Court Sessions are first Mondays of each month unless otherwise noted at 3p.m. CHECK YOUR CITATION for date!
The City of Gunter accepts payment by check, cashier’s check, money order, and credit cards. NO CASH ACCEPTED. Payments are accepted Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE COURT AND NOT THE COURT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT YOU.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
The following information is provided to you in an attempt to help you make an informed decision on how to handle your case in the City of Gunter Municipal Court.
Driver’s Safety Course – You may wish to take a Driver’s Safety Course to prevent DPS from accessing points to your driving record. You are eligible to request the Driver’s Safety Course (DSC) if you have a valid Texas Driver’s License, Insurance listing you as a covered driver and have not taken the course within the last 12 months. The amount of $109 ($135 for school zone violations) must be paid to the Municipal Court at the time of the request. You will be required to take a 6-hour course at any location approved by the Texas Education Agency for ticket dismissal. You may take the course in a classroom setting, on-line or by purchasing the authorized video available at many movie rental locations. You will also be required to obtain a certified copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety – the court will provide you with the proper application. Upon approval to take the DSC class, you will have 90 days to complete the class and return the required documents in to the court. Once the court receives the documents, we will notify DPS of the course completion and the citation will not affect your driving record. DSC IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR DEFENDANTS WITH A COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE (CDL); VIOLATIONS INVOLVING PASSING A SCHOOL BUS; VIOLATIONS THAT OCCUR IN A CONSTRUCTION ZONE; OR VIOLATIONS OF 25 MILES OVER THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT
Deferred Disposition – You may request Deferred Disposition to prevent DPS from accessing points to your driving record. Deferred Disposition is commonly referred to as “probation”. Basically it means that you will pay the fines and fees accessed by the Judge and he will agree to “defer” his finding of guilt for a period of up to 180 days. With this request, you will enter into an agreement with the Court that you will not receive any tickets in your deferral period. If you complete the deferral period without incident, the violation will not affect your driving record. If you get another ticket or do not pay the fees accessed by the Judge, you will have a Show Cause hearing to determine the result of your case.
Payment of fine – If you choose to pay your fine without requesting other options, the court will report the violation to the Texas Department of Public Safety as a conviction. A conviction will result in “points” being added to your driving record. Please read the information provided to you on the back of this sheet regarding the points system and how you may be affected.
Driver Responsibility Law
The Driver Responsibility law (TRC § 708; Article 10, House Bill 3588, 78th Legislative Session) establishes a system which assigns points to moving violations classified as Class C misdemeanors and applies surcharges to offenders, based upon the type of offense and the time period in which the citation was received. For each conviction, DPS will assign points to a person’s driver record as follows:
- Two points for a moving violation conviction in Texas or that of another state. Moving violations are defined by 37 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §15.89, which includes a list of those violations that will be assigned points.
- Points will not be assigned for speeding less than 10% over the posted limit or for seat belt convictions.
- Child Safety Seat Violations will accrue two points.
- Three points for a moving violation conviction in Texas that resulted in a vehicle crash.
Points accrued remain on the driver record for a period of three years from conviction date. An offense committed prior to September 1, 2003 will not apply to the assessment of points under the program.
DPS will assess a surcharge when the driver accumulates a total of six points or more on their record during a three-year period. The surcharge assessment will be reviewed annually. If driver record continues to reflect six or more points during the prior three-year period, the surcharge will be assessed. Therefore, drivers may be required to pay for one or more years if six or more points continue to accumulate on the driver record. The driver is required to pay a $100 surcharge for the first six points and $25 for each additional point. Point surcharges are cumulative and may vary with each annual assessment if convictions are added or removed from the driver record.
Annual surcharge for certain convictions
Drivers who receive a conviction for any of the following offenses that occur on or after September 1, 2003 are required to pay an annual surcharge for three years from the date of conviction.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), or a DWI-related offense
- First Conviction – $1,000 annual surcharge
- Second or subsequent Conviction – $1,500 annual surcharge
- DWI with Blood Alcohol Content .16 or greater – $2,000 annual surcharge
Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility
- $250 annual surcharge
Driving While License Invalid
- $250 annual surcharge
Driving without a Valid License (i.e.; No Driver License, No Commercial Driver License, No Endorsement Violation, No Motorcycle License, Operate with License for other Class Vehicle).
- $100 annual surcharge