Deferred disposition is a method of having your traffic citation dismissed after satisfactory completion of a probationary period.
During the probationary period, no additional convictions can be received and all requirements imposed in the deferral agreement must be satisfied. This will usually include payment of the fine and costs. Deferred disposition is authorized in Article 45.051 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. If deferred disposition is successfully completed, the violation will not be reported on your driving record. You may request deferred disposition in person or online.
- You must request “Deferred Disposition” on or before the appearance date on your citation
- You must not have had “Deferred Disposition” in the Watauga Municipal Court within one year preceding the date of the offense on your current citation
- You must waive your right to a jury trial
- You must enter a plea of guilty or no contest to the charge
- You must not receive another moving violation offense in the City of Watauga within the deferral period (up to 180 days)
- You must pay all amounts due as ordered or scheduled.
- If you are younger than 25 years of age you will be required to see the Judge to request deferred disposition and you may be required to take a driving safety course as part of your deferral.
- If you have a provisional driver’s license you will be required to take a DPS examination.
- Defendants who receive a violation for speeding and were traveling more than 25 mph over the posted speed limit will be required to see the Judge to request deferred disposition.
- Defendants who are traveling 90 mph or more will not be eligible for deferred disposition no matter the posted speed limit.
- Defendants who receive a violation for Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility involving an accident may not be eligible for deferred disposition.
You must appear in person before the Judge to request deferred for these violations:
- Speeding in excess of 25 mph over the posted speed limit.
- Speeding in a school zone 15 mph over the posted speed limit
- Any violation that occurred in a construction zone
- Assault – family violence
- Failure to stop for school bus
- Any violation involving an accident resulting in damage to a vehicle, striking a fixture, landscape, or unattended vehicle.