Having been a Municipal Court Judge for over 12 years, Colette is uniquely qualified to handle adult cases in Municipal Court.
The most common type of offenses seen in this case will be a traffic violation. These can really be designated into two broad categories: moving violations and non-moving violations.
Moving violations can increase your insurance
Did you know? moving violations can increase your insurance upon conviction and they include things like:
- Running red light
- Run stop sign
- Speeding in a school zone
- Change lane when unsafe
- Following too closely
- Driving on wrong side of road
A non-moving violation is more commonly related to faulty vehicle equipment or parking. Some examples are:
- Expired Registration
- Faulty Headlights
- Failure to change address
- Defective Equipment
- No Insurance
For some moving violations you may be eligible to take a Drivers Safety Course once per year to have a moving violation dismissed.
What is needed for a Drivers Safety Course?
- Valid Texas Driver’s License
- Valid vehicle insurance policy
- Payment of the DSC fee to the Court
You are not eligible for DSC if your offense involved:
- Speeding twenty-five miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit;
- Passing a school bus;
- Offense in construction zone with workers present;
Upon successful completion of the DSC and providing timely required proof to the Court the violation will be dismissed.
If a DSC has already been completed in the last twelve months and another moving violation is received; or for another type of ticket including a non-moving violation, you may be eligible for deferred disposition.
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- Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility (no insurance)
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Public Intoxication
- Expired License
- No License
- Running Red Light/Stop Sign
What is Deferred Disposition?
Deferred Disposition is an option available at the discretion of the Court and is offered as a way to keep the violation from being a conviction on your record. Once a plea of no contest or guilty is entered the Court may hold that plea in abeyance to give the juvenile time to complete Deferred Disposition.
Deferred Disposition may include:
- Payment of fine and court costs
- DSC (required by law for those under 25 who have a moving violation)
- Community Service
- Providing proof of insurance during the deferral period
- Obtaining a valid license
- Any other condition the Judge finds reasonably related to the offense
- Not receiving any convictions during the deferral period.
If deferred disposition is successfully completed, then then violation will be dismissed.
What if I am Not Guilty?
If you believe you are not guilty of the offense you are charged with then you have the right to a trial before Judge or Jury. You will select which type of trial you want, and the case will be set. If you do not hire an attorney, then you will have to represent yourself at trial. The State will be represented by an attorney called a prosecutor.
Don’t manage the trial on your own, contact Colette to help, she will walk with you every step of the way.
Sallas Law represents individuals in Denton County including all Denton County District Courts and in the municipal courts of Denton County cities including Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Aubrey, Corinth, Lake Dallas, Sanger, The Colony, Justin, Krum, Argyle, Hickory Creek, Copper Canyon, Krugerville, and Crossroads.