So...you got a traffic ticket. Bummer. Don’t panic just yet - in some cases, you can actually dismiss a ticket in Texas!
In this post, we’re going to walk through when you can and can’t dismiss your ticket. Before we begin, though, remember: Never, ever ignore your traffic ticket - this could lead to a warrant for your arrest.
Once you get a traffic ticket, the first thing you must do is understand your plea options: You can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If you choose to plead guilty or no contest, you must pay the ticket on or before your court date.
If you decide to plead not guilty, however, you can fight your traffic ticket.
When can I dismiss a ticket?
The court will usually send you a notice to indicate whether or not you’re able to have your ticket dismissed. If you don’t receive a notice, check with the court.
In general, here are instances where you may be able to dismiss a traffic ticket in Texas:
- You were not driving a commercial vehicle when you received the traffic ticket
- You haven't taken a court-ordered defensive driving course in Texas in the 12 months prior to receiving your ticket
- You have a valid Texas driver's license
When can’t I dismiss a ticket?
You won’t be able to dismiss a ticket if you were doing the following:
- Speeding at 25 MPH or more over the speed limit
- Driving at 95 MPH or faster
- Passing a school bus
- Failing to stay and provide information and assistance after involvement in a vehicular accident
- Violating rules in a construction zone with workers present
Serious violations (up to the discretion of the police officer and the court) will also prevent you from being able to dismiss a ticket.
How can I dismiss a ticket?
With Aceable, of course! But before you take one of our defensive driving courses, you must do the following:
- Request permission from the court to take defensive driving (if eligible).
- Pay all required court fees.
Once you get that all taken care of, you can sign up for defensive driving. IMPORTANT: You must complete the following steps in order - the court will not accept your completion of defensive driving otherwise.
- Sign up for Texas defensive driving with Aceable.
- Complete our 6-hour defensive driving course.
- Wait for your certificate to arrive at your mailing address.
- Sign your certificate when you receive it.
- Turn in your certificate to your court in person or by mail. Some courts may require a Type 3A driver record in addition to the certificate.