Alternative Options-Financial Hardship/Indigent
The Judge shall inquire if you have sufficient resources to pay all or part of the fine and costs and, if the Judge determines that you do not, the Judge shall determine that fine and costs should be:
- Paid on time payment plan
- Discharged by community service
- Waived in full or part
- Any combination of all methods
The Court will hear sworn testimony and look at your documentation concerning your financial situation to help you resolve this matter.
Community service options have been expanded by the Texas Legislature to include:
- Attending work and job skills training
- A preparatory class for high school equivalency exam
- Service at an educational institution
Should you have any questions regarding these options, please contact the Court.
The City of Victoria Municipal Court has an Open Court program available for citizens who need to resolve outstanding warrants or past due citations. On Open Court dates, citizens do not have to be scheduled to come to court but may come in and speak to the judge about any changes in their situation or any arising issues regarding citations or citation agreements. The judge will re-consider any warrant(s) and revisit each financial situation. Citizens may be approved for a second chance opportunity to dispose of fines and fees.
Virtual Open E-Court Dockets
- July 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm
- August 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm
- August 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm
- September 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Open E-Court Meeting Information
No appointment is necessary, simply join the E-Court Zoom and type in the Meeting ID Number.
- Meeting Details
- Join the E-Court Zoom
- Meeting ID: 361-485-3050
If the judge makes a judicial finding that a defendant is indigent and unable to pay the fine and court costs, the judge may offer alternatives to the payment of a fine, such as allowing indigent defendants to perform community service. All community service plans must be for non-profit organizations and must be approved by the court.
In cases of severe financial hardship, the judge has the authority to decrease the fine or number of community service hours required depending on the severity of the defendant’s financial situation. In severe hardship situations, the judge may discharge all or part of the fine and court costs, pursuant to Article 45.0491, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Defendants who do not come in voluntarily to take care of their warrants are subject to arrest in any public place and their place of employment. Defendants who are arrested will be transported and booked into the Victoria County Jail.
The court would like to assist the community in understanding the full process of successfully handling your traffic citations to avoid warrants. If you have any questions regarding this, contact the City of Victoria Municipal Court at 361-485-3050.
Getting Specific Information About Outstanding Warrants or Citations
To find out whether you have an outstanding warrant or citation, you may contact the court by submitting your request here, check online here, or appear in person at the corner of Main Street and Juan Linn Street:
107 W Juan Linn Street
Victoria, TX 77901