Deferred Disposition in Fort Worth

Information on Deferred Dispositions in DFW

WHAT IS DEFERRED DISPOSITION?
   
Deferred disposition is a special type of probation that is only applicable to a Class C misdemeanor. Unlike traditional probation or deferred adjudication (which applies to Class A and B misdemeanors and felonies), there are no reporting requirements for deferred disposition.  You will not have to report to a probation officer, attend monthly meetings or pay probationary fees. 
 
To be eligible for deferred disposition in Fort Worth, you must enter a plea of guilty or no-contest to the ticket; however, the court defers its finding of guilt pending a probationary period.  Upon successful completion of the terms of the deferral, the traffic ticket will be dismissed and a conviction will not be reported to the State.  As a result, you will not receive any points on your driving record, and your insurer will not be able to use the conviction as a means to raising your premiums. 
 
The typical terms for deferral of a traffic ticket will include a fine and a probationary period where you cannot be issued an additional traffic citation.  The judge may place additional stipulations on the probation, like requiring a defensive driving course, performing a specified number of community service hours or any other reasonable condition imposed by the Judge.  The terms of the deferral period are typically 60 to 90 days, but may last as long as 180 days.  If you were under the age of 25 when the alleged offense was committed, you must take a defensive driving course in addition to the probationary period and the fine to be offered deferred disposition.  
 
FAILURE TO COMPLETE TERMS OF DEFERMENT
 
If you fail to complete the terms of the probation, such as failing to pay the fine by the due date or failing to turn in a certificate of defensive driving on time, your case may result in a final conviction.  The same will happen if you are issued an additional traffic citation during the deferral period.  In this case, the conviction will be reported to the state of Texas and points will be accrued on your driving record, if the traffic ticket was for a moving violation. 
 
DEFERRED DISPOSITION IS NOT ALWAYS AVAILABLE
 
By statute, Fort Worth deferred disposition is not available for certain violations committed in a construction or maintenance zone when workers are present, moving violations issued to holders of a commercial driver’s license or drivers who had a commercial driver’s license when the alleged offense occurred. Some courts may not offer deferred disposition for certain violations the court deems serious, such as speeding 25 miles per hour over the speed limit.  However, courts are considerably more likely to offer deferred disposition in these situations to an attorney than to the driver who received the citation. 
   
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