All court dates are held at Collinsville City Hall and begin at 2:00 PM.
To see the Court Clerk, it is recommended that you phone ahead to ensure the office is open. 903-429-6225
Collinsville Municipal Court is a limited jurisdiction court serving the citizens
of the City of Collinsville, Texas.
The Court has jurisdiction over traffic violations, parking citations and local
ordinances that include shoplifting, disturbances, assaults, code violations, animal
violations and domestic violence matters.
The Municipal Court Judge and Court Clerk are appointed by the City Council.
We now offer online payment of traffic citations.A processing fee will apply.
Traffic citation payments can also be made by phone at 800-444-1187, Mon-Fri 8 am to 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm.
You must appear either in Person or by Mail by your appearance date shown on the bottom of your citation. Failure to respond to the charges filed against you by your appearance date will result in a “Violate Promise to Appear” charge, and warrants being issued for your arrest, and possible denial renewal of your Drivers’ License.
If you wish to appear before your court date, it is recommended that you phone ahead to ensure that the court is open. You may call 903-429-6225.
A CONVICTION OF AN OFFENSE UNDER A TRAFFIC LAW OF THIS STATE OR A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY RESULT IN THE ASSESSMENT ON YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE OF A SURCHARGE UNDER THE DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM.
JUVENILES (UNDER THE AGE OF 17) ARE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE IN OPEN COURT WITH A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE THE COURT WITH A CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS.
Your first appearance is to determine your plea. You must appear at the court offices located at City Hall during business hours on or before the date listed on your citation. You may process most procedures with the assistance of the court clerk during this visit. You may choose to enter your plea by mail as long as it is postmarked by the initial appearance date listed on your citation.
With a plea of No Contest or Guilty you will be waiving your right to a jury trial. With a plea of Not Guilty, you may choose to waive your right to a Jury trial and the court will proceed to a trial by Judge.
With all Not guilty pleas, the case will first proceed to a Pre-trial. Your case will be assigned to a docket, and you will be notofied of the date and time.
If you wish to enter a plea of Guilty/No contest, and pay the fine, please indicate on the Plea form and return with your full payment. A Plea of Guilty/No Contest means that you waive your right to a jury trial. If you cannot pay the fine, you are required to contact the court (in person) for an extension to pay the fine or to request a payment plan ($25.00 time payment fee is required). The Judge/Court Clerk is the only one that can grant an extension or payment plan.
Payments accepted are Cash, Cashiers’ Check, Money Orders and Credit Cards (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover) There is an additional fee added to the total amount when using a credit card. No personal checks are accepted.
Deferred Disposition must be requested in person. You must enter a Plea of Guilty/No Contest and request probation from the court. If probation is granted, you will be assessed the fine amount plus a $35.00 fee. You will be given a (90) day probationary period in most cases. If the probationary period is successfully completed, your citation will be dismissed. Effective 9/2005, Defendants under the age of 25 who are requesting Deferred Disposition are required to also complete a Driving Safety Course. (CCP, 45.051) (Commercial DL not eligible).
DRIVING SAFETY COURSE
You must request (in person) on or before your court appearance date in order to take Driving Safety course to dismiss citation.
Requirements: (Texas Residents Only)
You must have a valid Texas driver’s license (Commercial DL not eligible).
Your violation must have been a moving violation.
Speeding violations must have been less than 25 miles over posted speed.
Must not have completed course in the past 12 months.
You must have proof of liability insurance in your name.
Enter a plea of No Contest/Guilty.
Pay the Court $109.10 court cost fee ($134.10 for school zone).
Obtain your driving record (Type 3A) from the State. Driver Records from DPS can now be ordered delivered and printed online. To complete an online Driver Record request, the requestor must have a current DL/ID card, a valid credit card, the last four digits of their Social Security Number, Adobe Reader and a working printer. The Driver Record must be printed at the end of the transaction. Records ordered online will no longer be mailed. Go to the DPS website at www.txdps.state.tx.us, choose the TX Driver License page and click on “Request Driver Record.”
Complete your Driving Safety Course and return certificate of completion and driving record (Type 3A) back to the Court within 90 days of appearance date (extensions are not granted).
Deferred Disposition or Driving Safety Course must be successfully completed before the charge will be dismissed.
Failure of completion will result in conviction of charges and payment of original citation fine.
Violations such as expired drivers’ license, expired motor vehicle inspection or registration may be eligible to have the citation dismissed if you meet all of the following:
Expired less than 60 days (no exceptions).
Violation corrected within 10 days of issuance of citation.
Provide proof and pay a $20.00 dismissal fee to the court(Proof must be acceptable by court).
Failure to maintain financial responsibility may be dismissed by bringing proof in person with no dismissal fee. If you did not have current insurance at the time the citation was issued, you are not eligible for dismissal.
If you choose to enter a Plea of Not Guilty, you must appear in person on your appearance date and time to enter your plea in open court.
If you FAIL TO APPEAR in court for the prosecution of the offense or FAIL TO PAY or satisfy a judgement ordering the payment of a fine and cost in the manner ordered by the court, you may be denied renewal of your driver license. This court participates in the Omnibase Program.