City of Luling Municipal Court

Mailing Address: 509 E. Crockett, Luling, TX 78648
Physical Address: 518 E. Pierce, Luling, TX 78648
Phone: (830) 875-2115
Fax
: (830) 875-5791

Open Monday – Friday
8:00 AM to 12:00 N – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Holidays and Weekends

Presiding Judge: Johnny Lee Spriggs
Municipal Court Clerk Administrator: Connie Crenshaw CMCC
Deputy Court Clerk: Ora Etta Weise
Deputy Court Clerk: Jennifer Moore

The City of Luling Municipal Court is the judicial branch of city government. The Municipal Court handles all Class C misdemeanors, fine only offenses, that are written by the City of Luling Police Department, Animal Control and Code Enforcement. Below are listed the Class C misdemeanors that are seen in Municipal Courts.

  • Traffic Violations include moving and non-moving violations, commercial vehicle violations, failure to maintain financial responsibility, no drivers' license, etc.
  • Parking Violations are violations of the traffic code and/or city ordinances and are handled administratively as opposed to being criminal cases.
  • State Code Violations are Class C misdemeanors (crimes punishable by a maximum fine of $500) include: public intoxication, theft (less than $50), disorderly conduct, minors in possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, etc.
  • City Ordinance Violations includes violations of juvenile curfew, park curfew, environmental violations (pollution, land-development violations, health and safety violations associated with food service establishments, rubbish at a residence, and animal violations), etc.


The vision of the City of Luling Municipal Court is:

"To be considerate, effective, efficient, and impartial in the interest of justice."

The Court is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable accommodations and equal access to communications will be provided upon request.

Below are links for you to click on for further information. If you need to contact the Court please feel free to do so at (830) 875- 2115 during regular business hours.

CITATION INFORMATION

NOTICE OF POTENTIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSION

A second or subsequent conviction of the offense, No Vehicle Liability Insurance, under the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act will result in the suspension of your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration unless you file and maintain evidence of financial responsibility with the Department of Public Safety for two years from the date of conviction. The department may waive the requirement to file evidence of financial responsibility if you file satisfactory evidence with the department showing that at the time this citation was issued, the vehicle was covered by a motor vehicle liability insurance policy or that you were otherwise exempt from the requirements to provide evidence of financial responsibility.

PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 17 MUST APPEAR IN PERSON IN OPEN COURT WITH A PARENT OR GUARDIAN ALL PERSONS CHARGED WITH AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CODE OFFENSE MUST APPEAR IN OPEN COURT POLICE OFFICERS CANNOT ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FINE AMOUNTS OR COURT PROCEDURES

IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE CHARGE(S) BY THE APPEARANCE DATE SHOWN ON THE CITATION, BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER, AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE WILL BE FILED AGAINST YOU FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR OR VIOLATION OF PROMISE TO APPEAR AND WARRANTS CAN BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST WITH ADDITIONAL FINES/FEES.

IF YOU WISH TO ENTER A PLEA OF GUILTY OR NOLO CONTENDERE, please indicate your decision in the proper space below. A plea of Nolo Contendere means that you do not contest the State’s charge(s) against you. Entering either plea below indicates that you agree to waive your right to trial before the Court and pay the fine as stated on the Offense and Fines List.

IF YOU WISH TO ENTER A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY AND DESIRE A TRIAL, please indicate your decision in the proper space below. The Court will send you a notice of your trial date within 10 days. If you have not heard from the clerk within 2 weeks, please contact the Court.

If you wish to appear in court, you may do so Monday – Friday, 8:00AM to 12:00 N and 1:00PM to 5:00 PM during normal business hours. (Phone calls do not constitute an appearance.)

CITATION REPLY FORM

If you have lost or misplaced your citation, and wish to pay your court costs and fines or request a trial by a plea of “not guilty”, you may fill out the citation reply form below, sign and date it and mail by U.S. Postal service, or FAX. Please see the top of this page for court contact information.

Citation Reply Form (paper version)
Citation Reply Form (online form)

To request a Driving Safety Course or a Deferral:
Drivers' Safety Course or Deferral Request Form (paper version)
Drivers' Safety Course or Deferral Request Form (online form)

DEFERRED DISPOSITION

Once approved by the City of Luling Municipal Court Judge, Deferred Disposition allows for dismissal of an offense if certain requirements are met. Deferred Disposition is a special dispensation that the Court may grant to have certain offenses dismissed. Each citation may consist of up to a total of five different violations and each may require payment of a Deferred Disposition Fee. Probation Terms, once approved by the Judge, generally are as follows:

1. Defendant will be required to post a bond and pay court costs (This amount is determined by the Court. You will need to contact the Court to see what must be paid before you request deferred disposition).

2. Defendant shall NOT be subsequently convicted of any Class “C” misdemeanor offense of the same nature in any county in the State of Texas during the deferral period regardless of final conviction date.

3. Pursuant to Article 45.051(b-1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Defendant, if under the age of 25, will be ordered to complete a driving safety course approved under Chapter 1001 of the Education Code and by the Texas Education Agency and present proof of completion before the expiration of the deferral period.

4. Community service hours as well as other sanctions may be required by the Court and noted in the terms of the Deferred Disposition.

If defendant successfully complies with the conditions of the Deferred Disposition, then the case shall be DISMISSED by the Court and shall NOT be reported as a conviction. Failure to comply shall cause this case to result in a CONVICTION, payment of a FINE, and the conviction will be reported as required by law.

How to Apply for Deferred Disposition:

Once the court has received your request in writing by mail, FAX, or by using the on line form listed below, the Court will respond to your request within 48 hours. Requests made on a Friday, or prior to a Holiday, will get a response on the next business day. This Court’s response will include the exact bond amount and court costs that will be required, the due date, and any other terms prescribed by the Court. Once the court receives your check or money order via mail, in person, or by on line payment, the Court will send your probation terms to you at the address you designate.

To request a Driving Safety Course or a Deferral:
Drivers' Safety Course or Deferral Request Form (paper version)
Drivers' Safety Course or Deferral Request Form (online form)

DRIVING SAFETY COURSE

I understand that I must:

  1. Present to the court a valid Texas Class “C “Driver's license. (Those that hold a commercial license are not eligible to have a violation dismissed with a Driving Safety Course or a Deferral.)
  2. Present to the court proof of financial responsibility (Insurance with your name on it).
  3. Present to the court a certified copy of my driver's record from DPS.
  4. Take a driving safety course approved by the Texas Education Agency, or if operating a motorcycle, a motorcycle operator's training approved by the Department of Public Safety, within 90 days of this request.
  5. Present to the court a uniform certificate of driving safety course completion from a Texas Education Agency approved course (or from a DPS motorcycle course) by the 90th day after this request;
  6. Pay administrative fee/costs to the court :
    If the moving violation was not in a school zone , $107.00
    If the moving violation was in a school zone, $132.00

I understand that:

  1. If I complete a driving safety course within 90 days, the charge against me will be dismissed and the court will report to the Department of Public Safety the completion date of the driving safety course for inclusion on my driving record.
  2. If I fail to present to this court proof of completion of the driving safety course (original court copy) within 90 days, the court will require my appearance at a show cause hearing;
  3. If I fail to appear at the show cause hearing, the court will impose the fine and may issue a warrant for my arrest with additional costs.

OFFENSE AND FINE/COSTS LIST

FOR ALL VIOLATIONS NOT LISTED, YOU MUST CONTACT THE COURT

Speeding:
$4.00 for each mph over posted speed limit + $98.00 court costs:
Speeding School Zone:
$8.00 for each mph over posted speed limit + $123.00 court costs:
Ran Red Light or Stop Sign, Right-of–way violations$148.00
Accident involved$173.00
No Driver’s License - 1st offense$148.00
No Driver’s License - Subsequent offense$297.00
Driving while license invalid$364.00
Seat Belt and Child Safety Seat Violations:
Adult$148.00
Child to 17 years of age$198.00
Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility (No Insurance)
1st offense$304.00
2nd offense$564.00
3rd or more$1,064.00

IT IS A FELONY TO PRESENT A FALSIFIED OR FORGED LIABILITY INSURANCE CARD TO THE COURT.

The following offenses may be dismissed if proof of correction and payment of fee is provided within 20 days of violation:
Expired motor vehicle registration$20.00
Expired motor vehicle inspection less than 60 days expired$20.00
Expired driver’s license$10.00
Defective equipment$10.00
Display altered, unclean, obscured license plate/registration$10.00
Operate motor vehicle without license plate or with only one$10.00

****NOTICE****
“A conviction of an offense under a traffic law of this state or a political subdivision of this state may result in the assessment on your driver’s license of a surcharge under the driver responsibility program.”

The fines listed are amounts acceptable to the court for the convenience of persons who may wish to reply by mail or online instead of in person. The judge or jury sets fines for persons who appear in person or who are convicted at trial and the fines may be any amount up to the maximum penalty provided by law.

FAILURE TO APPEAR OR FAILURE TO PAY

You must enter your appearance or pay the fine and costs on or before your appearance date. If you fail to appear in court for the prosecution of the offense(s) with which you are charged or if you fail to pay or satisfy a judgment ordering payments in the manner ordered by the court, you may be denied renewal of your driver’s license and vehicle registration. Also, if you fail to appear, an additional charge may be filed and warrants issued for your arrest with additional fines and fees.

MUNICIPAL COURT PAYMENTS ONLINE

*NOTICE: If you plan to request Deferred Disposition or a Driving Safety Course, DO NOT PAY USING OUR ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM. This will lead to a conviction on your driving record.

To make sure that the amount that you are paying is correct, please check the Offense & Fine/Cost List or contact the Court to verify the amount owed.

Pay Court Fees Online

PAYMENT PLANS

Should you require payment arrangements, you will need to contact the Court either by mail or in person.

  • Payment arrangements may be set up either monthly, every 2 weeks, or weekly.
  • Payments will be determined by the amount owed and the ability of the Defendant to pay.
  • If any or part of a payment go past 31 days from the date of your plea, the State requires the Court to assess a one time fee of $25.00 per violation, which can be worked into the payments.
  • You will be required to make your payments on the scheduled due date until the amount is paid in full.
  • Should you required an extension to pay, you will need to contact the Court on or before your due date, either in person or by mail to show just cause why a further intension should be granted.
  • If there is failure to comply with this agreement, a Capias Pro Fine Warrant will be issued for your arrest for the amount of what is owed with additional fees.

JURISDICTION/JUVENILE INFORMATION

Juveniles

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (10-16 years of age) charged with all Class C misdemeanor offenses, except public intoxication. Juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases.

A parent or legal guardian of any juvenile charged in Municipal Court is required to be present in court. All juvenile cases are scheduled for a 9:00AM appearance on the scheduled court date.

Juveniles who fail to appear or fail to pay their fines will be reported to the Department of Public Safety, who will suspend their driver's license or if they do not have a driver's license, they will not be able to obtain one until they appear in court and/or pay their fine/costs. This case can also be referred to Caldwell County Juvenile Court for delinquent conduct for contempt of a court order which may result in an additional fine of up to $500.00 and court costs.

In addition, if the Defendant and the parent/legal guardian fail to appear, the offense of, Fail to Appear, may be filed against the Defendant as well as the parent/guardian with additional fines, fees, and costs.

Minors

The Municipal Court also has jurisdiction over minors (anyone under the age of 21) charged with alcohol or tobacco offenses.

All minors under the age of 18 charged with such an offense must appear in open court with a parent or legal guardian. Minors ages 18-21 charged with alcohol offenses must appear in open court but are not required to have a parent or legal guardian in attendance but it is recommended.

Minors who fail to appear in court may have “Fail to Appear” filed against them as well as a warrant issued for their arrest with additional fines/fees.

COURT NOTIFICATION

All Juvenile and Minor cases will be set to appear before the Judge. The court will notify juveniles, minors, and their parents (if the offender is under the age of 18), as required by law, by summons with the date and time of the court appearance.


 
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