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Unless specifically noted, most violations are not eligible for dismissal by the court. By Law, those that are eligible can only be dismissed if the defendant takes very specific corrective action within a specified time. Below we have provided general information concerning the requirements for a dismissal. If you believe you qualify for a dismissal you must bring your vehicle, the one you were driving when you received the citation, to the court during our normal business hours. You must also bring any receipts for repairs or renewals concerning when and how you corrected this defect. A Marshal will examine the vehicle and your documentation to determine if you are in fact eligible to have the citation dismissed. Most dismissals require that you pay a small fee at the time you appear at the court. If you are granted deferred disposition in court for an insurance violation, you must provide proof of insurance coverage at the end of your deferral period. For an example of an acceptable insurance coverage letter, please click here. See individual violations listed below for additional information.

Fail to maintain financial responsibility (no insurance)

Potential for Dismissal: The Defendant must appear at the Municipal Court office during normal business hours with proof of valid insurance covering the defendant on the date and at the time of the offense. A clerk will call to verify this information. The Defendant must appear at the court on or before the Court response date on the front of the citation to have the citation presented to the Judge for possible dismissal. There is no fee for a dismissal of this violation.

Expired Drivers License

Potential for Dismissal: Within 20 days of receiving the citation, the Defendant must present proof to the court that the Drivers License was renewed (within 20 days of receiving the citation) in order to be eligible to have the citation dismissed. There is a $20.00 fee for this dismissal.

Failure to Display Drivers License

Potential for Dismissal: The Defendant must present proof to the court of an appropriate and valid Drivers License issued in their name on or before the court appearance date on their citation to be eligible to have the citation dismissed. There is a $10.00 fee for this dismissal.

Failure to Report Address or Name Change on Drivers License

Potential for Dismissal: The Defendant must present proof to the court that the address was corrected on the Drivers License no later than the 20th working day after receiving the citation in order to be eligible for a dismissal. There is a $20 fee for this dismissal.

Violation of Drivers License Restrictions

Potential for Dismissal: The Defendant must make appropriate arrangements with the Texas Department of Public Safety and have the restriction(s) removed or corrected before their first appearance in court in order to be eligible to have the citation dismissed. There is a $10.00 fee for this dismissal.

Expired License Plate

Potential for Dismissal: The dismissal fee is $20.00 if proof of registration is submitted by mail or in person to the Court on or before the Court response date on the front of the citation. This proof must demonstrate that the defect (violation) was corrected within 20 working days from the violation date. Required as proof:  A dated Vehicle Registration Receipt indicating that the "registration late penalty fee" was paid to the County Tax Assessor. If your registration was completed prior to the citation date you must appear in person with the Vehicle Registration Receipt and the vehicle in which you were cited.

Operating a Vehicle without Both License Plates

Potential for Dismissal: The Defendant must present proof to the court that the defect has been corrected on or before the court appearance date on the citation in order to be eligible for a dismissal. Proof would normally involve bringing the vehicle to the court during normal business hours for visual inspection by one of the Marshals. The fee for this dismissal is $10.00.

Expired Inspection Sticker

Potential for Dismissal: The inspection sticker can not have been expired for more than 60 days on the date the citation was issued. The defendant must provide proof that the vehicle passed inspection and that it now displays a valid inspection sticker within 20 working days of the date of violation in order to be eligible for a dismissal. The fee for this dismissal is $20.00.

Expired more than 60 days - Not eligible for dismissal.

Equipment Violations (Lights, brakes, horns, mirrors, etc.)

Potential for Dismissal: The Defendant must present proof to the court that the defect has been corrected on or before the court appearance date on the citation in order to be eligible for a dismissal. Proof would normally involve bringing the vehicle to the court during normal business hours for visual inspection by one of the Marshals. The fee for this dismissal is $10.00.

Location of Court: We are located at 2001 E. Jackson Road in Carrollton, TX 75006. Our building is just east of City Hall and just west of the Police Department.

Normal Business hours for the court: 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Thursday and 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Friday. You must appear during these hours to discuss a dismissal.

Last updated: 4/9/2013 7:04:50 AM