Bonham Municipal Court
Bonham Police Department
IMPORTANT NOTICE: READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS FULLY AND CAREFULLY
The Municipal Court and Court Clerk’s Office is located at the Bonham Police Department, 301 E. 5th St., Bonham, Texas 75418-4002. The telephone number for the Municipal Court is (903)583-7555 ext. 109. For your convenience you may call to determine your exact fine by contacting the Court Clerk. A telephone call to the Municipal Court does not constitute an appearance.
Payments In Full: May be made in person, by mail, or deposited in the Night Drop Box located in the lobby at the northside of the Police Department. Payments may be made by check, money order, or cashier check. All returned checks will be assessed any applicable surcharge and the possibility of being charged with “Issuance of Bad Check”. No cash payments are permitted in the Night Drop Box. If you mail your payment allow sufficient time to arrive on or before your court date listed on the front of the citation.
Payment Arrangements: If you need time to pay the fine, you must appear in person at the Court Clerk’s Office on or before your court date to enter a Plea of Guilty or No Contest, and pay a minimum amount towards the fine at the time you appear. You must agree to make installment payments of a minimum amount, as agreed upon. State Law requires that a Time Payment Fee of $25.00 be added to all charges when the fine and fees have not been paid on or before the 31st day of disposition.
Request For Court: You must appear in person to request a court date (Preliminary Hearing) at the Court Clerk’s Office on or before your court date. Please be advised that Preliminary Hearings are not trials and that contested citations will require more than one court appearance.
Failure To Maintain Financial Responsibility (No Proof of Insurance): If you were covered by a valid policy of liability insurance on the date and time of the offense, you may present proof to the Court Clerk’s Office within ten (10) working days from the date of offense. The proof will be verified and if the proof is found to be valid, the case will be dismissed. If the proof is found to be invalid, you will be required to appear in court. The proof presented must contain the following: 1) Name, address, and telephone of insurer; 2) Name and address of the insured; 3) Policy number; 4) Effective and expiration dates of the policy; 5) Make and model of the covered vehicle; 6)Statement stating the policy meets the minimum amounts of liability insurance required in Texas.
A second or subsequent conviction of an offense under the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act will result in the suspension of your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration unless you file and maintain evidence of financial responsibility with the Department of Public Safety for two (2) years from the date of conviction. The Department may waive the requirement to file evidence of financial responsibility if you file satisfactory evidence of financial responsibility with the Department showing that at the time this citation was issued, the vehicle was covered by a motor vehicle liability insurance policy or that you were otherwise exempt from the requirements to provide evidence of financial responsibility.
Deferred Disposition or Driver Safety Course: If you are charged with a traffic offense under the Transportation Code, you may be able to request that this charge be dismissed by taking a Driver Safety Course. Deferred Disposition is an alternative, which upon successful completion of the probation period, allows you to have the violation you have been charged with dismissed.
To determine your eligibility for Deferred Disposition and/or Driver Safety Course you will need to contact the Court Clerk’s Office before your stated court date.
Notice To Juvenile and Parents: State Law requires that juveniles (persons 16 or younger) must make an appearance with one or both parents before the Judge. If a citation has been issued to a juvenile, a notice of appearance will be mailed to the Parent/Legal Guardian with an assigned court date. If you are 17 or younger and have been charged with an offense found in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code or Health and Safety Code (such as Minor In Possession of Alcohol or Tobacco) you must make an appearance with one or both parents before the Judge. A notice of appearance will be mailed to the Parent/Legal Guardian with an assigned court date. DO NOT MAIL A PAYMENT FOR JUVENILE VIOLATIONS.
A child or parent required to appear before the Court have an obligation to provide the Court in writing with the current address and residence of the child. The obligation does not end when the child reaches age 17. On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence, the child or parent shall notify the Court of the current address in the manner directed by the Court. A violation of this subsection may result in arrest and is a Class C Misdemeanor. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt. THE NOTICE MUST BE IN WRITING TO THE COURT CLERK’S OFFICE.
Failure To Appear/Pay: If you fail to respond to the charge(s) by the appearance date shown on the citation, an additional charge per charge(s) may be assessed against you for Failure To Appear, and warrants issued for your arrest.
If a person fails to appear in court as provided by law for the prosecution of the offense, or if the person fails to pay or satisfy a judgment ordering the payment of a fine and cost in the manner ordered by the Court, the person may be denied renewal of the person’s driver’s license.
Warning Citations: Does not require a court appearance. This warning is given to you in an effort to secure your cooperation in better observance of the traffic laws thus helping to prevent traffic accidents. The Bonham Police Department believes that good citizens will comply with traffic laws when reminded of their provisions and of the importance of strict compliance with them.
(Notice: The Municipal Court does
not accept faxed/e-mailed filings, pleadings, and/or requests.)