Deferred Disposition

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If you are not eligible for a Driver Safety Course dismissal, you might still be able to get your case dismissed by successfully completing a Deferred Disposition "probation".

What is Deferred Disposition?

Deferred Disposition is a suspended sentence. Upon your plea of "Guilty" or "No Contest", the Court may defer a finding of guilt until a later date, assess court costs and fees, and order you to comply with certain terms and conditions for a certain period of time. If you successfully comply with the terms and conditions, your case will be dismissed without a conviction.

Apply in Person

If you wish to request Deferred Disposition, it is best to appear in person on your scheduled Court date and discuss your case with the prosecutor. If you speak directly to the prosecutor in Court, you will get an immediate response to your request for deferred disposition and the Judge will answer any other questions you may have.  All required paperwork will be completed in Court.

Apply by Mail or Online

  • If you wish to request Deferred Disposition without coming to Court, the process is a little complicated.  So, GET STARTED EARLY and allow several weeks to submit all the required paperwork, exchange communications with the prosecutor, and complete the application process. 
  • Download and print the "Deferred Disposition Request" form from our "Forms" page.
  • Complete and sign the form.  HAVE IT NOTARIZED.  Alternatively, you can bring your completed form to the Clerk's office in person and the Clerk can notarize and accept your Deferred Disposition Request form.
  • Email, mail, or FAX your completed Deferred Disposition Request form to the Court Clerk. The Clerk MUST receive your completed and notarized form no later than your court date listed on your citation. Send email to court@tomballtx.gov or FAX to 281-351-6256.
  • Provide a good contact number, preferably your mobile phone number, in case the Court Clerk needs information to complete your application.
  • After the prosecutor reviews your application, he/she may (or may not) offer you Deferred Disposition. You will be contacted with details.  If the prosecutor DECLINES your request for Deferred Disposition, or if you do not agree to all the terms and conditions, then you will be given a new date to appear in Court.
  • If you and the prosecutor agree to the terms and conditions of your Deferred Disposition "probation", you will have to come to the Clerk's Office during business hours and sign your paperwork.  You must come to the Clerk's Office and sign your paperwork on or prior to your scheduled court date.  Your "probation" (deferment period) does not begin until you sign the paperwork and pay your fees.
  • To avoid late penalties and other consequences, your paperwork needs to be completed no later than your scheduled court date.

Complying With the Terms and Conditions

  • If you accept the prosecutor's offer of Deferred Disposition and agree to terms and conditions of your "probation", you will enter your plea, pay your fees and costs, and begin your deferment period.
  • You must pay all your fees and costs up front, before your deferment period begins.
  • If you comply with all the terms and conditions until the end of your deferment period, your case will be dismissed.
  • If you fail to comply with the terms and conditions of your Deferred Disposition, and if you fail to show good cause as to why you did not comply, a judgment of guilt will be imposed and an additional default fine will be assessed.