Deferred Disposition is a process in which the judge requires the defendant to adhere to certain terms. If a defendant successfully completes those terms, the case will be dismissed. Terms may include, but are not limited to, refraining from committing certain violations during a specified time period, attending a defensive driving class, or completing a specified number of community service hours. If the defendant does not complete the terms of deferred disposition an additional fine may be imposed and a conviction entered on their driving record.
Eligibility for Deferred Disposition on Traffic Cases
You must meet all criteria below:
- You have not had a deferral in Leander Municipal Court in the past year
- You must enter a written plea of No Contest and Waiver of Jury Trial
- Court costs will be required to be paid at time of deferral
- If you are age 25 or under at the time of the offense, DSC is mandatory (if a moving violation).
- A special expense fee not to exceed $200 will be due at the end of the deferral. Certain other non-traffic offenses may carry a higher special expense fee
You are not eligible if any of the following apply:
- IF you are currently on a deferral for any court or if you have had a prior deferral in Leander in the past year.
- If you have been convicted of more than one traffic offense in the past year (from the date of offense).
- If you have failed to appear on the offense or a warrant has been issued for your arrest.
- If the offense is a serious traffic violation and would not be eligible for a Driving Safety Course as stated below: leaving the scene of an accident
- Fail to stop and give information and render aid
- Fleeing From Police Officer
- Reckless driving
- Overtaking or passing a school bus
- Excessive speeding 25 miles per hour and over
- Any offense in a construction zone when workers were present
Drivers with commercial licenses are not eligible for deferred dispositions or driver safety course dismissals.
Request Deferred Disposition
If you wish to request deferred disposition you may appear in Leander Municipal Court in person or submit online, fax or mail the deferred disposition form (PDF). All requests submitted will be reviewed by the Judge for his consideration for granting a deferral.
This does not apply to juveniles (under age 17). State law requires all juveniles to appear in open court when charged with violations of the law.
You are not required to send payment with your request for deferred disposition. If your request is granted, the court will send a reply including the assessed fee, court costs, and the due date.