Deferred Disposition (Probation)
Request for Deferred Disposition/probation
Deferred Disposition is a suspended sentence.
On your plea of guilty or no contest, the Judge will defer
the finding of guilt until a later date, assess the
applicable court cost and fees, and order you to comply with
certain conditions. If you successfully comply with the
terms, your case will be dismissed and the bond money will
be applied to a special expense fee.
If your request for deferred
disposition is granted, you will be placed on probation for
a period not to exceed 180 days. As a condition of your
probation, you must not receive any additional citations in
the City of Lufkin, including parking tickets, during the
deferral period. Other conditions may also be imposed to
qualify for deferred disposition. 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 deferred disposition
order acknowledging receipt of the information needed to
satisfy your deferral terms.
If you are under the
age of 25 you will be required to complete defensive
You are eligible for Deferred Disposition IF:
You have entered a plea of No Contest or
You do not possess a CDL license
(Commercial Driver’s License).
You have not participated in any deferred
disposition program during the past 12 months,
calculated from date of previous dismissal to the date
of your current citation.
You are not currently participating in a
Deferred Disposition in the City of Lufkin.
You are not charged with speeding in
excess of 24 mph over the speed limit.
You are not charged with a violation
occurring in a construction zone.
You have not already paid your fine which
resulted in a final conviction in this case.
If you are under the age of 25 see below.
eligible for deferred disposition if:
There was an accident – or an incident
where witness(s) were involved
You have had probation in the last 12
A speeding violation must not exceed 24
MPH over the posted speed limit
You committed a violation while
passing/overtaking a school bus
The violation occurred in a construction
zone with workers present
Your citation is for a violation other
than a traffic citation
You are the holder of a commercial
Request for Deferred Disposition/probation must be
submitted by mail or made in person at the court clerk's
office within 12 calendar days of the offense date.
Cost & 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, you will need to contact the
Court to learn the exact amount of the deferral fee owed for
your citation(s). To determine the total amount owed, please
Municipal Court at (936) 633-0315.
At the end of the deferral period, provided you have met all
the conditions of your probation, the judge will dismiss
your citation without a final disposition. Dismissal of the
citation is not reported to the Department of Public Safety,
and thus, the offenses are not recorded on your driving
and/or criminal record.
Failure to Comply
If you fail to comply with any conditions, you will be
scheduled on the "Show Cause" docket and will have to appear
in Court to discuss your case with the Judge. Your probation
will not be automatically revoked.
However, if you do not appear at this hearing, a final
judgment of guilty will be entered. Without further notice 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 and may result in the assessment on
your driver's license of a surcharge under the Driver
If you have any questions, please contact the
Municipal Court at (936) 633-0315.
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