Court Processes FAQ
- QUESTIONS ABOUT ARRAIGNMENT
- QUESTIONS ABOUT TRIAL HEARINGS
- QUESTIONS REGARDING A DRIVER'S SAFETY COURSE FOR THE DISMISSAL OF A CITATION
- QUESTIONS REGARDING THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY POINT SYSTEM
- QUESTIONS ABOUT PAYMENT PLANS
- QUESTIONS ABOUT ARREST WARRANTS
- QUESTIONS ABOUT SURCHARGES
- QUESTIONS ABOUT OMNI (DRIVER'S LICENSE RENEWAL) HOLDS
- QUESTIONS ABOUT SCOFFLAW (VEHICLE REGISTRATION) HOLD
- QUESTIONS ABOUT PARKING CITATIONS
- QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMUNITY SERVICE
- QUESTIONS ON HOW TO SEARCH FOR CITATIONS & WARRANTS ONLINE
- QUESTIONS ON HOW TO USE THE COURT DOCKET
QUESTIONS ABOUT ARRAIGNMENT
What is an arraignment hearing?
The arraignment is your first appearance before a judge. It is the Court date the officer assigned to you when your ticket was issued. The date is at the top of your ticket, above your signature, where you promised to appear on that date and time.
What happens at the arraignment hearing?
The arraignment hearing is for the judge to explain the charges against you, to explain your rights and options to you and to take your plea on the charges for which you were cited by the officer.
Typical sequence of events at arraignment:
- You will appear at 9600 Dyer, pass through security and into the courtroom.
- You will remove your hat and sunglasses.
- You will turn off your cell phone.
- You will sign in with the bailiff.
- The judge will call you forward to the judge’s bench by name.
- The City Prosecutor and the Court Interpreter will also be at the judge’s bench.
- If you need the Spanish interpreter, please greet the interpreter and ask for assistance.
- The judge will advise you of the charge(s) against you.
- The judge will explain your rights and options.
- The judge will ask you how you how you would like to plea on the violations: Not Guilty, Guilty or No Contest.
- You may ask the judge if you qualify for a driver’s safety course for the dismissal of your ticket.
- You may show the city prosecutor and the judge proof of compliance for citations such as Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Registration/Inspection Sticker, Driver’s License and equipment violations such as a broken headlight or turn signal. The prosecutor will review your documents and make a motion to the judge. The judge will rule on whether or not to accept your proof of compliance.
- You may plea guilty, no contest, or ask for community service in lieu of your fine. If you plead no contest or requested community service, you will be set for court at a later date downtown at 810 East Overland.
- If you are unable to attend your arraignment hearing, you must fill out and turn in a Waiver of Arraignment and Other Rights form to any court location before the scheduled Arraignment Court date.
Will the arraignment judge listen to my testimony about why I am not guilty of the charge?
No. Unless you are providing proof of compliance for the charges listed above, the arraignment judge will not listen to your testimony about why you are not guilty. That occurs at the trial, not at the arraignment.
If you want to present testimony to support your innocence of the charge, the arraignment judge will record your Not Guilty plea and your request for a trial will be entered into the record.
Later, when the trial is heard at the downtown court, the issuing officer will present his or her testimony against you to the trial judge or jury and you will present your testimony as to your innocence to the trial judge or jury.
The arraignment judge did not listen to my testimony. Why? That seems rude.
The issuing officer is not present at your arraignment hearing to present the case against you. Testimony is received by the trial judge or the jury, not by the arraignment judge. The arraignment judge is there to advise you of the charges against you, advise you of your rights, and to take your plea. You will have the opportunity to question the officer and to testify on your behalf at the trial.
What is video arraignment?- Step by step video
VIDEO ARRAIGNMENT HOURS: 8:00 AM - 10:45 AM & 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM (Monday - Friday)
Video arraignment is a way to appear for your arraignment by video conference. It allows citizens to attend their scheduled arraignment hearing at one of the Court’s neighborhood substations, listed below. These locations may be closer to your home or your work. Video arraignment is a “green friendly” alternative to in person arraignment since you may not need to drive as far to appear before the judge. It is quick and easy once you arrive at the substation.
Substation Arraignment Hours: 8:00 am - 10:45 am & 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
10780 Pebble Hills - Pebble Hills Command Offices
9011 Escobar - Mission Valley Command Offices
4801 Osborne - Westside Command Offices
How can I use video arraignment?
- On the date of your arraignment, please check in with a cashier at any of the three Court Bond Office locations between 8:00 AM - 10:45 AM and 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM, Monday - Friday
- The Court staff member will activate the system.1. The Court staff member will activate the system.
- The judge will hear a ring, alerting that you are waiting.
- You will see the judge on screen and the judge will see you.
- You will be able to listen to the judge and speak to the judge.
- The Judge will address you.
- You will be able to present proof of compliance to the city prosecutor and the judge on the projector next to the computer screen.
- Examples of proof of compliance are your driver’s license, inspection/registration proof, proof of failure to maintain financial responsibility, proof of repair of broken headlight, turn signal, etc. Please make sure to bring this proof of compliance with you to your video arraignment.
3. Once the judge has finalized your hearing, see the cashier. The cashier will give you the documents resulting from your hearing.
May I reschedule my arraignment hearing?
No, arraignments may not be rescheduled. However, you do have options.
- You may waive the arraignment and request a regular trial date before your arraignment date. You must fill out a Waiver of Arraignment and Other Rights and submit it to any Bond Office.
- You may pay the citation in full and request a trial date. If the judge finds you not guilty at trial or the case is dismissed, a refund will be issued to you for the amount the judge authorizes.
- You may hire an attorney
I missed my arraignment hearing. Now what?
If you miss your arraignment, a Pre-Warrant hearing will automatically be set.
- - This hearing is to give you one last chance to speak with the judge before a warrant is issued for your arrest.
- - The Pre-Warrant hearing notice will be sent to your house stating the date and time of your next court date. Court will be held at 810 E. Overland, El Paso TX, 79901.
You may waive your Pre-Warrant hearing and request a regular trial date. You must fill out a Waiver of Arraignment and Other Rights form and submit it to any bond office before your Pre-Warrant hearing date.
I missed my Pre-Warrant Hearing, now what?
When you received the citation, you promised to appear at your arraignment hearing. If you fail to appear as promised, a Pre-Warrant Hearing will be scheduled for you before a warrant is issued for your arrest. If you fail to appear to your Pre-Warrant hearing, the judge may issue a warrant. If a warrant is issued, you can be arrested by the El Paso Police Department or other law enforcement agencies.
If you missed your Pre-Warrant Hearing and a warrant has been issued please visit 810 E. Overland for your options.
QUESTIONS ABOUT TRIAL HEARINGS
How will I receive notice of my trial date?
You will receive notice by mail at the address you gave to the issuing officer when he issued you the ticket. Typically you will receive the notice 11 to 30 days before the trial date.
What happens at a trial in Municipal Court?
- You arrive at Municipal Court and pass security. You may not bring any firearms of any kind into the courthouse. You may not bring knives or other weapons.
- You go into the courtroom and check in with the bailiff.
- You turn off your cell phone. Cell phones may not ring in the courtroom. If your cell phone rings, you may be fined by the judge.
- The bailiff checks off your name, showing you are present.
- The Judge arrives. Everyone removes hats and sunglasses. Everyone rises.
- The judge allows everyone to sit down.
- The judge may make an announcement explaining how proceedings are handled in his or her Court.
- The judge may make an announcement explaining legal rights and options to all present, or the judge may do this individually to each defendants when each case is called.
- The Judge or the Court Deputy calls each case by the defendant’s last name.
- The defendant comes forward to the Judge’s bench, when called. If you have an attorney, your attorney comes with you.
- It may be crowded at the Judge’s bench. The City Prosecutor, the issuing officer, the bailiff, you, and your attorney will be there, if you have an attorney. Also, witnesses may be there who are appearing for the prosecution or for you, the defense.
- The Judge explains the charge(s) and your rights, if not already explained.
- The Judge may present an option for you to take a driver’s safety course, if you are qualified to do so, for the dismissal of the case.
- The City Prosecutor and the issuing officer, , supported by any witnesses, present the case against you.
- You may question the issuing officer and any other witnesses.
- You present your case, your testimony supporting your “side of the story.” You present any physical evidence you have. You present any supporting witnesses.
- The judge weighs the evidence presented by both sides.
- The City Prosecutor also may present a motion to dismiss the case to the judge after listening to your evidence.
- The judge issues a ruling as to guilty, not guilty.
- If you are found guilty, the judge assesses the fine or the community service hours to be served.
- You move to the right of the judge’s bench to speak with the Court Deputy.
- The Court Deputy gives you the case documents showing the judge’s ruling.
- If you are found not guilty, you celebrate at home.
- If you are found guilty, the Court Deputy will give you a case slip to take to the cashier to pay your fine or to set up a payment plan.
- A Court clerk is stationed in the lobby to assist you if you have questions.
I missed my trial hearing. What are my options?
If you missed your hearing, the judge may have issued an arrest warrant for you. You can be arrested by an El Paso Police Department Officer or other law enforcement officer.
Please visit 810 E Overland to see what your options are.
Why do I have to pay court costs/state fees if I did not have a trial, but only paid the citation or requested defensive driving?
Court costs are fees that apply to all convictions, whether or not a trial is held. The court is required to collect them. Below is a link to a list of the Court Costs and where the funds go.- Court Costs on or after September 1, 2017
QUESTIONS REGARDING A DRIVER'S SAFETY COURSE FOR THE DISMISSAL OF A CITATION
Why would I consider taking a driver's safety course?
Some people decide to take a driver’s safety course for the dismissal of a citation because:
- Upon successful completion of all requirements, the case is dismissed.
- State law does not allow insurance companies to use the ticket against drivers in assessing insurance rates.
- Attentive participation instructs drivers on safe driving practices that can save life, limb and property.
Who is eligible to take a driver's safety course, by right?
You are eligible to take a driver’s safety course if:
1. You have a valid Texas Driver’s License, are active military, or military family with a valid driver’s license
2. You have not taken a driver’s safety course for the dismissal of a citation in the last 12 months.
3. You were not traveling more than 25 miles over the speed limit.
4. You do not have a Commercial Driver’s License.
5. You plead guilty or no contest to the violation.
How can I, an adult, request a driving safety course, by right?
- You will have to secure approval from the court on or before your arraignment date or Pre-Warrant hearing before you take the course.
- If you are an adult, you may secure approval by:
- - Requesting the driving safety course in person at any bond office location
- - Mailing your request to 810 E Overland, El Paso TX, 79901
- - Filling out a plea declaration form and sending it by email to Defensivedriving@elpasotexas.gov
- - Filling out a plea declaration form and faxing it to (915) 212-0216
- - Or in person at the scheduled arraignment hearing
- You are required to pay to the Court the required court costs and administrative fee imposed for the driver's safety course.
- You must request the certified driver record, form 3A from The Texas Department of Public Safety. The payment is made to the DPS and the driver record is submitted to the Court.
- You must pay and attend a (TDLR) Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation certified defensive driving class of your choice. Certificate will be mailed 2-3 weeks after completion. The Court may not recommend any TDLR certified classes.
- - If the Certificate of Completion is an On-line Printed Certificate of Completion, the certificate must have a visible Certificate # when submitted.
- You must submit the TDLR Certificate of Completion, 3A certified driver record from the Texas Department of Public Safety, and proof of insurance to any Bond Office Location on or before the end of your 90 day deferral.
- - Submission of original defensive driving paperwork must be done in person or by mail.
You will receive a Certificate of Receipt from the court clerk acknowledging all paperwork was received the day you submit your paperwork.
How can I, as a juvenile, request a drivers safety course?
If you are a juvenile, you must appear at your arraignment, with your parent(s) or legal guardian, before the judge. State law requires this. The intent is to make sure the juvenile and the parent or legal guardian understand the charge against the juvenile and the options available.
May I take a Driver's Safety Course if I do not have a Texas license, but I do have an out of state driver's license?
If you have an out of state driver’s license, you may request a driver’s safety course from the judge at your arraignment hearing or from the judge at your trial hearing. If you live out of town, you may submit a motion to the judge. The judge will decide whether or not to grant your request.
What if I miss my 90 day deadline to turn in my proof of Defensive Driving completion?
- If you miss your due date, you will be scheduled, automatically, for a Show Cause Hearing before the judge. This is a requirement of State law.
- You do not need to do anything. The Court will automatically schedule the Show Cause Hearing.
- However, if your address has changed, please contact the Court by fax at 915-212-0216, by email at Defendants@elpasotexas.gov, or in person at any of our Bond Offices and supply the new address.
- You will be notified by mail of your Show Cause Hearing date and time.
What happens at a Show Cause Hearing for Driver's Safety Cases?
- At the Show Cause Hearing you will explain to the judge why you missed the due date.
- The judge will decide whether or not to grant you more time to complete the course, or if the judge will enter the guilty finding against you and assess a fine.
If you do not appear at your show cause hearing, the judge may enter a guilty finding against you, assess a fine, and a Pre-Capias Warrant hearing will be sent to you by mail. If you do not attend the Pre-Capias Hearing, a capias warrant will be issued and you may be arrested.
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY POINT SYSTEM(return to top)
QUESTIONS ABOUT PAYMENT PLANS
I want to pay my ticket, but I do not have all the money. How can I request a payment plan?
The El Paso Municipal Court Judges allow a liberal payment plan policy for defendants who respond on time for their citations. Anyone may request a 180 day payment plan, as long as you request one prior to your arraignment date or your trial date.
A 180-day payment plan may be requested by filling out a Payment Plan application and returning it in person, by email at Paymentplans@elpasotexas.gov, or by mail to 810 E. Overland, El Paso, TX 79901. You may request an indigency hearing before the judge to explain your financial situation if you are unable to adhere to the payment plan requirements.
If you are requesting a payment plan or and an indigency hearing but currently have an active warrant you must go in person to 810 E. Overland, El Paso Texas, 79901.
Los jueces de la corte municipal de El Paso permiten una política de plan de pago para los acusados que responden a tiempo para sus citaciones. Cualquiera puede solicitar un plan de pago de 180 días, siempre y cuando se solicite antes de la fecha de presentación de cargos o la fecha de prueba.
Se puede solicitar un plan de pago de 180 días llenando una solicitud del Plan de pago y devolviéndola en persona, por correo electrónico a Paymentplans@elpasotexas.gov, o por correo a 810 E. Overland, El Paso, TX 79901. Puede solicitar una audiencia de indigencia ante el juez para explicar su situación financiera si no puede cumplir con los requisitos del plan de pago.
Si está solicitando un plan de pago o una audiencia de indigencia, pero actualmente tiene una orden de detención activa, debe ir en persona al 810 E. Overland, El Paso Texas, 79901.
I have a payment plan, but I cannot pay off my ticket in 180 days. What should I do?
If you are unable to pay, you may contact us at 915-212-0232 during the hours of 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (MST) Monday - Friday to set up a hearing with a Judge. Your options include community service, in lieu of the fine on your case.
To request a hearing, submit a written request to the Court or appear at the downtown Court, 810 East Overland.
If you do not pay off your fine in 180 days and you do not request a hearing before the judge, you will be set for a Pre-Capias Hearing. If you do not attend, a capias warrant will be issued and you may be arrested.
Si no puede pagar, puede contactarnos al 915-212-0232 durante el horario de 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (MST) de lunes a viernes para programar una audiencia con un juez. Sus opciones incluyen servicio comunitario, en lugar de la multa en su caso.
Para solicitar una audiencia, envíe una solicitud por escrito al Tribunal o comparezca ante el Tribunal del centro, 810 East Overland.
Si no cancela su multa en 180 días y no solicita una audiencia ante el juez, se le asignará una audiencia Pre-Capias. Si no asiste, se emitirá una orden de captura y usted puede ser arrestado.
I have a warrant because I did not appear at arraignment or trial as I promised to do. May I have a payment plan?
Yes. You must go in person to 810 E. Overland to request a payment plan.
If you believe you are indigent or unable to pay the fine in full, you may request an indigency hearing before the judge. On a case-by-case basis, the judge will determine whether or not you are indigent or whether or not to grant you a payment plan.
Sí. Debe ir en persona al 810 E. Overland para solicitar un plan de pago.
Si cree que es indigente o no puede pagar la multa en su totalidad, puede solicitar una audiencia de indigencia ante el juez. Caso por caso, el juez determinará si usted es indigente o si le otorgará o no un plan de pago
QUESTIONS ABOUT ARREST WARRANTS
Why do I have an arrest warrant?
You may have committed one of the following:
- - You failed to appear as promised at your scheduled arraignment or trial hearing.
- - You failed to fulfill your sentencing requirements, such as payment of the fine, completion of community service, or compliance with other court ordered judgments.
Can I be arrested if I have an active arrest warrant?
Yes. You can be arrested by the El Paso Police Department or other law enforcement agencies.
Are there other consequences for having an arrest warrant, aside from the possibility of arrest?
Yes, there are additional consequences:
- - Texas Residents: In accordance with State Law, Texas residents who fail to appear in court or fail to pay or satisfy an ordered judgment as required by law may have their driver’s license suspended, denied renewal of their driver’s license by the Texas Department of Public Safety Omni program, and be assessed an additional fee.
- - Out of State Residents: In accordance with the states’ Non-Resident Violator’s Compact Agreement, Texas Department of Public Safety may notify the driver’s licensing department of your state of any outstanding arrest warrants. Driver’s license suspension proceedings may be initiated against you.
- - Vehicle owners with active arrest warrants may be denied the registration of their vehicles in El Paso County until the warrant is recalled. The City has an interlocal agreement with the El Paso County Tax Assessor to deny registration to owners with active arrest warrants.
- - People with active arrest warrants may face obstacles in enlisting in military service and in securing or sustaining employment.
How can I find out if I have an active arrest warrant?
- - To confirm whether or not an arrest warrant or capias pro fine has been issued, you may call the Court’s Warrant Office, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 915-212-0221. It will be necessary for you to provide the clerk with your name, any aliases, including maiden names and nicknames, your date of birth, and the citation number, if possible.
- - Search your citation online at Citation & Warrant Search.
What can I do to get the arrest warrant recalled?
- - You may post a cash bond at any bond office, by mail at 810 E. Overland, El Paso, TX 79901, by phone at 915-212-0232, or on-line.
- - You may contact a bail bond company to post a surety bond.
- - You may contact an attorney.
- - You may submit a motion to the Judge.
- - You may appear at 810 Overland.
- - If you are unable to pay, you may request an indigency hearing. You may come to the downtown Municipal Court at 810 E. Overland to request the indigency hearing. The judge will determine whether or not you are indigent and will inform you of non-monetary options available.
QUESTIONS ABOUT SURCHARGES
QUESTIONS ABOUT OMNI (DRIVER'S LICENSE RENEWAL) HOLDS
How can I remove the Omni hold?
In order to remove an Omni hold with El Paso Municipal Court, all warrants must be resolved and a $30 fee for each violation obtaining the Omni hold must be paid.
Once the fee is paid, it may take up to 10 days for the Texas Department of Public Safety to update the hold removal.
If you receive a hold for New Mexico or Arizona, you must wait 10 working days after your warrant has been resolved in order to request a Release Letter from the El Paso Municipal Court.
Why do i have an Omni hold?
QUESTIONS ABOUT SCOFFLAW (VEHICLE REGISTRATION) HOLD
How can I remove the Scofflaw hold?
In order to remove the Scofflaw hold you must visit any of the El Paso Municipal Court bond offices and bring the following items:
- Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice (Current Year) or Inquiry Receipt obtained at the County Tax Assessor’s Office
- Asset Recovery Collections System (A.R.C.S) Form
- Copy of a State Issued Drivers License or a government issued identification card for all drivers listed on the registration form
All warrants must be resolved and any warrants resolved in the last year may have a $20.00 fee added to each violation(s).
How do I know if I have a Scofflaw hold on my registration?
When you go to the County Tax Assessor to register your vehicle, they will hand you an Asset Recovery Collections System (A.R.C.S) Form informing you El Paso Municipal Court has a Scofflaw hold.
What is a Scofflaw hold
According to the Transportation Code Sec. 702.003: The County Tax Assessor may refuse to register a motor vehicle if the County Tax Assessor receives information from the El Paso Municipal Court stating that the owner of the vehicle has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear or failure to pay a fine involving a traffic violation.
El Paso Municipal Court may impose an additional $20 fee to each outstanding warrant a person has on a traffic violation. The additional fee is used to reimburse the County Tax Assessor for its expenses for providing the services.
QUESTIONS ABOUT PARKING CITATIONS
What are the parking citation fines?
PARKING VIOLATION FINE SCHEDULE - Effective 01/23/12
EXPIRED METER $ 25.00 BUFFER ZONE $ 25.00 PARK IN MORE THAN 1 METER SPACE $ 25.00 PARK ON BUS OR TAXI STAND $ 25.00 AIRPORT LIMOUSINE ZONE $ 25.00 HOTEL ZONE - PARKING $ 25.00 OTHER OVERTIME $ 25.00 LOAD ZONE-AIRPORT/OVER 3 MIN/UNATTENDED $ 25.00 LOAD ZONE (GENERAL) - OVER 30 MIN $ 25.00 LOADING ZONE (COMM. VEHICLE) - OVER 30 MIN $ 25.00 OVER 18 INCHES FROM CURB $ 25.00 LOADING ZONE/NOT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE $ 25.00 PARK WITHIN 30 FT. OF STOP SIGN $ 25.00 PARKING - FUNERAL ZONE $ 25.00 RESERVED PARKING SPACE $ 25.00 AIRPORT-CONTRARY TO SIGNS OR MARKINGS $ 25.00 AIRPORT-LOADING IN FRONT OF TERMINAL $ 25.00 ALLEY-GENERAL TRAFFIC DIST/FIVE POINTS $ 25.00 AIRPORT-WEST OF TERMINAL W/O AUTHORITY $ 25.00 POLICE/POLICE MOTORCYCLE ZONE $ 25.00 BACK-IN ANGLED PARKING ONLY $ 55.00 DOUBLE PARKING $ 55.00 PARK ON WRONG SIDE OF STREET $ 55.00 RESIDENTIAL PARKING ZONE (NO PERMIT) $ 55.00 NO PARKING ZONE $ 55.00 PARKING ON SIDEWALK $ 55.00 PARKING - EASEMENT $ 55.00 PARKING IN FRONT OF DRIVEWAY $ 55.00 PARK WITHIN 20 FT. OF CROSSWALK $ 55.00 PARK WITHIN 15 FT. OF FIRE HYDRANT $ 55.00 PARKING ON MEDIAN $ 55.00 PARK ON A BRIDGE $ 55.00 IN ALLEYS CONTRARY TO SIGN $ 55.00 CONTRARY TO ANGLE PARKING SIGNS $ 55.00 ALONGSIDE/OPPOSITE STREET EXCAVATION $ 55.00 NEWS MEDIA ZONE $ 55.00 INSPECTION ZONE $ 55.00 COVERED METER $ 55.00 IN VIOLATION OF SIGN/ADJACENT TO SCHOOL $ 55.00 IN VIOLATION OF SIGN/NARROW STREET $ 55.00 IN VIOLATON OF SIGN/ONE-WAY STREET $ 55.00 TEMPORARY NO PARKING ZONE $ 55.00 ADJACENT TO SAFETY ZONE $ 55.00 YELLOW CURB MARKINGS $ 55.00 PARKING IN DESIGNATED BIKE LANES $ 55.00 VIOLATION OF STREET CLEANING/CONSTRUCTION $ 55.00 VIOLATION OF OFFICIAL SIGN PROHIBITING PARKING $ 55.00 PARKING ON CITY PROPERTY $ 100.00 R-O-W WASHING/REPAIRING VEHICLE $ 100.00 FIRE LANE $ 150.00 HAZARDOUS/CONGESTED PLACE $ 150.00 WITHIN INTERSECTION $ 150.00 PARKING PROHIBITED/OVERSIZE $ 225.00 ACCESSIBLE PARKING PERMIT ZONE/NO PERMIT $ 275.00 ACCESSIBLE PARKING PERMIT ZONE/BLOCKED $ 275.00
ALL FINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Delinquency Fees: All fines increase by $10.00 for every 30 days the citation is delinquent, up to a maximum of $60.00 in delinquency fees per violation. The delinquency fees are added on to the amount of the original fines in the listings above.
How do I get a hearing on my parking citation?
The person charged with a parking or stopping offense shall have the right to an instant hearing for the purpose of determining the issue of liability for the charged offense. Section 12.85.030 of the Municipal Code requires that such right to a hearing shall be exercised by appearing in person before a hearing officer within fourteen days from the date of the citation, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Hearings may be requested as follows:
El Paso Municipal Court
810 E. Overland
El Paso, Texas 79901
By phone: (915) 212-5804
It is possible that you might get a recording. Please leave a message and the Deputy Court Clerk will return your call. Please include the citation # and the date the citation was issued.
El Paso Municipal Court
810 E. Overland
El Paso, Texas 79901
Please include the original citation, if possible. If not, include the citation # and the date of issuance.
By fax: (915) 212-0216
Please include a copy of the citation if possible. If not, include the citation # and the date of issuance.
I no longer own the vehicle for an outstanding parking citation. What can I do?
The El Paso Municipal Court receives vehicle registration information from the Texas Department of Transportation. At the time the vehicle registration request was submitted from the Court to TxDOT, your name appeared as the last registered owner of the vehicle. If you have received notice regarding a parking citation(s) issued to a vehicle that you no longer own and which you did not own at the time of the issuance of the citation(s), please provide the following (where applicable):
- A copy of the invoice showing the vehicle was traded in, including the license plate number.
- A copy of the invoice showing the vehicle was purchased after the citation was issued, including the license plate number.
- A copy of the record from the Texas Department of Transportation showing that ownership has been transferred and the date thereof; or
- A copy of the Vehicle Transfer Notification Form after it has been processed by the Texas Department of Transportation. The form is available at the Texas Department of Transportation and the office of the local County Tax Assessor-Collector. It also is available on line through the TxDOT web site as Form TR346 in the Vehicle Registration category.
I received a parking citation while I was serving as a juror in a court proceeding. What can I do?
Please submit your citation either in person or by mail and the confirmation of juror service received from the Court. The hearing officer will review the documents. If all is in order, the citation will be dismissed.
What are the procedures at the hearing?
The purpose of the hearing is to determine liability or non-liability for the offense charged. The hearing officer will make this determination based upon a preponderance of the evidence presented at the hearing, after giving due weight to all presumptions and prima facie evidence established by law. The hearing will be recorded on audio tape and is to be conducted in a calm, courteous manner, respectful of both the vehicle owner and the hearing officer.
Appear at the date and time of your scheduled hearing.
Bring a copy of the citation issued to you.
Bring all documents you would like the hearing officer to consider, including, but not limited to:
- auto title, transfer of title and registration documents
- placards authorizing parking in spaces reserved for the disabled
After considering the evidence presented, the hearing officer can find the vehicle owner:
- Dismissed/ Not Liable for the Offense:
If you are found not to be liable for the offense, the case against you will be dismissed.
- Liable for the Offense:
If you are found to be liable for the offense, the full fine amount for the citation will be assessed. The hearing officer has no latitude to reduce the fine amount.
What do I do if I receive a citation for parking in a handicap zone?
What do I do if I receive a citation for parking in a handicapped zone, but I am a person for whom the State has issued a disability parking placard or I was transporting a person for whom the State has issued a disabled parking placard?
Documents Presented at the Hearing:
If a citation was issued for parking in a zone reserved for the disabled or if a disabled person was being transported at the time the citation was issued, the person to whom the disabled parking placard is issued is required to appear to give testimony. If this person is unable to appear, a sworn affidavit is acceptable in place of testimony, along with the handicapped placard and placard application form.
Persons who are authorized to park in a space reserved for the disabled, but who forget to display their placard, resulting in a citation, have the option of presenting their cases via mail.
The following must be submitted in order for review:
- The citation.
- A sworn affidavit explaining the facts.
- A copy of the placard, placard application form and driver’s license or ID card.
*All submissions are subject to the review of the hearing officer.
Why did a collection agency contact me about some outstanding parking tickets?
The City of El Paso has a contract with Delgado, Acosta, Spencer, Linebarger & Perez, LLP Attorneys at Law for the collections of delinquent Municipal Court fines and fees. Please call the Court during regular business hours for questions regarding specific citations or the citations listed against the vehicle plate shown as registered to you.
Why was my vehicle booted or impounded?
The law allows the booting or impoundment of vehicles having 3 (three) or more delinquent parking citations.
How can I gain release of my vehicle after it has been booted or impounded?
The registered owner of an immobilized or impounded vehicle, or other authorized person may secure release of the vehicle by paying the total amount of the fine, any late fees for each delinquent citation, including any arrest warrants against the owner of the vehicle for Class C misdemeanors, a $ 50.00 boot fee, transportation costs incurred by the city, towing and storage fees. These charges may be paid at any bond office location, checks will not be accepted.
The towing and storage fees are:
Regular Size Vehicle within City Limits:
Tow - $36.91 (Police Department Impound, must have a yellow slip meaning Police Department did an inventory of the car)
Daily Storage Fees - $12.21/ day
Affidavit - $6.00
Tow - Varies by size
Daily Storage Fees - $15.00
The registered owner of an immobilized or impounded vehicle shall have the right to a prompt post-immobilization hearing (“boot hearing”) before the hearing officer. The boot hearing shall be held within 24 hours following the written request therefore, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and City of El Paso holidays, at the Municipal Court, 810 E. Overland, El Paso, Texas 79901. The issue to be determined at the boot hearing is whether the immobilization was authorized by law. The determination of the hearing officer at the boot hearing is final. If the hearing officer finds that the owner of the vehicle is not liable for any of the citations, a release order for the vehicle will be issued.
I received a parking citation while I was serving as a juror in a court proceeding. What can I do?
Bring the paper citation and your jury summons letter to 810 E. Overland and see a cashier to have the citation dismissed.
QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMUNITY SERVICE
How do I request community service in lieu of fine payment?
You may request community service when you appear before the judge at arraignment or at trial. The judge will decide whether or not to grant your request.
Puede solicitar el servicio comunitario cuando comparezca ante el juez en la lectura de cargos o en el juicio. El juez decidirá si concede o no su solicitud.
How many hours of community service must I complete?
The judge will decide how many hours you must perform.
El juez decidirá cuántas horas debe realizar.
Where will I perform the community service?
Court staff will work with you to find a community service site close to your home or work. We have many host agencies throughout the community.
El personal de la corte trabajará con usted para encontrar un sitio de servicio comunitario cerca de su casa o trabajo. Tenemos muchas agencias anfitrionas en toda la comunidad.
What kind of community service will I perform?
Court staff will work with you to find a suitable assignment for your skills and abilities. You will be expected to show up when scheduled, dress appropriately for the assignment and follow instructions respectfully.
El personal de la corte trabajará con usted para encontrar una asignación adecuada para sus habilidades. Se le require que se presente cuando se le indique, se vista apropiadamente para la tarea y siga las instrucciones respetuosamente.
QUESTIONS ON HOW TO SEARCH FOR CITATIONS & WARRANTS ONLINE
How do I search for a citation or warrant with my name?
- 1. Go to Citation & Warrant Search
- 2. Click on Log In
- 3. Go to the upper left hand side of the screen and click on Searches
- 4. Select Case Searches- By Party
- 5. Enter Last and First Name
- 6. Enter Date of Birth
How do I search for a citation or warrant by citation number?
- 1. Go to Citation & Warrant Search
- 2. Click on Log In
- 3. Click on Searches- Select Citation Search
- 4. Enter citation number without any dashes
QUESTIONS ON HOW TO USE THE COURT DOCKET
How do I view the court docket list?
- 1. Go to Citation & Warrant Search
- 2. Click on Log In
- 3. Click on Scheduling and select Monthly Court Calendar
- 4. Go to Court Calendar Parameters and select the + box
- 5. Input the information you would like to view: Such as Attorney name
- 6. Click Retrieve
- 7. The only month displayed will be the one that was selected in Step 5
- 8. Click on the court day you wish to view to see the list of cases set for that day
- 9. The docket will appear for the day that was selected
Can I download instructions on how to view the docket list?
Yes. You can click on Download Instructions.