The maximum fine for most traffic violations is $200 and criminal offenses can go up to $500 in addition to court costs set by the state legislature. Violations of city ordinances may carry a maximum fine of up to $2,000. The judge may assess the fine at his/her discretion within the fine range. THE JUDGE IS NOT REQUIRED TO REDUCE YOUR FINE.
PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 542.404 OF THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CODE, FINES ARE DOUBLED FOR VIOLATIONS OCCURING IN A CONSTRUCTION ZONE.
In addition to the fine, court costs mandated by state law will be charged. These costs, which differ depending on the offense, are included in the fines. The judge has no discretion to waive or reduce court costs. In addition, if a warrant was served or processed, you will be charged an additional warrant fee.
Court costs are assessed if you are found guilty, plead no contest, or if your case is deferred for a driver safety course. If you are found not guilty, court costs cannot be assessed. Fines may be increased on a second or subsequent violation or if the violation occurred in a school or construction zone. Contact the Court for any charges not listed below.
|Schedule of Fines||Effective January 1, 2014|
|First 10 mph over limit||Please See Speed Chart Below|
|Each add'l mile - add||Please See Speed Chart Below|
|Failure to Control Speed||$197.00|
|Running Stop Sign/Red Light||$197.00|
|Failure to Yield Right of Way||$197.00|
|Driver License Violations|
|No Driver's License||$271.00|
|Driving While License Invalid||$571.00|
|Permitting Unlicensed Driver to Drive||$271.00|
|Seat Belt Violations|
|No Seat Belt||$154.10|
|Child Not Secured by Seatbelt||$129.10|
|Failure to Appear||$302.00|
|*Failure to Show Financial Responsibility||$347.00|
|Parked in Handicapped Space||$517.00|
* Charges will be dismissed upon presentation to the Court of PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (Insurance) provided the Proof of Insurance was current at the time of the citation.
|MILES OVER LIMIT||TOTAL COST|