Save yourself the embarrassment of an arrest, appear in Court today! Before a warrant is issued!
You must appear at 200 East Avenue D, Killeen, and enter a plea on your case. If you cannot afford the full fine and costs, you may request to be placed on a time payment plan.
The Killeen Municipal Court prepares warrants for individuals who have not taken care of their citations.
What does this mean to you?
If you have a ticket and you have not appeared in Court, you could:
Either you or your attorney must contact the Killeen Municipal Court (Administrative Office) in person or by mail by your appearance date. No one other than your attorney is permitted to appear on your behalf.
At the time that you received your citation, you were given a pink copy. On the back of the citation is the Court address and hours of operation. Please allow the Court five (5) days to receive the ticket from the police department.
You have the option of pleading Guilty or Nolo Contendere (No Contest) and paying the fine on or before your appearance date. Your appearance date is written at the bottom of your ticket. A payment may be made: (a) in person; (b) online at www.killeentexas.gov (select E-Payment on the court webpage); or (c) via mail by mailing the fine payment, plea, and waiver of jury trial to the court. Please include the citation number, name, correct address, and date of birth in order to ensure prompt and accurate posting of your payment.
You may pay your fine by cash, credit card, check, money order, or cashier’s check.
If you prefer to make a payment online, please go to the main Court page and select one of the e-Pay options in the right column.
If you desire to pay by check, money order, or cashier’s check and do not desire to appear at the Court building, you may utilize the United States Postal system or the drop box located outside the Court building. Any time you send information to the Court you need to provide full information, including citation number, full name, address, and telephone number, in order to ensure your case is properly credited.
Please make checks and money orders payable to "Killeen Municipal Court." The Court does not accept personal checks on cases that have active warrants.
Wait five (5) days after your ticket was issued and come to 200 East Avenue D to enter a plea of Not Guilty and request a trial date. You will be given the next available date for either jury trial or bench trial (Judge alone).
JUVENILES (under 17 years of age) will be notified by mail when to appear with parent or guardian. JUVENILES MUST APPEAR IN COURT – DO NOT MAIL PAYMENT.
Yes, it is your right under the law. If you would like a trial by Judge, then you would have to waive your right to a jury trial.
The right to a trial by jury is a Constitutional right and it should not be abused. If you are found not guilty by the jury, there will be no cost. If the jury finds you guilty, there will the jury fee of $3.00 assessed in addition to the other State costs and the fine. You have the option of allowing the jury or the Judge to determine the fine amount. The fine that is determined by the jury or Judge must be within the limits prescribed by law (the Judge will advise the jury of the limits).
It is your decision whether or not to retain an attorney. It is not required that you have a lawyer. The State of Texas (City of Killeen) will be represented by a Prosecutor who is an attorney. In a bench trial (Judge alone), the Judge is trained to know what evidence can and what evidence cannot be considered in deciding the case; therefore, the Court permits the defendant reasonable latitude to present the case.
Please note that the Municipal Court by is prohibited by law from providing a court appointed attorney to a defendant.
You have a statutory right to appeal from the Judge’s or Jury’s verdict. However, the Killeen Municipal Court is a court of record, which means that the proceedings of trial must be recorded if you wish to appeal the decision of a Judge or a Jury. An appeal is based only on trial errors, not simply because you do not like the verdict of the Judge or Jury. An appeal is NOT to have a new trial in the Bell County Court At-Law as in non-record municipal courts.
If you wish to have a recording made of the trial proceedings, it is YOUR responsibility to tell the Judge before the trial begins and immediately pay the $25.00 transcript preparation fee to the Killeen Municipal Court Clerk.
You must file your appeal and post a bond no later than the 10th day after the date on which the judgment was made by the Judge or Jury. The Municipal Court staff cannot help you prepare your appeal. The Court does have an information sheet which will be given to you after the trial has finished. The Court does not have forms or other documents that will guide you in drafting and filing your appeal. You may want to consider consulting an attorney if you want to appeal. When you submit your appeal, you must provide the Court with a cash bond of twice the fine amount.
No. You will not go to jail if you do not have money to pay your fine and costs. The Compliance Department will place you on a Time Payment Plan (TPP) and you will be allowed a maximum of thirty (30) days to pay the full amount. On the 31st day a Time Payment Fee of $25.00 will be added to each violation that still has an outstanding balance (This is a one-time fee). If you fail to pay your fine in full within the 30 days, or if you default on your TPP without contacting the Court (either in person or by letter) to request an extension for cause, the Court will issue a capias pro-fine warrant.
Yes. You may be arrested at home, at work, or in your vehicle, which may be impounded at the time of the arrest.
Yes. $50 Warrant fee per violation; and if you have a Texas Driver’s License a $30 OMNI fee for violation.
No. But, if the fine and court costs are not paid off in 30 days a $25 Time Payment Fee will be added to each violation.
No. You must appear in person and make an appointment with a Court Collections Clerk to see the Judge.
No. Your insurance must have been valid at the time and date of the offense.
Costs include court costs, court fees and administrative fees. If you cannot pay all of your costs in full on the date of your pretrial conference, you may be allowed to set up payment arrangements.
Not everyone can take DSC to have their ticket dismissed. There are restrictions as to DSC eligibility such as: you must request DSC by your appearance date; have a valid Texas driver's license; have valid insurance; not have taken DSC within the 12 months preceding the date of the offense to have a ticket dismissed; and your violation must be a moving violation not exempted by law. Texas law prohibits DSC if the violation is speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, passing a school bus, or speeding in a construction or maintenance work zone.
No. You cannot take DSC to have your ticket dismissed even if you were driving your own personal vehicle.
No. The violations will not be dismissed just because you were driving someone else's vehicle. You, as an operator of that vehicle, are responsible for that motor vehicle. All drivers, whether operating their own vehicle or someone else's vehicle, are responsible for all the equipment (headlights, taillights, tires, brakes, etc.), current inspection, current registration, and proof of financial responsibility (insurance). If you have any proof or evidence that the equipment has been repaired, the vehicle was registered and/or inspected, or insurance, you must bring it to the court by your appearance date to determine if any of the violations can be dismissed.
No. Use of a safety belt means using the lap belt AND the shoulder strap according to the manufacturer's instructions.
No. The yellow lines next to a handicap space are part of the handicap space. This area, which is called an access aisle, is designed to provide safer access for disabled persons in wheelchairs, crutches, or braces to exit and enter the vehicles. Disabled persons need more space to maneuver and to get their equipment in and out of a vehicle. Since an access aisle is an integral part of a handicap parking space and to park a vehicle in the access aisle is a violation, the ticket cannot be dismissed.