Port Neches Municipal Court
1201 Merriman Street
Port Neches, Texas 77651
Phone: (409) 722-1438
Fax: (409) 721-9643
Pay online: www.municipalonlinepayments.com/portnechestx
HOURS OF OPERATION (excluding holidays): Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Window payments are processed from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
A phone call does not constitute an appearance. You must appear in person, or submit a request in writing within 10 business days of your citation.
Court is held on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM
ff you would like to schedule a Court date, see the Court Clerk in person or contact the Court by email within 10 business days of your citation.
Court cases that require an appearance in open Court are: Cases that are related to a Juvenile (under the age of 17), Assault Family Violence, Theft (under $100. 00) and Minor in Possession offenses.
The following guidelines provide information about the Municipal Court. It is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. ff you have questions about your best course of action, what plea you should enter, your rights, or the consequence of a conviction of the offense for which you are charged, you should contact an attorney. Neither the clerk, judge, nor prosecutor can give you legal advice.
NOLO CONTENDER£ (NO CONTEST): The individual, while not admitting guilt, does not dispute the charge against them.
For information regarding the balance on your citation, please call 409.722.1438.
Port Neches Municipal Court
Port Neches, Texas 77651
Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks should be made payable to “Port Neches Municipal Court.”
Online payments may be made by clicking on the following link: Municipal Court Online Payments.
You can only take a Driving Safety Course for moving violations and are not allowed to take the course on violations cited for 25 miles per hour or more over the speed limit (Article 45.0511(c)(4), Code of Criminal Procedures). You are not eligible if you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (Article 45.0511(a), Code of Criminal Procedures). You are not eligible if you have already taken the course in the past 12 months. You are not eligible on offenses committed in a construction zone when workers were present (Sections 472.002, 543.404 and 729.004, Transportation Code). You are not eligible on the offense of passing a school bus loading or unloading children or for the offense of leaving the scene of an accident (Sec. 550.022 or 550.023, Transportation Code).
If you are 16 or younger, you must appear before the Judge.
Driving Safety Course Request and Affidavit Form
The course may be completed online or in person as long as the course is administered by a Texas Education Agency approved instructor. A list of approved courses can be obtained online at www.tea.state.tx.us.
A certified copy 3A of your driving record can be obtained at www.texas.gov.
The Clerk may process deferred dispositions for a single violation only. The defendant can have no other pending violations, if so, he/she must see the Judge. Individuals 24 years of age or younger and citations including Failed to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Driving While License Invalid, Alcohol Violations, Tobacco Violations, or anyone with an active warrant must appear before the Judge to request a deferred disposition. Any deferral given in the Clerk’s office will have a 90 day deferral period and the defendant cannot be on a deferred disposition for any other charge at the time of the request. When requesting deferred before the Clerk, the defendant cannot currently be taking the Driving Safety Course. If the defendant has had more than two (2) deferrals in the past, then he/she must go before the Judge to request deferred. All other State laws regarding eligibility apply. Payment in full will be due at the time the deferral is granted. A deferral requires a plea of guilty or no contest.
The following offenses do not qualify for Deferred Disposition:
- Anyone who holds a CDL at the time of the offense
- Traffic offenses committed in a school zone
- Passing a school bus
- Serious traffic violations, as outlined by the Transportation Code, that apply to drivers with a CDL
- Speeding 25 mph or more over the speed limit
Driving Safety Course and compliance dismissal fees are not eligible for a payment plan. A minimum $25 down payment is required. Standard payment plan agreements are $100 a month or $50 bi-weekly and an application for payment plan must be completed. If the defendant is already on a payment plan that is not in good standing, then he/she must see the Judge. The payment fee of $15.00 (or $25.00 for violations occurring before January 1, 2020), is required by Texas Local Government Code and will be added to each charge if any amount of the fine or costs is paid after 30 days from the date of the plea. Adult defendants with active arrest warrants may be eligible for a payment plan, but an application and down payment will be required. Once the payment plan has been established, payments can be made by clicking on the following link:
Municipal Online Payment Plan Payments
A 30 day extension may be granted to defendants. However, if the defendant does not appear to pay in 30 days then the State time payment fee required by Texas Local Government Code will be added and warrant will be issued.
MINOR IN POSSESSION CHARGES INCLUDING TOBACCO/ALCOHOL:
All offenses for minors in possession of tobacco and/or alcohol require the defendant to appear in Court before the Judge. Fines and punishments are determined by the Judge and are mandated by the State.
Certain citations are eligible for compliance dismissals. Applicable citations are as follows:
- Expired Driver’s License: Upon proof of renewal presented to the Court and payment of a $20.00 administrative fee by initial appearance due date.
- Expired Registration: Upon proof of renewal showing that the penalty fee was paid to the Tax Office and presented to the Court and payment of a $20.00 administrative fee by initial appearance due date.
- Fail to Report Change of Address or Name: Upon proof that the address/name was changed. Provide a print out from DPS and presented to the Court and payment of a $10.00 administrative fee by initial appearance due date.
- Fail to Display Driver’s License: Upon presenting proof of a valid driver’s license, valid at the time of the offense, may by dismissed at no charge.
Citations for Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility are eligible for dismissal at no charge to the defendant, if the defendant provides verifiable proof of financial responsibility at the time of the offense. You must present a liability insurance policy issued by the State that was effective on the date and time you were cited. The policy should be in your name or show you as a listed driver on the vehicle. In the event your insurance was not valid upon verification, you will receive a summons in the mail to appear in Court.
WARRANTS/CAPIAS PRO FINES:
A $50.00 warrant fee will be added to each offense once a warrant is issued.
If the Court issues a warrant for your arrest, it is because you missed your initial appearance date after the citation has been issued, an initial appearance notice has been mailed and a late notice has been issued to the last known address we have on file and you have failed to appear to make arrangements to take care of your citation(s). In addition to the original charge, a Failure to Appear or Violate Promise to Appear will be issued also resulting in additional charges. Arrest warrants are bondable by either cash bond or surety.
If you appear before the Clerk to request a court date, you will be required to post a PR bond for each charge as your promise to appear.
Your Arrest Warrant options:
- Enter a plea of guilty or no contest and pay your fine in full to clear your warrants
- Enter a plea of guilty or no contest and complete an application for payments; be set on a payment plan. A significant down payment will be required.
- Post a cash bond to clear your warrants and request a setting for the Judge.
- Post a surety or PR bond to clear your warrants and request a setting for the Judge.
Your Capias Pro Fine Warrant options:
- You or someone you know may pay your fine in full to clear your warrants.
- If you claim you are unable to pay in full, you must complete an indigence application for the Judge to determine your indigence. You may do this by requesting a court date and setting an appearance before the Judge. Once you have a court date set, your warrants will be recalled pending your appearance in Court. Should you fail to appear, the warrants will be reissued.
When you have active warrants, you are subject to being arrested at your home or place of business. The Port Neches Police Department has been provided with your warrant information and other identifying information. To avoid arrest, contact the Court to try to resolve your warrants as soon as possible. The Clerk can be contacted at 409.722.1438 for further inquiries and information.
If you are represented by an attorney, the attorney must provide the Court with a Letter of Representation no later than the initial appearance date of the violation.
The Office of Court Administration’s Self-Help website can be accessed at www.TexasCourtHelp.gov