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Plea Options


1. Plea of Guilty/No-Contest:
You may decide to pay the violation fine(s) and costs on the ticket. You may inquire as to the fine amount by calling (806) 775-2473, or by visiting the court at 915 Avenue J.

Paying by Mail: You may pay your traffic ticket by mail. Make your check or money order payable to "Lubbock Municipal Court" and include your ticket number somewhere on your payment. Enclose your payment and your citation. Please note you will need to affix the proper postage to the envelope before mailing. The payment must reach the Court within twelve (12) days of when the citation was issued, therefore you should mail it far enough in advance to ensure adequate time for delivery by the Post Office (see Important Warnings).

A. Appear in person, at the Court, within twelve (12) days of offense date. If you decide to pay your fine(s) [instead of exercising any of these other options], but you cannot pay the fine(s) all at once, you may pay out the fines(s) on a payment plan. Information is available from the court cashiers (see Important Warnings Page).

B. If you are unable to pay part or all of your fine, you may be granted an extension of time under allowable circumstances. Information is available from the cashiers. Request for extension must be made in person or received in writing within the appearance period (see Important Warnings Page).

C. If you qualify, you have the right to take a driving safety course (Defensive Driving) and have a pending violation dismissed. Information may be obtained from the cashiers. Request for Defensive Driving must be made in person or received in writing within the appearance period. You will be required to pay the applicable court costs at the time defensive driving is requested (see Important Warnings Page).

D. You may also be eligible for "Deferred Adjudication", a short-term, informal probation. This program allows you to pay the amount of the violation (fine and costs) in full and have the violation dismissed, if you successfully complete your probation. You may also be required to take a driving safety course as required by state law and as a condition of your probation. You could also be required to fulfill other terms and conditions of probation, depending on the circumstances of your case. The judge has final authority as to any terms and conditions of probation. Request of Deferred Adjudication must be made in person or received in writing within the appearance period (see Important Warnings Page).


E. You will want to read thru all warnings before making a payment online (see Important Warnings Page).


2. Plea of Not Guilty:
Appear in person, at the Court, within twelve (12) days from the date of the offense. You may set the ticket for trial and require the State to prove the charges against you. NOTE: a bond (cash or in some cases, attorney appearance) is required in order to set a ticket for trial. Information regarding this option may be obtained from the judge's secretary at (806) 775-2462. A case may be set for trial by making arrangements at the court during business hours (see Important Warnings Page).


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