City of Seagoville Municipal Court of Record No.1

Staff


  • Scott Kurth, Presiding Judge
  • Julissa Perez, Court Administrator, CCCII
  • Yessenia Urbina, Court Clerk

Overview


The Municipal Court is the judicial branch of the city government. In Addition, the Municipal Court is part of the state judicial system. Municipal Courts hear Class C Misdemeanor criminal cases, Traffic violations, for which the maximum fine, upon conviction, does not exceed $500.00 and which no jail sentence may be assessed. Municipal Courts also hear cases involving City Ordinance violations, which may have fines up to $2,000.00 for certain offenses.

Juveniles and Minors

Juveniles, persons under the age of 16 at the time of the citation, must appear in court with a parent or legal guardian (please bring documentary proof if appearing with guardian).

Minors, persons under the age of 21 who received a citation for an alcohol offense or under the age of 18 who received a citation for a tobacco offense, must enter their appearance in open court.

Please note, if you fail to appear as stated, a notice will be sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety to suspend your driver's license or prohibit you from being able to obtain one.

Court Hearing Information

The Seagoville Municipal Court now offers an E-Court Appearance option! E-Court Appearance allows defendants to dispose of eligible cases (see eligibility requirements below) via a video conference with the judge through the use of ZOOM either on you computer or wireless device. E-Court Appearance is completely voluntary and is offered to defendants who do not want to or cannot come to the Seagoville Municipal Court in person to dispose of their case(s). E-Court Appearance is available every Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m.with the exclusion of occasional days off for the Judge and City Holidays. No appointment is necessary, simply click the link below. You must have a webcam/built in camera with sound and video on your device for E-Court to be an option for you.

 http://zoom.us/join
 Meeting ID: 582-661-129
Passcode: 849115

Attending an E-Court Appearance allows the defendant to:
  • Enter a Plea of NOT GUILTY and request a trial by judge or trial on a later date. Please note that trials are not held via the E-Court Appearance video conference and will require the defendant to appear in person at the courtroom of the Seagoville Municipal Court at 702 N. Highway 175, Seagoville, Texas 75159.
  • Enter a plea of guilty or no contest. Defendants who plead GUILTY or NO CONTEST via the E-Court Appearance have the same opportunities for payment plans, compliance dismissals, driver safety courses, or deferred disposition.
  • Request an extension of the due dates established by a previous judgment. You will need to be prepared to provide extenuating circumstances to the judge as to why an extension is needed.
Seek resolution of outstanding warrants via the establishment of a payment plan.

Payment Requirements:
  • If you requesting to take a Driver's Safety Course, you will be required to pay $144.00 or $169 (school zone) immediately after your E-Court Appearance at www.municipalonlinepayments.com/seagovilletx  
  • If you are requesting Deferred Disposition, you will need to be prepared to make a down payment of at minimum $50, but you will be encouraged to pay more than the minimum down payment so that you monthly payments are more manageable.
  • If you are requesting a guilty judgment with a payment plan, you will need to be prepared to pay a 33% down payment on the total amount that you owe.
Other requirements you will be required to have:
  • A device capable of accessing an internet connection (PC, MAC, Smart Phone, Tablet, ect.)
  • A fast and stable internet connection
  • A webcam attached to your PC or a built in camera on your device that will allow the Judge to see you during the video conference.
  • Your device must have a microphone connected or built in that will allow you to talk to the judge and your device must also have speakers attached or built in that will allow you to hear what the judge is saying to you.
  • You must have a working email address and you may possibly need to have the ability to scan paperwork or email images or documents for the judge's review.
Cases that are ELIGIBLE for E-Court Appearance
* No Driver's License * Driving while license invalid * Driving with suspended driver's license    * Fail to change address on driver's license * Failure to maintain financial responsibility (no insurance) * Expired registration * Defective equipment * Failure to obey the direction of a police officer * All moving violation (i.e. generally involving the movement of the automobile) * Ordinance violations * Code violations

Cases that are NOT ELIGIBLE for E-Court Appearance
* Disorderly conduct * Public intoxication * Theft * Possession of drug paraphernalia * Assault  * Cases in which the prosecutor has exercised his/her right to be heard on the case * All other penal code violations

General Information


If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving violence where you are or were the spouse, intimate partner, parent, or guardian of the victim or are were involved in another similar relationship with the victim, it may be unlawful for you to possess or purchase a firearm, including a hand gun or long gun, or ammunition, pursuant to federal law under 18 U.S.C. Section 922 (g)(9) or section 46.04 (b). Texas Penal Code. If you have any questions whether these laws make it illegal for you to possess or purchase a firearm, you should consult an attorney.

If you would like to see a list of those attorney's registered to serve in the Seagoville Municipal Court as an attorney ad litem please click here.
  
   

Resources

The Municipal Court staff does not answer legal questions of any nature. The clerks are allowed to explain court proceedings and procedures only. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney. For legal help visit: www.texascourthelp.gov.
 
All Open Records Requests should be submitted to the city secretary by filling out an Open Records Requests Form and fax or email to: 972-287-3891 or citysecretary@seagoville.us

If your cases are in collections please contact: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP at
1(866) 234-9790 or to pay online: www.lgbswebpayments.com