Information about Traffic Cases
If you fail to take care of your
citation prior to the appearance date on the citation, or fail to appear in
court as required, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest. You
may also be charged with an additional offense for violating your promise
to appear. The issuance of a warrant carries additional fees, and the
punishment for the offense of "violate promise to appear" is
a fine of not more than $200.00. Tex. Transportation Code §543.009
Denial of Renewal of Driver's License: If you fail to appear in court as required, the court may notify the Department of Public Safety to deny the renewal of your driver's license. You will be required to pay an administrative fee of $10 ($30 if referred prior to January 1, 2020) prior to the renewal of your license. This fee is required by Section 706.006 of the Texas Transportation Code.
This information is furnished to you to provide basic information relative to the law governing procedures for traffic cases in the Harris County Justice Courts.
The Harris County Justices of the Peace and the Clerks of the Harris County Justice Courts are not allowed to give legal advice. You are urged to review the applicable laws and to consult an attorney of your choice for further information or answers to specific legal questions.
You have the right to a trial by a jury and to be represented by an attorney of your choice, or to represent yourself.
Traffic offenses, generally, are punishable by a fine of not more than $200.00 and all costs of court.
Disclaimer: The law is constantly changing and there may be times when the information on this web site will not be current. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. This information is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject and is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.