Deferred Disposition is a type of probation that can dismiss your citation if you meet certain criteria. You will be on a 90 day probation. Individuals who do not meet the requirements below may then request a court date to appear before the judge.
If you successfully comply with the conditions of the deferred agreement, the case shall be dismissed by the Court and shall not be reported as a conviction to Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Failure to Comply
If you fail comply with the conditions of the deferral, the court will require your appearance at a show cause hearing that will be mailed to you at the last known address the court has on file.
If you fail to appear at the show cause hearing it will then result as a conviction on your driving record and a capias pro-fine will be issued if applicable.
A defendant is eligible for deferred disposition if:
- The defendant is charge with: Speeding Greater Than 10% Above Limit, Speeding in a School Zone, Disregard an Official Traffic Control Device, Ran Stop Sign, Ran Red Light, Change Lane When Unsafe, Drove Improved Shoulder, Fail to Stop at Stop Sign, Stopping in an Intersection, Prohibited Crossing of Property
- The defendant provides proof of a valid drivers license (not restricted to Texas);
- 17 years of age or older at the time of the offense
- Pays the court cost and deferred fine up front
- when making their request and not being timely the defendant, being required to pay an additional $45.00 to the deferred fine
A defendant is not eligible for deferred disposition if:
- The defendant is/was a holder of a commercial driver's license at the time of the offense;
- The offense occurred in a construction or maintenance work zone with workers present;
- The defendant was involved in an accident resulting in property damage or personal injury;
- The offense involves passing a school bus;
- The offense involves failing to obey a school crossing guard; or
- The offense involves speeding in excess of 25 miles per hour (mph) or more over the posted limit or in excess of 85 mph
Ways to Request a Deferred Disposition
Download: Deferred Disposition Request form (PDF)
Submit request online: Request permission for Deferred Disposition to dismiss a case
- In Person
When you appear in person the appropriate documentation will be filled out at the window and a copy will be given to you for your records. Please bring your drivers license.
- By Mail
Complete the Deferred Disposition Mail Request form (PDF)
Submit your request, copy of driver's license, and payment to the court office (money order or cashier's check only). It's recommended you contact the Court to verify your request was received and approved. If the request is approved, a formal deferred disposition agreement will be mailed to the address provided on the form.
Late Deferred Disposition Requests
The court may grant deferred disposition at the court window or by mail after the 20th business day from the date of your citation. When making the request and not being timely, the defendant may be required to pay an additional $45.00 to the deferred fine (no personal or business checks are accepted). Please contact the court to confirm if you are still eligible for this option. You may reach us at 512-327-1862.