No. You are not required to have an attorney represent you. You may hire an attorney if you desire, but it is not required. Most defendants in municipal court do not use an attorney.
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Please read the information pamphlet given to you along with your citation. This pamphlet will explain most of your options. If you still have questions, additional information is available on the municipal court webpage. If you wish to speak to court staff, please wait at least three business days as the police department must first file the charge with the court. Our phone number is 830-248-1504.
JUVENILES - All defendants 16 years or younger are required to appear before the judge with a parent or legal guardian. The court will notify you of your arraignment date by mail to the address listed on the citation. Disregard the appearance date on your citation.
MINORS - All defendants age 17-20 charged with alcohol/tobacco/drug paraphernalia/theft or disorderly conduct offenses must also appear before the judge. If you are under the age of 18, you must appear with a parent or legal guardian. The court will notify you of your arraignment date by mail to the address listed on the citation. Disregard the appearance date on your citation.
If you wish to plead not guilty, check whether you want a trial by judge or by jury on the pamphlet provided to you with the citation and submit it to the court on or before your scheduled appearance date. You will then be scheduled for a mandatory pretrial hearing and will be notified of this hearing date by mail.
You have the right to have a jury trial by six persons of this community. You may waive this option and have the case heard by the municipal judge. The judge or jury will determine guilt or innocence based on the merits of each individual case. If you do not wish to have a trial you will need to enter a plea of “no contest” or “guilty."
The court clerks at the window can explain all the options available to you. They cannot give you legal advice. If you would like to discuss any circumstances related to the citation they can set you for a court docket to speak with the prosecutor. You may request this in person by fax or by mail.
Your initial appearance is required to be made no later than the date assigned on your citation. Your initial appearance is to answer to the charge and to enter a plea. You may do this in person, by fax, or by mail. You cannot enter an appearance by phone.
Juveniles and Minors (under 21) may require a mandatory appearance before the judge and will be mailed an arraignment notice. Refer to the special instructions for juveniles and minors listed on the court pamphlet.
A plea of guilty may be used against you later in a civil suit if there was a traffic accident when you were cited. They can say you were at fault or responsible for the accident because you plead guilty to the traffic charge. A plea of no contest may not be used against you in a subsequent civil suit for damages.
There are two options to try and keep the offense off your driving record. The first one is to request the Driver's Safety Course. The second one is to request Deferred Disposition (probation). These two options are covered in more detail in the pamphlet the officer gave you with the citation and on the municipal court webpage.
Many offenses may be paid without making an appearance in person. You may pay the total amount due online on the city website by selecting Online Payments, by calling 830-248-1504 to pay by credit card, or by mailing a check or money order to: Boerne Municipal Court, 124 Old San Antonio Rd., Boerne, TX 78006. Payment in full online or by phone constitutes a plea of "no contest" and will result in the offense being reported as a conviction on your driving record.
Upon entering a plea of no contest or guilty the court can grant a 30-day extension to pay. This option is available on the pamphlet provided to you with the citation. If you fail to pay the full amount within 30 days, the court is required by law to impose a time payment fee of $25 per violation. Requesting an extension to pay will result in the offense being reported as a conviction on your driving record. In some cases the court may grant an extension beyond the initial 30 days.
No. Texas State Law requires that you enter a plea on your own behalf. The only exception is an attorney may enter a plea for you.
No. All requests must be timely submitted in person or in writing by mail or fax to 830-331-9465.
No. You must contact the Justice of the Peace court listed on your citation.
You may pay with cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).