All violations listed on tickets given in Austin are criminal. See exceptions below. Negative consequences begin immediately after the appearance date on the ticket if an option has not been provided or mailed (as evidenced by postmark) to the court.

Consequences on Criminal Cases (17 years of age and over)

Failure to appear timely or comply with a Court Order may result in additional penalties, such as:

  •   Increased fine amounts
  •   Additional costs and fees, as required by law. Examples of additional costs and fees include a $15.00 time payment fee, $50.00 warrant of arrest fee, $10.00 driver license hold fee (Omnibase Reimbursement Fee) and a collection fee that increase the balance owed on the case by 30%.
  •   The issuance of a warrant of arrest

To avoid additional penalties, it is important to comply with scheduled court dates and payment agreements. If you are unable to pay, you can learn more about options that may be available to you on the Unable to Pay (payment-options-and-credits) web page.

 

Consequences on Parking Cases (except disabled violations which are criminal)

  1. Lose right to have a hearing (contest the case); There would be no other option than to pay.
  2. Fines double
  3. Boot or tow vehicle – $10 fee added. If booted, the tickets will need to be paid in full to get a release and, if towed, all expenses by the tow company and the tickets will need to be paid in full to get a release.
  4. Collection Agency adds 30% added ; 5 months after the appearance date.

Consequences on Red Light Criminal Cases

  1. $25 Delinquent Fee Added.
  2. Lose right to have a hearing (contest the case); There would be no other option than to pay.
  3. Collection Agency; 5 months after the appearance date on the notice.

Consequences for Juveniles An order of non-secured custody (warrant of arrest) will be issued.