Deferred Disposition

Deferred disposition is NOT a right but is a privilege offered at the sole discretion of the Judge. 
 

In limited circumstances, if you are entering a plea of guilty or no contest, you may be eligible for a deferred disposition (probation) of your citation.
 

To be considered for deferred disposition, you must meet ALL of the eligibility requirements. Failure to meet all eligibility requirements or to fully complete the application process will result in the denial of your request and may result in the entry of a judgment (conviction) against you. 
 

Applying for a deferred disposition of your case does NOT guarantee that deferred disposition will be granted. The Judge reserves the right to adjust the administrative fee on a Deferred sentence, considering such factors as priors, circumstances of the offense, et cetera.  

* You are responsible for following up on your request for deferred disposition and making sure your charges were timely answered. If  deferred disposition is granted and you comply with all the terms of the deferred disposition order, the charge will be dismissed at the  end of the deferral period and no final conviction will be entered against you for that offense. 

* You DO have to pay the administration fee and Court cost (state fees) on a Deferred.

* The deferral period can last anywhere from one (1) day up to one hundred and eighty (180) days.

* Depending on the type of violation, there will be certain terms and conditions associated with your deferred disposition. 

* Failure to make your payment and meet all the other terms of your deferral as ordered will violate your Deferred Disposition Order.    Violation of the Deferred Order will result in a show cause hearing before the Judge.


Failure to appear for your show cause hearing will result in a conviction on the offense, imposition of a fine, and possibly a capias pro fine for your arrest.

On average, the Judge increases the administrative fee on all NON-school zone violations and code violations that are deferred by fifty ($50.00).  This is for a single violation.  To calculate the amount due for your deferred disposition, first click on the Fine List, find your violation, and increase the total amount due by $50.00.  

If you are unsure of how much you will owe, will also owe restitution, or have multiple violations, contact the Court at (409) 769-7452 for more information and to make sure you are eligible.
 

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are asking for deferred on more than one violation, the Judge will determine the amount of the administrative fee on a case by case basis if he grants the request. As stated above, applying for a deferred disposition of your case does NOT guarantee that deferred disposition will be granted.


You are NOT eligible for deferred if you:

* Hold a commercial driver’s license, even if you were driving a non-commercial vehicle

* Are charged with one of the following sections of the Transportation Code; 

*  Sec. 472.022 – Construction zone when workers are present 

There may be other reasons that you are not eligible for deferred disposition. Each case is unique and must be reviewed prior to granting a deferred disposition. If you send in paperwork and are not eligible, you will be notified by mail, e-mail, or telephone to select another option to handle your case. 

* As with everything else, Juveniles (under the age of 17) must appear in person with a parent or legal guardian to request deferred.

* Minors charged with an alcohol or tobacco related offense must appear before the Judge to request deferred disposition.

* Individuals that were involved in an accident (vehicle crash) and received a citation must appear before the Judge to request         deferred disposition.

* Individuals charged with an offense that occurred in a SCHOOL ZONE must appear before the Judge to ask for deferred disposition.

* Individuals charged with speeding twenty-five (25) or more MPH over the speed limit or at a speed of ninety (90) MPH or greater  must appear before the Judge to ask for deferred disposition.

* Individuals charged with passing a school bus or failing to remain stopped for a school bus must appear before the Judge to ask for  deferred disposition.


REQUESTING DEFERRED DISPOSITION:  If you have determined that you are eligible and intend to appear in person to request deferred, we will process your deferred paperwork for you.  Be sure to bring your valid driver's license or other official identification, and payment in full unless other arrangements have been made.  

Moving Violation Deferred terms (25 years of age and older):

* Complete and file with the Court the deferred disposition request form. 

* Mail, with the completed form, the total amount due for your deferred disposition.

* Mail, with the completed form, a copy of your driver’s license or  other official identification.

* The Judge recommends that you call the Court to make sure we received your paperwork and that everything was in order.  

* DO NOT be convicted of a moving violation during the deferral period.

* Violation of the Deferred Order will result in a show cause hearing before the Judge. Failure to appear for your show cause hearing    will result in a conviction on the offense, imposition of fine, and a capias pro fine for your arrest.

Your case will be reviewed and if approved, you will be mailed a copy of your Deferred Order with the terms listed above and the dates of your deferral period. 

If rejected, you will be notified by mail the reason for the denial and that you must contact the Court for other options.  

If you are not able to pay the deferral fee in full, mail a payment plan application with your deferred request.


Moving Violation Deferred terms (age 17 to 24):

* Complete and file with the Court the deferred disposition request form.

* Mail, with the completed form, the total amount due for your deferred disposition.

* Mail, with the completed form, a copy of your driver’s license or other official identification.

* The Judge recommends that you call the Court to make sure we received your paperwork and that everything was in order.

* DO NOT be convicted of a moving violation during the deferral period.

* Due to your age and pursuant to state law, you will be required to complete and turn in a driving safety course completion certificate  within ninety (90) days of filing for deferred. Do not take the course until you receive confirmation that your deferred disposition was  granted.

* NOTE: Pursuant to state law, if you fall within this age group and you have a provisional driver’s license, you will also be required  to go to the Texas Department of Public Safety and submit to a driver’s license examination (driving test).

* Proof of driving test (pass or fail) is due within (90) days of filing for deferred.
* Do not take the driving test at the DPS department until you receive confirmation that your deferred disposition was granted.
*Individuals with this status will have the word “provisional” on their driver’s license.

* Violation of the Deferred Order will result in a show cause hearing before the Judge. Failure to appear for your show cause hearing  will result in a conviction on the offense, imposition of fine, and a capias pro fine for your arrest.

Your case will be reviewed and if approved, you will be mailed a copy of your Deferred Order with the terms listed above and the dates of your deferral period. 

If rejected, you will be notified by mail the reason for the denial and that you must contact the Court for other options.  

If you are not able to pay the deferral fee in full, mail a payment plan application with your deferred request.


Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility (No Insurance) Deferred terms:  First offense violations only.  Individuals with a subsequent no insurance violation must appear before the Judge to request Deferred.

* Complete and file with the Court the deferred disposition request form.

* Mail, with the completed form, the total amount due for your deferred disposition.

* Mail, with the completed form, a copy of your driver’s license or other official identification.

* The Judge recommends that you call the Court to make sure we received your paperwork and that everything was in order.

* DO NOT be convicted of a fail to maintain financial responsibility offense during the deferral period.

* Purchase and mail or bring along with your request form and payment, a six (6) month valid liability vehicle insurance policy.

* Policy must be valid and in effect when you make your request and stay valid for six (6) months into the future.

* Your name MUST be listed on the policy as the policy holder or a driver on the policy.

* Policy can be a non-owners policy if you do not own a vehicle.

* Violation of the Deferred Order will result in a show cause hearing before the Judge. Failure to appear for your show cause hearing  will result in a conviction on the offense, imposition of fine, and a capias pro fine for your arrest.

* ALL INSURANCE PRESENTED WILL BE VERIFIED AT THE END OF THE DEFERRAL PERIOD. If there is a lapse in your  coverage during the six months, you will have violated your Deferred Disposition Order. 

Your case will be reviewed and if approved, you will be mailed a copy of your Deferred Order with the terms listed above and the dates of your deferral period. 

If rejected, you will be notified by mail the reason for the denial and that you must contact the Court for other options.  

If you are not able to pay the deferral fee in full, mail a payment plan application with your deferred request.


Driving While License Invalid / No Driver’s License Deferred terms:

* Complete and file with the Court the deferred disposition request form. 

* Mail, with the completed form, the total amount due for your deferred disposition

* Mail, with the completed form, a copy of your driver’s license or other official identification.

* The Judge recommends that you call the Court to make sure we received your paperwork and that everything was in order.

* DO NOT be convicted of an invalid DL or No DL offense during the deferral period.

* Within thirty (30) days of submitting your deferral request, you must provide proof to the Court that your driving privileges have been  restored and you now have a VALID driver’s license or VALID occupational driver's license.

* Proof can be a copy of your newly issued driver’s license from the Department of Public Safety or a print out from the  Department of Public Safety stating that your license status is now eligible (valid), or the order granting the occupational  drivers's license.

* You can check and print the status of your Texas driver's license here:  Texas Driver's License Eligibility

* Violation of the Deferred Order will result in a show cause hearing before the Judge. Failure to appear for your show cause hearing  will result in a conviction on the offense, imposition of fine, and a capias pro fine for your arrest.

Your case will be reviewed and if approved, you will be mailed a copy of your Deferred Order with the terms listed above and the dates of your deferral period. 
If rejected, you will be notified by mail the reason for the denial and that you must contact the Court for other options.  
If you are not able to pay the deferral fee in full, mail a payment plan application with your deferred request.


Other Violation / Code Violation Deferred terms: If you are not sure whether or not your offense falls under this category, contact the Court office at (409) 769-7452 before proceeding.

* Complete and file with the Court the deferred disposition request form.  

* Mail, with the completed form, the total amount due for your deferred disposition

* Mail, with the completed form, a copy of your driver’s license or other official identification.

* The Judge recommends that you call the Court to make sure we received your paperwork and that everything was in order.

* DO NOT be convicted of a misdemeanor criminal offense during the deferral period.

* On CODE (ordinance) violations, within thirty (30) days of submitting your deferral request, you must provide proof to the Court  that you are now in compliance with the ordinance violated.

* Violation of the Deferred Order will result in a show cause hearing before the Judge. Failure to appear for your show cause hearing  will result in a conviction on the offense, imposition of fine, and a capias pro fine for your arrest.

Your case will be reviewed and if approved, you will be mailed a copy of your Deferred Order with the terms listed above and the dates of your deferral period. 

If rejected, you will be notified by mail the reason for the denial and that you must contact the Court for other options.  

If you are not able to pay the deferral fee in full, mail a payment plan application with your deferred request.



REQUESTING DEFERRED DISPOSITION BY FAX OR E-MAIL AND PAYING ONLINE OR BY TELEPHONE:
 

* You MUST contact the Court FIRST for permission to request deferred disposition by fax or e-mail and to pay online or by  telephone. 

* BEFORE you can make your payment online, you MUST fax or e-mail us the completed and signed deferred request form, a copy  of your valid Texas driver’s license or other official identification, and any other documentation required for the type of deferred  disposition you are requesting.  

It is your responsibility to contact the court via e-mail or telephone timely to verify that we have received your paperwork and that everything has been approved.

*Once you have verified that we have received your paperwork and everything is approved, then you shall make your payment online  or by telephone by the next business day unless you have also submitted a payment plan application. 

*When paying online via The Payment Group, www.vidorpayments.com, you MUST click EDIT to enter the correct payment  amount due to the Court for your Deferred Disposition.  When calling The Payment Group, 1-800-444-1187, to make your  payment, it is your responsibility to give the operator the correct payment amount for your Deferred Disposition.  

* Do NOT subtract the processing fee or tax charged by The Payment Group from the amount of your payment to the Court.  That fee is in addition to the Court payment.

Failure to pay the correct amount will result in rejection of your Deferred Disposition request. 

You will be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed a copy of your Deferred Order with the terms listed for the type of deferred and the dates of your deferral period. 

If you are not able to pay the deferral fee in full, send in a payment plan application with your request.

If you have any questions, please contact the Court office at (409) 769-7452.

Court Staff











Presiding Judge

Judge Michael Abbott

Chief Clerk of the Court
Katrina Smith, CMCCII


Deputy Clerk / JCM
Carla Flanigan

Deputy Clerk
Karen Kibodeaux

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City of Vidor
Municipal Court
1330 First Street
Vidor, TX 77662
Telephone: (409) 769-7452
Fax #: (409) 769-5712
 
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