The amount of fine the Court assesses is determined by the facts and circumstances of the case. In Court, the Judge sets the fine amounts based on case circumstances.
Maximum Violation Fines
- Most Municipal Court traffic violations - $200
- Misdemeanor State Law violations - $500
- Certain City ordinance violations - $2,000
- Other City ordinance violations - $500
Additional Fines / Fees
In addition to the fine amount assessed, court costs mandated by state law will be charged based on the offense. Court costs are assessed if you are found guilty at trial, if your case is deferred for a driving safety course, or if your case is deferred and you are placed on deferred prosecution. If you are found not guilty, court costs will not be assessed.
Per Chapter 51 of the Texas Government Code, the Court is required to collect a $25 fee on each conviction for which time to pay is granted. If any part of the total amount of fines, fees, and court costs is paid on or after the 31st day, that time payment fee will be assessed per state statute.
If you are choosing to do Defensive Driving when your violation occurred in a school zone the law requires a $25 Child Safety Fee that the State receives for those violations occurring in a school zone.
If a warrant is issued, an additional $80 fee is assessed.