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How to Handle Your Citation

INITIAL APPEARANCE

You must appear within
20 business days from the date of citation.  A phone call, fax, or email does not constitute an appearance.  Inability to pay fine/costs is not an excuse for failure to respond.

The law requires you to make an appearance in your case.  Your first appearance is to determine your plea.  You have the right to retain an attorney; it is not required.  You may represent yourself.  You or your attorney may appear in person in open court or by mail.  

Under certain circumstances, some offenses may be eligible for dismissal

Juveniles and Minors (Juveniles, all offenses; Minors, Alcohol and Tobacco charges) must appear in open court on the date/time set by the court.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  
 

First, determine your plea.  Enter a plea by using the REPLY FORM on your citation, the court's Plea Form, or on the appropriate Request Form and sign.  Second, choose Option #1,
Option #2, Option #3, or Option #4. 

OPTION #1:  Upon a plea of No Contest/Guilty, waiver of jury trial, pay the fine/costs in person, by mail, or pay online at trafficpayment.com.  (Please note a convenience fee applies to debit or credit card transactions.)
Please be advised that payment will result in a conviction and forfeits any right to request a Driving Safety Course or Deferred Disposition for possible dismissal of your citation.  A conviction of an offense under a traffic law of this State or political subdivision of this State may result in an assessment of your driver’s license of a surcharge under the Driver Responsibility Program. 

OPTION #2: 
Upon a plea of No Contest/Guilty, waiver of jury trial, if eligible, request
Driving Safety Course
.

OPTION #3: 
Upon a plea of No Contest/Guilty, waiver of jury trial, if eligible, request
Deferred Disposition
.

OPTION # 4: 
Upon a plea of Not Guilty: 
IN PERSON:  Present your Driver License or Identification Card to the clerk and sign for your court date set by the court; or    
BY MAIL:  Make a copy of Driver License or Identification Card and
mail to the court along with your completed REPLY FORM or PLEA FORM. A court date will be mailed to the address on the citation.

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 Celina Municipal Court. However, neither the Court nor the City of Celina 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.