DEFERRED DISPOSITION – BY MAIL
Deferred Disposition is an option that will keep your citation from being reported as a conviction on your driving record and will be dismissed if all terms required are successfully met. If any requirements are not met and you cannot provide a satisfactory reason why at a hearing before a judge, you will be found guilty and a conviction will be reported to the Department of Public Safety. Not all violations are approved for Deferred Disposition.
Requirements to Request Deferred Disposition:
- The court must receive your request by mail or in person no
later than your 30 day appearance date,
- You must pay the administrative fee at the time of your
request. The administrative fee is equal to the amount of the
fine for the violation for which you have been charged. The fine
amount can be found under the FINES section listed on the web
Terms and Procedures:
Once the court has received the above, your request will be
reviewed and forwarded to the Judge to determine eligibility for the
- You must not receive another similar violation within the
City of Arlington during the deferral period which is 90 days
from the date of approval.
- If you are under 25 years of age, you must also take a
driver’s safety course during your deferral period and submit
proof of completion to the court before the due date if you have
been charged with a traffic violation.
You are not eligible for Deferred Disposition
- You do not have a valid driver’s license; or
- Your license is
- You received your ticket in a construction zone when workers were present; or
- You have warrants, past due fines or charges to which you have not
responded in the City of Arlington; or
- You have been approved for Deferred Disposition in the City of
Arlington within the last 12 months; or
- You were speeding 31 mile per hour or more over the speed limit;
- You were speeding 16 miles per hour or more over the speed limit
in a school zone; or
- You received a ticket for not having current liability insurance
and you were involved in an accident; or
- You received a ticket for not having current vehicle liability
insurance and you do not provide a copy of current vehicle liability
- You have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) even if the violation occurred while you were driving a private vehicle.
If you are not eligible for Deferred Disposition you must enter your plea in person or by mail. If you enter your plea by mail you must sign the back of your citation or write a letter including your plea and request.
You will be notified by mail only if your request is denied.
Failure to Comply With Terms of Agreement:
If you fail to comply with any of the requirements of Deferred Disposition, your case will be set for a Show Cause Hearing. The hearing is your opportunity to speak with a judge regarding why you failed to comply. If you fail to appear at your hearing, a conviction will be entered and reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
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