Located at 12951 Bandera Road, Helotes, TX 78023
Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 4:45 P.M.
Open Monday - Wednesday and Friday
(210) 695.5903 (Direct Line)
(210) 695.6520 (Fax)
If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to the Helotes Municipal Court, you may contact Municipal Court Administrator Andrea M. Goff Fontanes at email@example.com.
HELOTES MUNICIPAL COURTS MISSION:
The Helotes Municipal Court has a mission to serve the citizens of Helotes and the general public in a fair, courteous, and professional manner.
Our mission is met by striving on excellence in customer service and allowing a forum of equal justice for everyone to experience a fair and neutral process in finding a resolution for cases that are filed with the Court. Court personnel must ensure that everyone is heard and provided with accurate information in an impartial and efficient manner while abiding by all applicable guidelines and laws. Staff must deliver information while providing impartiality, professionalism and integrity to the general public and all individuals who come into our Court. By providing exceptional customer service the City of Helotes Municipal Court helps instill confidence in, and respect for the judicial system and the City of Helotes.
The Municipal Court processes all fine-only, Class C misdemeanor traffic and ordinance violations written by the Helotes Police, Fire, Animal Control, Public Works, Building, and Code Enforcement Departments.
Court personnel will assist you as much as possible by answering procedural questions; however, Court personnel do not provide legal advice to the public. Should you receive a citation, please allow five (5) business days before contacting Municipal Court about your citation.
Please be advised that telephone calls do not constitute an appearance before the Municipal Court. For information regarding Court procedures, click here.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING JUVENILES AND MINORS:
Juveniles (under the age of 17) or minors (between the ages of 17 and 20) must appear in Court with a parent or guardian. For information regarding juvenile procedures, click here.
TRAFFIC CITATION OPTIONS THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE:
Defendants receiving a traffic citation may be eligible for the following options
(Click on the below titles to read and review the instructions and forms you will have to submit to make a request):
Driving Safety Course (DSC) - Eligible defendants qualifying for the driving safety course must submit payment and all completed forms no later than their given Court date. The required driver record may also by requested online at www.texas.gov. DO NOT TAKE THE DRIVING SAFETY COURSE UNTIL the Court has granted permission to do so.
Deferred Disposition (Probation) - Eligible defendants qualifying for deferred disposition must submit payment and a completed Deferred Disposition Request Form no later than their given Court date.
Reset Court Date - Eligible defendants may reset their original Court date one time. Defendants should submit a completed Reset Form no later than their given Court date.
NOTICE OF ALTERNATIVES TO FULL PAYMENT OF FINES AND COURT COSTS
If you are convicted of an offense and are unable to pay the fine and court costs, bring this to the attention of the Judge and you may have the court assess your ability to pay and the court may provide alternatives to full payment in satisfying the judgment.
MUNICIPAL COURT FORMS OF PAYMENT:
Court payments may be made online, in person, by mail, or after hours by using the drop box located in front of City Hall near the parking area. The City accepts personal check, money order, cashier’s check, and credit card (processing fee applies, click here to review the fee schedule) payments.
Defendants paying for only one of multiple violations must appear for any remaining violations. Please make all check or money order payments payable to the City of Helotes, and do not send cash through the mail. Personal checks are not accepted for warrant payments.
DO NOT PAY ONLINE IF YOU ARE REQUESTING A DRIVING SAFETY COURSE, DEFERRED DISPOSITION, OR NEED TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE COURT. IF YOU PAY ONLINE IT WILL CLOSE YOUR CASE(S) AND IT WILL BE REPORTED AS A CONVICTION ON YOUR DRIVING RECORD.
Online payments may be made by clicking on the following link:
Self-help Legal Resources/ ¿Necesita ayuda con un problema legal?
Visit these resources/ Vaya a la página:
A warrant will be issued when:
-You have failed to appear for charges filed on your citation;
-Failed to Comply with orders of the court;
-Have not completed a payment plan or failed to make payments as directed by the judge; or
- Have failed to appear on a summons or order to appear before the court.
When a warrant is issued additional charges are applied, the maximum fine may be assessed and a denial for a renewal of your license will be administered pursuant to Chapter 706 of the Texas Transportation Code under the Failure to Appear Program.
PAYMENTS ON ACTIVE WARRANTS:
Their are limited options once your case has turned into an active warrant. Payment arrangements may be made, but be aware that your license will not be released until it has been paid in full and/or a final disposition has been made on your warrant.
For more information on your active warrants, contact the Warrant Officer, Corporal Fontanes at: 210.695.5924 or contact the court at: 210.695.5903
Check to see if you may have active warrants with the City of Helotes Municipal Court or another jurisdiction: http://www.texasfailuretoappear.com/
Helpful websites to research your drivers license eligibility and reinstatement fees:
DRIVER'S RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM (DRP)
As of September 1, 2019 the DRP will be repealed. If you may have questions about the program please visit the following website:
DRIVER'S LICENSE ELIGIBILITY
To check on the status of your drivers license, you may check the following website:
To request a judicial record, please open the following link, complete the form, and submit it to Municipal Court:
Request for Judicial Record
HELOTES MUNICIPAL COURT WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU TO DRIVE SAFE AND NOT BE A RISKY DRIVER
Helpful Webpages to Raise Awareness on Traffic Safety Issues in our Community:
Parents Central Safe Kids from Car Seats to Car Keys, Keeping Kids Safe: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/index.htm
Helpful Information Explaining Municipal Courts Role in City Government: