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Information about Tow Hearings

The owner or operator of a vehicle that has been removed (towed) and placed in a vehicle storage facility without consent of the owner or operator of the vehicle, or booted without consent of the owner or operator of the vehicle, is entitled to a hearing on whether probable cause existed for the removal and placement or booting of the vehicle. Any Justice Court in the county in which the vehicle was towed or booted may hear the case; however, the Harris County Justice Courts have enacted a local rule to govern the filing of these hearings.

Local Rule 2.3.3. Rights of Owners and Operators of Stored Vehicles to Hearing

All written requests for hearings under Chapter 2308 of the Texas Occupations Code to determine whether probable cause existed for the removal and placement of a vehicle in a vehicle storage facility following the vehicle’s removal without the consent of the owner or operator, or for the booting of a vehicle without the consent of the owner or operator of the vehicle, must be delivered by mail or in person to:

Justice Court Precinct 7 Place 1
5737 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77021
(713) 747-3553


Requests for hearing must be accompanied by the filing fee required by law. Fees must be paid by cashier’s check or money order payable to Justice of the Peace Precinct 7 Place 1.
In the event that such requests for hearings are presented for filing in any other Justice of the Peace Court, that Justice of the Peace shall immediately direct the filing and all fees to the Justice of the Peace Court Precinct 7 Place 1 for docketing.

Adopted August 2, 2005
Amended November 6, 2013
Amended November 10, 2015


Pursuant to this local rule, a person entitled to request a hearing must deliver a written request for the hearing to the Harris County Justice Court Precinct 7 Place 1, 5737 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77021. A request form is available on the Harris County Justice Courts website.
The Request for Hearing form must be delivered before the 14th day after the date the vehicle was removed and placed in the vehicle storage facility or booted (not counting Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays), or the right to a hearing is waived. The Request for Hearing form must be completed with the specified information.

The Justice Court Precinct 7 Place 1 accepts filings Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A filing fee of $36 must be paid at the time of filing the request for hearing ($20 filing fee, $10 statewide electronic filing system fund fee, and $6 fee for basic civil legal services for indigents). The fee must be paid by cashier’s check or money order payable to the Justice of the Peace Precinct 7 Place 1 at the time of filing.
In the event a Request for Hearing is presented for filing in any other Harris County Justice Court, the Court will immediately direct the filing and fees to the Justice Court Precinct 7 Place 1.

Instructions for Requesting a Tow Hearing

 



For More Information

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR):
http://www.license.state.tx.us/towing/towing.htm

Nonconsent towing fee schedules: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/

Harris County Wrecker Ordinance: http://www.hcso.hctx.net/documents/WRECKER%20ORDINANCE-2001.doc.

City of Houston SAFEClear program: http://www.houstontx.gov/safeclear/index.html

City of Houston Ordinances: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10123

Texas Occupations Code. Chapter 2303. Vehicle Storage Facilities

Texas Occupations Code. Chapter 2308. Vehicle Towing


Information about each Harris County Justice Court: http://www.jp.hctx.net