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Fee Guidelines

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Window fines have been determined and set by the Presiding Judge consistent with the maximum range established by State law. Only the Judge has the authority to deviate from the pre-set window 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 may be up to $500, and other city ordinance violations can be up to $2,000 including Health and Sanitation Code violations or up to $4,000 for refuse dumping. The amount of fine that the court assesses is determined only by the facts and circumstances of the case. Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine. On the other hand, aggravating circumstances may increase the fine.

In addition to the Court cost, the state sets additional specific amounts to be added to a violation cost depending on the type of offense. These additional amounts may include fees such as state traffic fees, juror reimbursement fee, state judicial support fee, etc.

Additionally, if a citizen does not comply with the timely handling of a citation, there are additional fees that can be added to the total fine, court cost, and fees.

To obtain more information regarding the statutes that govern municipal courts, you me refer to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 4.14 and the Texas Gov't Code Sec. 29.003.

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