Appearance Instructions

Most cases can be taken care of at the Court Offices PRIOR to the court date written on your citation, if you choose one of the following options:

Option #1 – Plead no contest or guilty and pay the fine:

  1. In Person – You may appear at 1075 Ronald Reagan Ave between 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday – Thursday and 7:30 am – Noon on Friday;
  2. By Mail – Circle the appropriate plea on the bottom of your citation, date and sign your name and mail with a check or money order to Hickory Creek Municipal Court, 1075 Ronald Reagan Ave., Hickory Creek, TX 75065;  Make checks payable to “Town of Hickory Creek: or,
  3. Pay On-Line 

Option #2 – Request Deferred Disposition (Probation) 

Option #3 – Request a Driver Safety Course (DSC)

Option # 4 – Plea Not Guilty and Request a Trial If you wish to plea not guilty, you or your attorney must appear at the Court on the first Court appearance date on  your citation.  Court hearings CANNOT be scheduled by telephone.

*A telephone call does not constitute an appearance. Inability to pay this fine is not an excuse for failure to appear.  Fine payment extensions may be granted at the time of appearance.

Juveniles: According to the laws of the State of Texas, any person 16 years of age or younger who receives a citation MUST appear in open court with a Parent or Legal Guardian before the Judge.

Minors, age 17, charged with an alcohol or tobacco offense must appear in open court with a parent or guardian before the Judge.

Minors, ages 18-20, charged with an alcohol related offense must appear in person in open court before the Judge.

Pleas

Your decision concerning which plea to enter is very important. Please consider each plea carefully before making a decision. If you plea “Guilty” or “Nolo Contendere” in open court, you should be prepared to pay the fine and court costs immediately.

Plea of Guilty

By a plea of Guilty, you admit that the act is prohibited by law, that you committed the act charged, and that you have no defense or excuse for your act. Before entering your plea of Guilty you should understand the following:
(1) The State has the burden of proving that you violated the law (the law does not require that you prove you did not violate the law);
(2) You have the right to hear the State’s evidence and to require the State to prove you violated the law; and,
(3) If you were involved in a traffic accident at the time of the alleged offense, your plea of guilty could be used later in a civil suit for damages as an admission that you were at fault or were the party responsible for the accident.

Plea of Nolo Contendere (No Contest)

A plea of No Contest means that you do not contest the State’s charge against you. You will almost certainly be found guilty, unless you are eligible and successfully complete a driving safety course and/or court-ordered probation. A plea of No Contest cannot be used against you in a subsequent civil suit.

* A plea of guilty or “nolo contendere” and a waiver of a Jury trial may be entered by mail before the trial date. You should be prepared to pay your fine upon entering a plea of guilty or “nolo contendere.”

Plea of Not Guilty

Plea of Not Guilty means that you are informing the court that you deny guilt or that you have a defense in your case, and that the State must prove what it has charged against you.

If you plea not guilty, you have the right to a trial by Judge or Jury. You will need to decide whether to employ an attorney to represent you at trial. You may defend yourself, but no one except a lawyer may represent you.

All proceedings will be conducted according to the rules of criminal procedure and the rules of evidence. If you choose to represent yourself, you must be prepared.   The court staff, bailiff, prosecuting attorney or Judge cannot act as your attorney by providing legal advice or legal assistance in the presentation of your case.

CONSEQUENCES OF IGNORING THIS CITATION

Failure to complete one of the four options shown under Appearance Instructions on or before the response date on the front of your citation may result in:

  1. A Failure To Appear being issued as a separate offense.
  2. A warrant being issued for your arrest at which time additional warrant and collection fees will be added.
  3. A request to the Texas Department of Public Safety for the denial of driver license renewal.

If a warrant for your arrest is issued, you will be subject to arrest at your home, place of business or wherever you may be found.