Precinct Three

Judge Mark Russo

  1. Tickets/ Class C Misdemeanors
  2. Evictions
  3. Small Claims & Debt Claims
  4. Forms

Plea Options

  


Guilty or Nolo Contendre


You may plead Guilty or Nolo Contendre (no contest), pay the fine amount and your case will be adjudicated as a conviction, or you may refer to the Driver Safety Course or Deferred Disposition options. Those under 17 years of age who get tickets are required to appear in Court with their parents.
 
If you choose to plead Guilty or Nolo Contendre, you may pay your fine by phone at (972) 204-6720, in person during regular business hours at the Justice of the Peace Court Office, or you may mail a check or money order to the court’s physical address. Payment plan options are available.  
 

Not Guilty or Nolo Contendre

 
On any Misdemeanor Offense, you have the absolute right to plead Not Guilty and request a trial.
If you wish to plead Not Guilty, you may request trial by Judge or Jury. That choice is yours. You are not required to have an attorney in Court, but you may hire one if you wish. The District Attorney of Rockwall County will have an attorney present to prosecute the case against you. The Judge is prohibited, by Law, from discussing your ticket with you unless you have plead guilty or no contest or the District Attorney is also present.

If you choose to go to court, you are responsible for bringing all papers, pictures, and exhibits with you to the Court hearing. You may also contact the Court for information on how to subpoena witnesses.
  

Click here to search for your specific case information

Texas Driver Responsibility Program Information (points and surcharges)
 
Dismissal of Tickets

 

Tickets for an expired driver's license or license plate may be considered for dismissal. The expiration must be less than 60 days, and you must get the problem remedied (new license, or registration) and present proof of this to the Court not later than the 20th working day or before the defendant’s first court appearance date, whichever is later. The Judge will then consider dismissal of the ticket (an administrative fee may apply).

Other offenses may be eligible for dismissal through completion of a Defensive Driving Course or by meeting court ordered terms for Deferred Disposition. 
 
To search for outstanding violations you may have:
http://www.texasfailuretoappear.com/search.php
   
Payments may be made by credit / debit card (2.85% service charge applies), money order, cashier's check, cash (exact change preferred), or personal check (in state account only). 

 

About Class C Misdemeanors


In addition to Class C traffic offenses, the Justice of the Peace Court also handles a variety of criminal Class C misdemeanors. Some of the more common offenses include:  

  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Assault
  • Public Intoxication
  • Minor in Possession of Alcoholic Beverage and/or Tobacco
  • Shoplifting

In cases involving alcohol/ tobacco violations, an alcohol/ tobacco awareness course is usually required.

Duties and Responsibilities


A Justice of the Peace has the authority to:
  • Issue warrants for search and arrest
  • Conduct preliminary hearings
  • Administer oaths
  • Serve as a coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner
  • Serve as a trial court judge for Class C misdemeanors
  • Serve as an administrative court judge for a variety of miscellaneous court procedures
View the Court's mission statement.