Court & Detention Services


​Court & Detention Services

​Contest ​​Your Ticket​

If you wish to contest your citation at trial, you must first attend a mandatory Pre-Trial setting. Defendants wishing to understand their options and/or show proof of compliance may first attend the optional Proof or Plea Court. If an agreement cannot be met, or if the defendant chooses to skip Proof or Plea Court, a mandatory Pre-Trial Hearing date must be set. For details on both Proof or Plea Court and Pre-Trial Hearings please see below.​​

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Pre-Trial Hearings
About the Pre-Trial Hearings
What happens at a Pre-Trial Hearing?
Proof or Plea Court - "Walk-in Court"
Options for Proof or Plea Court
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Pre-Trial Hearings

To set a Pre-Trial Conference or Hearing Date you must be within 21 calendar days from the date you received the citation.

Pre- Trial dates can be requested

  • In person at the Proof or Plea Court
  • by ​internet, (cases must be within first 21 days of issuance of citation)
  • or by mail (postmark on mail request, must be within first 21 days of issuance of citation). It is recommended all mail be sent via certified mail.

You cannot request Pre-Trial Hearings by telephone, fax or e-mail.

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About the Pre-Trial Hearings

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What happens at a Pre-Trial Hearing?

  • Pro se defendants (not represented by an attorney) will first be asked if they wish to set the case for a trial or discuss the case with the prosecutor for a possible resolution.
  • If the defendant is adamant that he/she wants a trial, the Clerk shall set the case for a Pre-Trial Hearing;
  • If the case is not resolved at Proof or Plea, the case will be set for Pre-Trial.
  • At the pretrial hearing, the pro se defendant will be informed, via a video presentation, of his/her options to resolve a case.
  • If the case is not resolved at the Pre-Trial Hearing, a trial (jury or before the court) date will be set and placed on a docket.
  • For cases involving an attorney, this process includes an additional Pre-Trial Conference that ensures the defendant is present when entering his/her plea.

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Proof or Plea Court - "Walk-in Court"

This court is available to any person with a copy of their citation, who chooses to resolve their citation(s) through entering a plea of no contest or guilty, or showing proof of compliance.

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Options for Proof or Plea Court

Plead only guilty or no contest to the case and choose one of the following options;

  • Pay the fine through a plea, (payment plans available upon request)
  • Request deferred disposition (probation)
  • Dismissal (compliance) proof (*see details below)
  • Request driver's safety course
  • Request community service or work release program
  • Dismissal (compliance) proof
  • Submit time served Proof​

*​Show compliance or "proof" on the case by presenting a valid Texas driver's license, proof of insurance or financial responsibility, renewed or valid inspection sticker, or renewed or valid registration;

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Plead not guilty and request a Pre-Trial Conference or Hearing.



The Proof or Plea Court is open and accessible to the public

Monday – Thursday, 8:30AM -10:45AM & 1:00PM - 3:30PM 

Fridays 7​​:30AM - 10:45AM 

Location and Hours 

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