All juveniles wanting to handle a traffic citation, request deferred adjudication, or request a driving safety course, must appear on your plea court date with a parent or legal guardian. State law requires this appearance of juveniles with a parent or legal guardian; therefore, no exceptions can be granted by the court office. A juvenile is an individual that is 16 years of age or younger on the violation date printed on the citation.
Juveniles who fail to appear in court may have an additional charge of failure to appear filed against them, and their driver's license may be suspended. A child and parent required to appear before the court have an obligation to provide the court, in writing, with the current address and residence of the child. The obligation does not end when the child reaches the age of 17. On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence, the court shall be notified of the current address in the manner directed by the court. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment of final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt.
Do you accept checks?
Yes. Checks must be made out to the Colleyville/Keller Municipal Court. Two-party checks are not acceptable. Returned checks will result in a $15 expense fee being assessed, and your case may result in a warrant for arrest being issued if the fees are not cleared up in a timely manner. To obtain a new court date on a warrant or a missed court date, the only form of payment is cash.
When is my court date?
You will need to appear at the court window prior to the due date listed on the citation to obtain a court hearing. Please allow one (1) business day to process the ticket before making your appearance.
May someone else bring my payment to the court?
No. Only the defendant or their attorney may bring the payment to the court.
How much is my ticket?
Please see the schedule of fines section to obtain a fine amount or call the court office at 817.503.1300.You may also call the automated phone system at 817.503.1301 for the due date and fine amount. Please have your citation available.
To obtain an extension of payment on your ticket, the defendant must appear on the court date and make a request to the judge.
JUDGE TRIAL OR JURY TRIAL COURT PROCEDURES
(Defendant wishes to plead "not guilty") The defendant must appear on his/her plea court date and enter the "not guilty" plea before the municipal court judge. At that time, the defendant needs to state if a judge bench trial is requested or a jury trial. The judge will issue the defendant a new court date. Judge trials are held on a separate court date as, at that time, the issuing officer is subpoenaed to testify. If a jury trial is requested, an additional court date is provided for any pre-trial matters to be discussed with the judge and prosecutor. The pre-trial hearing date is when the actual jury trial hearing date will be set.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS VIOLATIONS
A defendant can get this violation dismissed by bringing proof of the new address being corrected within 20 working days from the date of violation into the court office by the plea court date. The dismissal fee for this violation is $20. To obtain the correction on this violation, you will need to appear at the nearest Texas Department of Public Safety office to have your address changed on your driver's license, or you may pay the fine in full. Juveniles must appear before the judge on the plea court date.
DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS
The defendant can have this violation dismissed at the court window with a $10 dismissal fee, and the correction will need to be presented before your first appearance date. The defendant will need to present a picture of the corrected equipment violation, and a sworn affidavit MUST be signed by the defendant upon bringing in the proof at the court window. If one of the following listed above is not presented or signed, the court cannot dismiss this violation.
The following are some violations that fall under this category:
1) Unauthorized window tint
2) Defective headlight, brake light, or stop light
3) Operating a motor vehicle with only one license plate or without license plates
4) Unsafe equipment on a vehicle
Please contact the court office if your violation is not listed above.
FAILURE TO DISPLAY DRIVER'S LICENSE VIOLATIONS
A defendant can have this charge dismissed by bringing in his/her valid Texas driver’s license to the court office on or before the original court date. A copy of the driver's license will be taken and placed for dismissal. The dismissal fee for this violation is $10. Without presenting proof you may pay the fine in full. Juveniles must appear before the judge on the plea court date.
Expired Inspection (expired over 60 days)
This violation cannot be dismissed at the court window with the proof of correction. If the inspection is corrected within 20 working days from the date of the violation, the proof can be submitted to the judge on your appearance date for a reduction in fine, or you have the option of paying the fine in full.
Expired Registration, Driver’s License and Inspection (expired less than 60 days)
The violations listed above can be dismissed if the violation is corrected within 20 working days from the date of the violation with a $20 dismissal fee. Please note on the violation of expired registration, your correction must show proof of the late fee being collected at the Department of Motor Vehicle office. The only forms that can be taken by the clerk's office are the following:
The following are the only exceptions to the expired inspections approved above:
ALCOHOL AND/OR TOBACCO VIOLATIONS
The defendant will need to contact the court to obtain information on these violations.
What are the court procedures?
The Colleyville/Keller Municipal Court is a people's court and it is legal for you to represent yourself. State law will only allow a licensed attorney to act on the behalf of someone else. A TELEPHONE CALL BY ANY PARTY DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A COURT APPEARANCE.
Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility
If you were issued a citation for Failure to Maintain Responsibility and you, in fact, were covered by an insurance policy at the time and date the citation was issued, you may present proof to the court to have your citation dismissed. No faxes are accepted.
The proof must indicate the following items:
The statement of coverage must comply with the minimum amount(s) of liability insurance required by state law.
If the defendant is driving someone else's car, then a copy of the card is made and is noted on the copy for verification information.
A copy of the insurance presented is taken, and the court clerk will call to verify the insurance is valid. If an insurance card presented is invalid, the defendant will be mailed a subpoena to appear before the municipal court judge. No charge is collected on this violation, or you may pay the fine in full. Juveniles must appear before the judge on the plea court date. A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION OF ANY OFFENSE UNDER THE TEXAS MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY ACT WILL RESULT IN THE SUSPENSION OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE AND MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION UNLESS YOU FILE AND MAINTAIN PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FOR TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF CONVICTION. THE DEPARTMENT MAY WAIVE THE REQUIREMENT TO FILE PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU FILE SATISFACTORY EVIDENCE WITH THE DEPARTMENT SHOWING THAT, AT THE TIME THIS CITATION WAS ISSUED, THE VEHICLE WAS COVERED BY A LIABILITY INSURANCE POLICY OR THAT YOU WERE OTHERWISE EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIREMENTS TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. V.C.S. ART 6701h.
You are eligible to request this course if you:
Prosecution of the traffic offense will be postponed for 90 days to allow you time to complete the course and return the signed certificate to the court office. You are required to attend a course that has been approved by the Texas Education Agency.
LOCATING THE DRIVER'S SAFETY COURSE
The court is not allowed to recommend a driving school. We can only refer you to the Internet or Yellow Pages of the telephone directory, under "driving instruction." Always confirm that the school is a Texas state-approved course for the dismissal of a traffic citation.
FAILURE TO COMPLETE A DRIVER'S SAFETY COURSE
Should you fail to complete any of the requirements, the court will send you a show-cause hearing notice requiring you to return to talk to the judge and explain why you failed to show proof of completion. Your failure to be present at that hearing will result in a warrant for your arrest being issued.