Deferred Judgments: Driving Safety Courses and Deferred Disposition/Probation

Driving Safety Course


If you are charged with a traffic offense under Subtitle C, Title 7, Transportation Code, you may request permission on or before your appearance date listed on your citation, to take a driving safety course. If you were operating a motorcycle and request a driving safety course you will be required to take a motorcycle operators training course. If you were charged with a seat belt violation, you may be required to take a drivers safety course that includes additional training on safety restraints. At the time of request, you will be required to do the following:
  • Present a valid Texas driver's license and current proof of liability insurance in your name
  • Enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere
  • Pay the state-mandated fees to the court
  • Purchase a certified copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety / Austin Texas
  • Pay the course provider for a state certified course approved by the Texas Education Agency

Eligibility

If you are eligible and meet all requirements, you will be granted 90 days to complete the course and return the required certificate of completion and certified driving record to the court. You are eligible to request this course if you:
  • Do not hold a commercial drivers license
  • Have not taken a driving safety course for a traffic offense within the 12 months prior to the offense date
  • Are not currently taking the course for another traffic offense; and the offense was not one of the following:
    • Speeding 25 mph or more over the limit
    • Failure to give information at accident scene
    • Leaving the scene of an accident
    • Fleeing or attempting to elude police officer
    • Reckless driving
    • Passing a school bus
    • Serious traffic violation as defined by the transportation code that applies to CDL licenses only (lane change violations, speeding 15 mph or more, following too close)

Deferred Disposition/Probation


The judge does grant deferred disposition, but it is on an individual basis only. You are required to make an appearance on or before your court date, enter your plea, and request a deferral at that time. Deferred disposition is a form of probation where the Judge assesses a service fee for you to pay, terms of the deferral (such as no citations in the City of Cleburne for up to 180 days) and if you comply with the order(s), the citation will be dismissed at the end of the deferral period.

PLEASE NOTE*** PERSONS WHO HOLD A COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR DRIVERS SAFETY OR DEFERRED DISPOSITION UNDER SUBTITLE C "RULES OF THE ROAD" CHAPTER 541-600 TC VIOLATIONS.



Cost and Fees

The State court cost for driving safety or the special expense fee for deferred disposition will be due to the Court upon granting of the request. Because the cost and fees will vary according to the offense cited and the facts and circumstances of your case, you will need to contact the Court to determine the exact amount owed for your deferment. To determine the total due, please contact the Cleburne Municipal Court of Record at 817-645-0925.