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Community Service options have now been expanded by the Texas Legislature (September 2017) to include any hours performed by a defendant: (a) attending work and job skills training; (b) attending preparatory class for high school equivalency exam; and (c) performing community service at an educational institution.
In situations in which a person is physically or mentally unable to perform community service and that person does not have the ability to pay their fine and court costs on a time-payment plan, the Court can hear sworn testimony and review evidence concerning the defendant's financial situation to help resolve this matter.
In some unusual situations, the judge can reduce the fine and court costs or eliminate them completely, depending on the severity of the defendant's financial circumstances.
Should you have any questions regarding these options, please contact the Court. You have the legal right to ask to see the judge during normal docket hours and discuss these options to resolve your fine and court costs.