About the Municipal Court
As a reminder, the Copperas Cove Municipal Court will not be able to process any payments from this afternoon thru mid-day on Monday, March 6th due to the implementation of a new data system.
Payments may be made from 8:00a.m.-7:00p.m. M-F and 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. on Saturdays. Se Habla Espanol.
Directions to the Court
If you are traveling west from Killeen on Highway 190: When you reach Copperas Cove go to the 6th red light and turn right on Robertson Avenue. Go to the 4 way stop. We are across the street to the left. Corner of Main St. and Robertson.
To Enter a Plea/Pay Your Fine By Mail
If you wish to waive your right to a trial and pay your fine, a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) may be entered on the reply form provided by the officer.
The fine may be paid by money order, cashiers check, or personal check (local bank only). Be sure to write the citation number on the reply form or the money order/check in order for the payment to be posted correctly. The envelope must be postmarked by the appearance date on the bottom of the citation.
Please remember the Court is not responsible for the US Mail; if a payment is not received, a warrant will be issued by the judge. In order to avoid any misunderstandings, please call to verify that payment was received and posted. If a receipt is required, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
If you want to enter a plea of “not guilty”, you may appear in person or by written plea. If you fail to appear on or before the date on the bottom of your citation, an arrest warrant may be issued by the judge. A telephone call does NOT constitute as an appearance.
Expired Drivers License or Registration
These violations may be dismissed by providing the Court with proof that the drivers license, registration (penalty must be paid at time of registration). There is a $20.00 dismissal fine for each of these violations. Failure to renew these types of violations by the appearance date will result in a fine.
Fail to Display Drivers License or Fail to Display Financial Responsibility (No Insurance)
These two violations will be dismissed when the Court is provided with a drivers license or insurance card that was valid at the time the citation was issued. These documents must be provided to the Court by the appearance date on the bottom of the citation. There is a $10.00 fee for dismissing the Fail to Display Driver’s License violation. There is currently no fee charged to dismiss an insurance violation.
Deferred disposition may be requested from the judge in open court to dismiss all types of violations. A request for a court date must be done in person or in writing by your initial appearance date. There are terms and conditions of deferred disposition which you must comply with during the deferral period. The deferral period is typically three (3) months but can last up to six (6) months. The conditions are dependent upon the particular violation. The Court may require the defendant to pay a special expense fine at the end of the deferral period. You do not qualify for deferred disposition if you have a commercial driver’s license.
Driving Safety Course
A driving safety course may be taken to prevent a conviction. The traffic violation will report as a dismissal on your driving record. The following must be provided to the Court no later than the appearance date on the bottom of the citation:
• A valid Texas drivers license or an out of State License with an Active duty military ID card, or proof you are a dependant of an active duty military service member.
• Valid proof of liability insurance
• Enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), and pay the Court Cost of $144.00
• If the offense occurred in a school zone the Court Cost is $169.00
The State allows 90 days to complete the driving safety course and to provide the Court with a certificate of completion for the course and a certified copy of your Texas driving record from the State. You are not required to provide a Texas driving record if you have an out of State driver’s license and have not had other traffic violations in the State of Texas.
In order to obtain your driving record, go to the website, www.texas.gov to automatically print out your driving record (3-A version) for a fee of $12.00.
The court does not make arrangements for your attendance at a driving school, nor does the court make any recommendations on which school to attend except that the school must be certified by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Please note, the class on Fort Hood is not certified by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). For a list of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) certified classes, including online classes, click here.
If you have been cited with more than one traffic violation, the driving safety course can only be taken to dismiss one of those violations.
Driving Safety Disqualifications
You are automatically disqualified if your request is not made by the appearance date on the bottom of the citation; or you have taken DSC within the last twelve (12) months to have a traffic ticket dismissed; or you were cited for traveling 25 mph over the speed limit or 95 mph total. You do not qualify for the driving safety course if you have a commercial drivers license.
Mandatory Alcohol Courses
If you are found guilty of, or placed on deferred disposition for, an alcohol offense, the Court must order you to complete an alcohol awareness course. For a list of approved Drug and Alcohol classes click here.
Mandatory Tobacco Courses
If you are found guilty of, or placed on deferred for, a tobacco offense, the Court must order you to complete a tobacco awareness course. For a list of approved Tobacco classes click here.