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Hours of Operation:
Mon - Thur 7:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Court Arraignments
Tuesday 1:30 P.M.
Municipal Court
4201 Main Ave.
Groves, TX 77619
409.960.5748
409.960.5747 Fax
gcourt@cigrovestx.com

Mike Simon
City Judge

Lauren Edgar
Court Coordinator

Cyndi Hebert
Deputy Clerk of Court

Sharlyn Whitson
Deputy Court Clerk

Paige Breaux
Deputy Court Clerk

Toi Dickerson
Deputy Court Clerk

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Groves Municipal Court



Welcome to the Groves Municipal Court Website.  The purpose of this website is designed to provide information
about Class C Misdemeanors that are filed in the Groves Municipal Court.  It is not a substitute for legal advice from
a licensed attorney.  If 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.

NEW COURT LOCATION

CONTACT INFORMATION

4201 Main Avenue

Groves, TX  77619

DIRECTIONS TO COURT 

Phone:  409-960-5748

Fax:  409-960-5747

Email:  gcourt@cigrovestx.com

HOURS OF OPERATION

7:00 AM to 5:45 PM Monday – Thursday

8:00 AM to 4:45 PM Friday

 

JUDGE AVILABILITY

Tuesdays at 1:30 PM

School Students should call to schedule a 3:30 PM appointment time.

 

Mike Simon, Presiding Judge

Brad Burnett, Associate Judge

Jesse Branick, Prosecutor

  

  VIEW COURT DOCKETS

Arraignment Docket - NOVEMBER 21, 2017 

Pre-Trial Docket - NOVEMBER 14, 2017

Appointments & Fees Report OCTOBER, 2017


COURT APPEARANCES

 

The law requires that you appear in court on your case. Your appearance date is noted on your citation, bond, summons or release papers.  You or your attorney may appear in person in open court, by mail, or you may deliver your plea in person to the court.  A telephone call will not substitute for your appearance.  You may appear on or before your appearance date to make payment in person during the business hours stated above.   

There are three exceptions:
 
 

 

1.  JUVENILES

Juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings.  All persons 16 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Please read the Juveniles section.

2.  MINORS
Persons under 21 years of age that are charged with an alcohol related offense are required by law to appear in open court.  All persons under the age of 18 must appear in court with a parent or legal guardian.

3.  FAMILY VIOLENCE ASSAULT VIOLATIONS

If you fail to respond to the charge(s) by your scheduled appearance date, an additional charge will be filed against you for Failure to Appear or Violation of Promise to Appear and Warrants can be issued for your arrest.  In addition, you may be denied the renewal of your driver’s license and will be assessed additional fees.

PLEAS

 

Unless you are entitled to a compliance dismissal, you must enter one of the following three pleas:

Plea of GuiltyBy a plea of guilty, you admit that you committed the criminal offense charged.

Plea of Nolo Contendere (No Contest) – A plea of nolo contendere means that you do not contest the State’s charge against you.

The difference between a plea of guilty and nolo contendere is that the No Contest plea may not later be used against you in a civil suit for damages.  For example, in a civil suit arising from a traffic crash, a guilty plea can be used as evidence of your responsibility or fault.

Plea of Not Guilty – A plea of not guilty means that you deny guilt and require the State to prove the charge against you.   You have the right to a trial by jury.  If you waive the right to a jury trial, you will have a trial before the judge.  Upon a plea of not guilty, you will be scheduled for a mandatory Pre-Trial hearing at a later date.

The Plea Form can be printed out and submitted in person or by mail along with a copy of your driver’s license or other photo identification.

 

If you plead guilty or nolo contendere, you will be found guilty and should be prepared to pay the fine*. On all cases that are not paid in full within 30 days of the judgment date, a $25.00 Time Payment Fee will be added to each violation.



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ALTERNATIVES TO FULL PAYMENT OF ANY FINE OR COSTS ASSESSED

*If you are assessed fines or court costs and you are unable to pay, please bring this to the attention of the Judge on your appearance date.  If you are determined by the Court to have insufficient resources or income to pay, the Court is required to provide you with other ways to discharge the fine and costs.  Be prepared to explain and document your financial situation to the Court.  (Payment Plan Application) 

 

DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY AND SURCHARGES

 

A conviction of an offense under a traffic law of this state may result in the assessment on your driver’s license of a surcharge under the Driver Responsibility Program.  For information regarding the Driver Responsibility Program and surcharges, please go to  www.txsurchargeonline.com, or http://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-103.pdf

METHOD OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED

 

The Court accepts cash, local personal checks, money orders or cashier’s checks made payable to “City of Groves” along with the citation number(s).  Payments may also be made with Visa or MasterCard in person, or over the telephone after your appearance has been made.  No personal checks will be accepted after a warrant has been issued.


DISMISSALS

 

FAILURE TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

The Texas Transportation Code allows for dismissal of the offense if your insurance was valid on the date of the violation.  It is your responsibility to have the insurance company fax a letter on their letterhead directly to the Court stating that the insurance was valid on the date of the citation.  If it was valid, the citation will be dismissed with no charge.  The fax should be received before your appearance date.  The Court’s fax number is 409-960-5747.
 

COMPLIANCE DISMISSALS

The following violations may be dismissed with a $20.00 dismissal fee with proof that the violation was remedied within 20 working days after the date of the offense:

Expired Driver’s License - (expired for less than 60 days)– Required proof is renewal receipt or temporary license.

Expired Motor Vehicle Registration - (expired for less than 60 days)– Required proof is receipt of registration that clearly identifies vehicle registered and the required penalty fee was paid to the County Tax Assessor.
 

Failure to Report Change of Address - Required proof is a receipt or temporary license reflecting the appropriate updated information on the driver’s license.

Please contact the court for other dismissible violations.
 

DRIVING SAFETY COURSE

(Holders of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are not eligible)

If you are charged with certain moving traffic offenses, you may be eligible to take a driving safety course (DSC) to dismiss the charge.  You may not take a driving safety course without first obtaining permission from the court and only one violation can be dismissed.  The request must be made on or before the appearance date on the citation.  It must be made in person, by counsel, or by mail (see mail requirement below:

To request the Driver Safety Course by mail, please use the form below.  Include with your request a photo copy of your valid Texas driver’s license, current insurance card and money order or check made payable to the City of Groves.  Contact the Court for the correct amount.  The Affidavit on the form must be Notarized.  Your request must be postmarked no later than your initial court appearance date listed on your citation.

 If you are under age 17, you must appear in open court with a parent or guardian to make the request.

   At the time of the request in person or by mail, you must do the following:

  1. Plead guilty or no contest, (by mail, print DSC Affidavit, and mail with the following:)
  2. Pay court costs and a $10 administrative fee ($109.10 if the violation was not in a school zone, or $134.10 if the violation was in a school zone.)
  3. Present proof of liability insurance; and
  4. Present a valid Texas driver’s license or permit.  (Active military and spouses or dependent children of active military may present a valid driver’s license from any state.)

  To be eligible, you:

  1. Cannot have taken a driving safety course or motorcycle operator’s course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months from the date of the current offense;
  2. Cannot currently be taking the course for another traffic violation;
  3. Cannot be the holder of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or have held a CDL at the time of the offense; and
  4. Have not committed one of the following offenses:
  • Failure to Give Information at Accident Scene;
  • Leaving Scene of Accident;
  • Passing a School Bus;
  • A serious traffic violation, which applies to commercial motor vehicle operators;
  • An offense in a construction or maintenance work zone when workers are present;
  • Speeding 25 mph or more over the limit; or
  • Speeding 95 mph or more.
           

The case will be deferred for 90 days. 

  At the time of the request in person or by mail, for "Seat Belt Violations" you must do the following:

  1. Plead guilty or no contest, (by mail, print SPECIALIZED DSC Affidavit , and mail with the following:)
  2. Pay court costs and a $10 administrative fee ($109.00 if the violation was not in a school zone, or $134.00 if the violation was in a school zone.)
  3. Present proof of liability insurance; and
  4. Present a valid Texas driver’s license or permit.  (Active military and spouses or dependent children of active military may present a valid driver’s license from any state.) 

 To be eligible, you: 

  1. Cannot have taken a specialized driving safety course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months from the date of the current offense;
  2. Cannot currently be taking the course for another specialized "Seat Belt" violation;
  3. Cannot be the holder of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or have held a CDL at the time of the offense; and
  4. Have not committed one of the following offenses:
  • Failure to Give Information at Accident Scene;
  • Leaving Scene of Accident;
  • Passing a School Bus;
  • A serious traffic violation, which applies to commercial motor vehicle operators;
  • An offense in a construction or maintenance work zone when workers are present;
  • Speeding 25 mph or more over the limit; or
  • Speeding 95 mph or more.

           

The case will be deferred for 90 days. 

During that time, you must:

  1. Complete a driving safety course approved by the Texas Education Agency or a motorcycle operator’s course approved by the Department of Public Safety and present the completion certificate to the court by the end of the 90 days;  (Visit www5.esc13.net/drivers   for a list of class providers.)
  2. Present a certified copy of your driving record from the Department of Public Safety that shows that you have not had a driving safety course within the preceding 12 months from the date of the current offense by the end of the 90 days; (print and mail Application for driving record with $10.00, or visit www.texasonline.com  to download immediately for $12.00) and;
  3. Swear to an affidavit that you were not taking a driving safety course at the time of the request for the current offense and that you have not taken one that is not shown on your driving record.  If making your request by mail, the Affidavit on the form must be Notarized.

If you do not present the required documents in time, the court will notify you to return to court and explain why you failed.  The judge may, but is not required to, allow you to file the proper papers for an extension at that time.  Your failure to be present at that hearing will result in a conviction on your driving record, a fine being assessed, and a capias pro fine for your arrest being issued.
                                

  DEFERRED DISPOSITION

 

The judge may, in his sole discretion, defer disposition on most cases. The holder of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is not eligible for deferred disposition on moving traffic violations.  Costs must be paid when the court grants deferred.  If you complete the required terms, the case will be dismissed.  The deferred period cannot exceed 180 days. You must appear in person on your court date to request Deferred Disposition.
 

ARREST WARRANTS OR  CAPIAS PRO FINES

  

Arrest warrants for the defendant’s failure to appear will be recalled if, before the arrest warrant is executed, the defendant voluntarily appears in Court and makes a good faith effort to resolve the warrant.
 

Capias Pro Fines (for non-payment) will be recalled if, before the Capias Pro Fine is executed, the defendant voluntarily appears in Court and makes a good faith effort to resolve the amount owed and the amount owed is resolved in any manner authorized by Chapter 45 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.


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Helpful Links:                              

Self-Help Legal Resources

Registration, Inspection and Financial Responsibility

Passenger Restraint Systems

Car Seats and Booster Seats - Car Seat Inspection

Texas Uniform Jury Handbook

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COMPLIMENT OR COMPLAINT                               

Compliments or complaints with respect to a ticket, citation, or warning issued by a Groves peace officer should be addressed to:              

 Groves Police Department 
 4201 Main Avenue 
 Groves, TX  77619 
 Phone:  409-962-0244 
 e-mail:  nreynolds@cigrovestx.com

 

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