Fines, Costs, Fees

The amount of fine the court assesses is determined by the facts and circumstances of the case. Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine and aggravating circumstances may increase the fine. The court may set the fine between $1 and the maximum.

Type of FineCost
Maximum fine amount allowed for most traffic violations$200
State law and city ordinance violations$500
Health and safety city ordinance violations$2,000

Court Requirements

Courts are required by state law to collect court costs and fees for the State of Texas. Court costs are assessed if you are found guilty at trial, if you plead guilty or nolo contendere, if your case is deferred for a driving safety course, or if your case is deferred and you are placed on probation. If you are found not guilty court costs are not assessed.

  • If you go to trial, you may have to also pay the costs of overtime paid to a peace officer spent testifying in the trial.
  • If you request a jury trial, a $3 jury fee is assessed.
  • If a warrant was served or processed a $50 warrant fee is also assessed.
  • If you do not pay the whole fine and costs within 30 days of the court’s judgment you must pay a $25 time payment fee.