Criminal Traffic

If you have committed an offense, and know you will have to pay a fine, there are two other ways to avoid conviction. Either complete a “Driving Safety Course” (DSC) or be granted “Deferred Disposition.”

  1. Driving Safety Course (DSC)
  2. Deferred Disposition

Eligibility

  • Any moving violation (not for “paperwork offense” such as inspection, registration or defective equipment)
  • Commercial Drivers License Holders are not eligible
  • Must not be taking DSC for another offense
  • Must not have taken DSC in past year to dispose of another offense
  • Must request before appearance date or will require Judge’s approval
  • Requires plea of “No Contest” or “Guilty”
  • Valid Texas Auto Liability Insurance on vehicle cited
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License

Offenses Excluded

  • Failure to Stop and Render Aid
  • Failure to Stop at Accident - Damage
  • Offenses in construction zones when workers are present
  • Passing a School Bus
  • Speeding 25 miles or more over the speed limit
  • Speeding 95 miles or more over the speed limit

Length of Probation

  • 90 days (3 months)

Costs up Front

  • $134 Court Costs and $10 Administration Fee
    • $144 Total

Extra Expenses

  • $12 to Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • $25 to $100 for certified driver safety course

Conditions of Probation

  • Obtain driving record from DPS
  • Provide court with driving record and certificate of course completion before end of probation period
  • Take a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved driving safety course

Penalty for Non-Compliance

  • Conviction
  • Offense reported to DPS
  • Payment of fine
  • Potential warrant for arrest if fine remains unpaid
  1. The best way to avoid “points” is to avoid conviction
  2. The best way to avoid convictions is to obey the traffic laws
  3. The second best way to avoid conviction is to be found “not guilty” at trial

Contact Us

Please contact our office at 972-434-4750 before your appearance date regarding this process; we do not accept personal checks.