Probation and Deferred Disposition
Defendants who enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere/no contest are generally eligible for deferred disposition or probation 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.
Costs and Fees
The State court costs and a deferred disposition fee will be due to the Court upon granting of a request for deferred disposition/probation. Because the costs and fees will vary according to the offense cited and the facts and circumstances of your case.
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, including the completion of a tobacco or alcohol awareness program. 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. Further, dismissal of a citation should not affect your auto insurance rates or coverage.
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. If the Capias pro fine warrant is issued and you are arrested, you will have to pay cash for the full amount due to secure your release from jail. See Bond Information for a more detailed explanation of posting bond.