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No, court employees (including the Judge) are strictly prohibited by law from providing legal advice to anyone.
You have the right to be represented by an attorney of your choice. Although these are class C misdemeanors, they are still considered criminal offenses. However, you can choose to waive this right and represent yourself.
See Discharge of Fines and Costs on the main Municipal Court page.
A Judge can only dismiss a citation if they are given the authority by the state. Please see the Dismissals page for more information.
Generally, all moving violations will appear on your driving record. Some others such as Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility and No Driver's License will appear as well. If you want to keep an offense off your record, you should request Defensive Driving or Deferred Disposition (if you are eligible).
For more information on surcharges, visit DPS Surcharge FAQs page.
See Arrest Warrants Status on the Warrants page.
See Capias Pro Fine Warrants Status on the Warrants page.
The Palestine Municipal Court policy is:
A defendant, who has an outstanding capias pro fine warrant for unpaid fines and costs, and:
Palestine Municipal Court Standing Order No. 2017-1
Contact the Court at 903-731-8433.