Deferred Disposition

Conditions

Deferred Disposition, or informal probation, is an alternative which results in a dismissal of your citation as long as you comply with the conditions of the court. 

Deferred requests can be made at the court clerk's office during regular working hours, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday, by mail with the green instruction sheet, or online.

The following conditions must be met:

  • You must appear at the Decatur Municipal Court of Record and enter a no contest or guilty plea.
    • You may also submit your deferment request ONLINE HERE, or 
    • Via mail to: Decatur Municipal Court of Record, PO Box 1299, Decatur, TX 76234
  • You will be required to pay a deferral fee by your appearance day.
  • Anyone under 25 years old must also complete a Driving Safety Course as a term of the probation.
  • Anyone with a Provisional Texas Driver's License must complete a Driving Safety Course as well as a behind the wheel driving test with the Department of Public Safety, and return proof of both to the Court before the end of your deferment/probation period.

*For all alcohol, tobacco, penal code violations, or any violations that involve a victim or property damage, you are required to set a court date to consult with the prosecuting attorney.


Eligibility

You are eligible for deferred disposition if: 

  • You are not charged with a violation occurring in a construction zone, with workers present.
  • You are not charged with passing a a school bus loading or unloading children.
  • You are not charged with a case that resulted in property damage or bodily injury.
  • You do not have a "rules of the road" violation and hold a commercial driver's license (CDL).
  • You have not already paid your fine, which resulted in a final conviction in this case.


Process

After your request for deferred disposition is granted, you will be placed on probation for a period not to exceed 180 days. You are not allowed to be convicted of any other violations in the territorial city limits of Decatur, TX. There may be other conditions that may need to be met before your deferral period can be successfully completed, in this event you will be notified by the court. In addition, you will be required to sign your disposition order acknowledging the deferral terms. If you are 25 years old or younger, you will be required to complete a defensive driving course. 


Dismissal

Upon completing your deferment, the judge will review the case file and, if the conditions were met successfully, the case will be dismissed and the citation will not be reported to the Department of Public Safety as a conviction on your record.