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Court Payments

METHODS OF PAYMENT

All forms of payment accepted: CASH, CHECKS (no personal checks for warrants), MONEY ORDERS and CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS (Processing fees apply).

Payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.

In Person: Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Katy Municipal Court located at 5432 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77493

Online: Click HERE

Phone: Please call 800-444-1187. Payment can be made Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

By Mail:  Check made payable to Katy Municipal Court; mail to Katy Municipal Court, 5432 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77493

24/7 Dropbox: Located in front of the Municipal Court building

 

FINES

The amount of fine the court assesses is determined only by the facts and circumstances of the case.  Window fines have been determined and set by the Presiding Judge.  Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine, even if you are guilty.  On the other hand, aggravating circumstances may increase the fine.  The maximum fine for most municipal court traffic violations is $200; other State law violations, including penal code violations may be up to $500; city ordinance violations $500 and other city ordinance violations can be up to $2,000 including Health and Sanitation Code violations.  If you have a jury trial, you may request either the Judge or the Jury to assess the fine amount which may be from $1 to $200 for traffic violations. 

COURT COSTS

Various court costs are mandated by state law and will be charged.  The costs are different depending on the offense.  You will need to check with the court for the fine and court costs amount of the violation for which you are charged.  If a warrant is issued and served or processed by a peace officer, an additional $50 fee is assessed and may have an additional fee of $30 which is to place the denial of the renewal of your driver’s license.  If you go to trial, you may have to also pay the costs of overtime paid to a peace officer for time spent testifying the trial.  If you request a jury trial, a $3 jury fee is assessed. 

JUVENILES:  All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their case(s).  The parent/guardian of any juvenile charged in municipal court is required to be present in court with his or her child. 

WARRANTS

Must be paid in full. You may pay an acitve warrant of arrest using our online and phone payment options. You are still subject to arrest until the Judge has accepted your payment and the case has been processed. The court will receive your payment the following business day; however, on weekends and holidays your payment will not be processed until the next business day following the weekend or holiday.

PAYMENT PLANS

You must appear in court on your court date to request a payment plan from the Judge.

NOTICE: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT VOLUNTARY PAYMENT WILL RESULT IN A CONVICTION AND WILL BE REPORTED TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND MAY RESULT IN THE ASSESSMENT OF SURCHARGE FEES UNDER THE DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM.  

By entering a plea of guilty or no contest, you are declining to request any discovery in your case and waiving your right to a jury trial.

A Plea of GUILTY means that you admit that the act is prohibited by law, that you committed the act charged, and that you have no legal defense for your act. You should understand the following: You are innocent until proven guilty. Your plea of guilty may be used against you later in a civil suit. (e.g., if there was a traffic accident another party can say you were at fault or responsible for the accident because you pled guilty to the traffic charge.

A Plea of NO CONTEST means that you do not contest the charge against you. You will almost certainly be found guilty, unless you are eligible and successfully complete a driving safety course and/or deferred disposition. Also, a plea of no contest cannot be used against you in a subsequent civil suit for damages.

A plea of NOT GUILTY. You must appear in Court on your court date and plead Not Guilty in front of the Prosecutor.

 

 

 
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