Resolving Citations

    Appear before the court on or before the date on the citation. Telephone calls do not constitute an appearance.
    Review the copy of your citation. The court appearance date is located on the citation, just above where you signed your citation. 

    Court is the second Monday of each month at 3 p.m., except holidays.
    Quinlan Municipal Court is located at: 
    104 E. Main St. 

    Persons under the age of 17 must appear in court with a parent or legal guardian.  See Juvenile/Minors Violations for more information.

    Select From the Following Options     

                                                  
    1. Plead "NO CONTEST" OR "GUILTY" AND PAY THE FINE
    Please Note: Paying your fine results in a final conviction in your case, waiver of your right to a jury trial and waiver of your right to review the evidence, if any, in your case.

    *IN PERSON-You may appear (MUST have identification card) at 105 W. Main Street between M-F 8 am - 5 pm, closed for lunch between 12-1 pm.  Only the person who received the ticket can enter a plea to the citation.

    *By Mail-Plea by mail. Payment of fine by mail constitutes a plea of No Contest.  Check the appropriate plea on the plea form, sign your name and date.  Mail your plea form with your Check or Money Order for full payment to: P.O. Box 2740 Quinlan, TX 75474

    2. PLEAD "NOT GUILTY" AND REQUEST A TRIAL
    If you wish to plead not guilty, you or your attorney must appear in person at the Court on or before the response date on your citation.  Court Hearings CANNOT be scheduled by telephone.

    3. REQUEST DRIVING SAFETY COURSE (DSC) OR    MOTORCYCLE OPERATOR TRAINING 
    You must make this request by the response date on the front of your citation.

    4. REQUEST DEFERRED DISPOSITION (PROBATION)
    If you request Deferred Dispostion by mail or in person, you must do so by the response date on the front of your citation.

    Pleas


    You may enter a plea of no contest or guilty to waive your right to a trial and take care of the citation, or you can enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial. 

    Guilty Plea

    – By a plea of guilty, you admit that you committed the act charged and that it is prohibited by law, and that you have no defense or excuse for your act.

    No Contest (Nolo Contendere) Plea

    -A plea of no contest means that you do not contest the charges against you.  A plea of no contest cannot be used against you in the event of a subsequent civil suit for damages.

    Not Guilty Plea

    -A plea of not guilty means that you deny guilt or that you have a good defense for your case.  When you enter a plea of not guilty to a charge, you will be set for trial.  You may either represent yourself or retain an attorney.

    Failing to Make Your Appearance


    If you fail to make your appearance, an additional offense of Violate Promise to Appear or Fail to Appear will be added. In addition, a warrant will be issued for you arrest if an appearance is not made within 10 days of the initial appearance date.

    **If you are unable to pay the fine and costs, there are alternatives to the full payment of any fine or costs owed and we will discuss your options with you at your scheduled court hearing.  Failure to appear for your court date or any date for which the case is scheduled before this Court; may result in a Failure to Appear charge being filed against you and warrants issued for your arrest.**

    **If you have received a notice of a surcharge due to a conviction on your driving record, visit 
    Texas DPS Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program or call 1-800-688-6882 to use the automated system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to obtain account information or make payments using a checking, savings, or money market account.