Resolving your Citation

Follow the Directions on Your Citation

The first step is to read the instructions printed on your citation. The citation contains a lot of helpful information for resolving your citation. If you are a Juvenile, please refer to the Youth Offenders page for information on resolving your citation.

Response Date

The date printed on your citation is a Response Date (Due Date), not a court date. You have until this date to enter a plea and answer to, make arrangements for, or request a court appearance for your citation. Remember only the person who received the citation can enter a plea to the citation.

Request a Court Appearance

The Municipal Judge is only available during Court session times. If you wish to speak with the Judge concerning your case(s), you must schedule a court appearance. Please click here or scan the QR Code below to request Virtual Court Hearing.

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Resolve Your Citation without a Court Appearance

Options for handling your citation prior to your response date (due date) or scheduled court date can be found here on the Court’s website. There are many matters that the court staff can assist you with without the necessity of a court appearance. A plea of Guilty or No Contest is required. This finalizes the case and no pre-trial or court appearance is needed. Please click on the links below for more information regarding these options.

Pay Your Fine Online

Payment Arrangements

Driving Safety Course

Deferred Disposition

Compliance Dismissals

You will not be able to resolve your citation without a court appearance if you:

  • are a Juvenile (under the age of 17)
  • are under the age of 21 and were charged with a tobacco, vaping/e-cigarette, or alcohol related offense
  • were charged with an offense involving family violence

You must enter your plea before the Judge in open court.

Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility Offenses (No Insurance)

Per The Texas Transportation Code, Article 601.193, proof of insurance may be submitted to the Court for dismissal of a citation. The insurance must be valid at the date and time that the offense is alleged to have occurred.  

Failure to Appear

Should you fail to appear in the Municipal Court by the date indicated on your citation, you will receive a notice to appear for a Virtual Show Cause Hearing. You have the right to request an alternative date and time to appear for this hearing if you are unable to appear on the date and at the time indicated on this second notice. This request should be made in person at the Kemah Municipal Court.

If you fail to make a plea for each violation shown on your citation, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. For more information on warrants and how to resolve them, please contact the Municipal Court at 281-334-5910.