FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR EXTENSIONS AND PAYMENT PLANS
Do I have
to drive to Decatur to the JP Office?
No, you may request an
application from the Justice of the Peace (JP) office or you can download
the application from the JP#1 web site and then mail or fax the completed
application to the court. We will verify at least 2 contact numbers. Once
a payment agreement is established you will be mailed a copy of the
agreement. The payment agreement may be signed at the JP#1 office when the
payment is made OR the signed agreement may be mailed along with your first
payment to the Court. Failure to pay your fines and court costs
will result in a warrant for your immediate arrest and/or a hold being
placed on your driver’s license.
Do I need
to make a payment today? How much?
In most cases, you will have
10 days from the date of sentencing to pay your fine in full or request a
payment plan. If you request a payment plan, a significant payment will
be required the day of sentencing or within 72 hours. A $25 “time
payment fee” is assessed per case for any payment plan.
What happens if I do not contact the Court and execute my Court ordered
A warrant will be issued
for your immediate arrest and/or there will be a hold placed on your
driver’s license through the OMNI Datasystem. It is the defendant’s
responsibility to complete their financial responsibility and to advise the
Court of any address changes.
What happens if I do not fill out my application in full?
You will be asked
to complete the application and failure to do so will delay the process. If
you do not know the answer to the question write “I do not know” or place a
question mark where your answer should be. If a question does not apply to
your circumstances write N/A (non-applicable). All the spaces must be
filled in for the application to be complete.
Will the information I give on the application be verified and checked?
Yes, some of the
information will be verified before you leave. Other items will be checked
after your payment plan is signed and executed.
What happens if I do not tell the truth on the application?
Giving wrongful or
false information on your application may result in your prosecution for the
offense of aggravated perjury, a felony punishable by imprisonment no to
exceed ten (10) years and a fine not to exceed ten thousand ($10,000) or
both fine and imprisonment.
During the 10 days after sentencing and before I must enter a payment plan,
can I pay it off in full early? How?
Yes, you may go to
the JP#1 office and pay with cash, money order, or cashier’s check in person
or you may pay by mail. You may also pay on-line with a credit or debit
card, however; you must contact the Court for information on your case
before doing this, and there is a convenience fee added. No
personal checks accepted.
What happens if I make a payment and forget to make the rest?
You will be
notified by phone and given written notice when you become delinquent on
your payments. If you do not comply with all the provisions of your Court
ordered payment plan, at some point your case will be remanded to the OMNI
Datasystem to place a hold on your driver’s license and/or a warrant will be
issued for your arrest.
How long do I have to pay out my fines, court costs and fees?
The majority of the
payment plans are structured where 100% of your fines, court costs and fees
will be paid within thirty days of your court sentence.
The Court accepts
money orders, cashier’s checks, and cash at our office located at 205 N. State
Street, Decatur Texas Monday through Friday 8:00 am until Noon and 1:00 pm until
Money orders and
cashier’s checks are accepted by mail at: P.O. Box 509, Decatur, TX 76234,
while credit and debit cards are accepted on the internet through Official
Payments or by calling Official Payments at
NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS ON ANY FINES
MAKING A PAYMENT VIA CREDIT CARD YOU MUST FIRST CALL THE COURT TO GET ALL
REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR PROPER PROCESSING OF YOUR PAYMENT.
Court phone number
YOU WILL NEED TO
KNOW THE FOLLOWING BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH YOUR PAYMENT:
AMOUNT THAT YOU NEED TO PAY –
(CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR PARTIAL PAYMENTS)
DOCKET NUMBER OR CAUSE NUMBER
& DRIVER’S LICENCE NUMBER.
JURISDICTION CODE #: 7301
A CONVENIENCE FEE OF $5.95
WILL BE CHARGED TO MAKE YOUR PAYMENT
BE SURE TO GET THE
CONFIRMATION NUMBER WHEN MAKING YOUR PAYMENT.
THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF CASES
CANNOT BE PAID ONLINE AND YOU MUST CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE COURT.
Juveniles (under age 17) MUST appear in person with a parent or guardian
over age 17 charged with alcohol, tobacco and failure to attend school
offenses must make a personal appearance in court with a parent or legal
related offenses carry additional requirements and therefore must be paid
directly to the Court.
partial payments accepted.
Safety Course Deferral must be negotiated through the Court.
IF YOU ARE IN THE
OMNIDATA SYSTEM AND YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE CANNOT BE RENEWED OR IF YOU
HAVE A WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST YOU MUST CONTACT THIS OFFICE BY PHONE OR APPEAR
PLEASE BE AWARE
that by paying online through this service YOU WILL BE ENTERING A PLEA
OF NO CONTEST AND WAIVING A JURY TRIAL FOR THE CHARGES AGAINST YOU.
(Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 27.14 (c) states: “In a misdemeanor
case for which the maximum possible punishment is by fine only, payment of a
fine or an amount accepted by the Court constitutes a finding of guilty in open
Court as though a plea of nolo contendere had been entered by the defendant and
constitutes a waiver of a jury trial in writing.” Your citation will be
reported to the Department of Public Safety and may have points and/or
ONCE YOU HAVE READ
ALL THE INFORMATION ABOVE, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND YOU WILL BE
REDIRECTED TO OFFICIAL PAYMENTS. INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND
Web Payment Instructions
Instrucciones para hacer pagos atreves del Internet
- Go to
- Choose Make
- Choose Local
- Choose State
(or Jurisdiction Code #7301)
Payment Type, Choose Continue
Amount, Choose Continue
- Read Terms,
Payment Information, Choose Continue
- Review Information, Choose
Confirmation Number acts as your receipt, if you do not get a
confirmation number your payment was not processed.
Elegir hacer un pago
Escoger pago local
el número de jurisdicción 7301
Escoger el tipo de pago que desea
hacer y apretar continuar
la cantidad del pago deseada y apretar continuar
Leer los términos de uso del
servicio y aceptarlos
toda la información personal y apretar continuar
Revisar la información y luego
apretar el botón para procesar el pago
Su número de confirmación será su
recibo de pago si usted no recibe un numero de confirmación el pago no