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Pasadena Municipal Court Safe Harbor Program


Pasadena Municipal Court Safe Harbor Program FAQ's

  • What is the Pasadena Municipal Court "Safe Harbor Program?"  It is an opportunity for defendants to voluntarily make arrangements with the court to resolve their case(s) without being arrested.
  • What is the time period of the program?  February 28, 2022 through March 31, 2022.
  • What time can I come to the courthouse to resolve my case(s) or call the court?  Any weekday (Monday through Friday) from 8am-4pm, or on Saturday, March 5 or March 12, from 8am-4pm.
  • Why should I resolve my case(s) at this time?  You will not have to worry about having a warrant out for your arrest, being subject to arrest at any time, or actually being arrested and taken to jail.  Also, you might be able to save some money on fees or failure to appear charges.
  • Will I be arrested if I voluntarily come to the courthouse.  No.
  • Will I have to pay in full?  No. You can enter into a payment plan, or you might be eligible for community service. 
  • What forms of payment does the court accept?  Cash, money orders, major credit cards, and debit cards (4% processing fee on credit or debit card payments).
  • What court telephone number do I call if I want to talk with someone on the phone?  713-475-5559
  • Can I email the court? Yes.


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The Pasadena Municipal Court has established policies and procedures for resolving traffic tickets and other fine-only misdemeanors in accordance with state law, but with a minimum of inconvenience. Before you attempt to resolve the case(s) against you, you should read carefully the content of the citation and handout that were given to you by the officer. You may want to seek the advice of a lawyer.

Fines, Deferred Disposition, Driving Safety Course

Two laws enacted by the 2019 Texas Legislature have together resulted in a total increase of $34.00 in state mandated fines, fees and costs for many of the most common violations in the Municipal Court, such as speeding, red lights, stop signs, etc. Because, however, the increases have taken effect at different times, and because some increases do not apply to all cases, it is important that you know the fine and cost information that relates to your case in applying for a deferred disposition, driving safety course, or simply to pay your fine. To do so, please click on the link found below that corresponds to the date that your citation was issued. Thank you.

  1. For cases before Sep. 1, 2019
  2. For cases between Sep. 1, 2019 - dec. 31, 2019 
  3. For cases on & after Jan. 1, 2020

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To Pay Your Fine

The Municipal Court can accept payment of your fine(s) in person, by mail, or by phone credit card payment. Online payment is not available at this time pending software upgrade. Payment made in person may be made between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Cash (exact amount preferred), check, money order and all major credit or debit cards are accepted. There is a 4% convenience charge added to all credit or debit card transactions. Should you desire to pay your fine by mail, please utilize the waiver of jury trial form and plea of guilty document (PDF) on the bottom of your ticket and mail it together with your payment to:
City of Pasadena
P.O. Box 1575
Pasadena, TX 77501-1575

Payment of a fine will result in a report of conviction to the Department of Public Safety for inclusion on your driving record. If you do not want the matter included on your driving record, you should consider either a request for Deferred Disposition or Driving Safety Course.


If you are found guilty of an offense or offenses charged in this citation and do not have sufficient resources or income to immediately pay all or part of the fines and costs, the Court shall determine whether the fines and costs should be:

  • Paid at some later date or in specified portions at designated intervals
  • Discharged by performing community service
  • Waived in full or in part
  • Satisfied through a combination of the foregoing methods

The Court may refer your case(s) to its collection office for review of your income and expenses. You should come to court prepared to supply the name, address, and phone number of two references who are not members of your household as well as documentation to support your income, expenses and available resources such as bank balances.