Information about Criminal Cases
If you fail to take care of your citation prior to the appearance date on the ticket or fail to appear in court as required, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest. In some circumstances, you may also be charged with an additional offense for failing to appear. The issuance of a warrant carries additional fees, and the punishment for the offense of "failure to appear" is a fine of not more than $500.00.
This information is furnished to you to provide basic information relative to the law governing procedures for criminal cases in the Harris County Justice Courts.
The Harris County Justices of the Peace and the Clerks of the Harris County Justice Courts are not allowed to give legal advice. You are urged to review the applicable laws and to consult an attorney of your choice for further information or answers to specific legal questions.
You have the right to a trial by a jury and to be represented by an attorney of your choice, or to represent yourself.
Disclaimer: The law is constantly changing and there may be times when the information on this web site will not be current. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. This information is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject and is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.