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The Providence Village Municipal Court has jurisdiction over Class C Misdemeanors and violations of Town Ordinances that occur within the corporate town limits and are punishable by fine only. Nothing contained herein is intended to be nor should be construed as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.  The information on this site is compiled and made available as a public service by the Providence Village Municipal Court.  However, neither the Court nor the Town of Providence Village makes any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the information herein, and is not responsible for errors or omissions, or for results obtained from the use of this information.  Distribution of the information does not constitute such a warranty.  Use of the information is the sole responsibility of the user.

Any questions regarding the options for handling tickets may be directed to 

Connie Hansen, Court Administrator

at (940) 365-9333 (ext. 2)

or

Jenny Sawyers, Municipal Court Clerk

at (940) 365-9333 (ext. 3)

 

Providence Village Municipal Court

1745 F.M. 2931

Providence Village, TX  76227

(940) 365-9333 (ext. 3)

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Friday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

Note: This court is a court of record.

NOTE: Please wait five (5) business days from the date of the citation before attempting to contact the Court Clerk.

Have you received a citation?

If you have received a citation from the Town of Providence Village, please allow five (5) business days from the date of the citation before attempting to contact the Municipal Court Clerk or attempting to enter a plea or pay the fine associated with the citation. Check the citation to see when you are scheduled to appear in court. Court is held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month beginning at 5:00 p.m.  You may appear at the Municipal Court Clerk’s office before 1:00 p.m. on your scheduled court date to enter a plea of “No Contest,” “Guilty,” or “Not Guilty,” please contact the Municipal Court by 1:00 p.m. on your scheduled court date.

Please click the links below to view a tentative list of upcoming court dates:

2017 Municipal Court ScheduleThis will open a PDF document.

There are three ways in which you may plea:

  • Not Guilty – you contest the charge(s) in your case and the State must prove the charges against you. With this plea, you are required to appear in open court on your court date and you will be given the opportunity to request either a bench trial or a jury trial. Your case will then be reset to the nearest available trial date.
  • No Contest – you do not contest the State’s charge(s) against you.
  • Guilty – you admit you committed the charge(s) for which you are accused and wish to pay the fine(s) and court costs assessed.

 
Options for handling a ticket

  • Paying in Full
  • Compliance Dismissal
  • Driving Safety Course
  • Deferred Disposition
  • Trial Procedure

 
Appearance Notes:  Only you or an attorney representing you may enter a plea on your behalf.  If you are sending somebody to pay for you, they must bring a signed statement with your plea and signature.  If a person is a minor with the age preview established by the State of Texas Legislature (has passed his/her 10th birthday and has not reached his/her 17th birthday), it is mandatory under Texas State Law that a parent or guardian appear in Court with the minor charged with a violation and be present during the proceedings in the case.  Parents will be notified by mail of the juvenile’s court date.

Paying In Full

The Court accepts the following payment methods:
 

  • Cash (no coins in excess of $5.00 will be accepted)
  • Money orders
  • Cashier or Personal Checks (no temporary or out-of-state checks)
  • *Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) (* $3 or 2.65% credit card fee applied, whichever is the greater amount)

 
  A plea of no contest or guilty must be entered and will result in a conviction for the offense.  Payment can be submitted in person at the Providence Village Town Hall during business hours or through the mail by cashiers or local check or money order payable to Providence Village Municipal Court.  Mail payments to Providence Village Municipal Court, 1745 F.M. 2931, Providence Village, Texas  76227.

 

Plea Form

Ticket Dismissal by Demonstrating Compliance

A compliance dismissal may be possible if the offense you are charged with is corrected within a specified time frame. These offenses include:

  • Expired Registration
  • Expired Driver’s License
  • Fail to change address on Driver’s License
  • Defective equipment

You must provide the Court with proof of compliance by showing all corresponding paperwork.

Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility (No Insurance) If you received a citation for no insurance, but you had insurance at the time and date of the violation, you must provide the Court with verifiable proof. The Court will call to verify that the insurance was active on the time and date of the citation. If it was, then the citation will be dismissed with no cost to you. If your insurance is found to be not active on the time and date of the citation, you will have to pay the stated fine amount. You may appear in court on your scheduled court date to discuss payment options with the Judge.

Driving Safety Course

Not for Commercial Driver License Holders You may be eligible to request that a charge be dismissed by taking a Certified Driving Safety Course.  However, you will lose that right if you do not provide written notice to the Court of your desire to do so on or before your Court date. DO NOT TAKE THE COURSE BEFORE YOU HAVE OBTAINED PERMISSION FROM THE COURT.
 

  • You must enter a written plea of Guilty or No Contest.
  • You must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • You must possess Texas Automobile Liability Insurance valid the day of your request.
  • You cannot be charged with speeding in excess of 24 miles per hour.
  • You cannot currently be taking the course for another citation.
  • Your Driving Record cannot reflect completion of a Driving Safety Course within twelve (12) months preceding the date of the alleged offense.

 
You may order a driving record at Texas Department of Public Safety (Form 3A at Texas.gov).   You must provide the Court with an Affidavit for a Driving Safety Course and a Sworn Request for Driver Safety Course that must be notarized and filed with the Court by your Court date.  If you appear in person at the Court Clerk’s Office, please bring your valid Texas driver’s license, proof of insurance (showing coverage on the date you received the citation and the date of your request) and a nonrefundable administrative fee. There is no cost for notarizing the Court affidavit.  Upon Court approval to take the course, you will have (90) ninety days in which to provide the Court with the following documents:
 

  • The “Court Certificate” of completion of the Driving Safety Course from an agency approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • A certified copy of your Driving Record as maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 
If both of these documents are not filed with the Court within ninety (90) days, you will be responsible for paying the remainder of your fine and a conviction for the offense will be reported to the Texas DPS.

Driver Safety Course Request Form 

Deferred Disposition

After taking a plea of Guilty or No Contest, the court sets the fine and court costs, defers the disposition of the case to allow the defendant to complete the terms set by the Judge. At the end of the deferral period, the court enters a final disposition. For specific information about a citation and determination of eligibility, contact the court at 940.365.9333. *Please note that requesting Deferred Disposition may require a court appearance.

Deferred Disposition Request Form 

Trial Procedure

 Trial Procedure In all trials, the Town Attorney or Town Prosecutor presents the complaint.  A complaint document alleges the act you are accused of committing. There are certain rules that must be followed by all participants. The presentation of evidence, the cross-examination of witnesses and any objections must be properly made pursuant to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and Texas Rules of Evidence.  Just as the Prosecutor is expected to follow the rules, so will you. You have the following rights in court:

  • The right to have notice of the complaint not later than the day before any proceedings.
  • The right to inspect the complaint before trial and have it read to you at the trial.
  • The right to have your case tried before a jury, if you so desire.
  • The right to hear all testimony introduced against you.
  • The right to cross-examine witnesses who testify against you.
  • The right to testify in your behalf.
  • The right not to testify, if you so desire. If you choose not to testify, your refusal to do so may not be held against you in determining your innocence or guilt.
  • You may call witnesses to testify in your behalf at the trial, and have the court issue a subpoena (a court order) to any witnesses to ensure their appearance at the trial.

Types of Trials There are two kinds of trials. A bench trial is presented to the Judge of the Court.  Each side presents their case and the Judge rules on the evidence. A jury trial is presented before a six-member jury panel.  Selection of this panel takes place prior to the trial from a pool of prospective jurors.  Both sides have an opportunity to ask questions of the jury pool before the selection is made. In each jury trial, you are also permitted to strike three members of the jury panel for any reason you choose, except an illegal reason (such as a strike based solely upon a person’s race or gender). Presentation of the Case The State will present its case first by calling witnesses to testify against you.  After prosecution witnesses have finished testifying, you have the right to cross-examine. In other words, you may ask the witnesses questions about their testimony or any other facts relevant to the case. You may not, however, argue with the witness. Your cross-examination of the witness must be in the form of questions only. You may not tell your version of the incident at this time; you will have an opportunity to do so later in the trial.  After the prosecution has presented its case, you may present your case.  You have the right to call any witness who knows anything about the incident.  The State has the right to cross-examine any witness that you call.  If you so desire, you may testify in your own behalf, but as a defendant, you may not be compelled to testify. It is your choice, and your silence cannot be used against you. If you do testify, the State has the right to cross-examine you.  After all testimony is concluded, both sides can make a closing argument.  This is your opportunity to tell the court why you think that you are not guilty of the offense charged.  The State has the right to present the first and last arguments. The closing argument may be based only on the testimony presented during the trial. Judgment/Verdict If the judge tries the case, the judge’s decision is called a judgment. If a jury tries the case, the jury’s decision is called a verdict.  In determining the defendant’s guilt or innocence, the judge or jury may consider only the testimony of witnesses and any evidence admitted during the trial.  If you are found guilty by either the judge or jury, the fine and costs will be announced at that time. Unless you plan to appeal your case, you should be prepared to pay the fine at this time. Appeal If you are found guilty, and are not satisfied with the judgment of the court, you have the right to appeal your case.  To appeal, you must file an appeal bond (bond will be twice the fine and court costs) with the municipal court within 10 days of the judgment, when you appeared in open court.

Resolving Court-Issued Warrants

The Court will issue a warrant when:

  • You fail to make a plea to violations shown on your citation.
  • You fail to comply with the Orders of the Judge.
  • You do not complete a payment plan or fail to make payment as promised.

Failure to make a plea If you fail to make a plea to the violation on your citation by your scheduled court date, the Court will:

  • Issue a warrant for your arrest (additional fees will apply)
  • Charge the stated fine amount
  • Issue a Failure to Appear or Violate Promise to Appear (additional fees will apply)

Failure to meet the orders of a judge If you have appeared before a judge and have agreed to a payment plan, community service or other judicial orders, you must complete these orders as specified or a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Resolving warrants Your warrant may be cleared if you plea “no contest” or “guilty” to the charge and pay the fine and costs. If you want to plead “not guilty” to a charge after an arrest warrant has been issued, and a plea has not been entered, you must come to the Court to post the required bond and to obtain a pre-trial court date. Getting specific information about outstanding warrants To find out whether you have an outstanding warrant, you may call our office at 940.365.9333. You will need to know your driver’s license number in order to obtain information.

Dress Code

 Proper Dress is Required

All requirements pertain to both adult and juvenile males and females unless otherwise noted.  Failure to comply may result in the resetting of the case to a later date, or in extreme cases, contempt of court:

  • Shoes are required.
  • No sleeveless shirts.
  • No shorts (women are permitted to wear dress shorts with hosiery).
  • No exposed midriffs.
  • No clothing displaying offensive words or pictures (the court retains the exclusive right to define “offensive” on an individual basis).
  • No hats.
  • Cleanliness.
  • Officers of the Court are held to the higher standards generally recognized in Texas Courts.

INFANTS AND SMALL CHILDREN should be left with a sitter or at home in the care of a competent adult.  There are no child care facilities available.  Loud or crying children should be taken out of the courtroom.

 

Cellular devices or pagers are not allowed in the Courtroom.

  

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