Defendants who enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere/no contest may be eligible for deferred disposition to keep the offense from appearing on their driving and/or criminal records. In a municipal court, the terms probation or deferred disposition have the same meaning. The request must be made before the close of business on the 30th day after the case was filed with the Court.
When requesting deferred disposition, payment is due in full at the time of the request. To obtain your balance you may contact our office at 817-276-4716 or go online.
Ways to Request Deferred Disposition
If you are eligible, you may request deferred disposition in the following ways:
- In-person at the Mansfield Municipal Court
Please bring a photo ID and form of payment (cash, money order, Visa, MasterCard).
- Online (CLICK HERE)
You will need your citation number, date of birth, and form of payment (Visa or MasterCard).
You are Not Eligible for Deferred if:
- You hold a Commercial Driver’s License
- You were charged with speeding 25 miles or more over the speed limit or with speeding in excess of 95 mph ( Art. 45.0511(b)(5), C.C.P.)
- You were charged for Passing a School Bus ( 545.066, T.C.)
- You were charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident (550.022, 550.02, T.C.)
- You were charged with an offense where workers were present (542.404 T.C.)
- You were charged with a Family Violence Charge (71.0021(b) F.C.)
- You were charged with a Penal Code, Health and Safety Code, or Alcohol and Beverage Code Violation
- If you are a Juvenile (Under the age of 17)
Under 25 Years of Age
If you are requesting Deferred Disposition, you were charged with a moving violation and you are under the age of 25, you are required to complete a Driving Safety Course (Sect. 1001.111. Edu.C.) as a condition of your deferred (Art. 45.051 (b-1), C.C.P.).
If your request for deferred disposition is granted, you will be placed on probation for a period of time not to exceed 180 days. As a condition of your probation, you must not receive any additional citations in the City of Mansfield, including parking tickets, during the deferral period. Other conditions may also be imposed to qualify for deferred disposition. Any conditions or terms required to successfully complete the deferral period will be provided to you in writing by the Court.
In addition, you will be required to read and sign the deferral paperwork acknowledging receipt of the information needed to satisfy your deferral terms. Defendants under the age of 25 are required by law to take and complete a Driving Safety Course as a term and condition of probation.
At the end of the deferral period, provided you have met all the conditions of your probation, the Judge will dismiss your citation. Dismissal of the citation is not reported to the Department of Public Safety, and thus, the citation(s ) will not be recorded on your driving and/or criminal record.
Failure to Comply
If you fail to comply with any one of the terms and conditions of your probation, you will be scheduled for a court hearing on the show cause docket and will have to discuss your case with the Judge. Your probation could be revoked.
However, if you do not appear at this hearing, a final judgment of guilty will be entered and a Capias pro fine warrant for your arrest may be issued immediately. The guilty conviction will be reported to the Department of Public Safety and will appear on your driving and/or criminal record.