Richland Hills Municipal Court J. Stewart Bass - Municipal Court Judge
3200 Diana Drive
Richland Hills, Texas 76118 Alicia St.Cyr - Court Administrator
817-616-3827 City Marshal Clint Heizer - City Marshal
817-616-3826 Fax firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The office is open during regular business hours. The telephones are not answered between 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. If you call during that time, you will need to leave a message that will be returned after 1:00 p.m.
Resolving your Citation For deferred disposition or driver safety, scroll down
You have 14 calendar days from the date of your citation to resolve your citation. If you fail to appear within 14 calendar days a $50.00 late fine will be accessed, an additional charge of failure to appear and a warrant may be issued for your arrest. You may pay most citations at the Municipal Court during regular business hours, if you want to enter a guilty or no contest plea. If you want to appear before the Judge, you must obtain a court date from the clerk’s office during regular business hours.
Your first decision will be to decide how you want to plead your case. You may plead guilty, nolo contendere (no contest), or not guilty. Before you enter a plea, however, you should understand the following:
- The City must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that you are guilty.
- You have the right to a trial.
- You have the right to be represented by counsel, although it is not required.
- You have the right to call witnesses and to present evidence in your defense.
Plea of Guilty
A plea of guilty means you are admitting that you are guilty of the violation as charged.
Plea of Nolo Contendere (No Contest)
A plea of No Contest means that you are not contesting the charge against you. The Court has the authority & will most likely find that you are guilty, unless you are eligible & receive deferred disposition. A plea of No Contest generally cannot be used against you in a civil suit for damages.
Plea of Not Guilty
A plea of not guilty means that you deny guilt. If you plead not guilty, you will need to decide whether to represent yourself or to hire an attorney to represent you. You, and no one else, except your attorney can handle court matters.
If you cannot appear on your scheduled court date you may be eligible to receive a continuance by appearing in person, before the scheduled date, at the municipal court office during regular business hours. Continuances will not be granted over the phone.
Deferred Disposition (Probation)
With a plea of guilty or no contest, you may be eligible for probation, known as deferred disposition. If you are under age 25, you must take a DSC course as a condition of deferred disposition. If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) you are not eligible for deferred disposition. To be eligible for deferred, you cannot have received deferred disposition within the past year. As a condition of your deferred, you must not receive another citation in the City of Richland Hills during your deferral period. At the conclusion of your deferral period, the Judge will dismiss your citation provided that you have met all the conditions. This will keep the violation from being reported on your driving record. If you are charged with speeding 15 mph over in a school zone or 25 mph over the posted speed limit, you must see the Judge to request a deferred. You may request deferred disposition in person or by mail. To request by mail, you must go to the forms page and print the deferred form and mail it along with a money order within 14 days of your ticket date. You may also print out the credit card authorization form and mail it with the deferred request.
Driver Safety Course
If you are charged with a moving violation, you may request to take a driver safety course. If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) you are not eligible to take a driver safety course. You must appear at the Municipal Court office in person within 14 calendar days of your citation date to request a driver safety course and pay the necessary fees. To be eligible for a driver safety course, you cannot have participated in a driver safety course in the past year. A $10.00 administrative fee plus court cost is paid to the Municipal Court at the same time a driver safety course is authorized. Defendants are required to find their own class. The Municipal Court does not offer driver safety courses. The Texas Department of Public Safety or the Texas Education Agency must approve the class. Proof of completion must be submitted to the Municipal Court within the time frame set by the Court in order for your citation to be dismissed. If you are charged with speeding 15 mph over in a school zone or 25 mph over the posted speed limit, you are not eligible to take a driver safety course. To request by mail, you must go to the forms page and print out the driver safety course form and mail it along with a money order within 14 days of your ticket date. You may also print out the credit card authorization form and mail it with the driver safety request.
When entering a plea of not guilty, you will be set for a pre-trial court date with the City Prosecutor. After meeting with the City Prosecutor, you may still request a Bench Trial or Jury Trial. A Bench Trial is a trial before the Judge. The Judge decides the facts & renders judgment. A Jury Trial consists of a jury of six Richland Hills residents who will decide the facts & render judgment. You must appear in the Municipal Court office within 14 calendar days of your citation date to enter a not guilty plea & receive a pre-trial date.
If you received a citation for No Insurance (Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility), or for Expired Violations (expired drivers license or expired registration), you may be eligible for dismissal if you meet certain requirements. See dismissals.
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