Fines

The amount of fine assessed by the court is affected only by the facts and circumstances of the case. Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine even if you are found guilty. On the other hand, aggravating circumstances may increase the fine. If a police officer is a witness and has to appear off-duty to testify in your case and you are found guilty, the court may order you to pay the cost of the officer's overtime pay for his court time. This is in addition to the fine and state mandated court costs.

Court Costs

Court costs will be charges if you are found guilty and assessed a fine, regardless of the amount of that fine. Court costs in the municipal court are set by the State, not by the court. Court costs must also be charged even if the fine is suspended and final disposition of your case is dismissed under the Deferred Disposition procedure. If an arrest warrant is issued, a warrant fee of $50 will be added to the fine and state court costs and possibly another $30 fee for entry of your case into the DPS Omni Court Reporting System.

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