Deferred Disposition

Deferred disposition is a way of having your citation dismissed after satisfactory completion of a probationary period during which no additional convictions are received, and after all requirements imposed in the deferred order are satisfied.

You may request this option either in person or by mail within 20 working days from the date your citation was issued.

Applying for Deferred Disposition


You must complete the Deferred Disposition Application. If you qualify, you will be required to pay any state cost and a special expense fee in an amount equal to the fine for the alleged offense at the time of the application.

The application form for Deferred Disposition is provided by the City of Allen online.

Ineligibility


You are not eligible for deferred disposition if:
  • You do not have a valid driver’s license
  • You have a suspended driver's license
  • You received a citation in a construction zone where workers are present
  • You have active warrants, past due fines, or charges to which you have not responded in the City of Allen
  • You have been on deferred disposition probation anywhere within the last 12 months preceding the citation date
  • You were speeding 30 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit
  • You were speeding 20 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit in a school zone
  • If your citation is for Failure to Maintain Liability Insurance, second or subsequent offense
  • You hold a commercial driver’s license

Driver Safety Course - When Required


If you are under the age of 25 years old, you will be required by law to take a driver safety course as a term and condition of the deferred disposition. If you hold a Provisional Driver's License, you will be required to be take a Road Test with the Department of Public Safety in addition to completing a Driver Safety Course.


Failure to Comply with the Order of Deferred Disposition

 
If you fail to comply with any of the requirements of the deferred order, your case will be set for a show cause hearing. A letter will be mailed to the latest known address on court records. There are no resets for a show cause hearing, except for an emergency that can be verified by a court supervisor.

Show Cause Hearing - Failure to Appear


If you fail to appear at the hearing, judgment will be entered. You will have 10 days from the hearing date to file an appropriate appeal bond. If an appeal bond is not filed with the court, the bond posted at the time deferred disposition was granted will be converted to pay the judgment entered. You may waive your hearing by signing the waiver on your show cause letter or by writing to the court to waive your show cause hearing. The bond will be converted and a conviction will result.

Attending the Hearing


Please note that appropriate attire is required in the courtroom. No shorts of any kind are permitted.