If you would like
for me to appeal your ticket, please come by the office and
bring the following items with you: your ticket, your drivers'
license, your fee (see above). I will have you fill out an
information sheet, sign an Appeal Bond and complete a Power
of Attorney (POA). The POA will allow me to appear
for you in Court. You will not have to attend Court.
If you bring the
ticket to my office on the date you are scheduled to appear
in Court, I can fax the Appeal Bond to the Municipal Court.
This will prevent the Court from issuing a FTA and/or a warrant.
If a FTA has already
been issued, faxing the Appeal Bond will prevent a warrant
from being issued.
If a warrant has
been issued, upon receipt of the Appeal Bond, the Court will
withdraw the warrant.
The ticket(s) are
appealed to the Johnson County Court at Law. It will take
approximately 30 to 60 days for the County Court to set a
court date for your appeal hearing. At the hearing, I
will try my best to get the ticket dismissed. If a dismissal
is not granted, the Court will normally rule for Deferred
Adjudication. This is a probationary period (normally 90 days)
wherein you must not receive another ticket in Johnson County.
If you do not receive another ticket during that period, your
ticket will be dismissed and will not appear on your driving
record, which will keep your insurance rates from being raised.
**** You will receive
a notice from the Court stating that you must appear in court
on your court date. However, because you have signed a POA,
you are not required to appear in court. I will
appear for you.
have appeared in court for you, you will receive a letter from
myffice summarizing what happened. If your ticket was dismissed,
there will be no court costs or fines and the ticket will
not appear on your driving record.
If you receive
Deferred Adjudication, your letter will state the fine amount
and court costs set by the Judge at your hearing. Fines and
court costs must be paid to the Court by the last day of your
deferred adjudication period (this date will be stated in
If you do not receive
another ticket during your deferral period and you pay your
fine and court costs in full by the due date, your ticket
will be dismissed and will not appear on your driving record.