Alcohol Related Offenses By Minors
Driver Safety Course
Affidavit of Military Status
Continuance Request Form
You may be eligible to take a
Driving Safety Course if you are charged with a moving violation other than
speeding 25 miles over the posted speed limit, have not taken a Driving Safety
Course within the past 12 months and did not commit any of the following
545.066 passing a school bus
545.421 fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
550.022 accident involving damage to vehicle
550.023 duty to give information and render aid
522.003 serious traffic violation which concerns a commercial motor vehicle
Sec. 542.404 construction zone WITH workers
CDL HOLDERS ARE
to Request Driver Safety Course
To qualify for a Driving
Safety Course you must present to the Court in person an oral or written request
to take the Driving Safety Course; or mail a written request to take the Driving
Safety Course by certified mail, return receipt requested, post marked on or
before the plea due date on the notice to appear.
You will need to pay $112.10
at the time of your request by Cashierís Check, Credit Card, or Money Order. We accept cash
if paying in person.
Upon the Courtís receipt of
the request and $112.10 payment, you will receive the affidavit and
instructions. The Court shall defer the proceedings and allow a person 90 days
to complete a Driving Safety Course. The person will be required to present a
uniform certificate of course completion as written evidence that after the
alleged violation the person successfully completed a Driving Safety Course
approved by the Texas Education Agency and to present a certified copy of their
driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety by the given 90 day
DO NOT TAKE THE DRIVING SAFETY COURSE UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED
PERMISSION FROM THE COURT
When making your request you will need to:
- Enter a
of either no contest or guilty along with a written request to take a
Driving Safety Course.
- You must provide a copy of your
Driverís License. You must have a valid Texas Driverís
- You must provide proof of financial
responsibility. Your name must appear on the insurance card
or policy and must be in effect at the time you make your request.
- Include the $112.10 court
cost by money order, cashierís check, or credit card.
PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED.
To request a certified copy of your driving record from
the Texas Department of Public Safety, click
YOU ARE 16 YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON WITH A PARENT OR LEGAL
GUARDIAN BEFORE JUDGE POYNOR.
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Deferred Disposition Application
Requirements for consideration of Deferred Disposition in Justice Court, Precinct 4:
YOU CANNOT REQUEST DEFERRED IF CHARGED WITH THE FOLLOWING:
A violation that occurred in a Construction Zone with Workers Present
A serious traffic violations
Speeding violations of more than 24 mph over the speed limit
Charged with a speed of 95 mph or more even if the charge is less than 24 mph over the speed limit
Commercial Drivers License
A defendant must enter a plea of no contest or guilty to request Deferred Disposition
in person or by mail, (if mailed, please send a self addressed stamped envelope
and call Court for amount owed
A copy of your personal insurance card
A copy of your driverís license
A Drivers Safety Course will be ordered when there has been an accident
A Drivers Safety Course will be ordered if under the age of 25 at the time of the offense
A Driving Test with the Department of Public Safety will be ordered if you have a ďprovisionalĒ drivers license
Payment Method for Deferred
Cash, (only if in person), via mail, Cashier's Check or Money Order, Credit Card
*NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED*
Related Offenses by Minors
IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A CITATION OR HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES,
YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON BEFORE JUDGE POYNOR WITHIN TEN DAYS OF THE CITATION ISSUED OR TEN DAYS AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM CUSTODY.
FAILURE TO APPEAR MAY RESULT IN YOUR DRIVERíS LICENSE
Art. 106.02. Purchase Alcohol by a Minor: A minor commits an offense if the minor purchases an alcoholic beverage.
Art. 106.025. Attempt to Purchase Alcohol by a Minor: A minor commits an offense if the minor does an act amounting to more than mere preparation that tends, but fails to effect the commission of the offense intended.
Art. 106.04. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: A minor commits an offense if the minor consumes an alcoholic beverage outside the visible presence of his parent/guardian or adult spouse.
Art. 106.05. Possession of Alcohol by a Minor: A minor commits an offense if the minor possesses an alcoholic beverage outside the visible presence of his parent/guardian or adult spouse or outside the scope of a function of his employment.
Art. 106.07. Misrepresentation of age by a Minor: A minor commits an offense if the minor falsely states that he is 21 years of age or older or presents any document that indicates he is 21 years of age or older to a person engaged in selling or serving alcoholic beverages.
Art. 106.041. Driving under the influence of alcohol by a Minor: A minor commits an offense if the minor operates a motor vehicle in a public place while having any detectable amount of alcohol in the minorís system.
PC Art. 49.02. Public Intoxication by a Minor: A minor commits an offense in the minor appears in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that the minor may endanger himself or another person.
Art 106.071. Punishment for alcohol related offenses by a minor:
Payment of Court Cost
Fine Range is $1.00 to $500.00
8 to 12 hours Community Service
Driverís License Suspension of 30 days (AT THE COURTíS DISCRETION)
Completion of an Alcohol Awareness Course within 90 days
FAILURE TO COMPLETE PENALTIES:
Art. 106.115. The court shall order the Department of Public Safety to suspend the defendantís driverís license for a period not to exceed six (6) months or to deny issuance of a license for the same period.