are criminal, even those issued to juveniles.

There are eligibility requirements for some options.

Handling of Criminal Cases (for those 17 years old or older)

Payment

Payment is recorded as a plea of “no contest” and waiver of trial by judge or jury, a conviction is entered and the conviction is reported to DPS.

Note:
if you want to pay but do not have the money for the entire amount at this time, contact the court to see if you are eligible for other arrangements.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 accepts many different payment methods and offer many ways for you to make your payments. We accept cash (American dollars), money orders, cashiers checks, personal checks (from American banks in American dollars), and the following major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. See if and when your payment has been applied by locating your case.

  • Only full payments and payments on previously approved payment plans may be paid online with any major credit card.
  • Cases are updated immediately upon payment.
Pay in Person
  • Cash personal checks, money orders, cashiers checks and major credit cards are accepted.
    • Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3
      8656-B West Hwy 71
      Austin, TX 78735 (Map)
  • Send a copy of your ticket(s) (or note the case/citation number) with plea and payment to:
    • Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3
      8656-B West Hwy 71
      Austin, TX 78735
  • Personal checks, money orders, and cashiers checks are accepted.
  • Do not send cash.
  • Allow up to 7 days for the payment to be applied to the case(s) before contacting the court.
  • (512) 854-6763 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:45 pm.
  • Please have a major credit card ready.
  • Please have your case number or citation number ready.
  • The Defendant must make the payment or be present to authorize payment if the charge results in a conviction.

Keep Case off Record Without Trial

Plea “no contest” and, if eligible, complete a Driver Safety Course or Deferred Disposition so that if successfully completed, your case will be dismissed.

Requirements

The court offers the option to “defer” or postpone the disposition of your case and place you on “probation” for a specified period of time. During the deferral period, you must comply with the terms and conditions of your deferral. Terms vary. Please be aware the type of offense you have been charged with, the facts of your particular case and/or your criminal history may be considered to determine if you are eligible for a deferral. Offense categories that may be eligible for a deferral option include: moving violations, bicycle and non-motorized vehicle offenses, no insurance violations, no driver’s license/invalid driver’s license violations, disabled parking, and water safety violations.

If you successfully comply with the terms of your deferral in the time frame ordered by the Court, your case will be dismissed.

If any requirements are not met and you cannot provide a satisfactory reason why, at a hearing before a judge, you may be found guilty. If your offense is reportable to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Court will provide notice of conviction to DPS.

Non-Eligibility

You are not eligible for a deferred disposition on a moving violation if you:

  • Are charged with:
    • Leaving the scene of a collision.
    • Passing a School Bus.
    • Speeding 25 mph or more above the posted speed limit or speeds greater than 94 mph.
  • Received your citation while driving in a Construction Zone when workers were present.
  • Have a commercial driver license even if the violation occurred while you were driving a private vehicle.

Note:
It is important to keep the Court notified of your current mailing address so you do not miss important correspondence.

Appearance at Court Required

You must appear at court to request a deferred disposition if:

  • You are a juvenile (under the age of 17). As a juvenile, you must appear in person at the date and time assigned by the court prior to requesting a deferred disposition. Keep your address updated with the Court because notices will be mailed
  • You are charged with a code violation (violation other than traffic, parking, “no insurance”, no driver license or driving with license invalid, seat belt). You may contact the court to determine if you are required to attend an appearance docket.
Failing to Comply with the Terms

If you fail to comply with any of the requirements of the Deferred Disposition, your case will be set for a Show Cause hearing. The hearing is your opportunity to speak with a judge regarding why you failed to comply with terms of your deferred disposition. If you fail to appear at your hearing, a conviction will be entered, the conviction will be placed on your record, and, if there is still a balance on the case, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.

A Driving Safety Course (DSC) option is available to those who are eligible. If all terms required by the Court are successfully met, the case will be dismissed. If any requirements are not met and you cannot provide a satisfactory reason why at a Show Cause hearing before the Judge, you will be found guilty and a conviction reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

You may be eligible to take a Driving Safety Course or Motorcycle Operators Training Course (MOTC) to have your case dismissed. You may only take one course (either DSC or MOTC) each year in the State of Texas to have a case dismissed. You may, however, take more than one child safety seat course. If you are not eligible, you may be able to get a deferred disposition.

Requirements
  • The court must receive your request to take the course no later than the appearance date on your citation. Contact us
  • Only “moving violations” are eligible but you cannot take it if the violation is:
    • Speeding 25 mph or more above the posted speed limit or speeds greater than 94 mph
    • No insurance or failure to maintain financial responsibility
    • Leaving the scene of a collision
    • Passing a school bus, or
    • Cited while driving in a construction zone when workers were present
  • Violation must have occurred in a motor vehicle including a motorcycle.
  • You (the driver) cannot have a commercial driver license (even if the violation happened while in your personal vehicle).
  • If you are a juvenile, you cannot sign up on your own but must come to court first.
  • You must have current, valid proof of insurance; except for military personnel.
  • You must currently have a Texas driver’s license; any other driver license is allowed for military personnel and their families.
  • You must be able to pay $117.10.
  • You must submit your request for DSC in person or in writing no later than the appearance date on your citation.
Failing to Comply with the Terms

If you fail to comply with any of the requirements of the DSC, your case will be set for a Show Cause hearing. The hearing is your opportunity to speak with the Judge regarding why you failed to comply with terms of your DSC. If you fail to appear at your hearing, a conviction will be entered, the conviction will be placed on your record, and, if there is still a balance on the case, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.

Show Proof of Compliance

There are certain violations that may be dismissed if you provide proof to the court.

Some cases for specific violations may be dismissed depending on various legal circumstances. Usually if the violation is fixed and/or proof is shown by the appearance date on your citation, the case can be dismissed.

Dismissal Requirement and Cost per Violation

View information on common violations associated with compliance dismissals, as well as necessary proof and court fines associated with the dismissal. There may be other legal circumstances or violations that may be dismissed upon showing proof or bringing into compliance; however, please obtain the services of an attorney licensed in Texas to obtain legal advice. Municipal court clerks cannot provide legal advice.

Trial by Judge or Jury

Enter a written plea of “not guilty” along with the case number and your signature. A court docket date will be given to you if you enter a plea in person or mailed to you if you plea by mail or email.

Handling of Juvenile Cases (16 years or younger)

You must appear in Court with your parent(s) or guardian(s). A court docket notice will be mailed to the address on your citation. If the address on your citation is incorrect, please provide your new address in writing.

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Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3

8656-B West Hwy 71
Austin, Texas 78735 (Map)

Hours

Monday-Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm

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JP3 reserves the right to adjust filing fees. Fees may be adjusted contingent on the accuracy of "Filing Codes" or "Optional Services" elected by the filer.