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Old 11-08-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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Hello, I got a ticket this past Wednesday. I am trying to find out how I can request permission to take a defensive driving course before appearing at the court. I've only gotten a ticket once before but it's been a while. I've been trying to contact Justice of Peace Court Precinct 2 during appropriate hours (their schedule 8-noon) and I still get the machine saying to call at a different time.

thank you for your help.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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Not sure how it works in Texas, but here in Michigan, the police very frequently don't show up in court
if you request to dispute it...in that case the judge/magistrate throws the ticket out...If the officer does show up, they usually change the ticket to a violation that will not affect your driving record or insurance costs....Example- speeding to impeding traffic(non-moving violation)....all they want is your money, and if you have the time to show up, things usually work out in your favor.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Last time I got a ticket (6 years ago) They gave you a date to go to court, and when you can get permission to take Defensive Driving.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:02 PM
 
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Ask them for deferred adjudication (driving probation). It seems the cities/counties across the country finally woke up and realized they were losing a lot of money with folks taking defensive driving so now many allow you to pay a nice fine and another fee to be given driving probation where you cannot get another ticket within a certain number of days. If you get no new tickets, the original ticket is dismissed.

I got popped about 2 years ago on I-10 on the way to Houston by DPS and my JP was in Schulenburg. I called them and was prepared to take defensive driving when they told me about the deferred adjudication deal. When I asked how long the driving probation period was, I about fell out of my chair when they said (10) days. 10 days!! Can't beat that.
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Ask them for deferred adjudication (driving probation). It seems the cities/counties across the country finally woke up and realized they were losing a lot of money with folks taking defensive driving so now many allow you to pay a nice fine and another fee to be given driving probation where you cannot get another ticket within a certain number of days. If you get no new tickets, the original ticket is dismissed.

I got popped about 2 years ago on I-10 on the way to Houston by DPS and my JP was in Schulenburg. I called them and was prepared to take defensive driving when they told me about the deferred adjudication deal. When I asked how long the driving probation period was, I about fell out of my chair when they said (10) days. 10 days!! Can't beat that.

The probation period in San Antonio is more commonly 90 days or 180 days.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:57 AM
 
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I have the court date and I'm definitely going. The last time I had a ticket was 2 years ago. But I don't remember if I got permission for defensive driving before or after, which is what I'm trying to find out. Because the sooner the better. Thanks for the info though, I appreciate it.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Far NW San Antonio
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I just did this this past feb, you go in on your courtdate, you may get to go in sooner and they send you back to wait to be seen by the judge who will tell you that you can pay the fine or pay a lesser fine and sign up for defensive driving course that you have to complete by a certain date. I got some online school, something humor, it was 5 hours long, its really common sense so I played a few movies while it went along on my laptop and took the quizes. They mail you the certificate and I also had to go online and pay 10.00 to get a copy of my driving record. Then you just take all the info back downtown and your done. The courses are cheap 25.00 and easy and they also give you a card to give to your insurance co. if you get discounts
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:27 PM
 
Location: South Texas
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Hello, I got a ticket this past Wednesday. I am trying to find out how I can request permission to take a defensive driving course before appearing at the court. I've only gotten a ticket once before but it's been a while. I've been trying to contact Justice of Peace Court Precinct 2 during appropriate hours (their schedule 8-noon) and I still get the machine saying to call at a different time.

thank you for your help.

Just go to the office during business hours, and ask the clerk about taking DD. You have a much better chance of getting a good response than calling on the phone.
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