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Resolving Your Violation

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  • NEW BUSINESS DAYS for Municipal Court  ---- 
  •  Monday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • --- COURT is CLOSED on FRIDAYs ---
  • There will not be court staff available to assist you on Fridays.
  • You can submit documents and payments, but you will need to follow up with court staff the next business day.  It is your responsibility to comply with all rules and regulations of the court to ensure you are following proper procedures to resolve your citation in a timely and correct manner.

****  If you need information about a new citation, please read the information document the officer gave you with your citation. 
That document is very important.  You need to select one plea option PER violation, completely fill out the lowest portion of the form, and submit that original form with your original citation back to the court not later than the 20th day from the date of your citation.  (That date is shown in the "Court Information" section in the center of your citation.)

****  To find out the amount of your fine, you can go online   https://www.govrec.com/home/rhomecitx 
You can also look on the Rhome Municipal Court website  https://www.cityofrhome.com/departments/municipal_court.php, click on the sub-tab "F.A.Q." (Frequently Asked Questions), and scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of the most common violations/fine amounts. I am still updating the list so if you do not see what you are looking for, please feel free to contact me.
                         My email is:  kadams@cityofrhome.com
                        Phone to leave voice message:    817-636-2333

    
2024 GREAT TEXAS WARRANT ROUNDUP
WHAT IS THE WARRANT ROUND UP?
Law enforcement agencies statewide are joining forces from February 23rd through mid-April
for the "Great Texas Warrant Roundup 2024".

If you have active arrest warrants on old, unpaid citations, you’ve likely been notified, via mail or telephone from Graves Humphries Stahl LTD for collections purposes on behalf of this court regarding outstanding citations.

To get the outstanding balance/balances ------

You can call the court at 817-636-2333    OR    email the court at kadams@cityofrhome.com
Or you pay online at https://www.govrec.com/home/rhomecitx

***  If you wish to enter a plea of Guilty or No Contest, waive your right to trial by jury or by judge, and accept a conviction of the violation, y
ou can pay the balance online at: https://www.govrec.com/home/rhomecitx, or by Money Order or Cashier's Check - made payable to City of Rhome, or in person with cash (exact amount required).
*** If you wish to speak with the Prosecutor to negotiate the violations, you do have the right to submit a written request for a court setting.  Your written request can be submitted by mail or by email.  You would be required to appear in person to speak with the Prosecutor to resolve your citation.  
PLEASE KNOW.........You will NOT be arrested if you come to the court in person to resolve your citation. 
*** You also have the right to hire an attorney to resolve the citation on your behalf. Municipal courts do NOT appoint attorneys.
*** If you choose to pay your fine without submitting a formal written plea to the court, or if you are granted credit for jail time served at a County-level jail or higher, your violation will be closed as a "conviction" and may appear on your driving record and/or criminal record.

______________________________________*****   IMPORTANT NOTICE  *****

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN PERSON AT ALL SCHEDULED COURT SETTINGS IN THIS COURT
** UNLESS YOU HIRE A LICENSED ATTORNEY TO APPEAR ON YOUR BEHALF **
***  FAILURE TO APPEAR AS ORDERED AT A COURT SETTING MAY RESULT IN......
>  A "FAILURE TO APPEAR VIOLATION" BEING ISSUED with an additional fine/fees/costs
>  A WARRANT MAY BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST with an additional fee
>  A HOLD MAY BE PLACED ON YOUR DRIVER LICENSE with additional fees
>  AND COLLECTIONS STATUS MAY BE APPLIED with additional fees

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Under our American system of justice, all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


*** Your plea must be entered in writing ***   A telephone call does NOT constitute an “appearance”.

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You must submit your plea in writing either in person or by mail within 20 calendar days from the date of your citation (the plea deadline, also noted as the "appear by" date, is printed on your citation in the "court information" section).

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You need to carefully read both sides of the instructional plea document you were given with your citation. If you did not receive an instruction document with your citation, it is very important you email the court at municipalcourt@cityofrhome.com and ask for it to be emailed to you.  Or you can go to the court and fill it out there in person.

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Your plea options are listed on the lowest portion of the document.  Read each one very carefully.  If you have questions regarding whether you qualify for a particular option, please contact the court clerk at 817-636-2333 or by email at municipalcourt@cityofrhome.com 
- Class A and B commercial license holders do not qualify for options 2 (deferral) or 3 (driver safety course) for Rules of the Road (moving violations), per Texas DPS laws.

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You must select one option per violation (you can possibly choose the same option for multiple violations. Contact the court to see if you qualify).

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Please be aware---if you fail to submit your written plea either in person or by mail as required by law within the 20 day deadline, a subsequent violation of Violate Promise to Appear may be issued and additional fines/fees/costs assessed.  As well, a warrant may be issued for your arrest and a hold may be placed on your driver license preventing you from renewing your license and/or registration of your vehicle until the citation has been resolved in full.
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**** After you have thoroughly read the instruction document outlining your plea options but still have questions, you can contact the court....
email:  kadams@cityofrhome.com
phone:  817-636-2333
Business Hours:  Tuesday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

Do not delay - if you are not sure of your options, please contact the court clerk immediately.
You only have 20 calendar days to enter an appearance and submit your written plea.

PLEA:   NOT GUILTY  ,  GUILTY  ,  OR  NOLO CONTENDRE (NO CONTEST)
1.  NOT GUILTY - means that you deny guilt of the violation, or that you have an affirmative defense in your case.
You are entitled to request a trial by jury (Jury Trial) or you can waive a jury and request a trial by judge (Bench Trial).
You have the right to represent yourself (Pro Se) or you have the right to hire an attorney to represent you.
You will be put on a court docket and will receive (by regular USPS mail) the formal setting notice with the date and time of your setting.
2.  GUILTY - means that you admit you committed the violation charged against you and that you have no defense or excuse for your unlawful act.  (A plea of Guilty may be used against you in a civil suit)
3.  NOLO CONTENDRE (NO CONTEST) - means that you do not plea Guilty, but you do not wish to contest the charge against you. (A plea of nolo contendere (no contest) cannot be used against you in a civil suit.)
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ENTER YOUR PLEA - (Plea options printed on instruction document given to you by the citing officer):
Please note:  The presiding judge in this court has standing orders with stipulations not noted on your citation regarding plea options #2 and #3  (contact the court if questions)


1.    Plea of Not Guilty – Contest the citation and request a trial by judge or by jury.

2.    Plea Guilty or No Contest (circle one) – Waive your right to trial by jury (Jury Trial) or trial by judge (Bench Trial), accept a conviction of the violation, agree to pay the fine/court costs/state fees within 45 calendar days from the date of the citation.  The violation will be closed as a conviction and may appear on your driving record and/or criminal record.

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Plea Guilty or No Contest (circle one) –  Waive your right to trial by jury (Jury Trial) or trial by judge (Bench Trial) and request Deferred Disposition (probation) for ticket dismissal.  You agree to pay the fine/costs/fees assessed plus $50.00 deferral fee within 30 days, no new violations in the City of Rhome for 90 days, and the violation will be dismissed upon successful completion of ALL deferral terms.
--- The presiding judge for this court has standing orders regarding other conditions of deferral that may apply to you.
--- If you received a speeding violation and the alleged speed is more than 20% over the posted speed limit, the judge may require additional deferral conditions for dismissal.
--- If you were involved in an accident, deferral is not a "window" option.  You must request a court setting and will be required to appear in person to discuss the violation with the State's Attorney (prosecutor) and can request deferral at that time.  It will be up to the State if an offer of deferral is to be made.
    Class A or Class B Commercial License holders are NOT ELIGIBLE for Deferred Disposition (probation) for any violation, per Texas State Statute.

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Plea Guilty or No Contest and request to take a Texas Driver Safety Course for ticket dismissal.
***  (You cannot have taken a Driver Safety Course for ticket dismissal within the past 12 months prior to the date of your citation for any other court in any state.)
***   When you submit your citation with your plea marked to take a DSC for ticket dismissal, you must also submit the following with your citation:
       a.  A clear copy of your current and valid Texas Class C Driver License or military license (or the spouse/dependent of military)
       b.  A copy of your Auto Insurance ID Card showing that it is current and effective for at least the next 90 days and must
            show you as a covered driver.  If you do not own a vehicle, you can provide a "non-owner's coverage" policy.
       c.  A copy of your Type 3-A Driving Record you can print from the TX DPS website:
            https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/txldrcdr/TXDPSLicenseeManager
      d.  You must pay court costs & state fees in the amount of $144.00 (or $169.00 if the violation was in a school zone)
      e.  You must complete a Texas Driver Safety Course within 90 days from the date of your plea (online or in-person course
            is acceptable)
           *** Google or search:  "TDLR Approved Texas Driver Safety Course"  (not a Driver Education Course)
           *** Pick one that states  "Free email delivery of certificate of completion"          
           *** Pick one that costs $25.00,  6-hour Driver Safety Course  (choose "Course Only" - you do NOT need the driving
                record from the DSC course company.  You will print it from the TX DPS website above.)
          *** Print the certificate of completion - you need to sign both the top certificate and bottom certificate.  Submit the
               ORIGINAL, SIGNED TOP "COURT COPY" certificate to the court on or before your due date assigned by the court.
               You need to mail the lower portion INSURANCE COPY to your insurance company. (An emailed certificate will not
               be accepted by the court.)
-- - Out of state license holders do not have the option to take a Driver Safety Course for ticket dismissal unless you are active military, or spouse/dependent of active military member.
-- - Class A & B Commercial license holders are NOT ELIGIBLE for DSC, per the State DPS statute.



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FIX-IT VIOLATIONS SUCH AS EXPIRED INSPECTION, EXPIRED DL, PROOF OF VALID AUTO INSURANCE, WINDOW FILM (window film-removal of film, or UV compliance proof, is required for dismissal)
---  All "Fix-it Tickets" must be resolved within 20 calendar days from the issue date of the citation.  You must also pay any required Dismissal Fee at the same time (dismissal fees in CASH ONLY /exact amount required (court does not have change) - contact the court for the dismissal fee amount.
---  If you received a citation for Expired Registration violation, you must tell the DMV when you go to renew your registration that you received a citation for expired registration.  The DMV is required to collect a "Late Registration Fee"If you do not pay the "late" fee to the DMV, the court cannot dismiss your violation as "Compliance Dismissal".
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ALTERNATIVES TO FULL PAYMENT :  Time Payment Plan, Community Service, Indigent Status, Jail Credit
If you enter a plea of Guilty or No Contest, waive a trial by jury or by judge, and accept the conviction of the violation, but are unable to pay the fine in full by deadline, you can submit a written request for a payment plan hearing, or you can request an "Indigency Hearing" if you feel you are truly qualified as Indigent Status.  It is your responsibility to research to see if you qualify for "indigent status".  Upon receiving your written request, you will be scheduled for a hearing.  The judge will discuss your financial situation to decide how best to accommodate your ability to pay and may present alternative options to payment in full.