Municipal Court

2929 Highway 6
BayouVista,TX 77563
409-935-8348 (office)     409-935-1205 (fax)
Court Clerk:  Sandi McCormick
Email:  court@bayouvista.us
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 Judicial Staff:
The Municipal court Judge, Mike Nelson, is only available during Court Sessions (Court Sessions are the second Tuesday of each month at 3:00 P.M.)  If you wish to speak with the Judge concerning your case, you must appear in court.  
Administrative Staff:
The Municipal Court Clerk is available at the Court office located in City Hall and may be contacted by telephone   (409)-935-8348   (See Hours of Operation above)
Note: The Court Clerk does not answer legal questions of any nature.  The clerk is allowed to explain Court proceedings and procedure only.  If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney.
Youth Offenders:  Please wait 3 business days before contacting the Court.
Juveniles (persons who are under the age of 17):
If you are classified as a Juvenile under Texas State law and charged with a traffic or criminal violation, you must appear in court with a parent or a legal guardian.  You may also bring a lawyer, but the presence of your parent/guardian is still required.
Minors (persons who are over 16 but under the age of 21)
Any person under the age of 21 charged with alcohol, curfew or tobacco violation must appear in court.
Address Notification:
You and your parent or guardian are required by law to provide the Court, in writing, your current address and residence.  If your place of residence changes, you have 7 days to notify the Court, in writing of your new address and residence.  Failure to keep the Court informed of your new residence may result in Failure to Appear and Failure to Notify charges filed against both you and your parent or guardian.  The obligation of keeping the Court informed of your current address and residence is required until your case is finalized/terminated.
Resolving Your Violation(s):    Please wait 3 business days before contacting the Court.
1.) You may enter a plea and pay the fine(s)/fees before the due date on  your citation.   Call the Court Clerk for total.
Plea Options:
You must enter a plea by the contact date located at the bottom of your citation.
Please Note:  Only the person who received the ticket can sign the plea form.   You may make your plea either in person or by mail.
You have 3 options for each violation shown on your ticket.  You may enter a plea of:
Nolo Contendere (No Contest)
  • Guilty
  • Not Guilty
Nolo Contendere (No Contest):
A plea of nolo contendere means that you do not contest the changes filed against you and you are waiving your right to a trial by judge or jury.
When you enter a no contest plea, you must pay the fine specified for the violation.  Bring or mail the fine payment to the court, or pay online.
Payment must be received before you contact date at the bottom of your ticket.
Guilty:
By entering a plea of guilty, you admit that the act is prohibited by law, that you committed the act charged, and you are waiving your right to a trial by judge or jury.
When you plead guilty to a violation, you must pay the fine specified for the violation.  Bring or mail the fine payment to the court, or pay online.  Payment must be received before your contact date at the bottom of your ticket.
Not Guilty:
A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the court that you are not guilty of the offense in which you were accused. 
You must plead not guilty in the presence of the judge in open court.
Court Fines and Fees are payable in person by cash, cashier’s check/money order or credit card.  If by mail, please send only a cashier’s check/money order.  To pay online, see web address below:
https://swp.paymentsgateway.net/co/default.aspx?pg_api_login_id=X5IydOMYfM
 NOTE:    When making a payment on the Internet, you are voluntarily entering a plea of No Contest and waiving your right to a jury trial.
Please have the following information ready:
  1. Name
  2. Ticket Number
  3. Driver’s License Number and Issuing State
  4. Date of Birth
  5. Amount you are paying
2.)  You may request a court date in person or by mail using the form below.
Court Sessions:
Court  Dates are the second Tuesday of every month at 3:00 p.m.
Trials are the first Tuesday of every month at 3:00 p.m.
Municipal Court Dress Code: (Strictly Enforced):
  1. No T-Shirts.
  2. No tank tops.
  3. All shirts must be collared and tucked in.
  4. No shorts.
  5. Men – No earrings.
  6. No gum chewing.
  7. No Flip Flops.
  8. No halter tops.
  9. Cell phones and all electronic devices must be silenced or turned off.
  10. No hats are to be worn inside the courtroom.
NOTE:  To request a court date,  you must complete the form below and submit to the Court Clerk, prior to the contact date specified on the ticket.
COURT DATE REQUEST FORM
NOTE:  To request a reset of your court date, you must complete the form below and submit to the Court Clerk no later than 3:00 P.M.  of the Monday prior to your court date.
COURT DATE RESET REQUEST FORM
3.)  You may request Defensive Driving/Driver’s Safety Course (if eligible).
Defensive Driving Course:
You may choose to take a Defensive Driving/Driver’s Safety Course (DSC) on any one of the moving violations shown on the ticket you were issued.
Eligibility You are eligible to request this course if you:
  • Have not requested and taken a driving safety course for a traffic offense within the last 12  months.
  • Are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation.
Non-Eligibility You are not eligible to take defensive driving for that violation if you were cited for any of the following:
  • Speeding 25 mph or more above the posted speed limit.
  • No insurance or failure to maintain financial responsibility.
  • Leaving the scene of a collision.
  • Passing a school bus.
  • Violation occurred while driving in a Construction Zone with workers present.
Commercial Driving Citations
Please Note:  Individuals who have a commercial driver’s license are not eligible for this course.
Motorcycle Citations:
If you were cited while operating a motorcycle, you may be able to require dismissal of this charge by taking a Motorcycle Operators Training Course (MOTC).  The eligibility for requesting a Motorcycle Operators Training Course is the same as the Defensive Driving/Driver’s Safety Course with the exception that you must have been cited while operating a motorcycle.
Limitations & Requirements:
You can only take defensive driving for ticket dismissal once per year.  Additionally you must request permission to take this course for purposes of ticket dismissal by the contact date shown on your ticket.  To take defensive driving and have your violation dismissed, you must complete these steps:
  • Enter a plea of nolo contendere/no contest or guilty.
  • Request permission to take defensive driving dismissal of your violation by the contact date shown on your ticket.
  • Complete the course before the 90-day deadline established by the court when or if permission is granted.
  • Obtain a copy of your driving record from Texas Department of Public Safety within the 90-day deadline.
  • Show proof of driving record and certificate of completion to the Court within the 90-day deadline.
Requesting Permission:  DRIVER SAFETY COURSE FORM
Please note that you do not have to set up a docket appearance and talk to a prosecutor for permission to take the course.  You may come to the court location on or before the contact date at the bottom of your ticket. You may also request defensive driving by mail.
You may request a defensive driving in person or by mail.  Only the person who was issued the ticket may fill out the affidavit.
On or before the contact date on your ticket, you must submit the following in person or by certified mail;
  • A completed and notarized signature on the Driver Safety Course form below.
  • Proof that you have a valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • The court administrative fee of $109.10.
  • Proof that any of the following forms of insurance were in effect on the day you received your citation:
  1. A copy of a valid vehicle insurance policy covering the vehicle you were driving.
  2. Your insurance card.
  3. A certificate of self-insurance.
If all of the above criteria for defensive driving are met, your permission to take the DSC should be granted.  You will receive written permission from the court b y mail or told in person.                  
NOTE:  To request a Driving Safety Course, by mail, please complete the form below.
DRIVER SAFETY COURSE FORM
 Violation Dismissals – Dismissing Various Violations:
Failure to Display Driver’s License:
You may appear on or before your contact date, present your valid Driver’s License and request a dismissal with a $10 administrative fee.
Failure to Update Address on Driver’s License:
You may appear on or before you contact date, present the temporary license with the correct address and request a dismissal with a $20 administrative fee.
Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility (No Insurance):
You may appear on or before your contact date, present proof as required by law for the date and time you were stopped and request a dismissal.
No fax or photo copies are accepted.
Expired Driver’s License:
Violation may be dismissed if you meet the following terms:
  1. Renew you license within 20 business days of the date you were charged.
  2. Provide your new temporary license.
  3. Present license noted above with a $20 administrative fee no later than your contact date.
Expired Vehicle Registration:
Violation may be dismissed if you meet the following terms:
  1. Renew your registration within 20 business days of the date you were charged.
  2. Provide a legible receipt of registration that clearly identifies the vehicle violation and that indicates the penalty fee was assessed.
  3. Present the receipt noted above with $20 administrative fee no later than your contact date.
WHAT IF I DO NOT MAKE A PLEA OR IGNORE MY TICKET?
If you fail to make a plea for each violation shown on your ticket, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.