Municipal Court Judge
Email Judge Atkinson
Ph: (325) 728-5331
Fx: (325) 728-2597
Court is held at 180 W. 3rd Street.
Municipal Court cases involve class "C" misdemeanors such as:
Traffic Violations- includes moving and non-moving violations, failure to maintain financial responsibility (no insurance), driver’s license violations, equipment violations, etc.
Parking Violations- includes parking violations under city ordinance or the Transportation Code of the State of Texas.
State Code Violations- Class “C” misdemeanors (crimes punishable by a maximum fine of $500) include: public intoxication, theft under $50, disorderly conduct, assault by contact, minors in possession of alcohol/tobacco, etc.
Violations of City Ordinance- includes violations of animal violations, rubbish/weeds at residence, junk vehicles, plumbing codes, building codes, health and safety violations, park violations, etc.
The plea you enter is very important so please consider each plea carefully before making a decision. You may enter your plea in person or in writing.
Not Guilty Plea: A plea of not guilty means you are informing the Court that you are not guilty or deny guilty of the offense in which you were accused. You must enter not guilty by the appearance date located on the bottom of the green citation. You must inform the Court whether you want a trial by judge or jury. Upon receipt of your plea, your case will be scheduled on the pretrial docket. At this docket, you will be able to speak with the prosecutor who will discuss with you the nature of your case. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN PERSON OR BY ATTORNEY.
Guilty Plea: A plea of guilty means that you admit you committed the charged offense and you are waiving your right to a trial by judge or jury.
Nolo Contendere (No Contest) Plea: A plea of nolo contendere (no contest) means that you do not contest the charges against you and you are waiving your right to a trial by judge or jury.
If you are under 17 years of age you must appear before the Judge in person with your parent or guardian.
Address Notification-You and your parent are required by law to provide the Court, in writing, your current address and residence. If your place of residence changes, you have 7 days to notify the Court, in writing, of your new address and residence. Failure to keep the Court informed of your new residence may result in Failure to Appear and Failure to Notify charges filed against both you and your parent or guardian. The obligation of keeping the Court informed of your current address and residence is required until your case is finalized.
The Court will issue a warrant when:
- You violated your promise to appear on your citation;
- You failed to comply with the orders of the Judge
- You did not complete a payment plan or failed to make payments as promised;
- You did not complete community service or other judicial order;
- You failed to appear on a summons, bond or order to appear the Court will do the following.
Issue a warrant for your arrest (additional $50.00 fee will apply)Charge the Standard Fine amount.
Send a request to the Texas Department of Public Safety for Denial of Driver License Renewal and a $30.00 fee will be added.
- Refer your case to a collection agency with a 30% fee of what is owed on each offense will be added to the charge.