COURT UPDATE AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Van Alstyne Municipal Court will NOT be holding in-person court appearances until further notice. Court hearings will be held virtually via Zoom. These virtual hearings via zoom will be preliminary hearings held by the Municipal Court Prosecutor, Rick Dunn. If you have not received a phone call or letter regarding the Zoom information, please contact the court for this information.
In the State of Texas, court hearings are public and in order to comply with this, the hearings will be streamed live on YouTube. No one should record the live stream. If you are caught recording, you will be kicked out of the hearing. Once the hearing is over, the video will be permanently deleted from YouTube and you will not be able to go back and search it or view it. If you do not have the ability to access Zoom, please contact the court for alternate arrangements. Please contact the court to provide your most current mailing address, phone number and email address. This will ensure you are kept up-to-date about your virtual hearing date and will be able to receive more information about your virtual hearing, for example: Zoom Meeting website, Meeting ID and instructions.
FAILURE TO APPEAR for your hearing or FAILURE TO PAY OR MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS may result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest, a charge of Failure to Appear (see Texas Penal Code 38.10) is punishable by a fine of up to $500.00 plus costs and fees, and additional warrant fees assessed to your original charges.
Court dates are typically scheduled for the first and third Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm. You must be scheduled on the docket prior to appearing in court.
Re-Scheduling Court Dates
You are allowed a one-time re-schedule of your court date. To receive the re-set you must provide a written request to the court stating your name, your citation number, the date you wish your case to be re-set to, and your signature. The request must be received by the court prior to your scheduled court time. The court will only approve one re-set and the court will only approve a postponement for one court date later.
Requesting a Court Date
If for any reason you need to request an additional court date beyond your scheduled court date you must provide a written request to the court stating your name, your citation number, the date you wish your case to be re-set to, and your signature.